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DIGITAL STRATEGY.

ABOUT

At Sundance Film Festival
At Sundance Film Festival

Interviewing celebrities for Details.com

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At the Culinary Institute of America
At the Culinary Institute of America

Judging a cooking contest

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In Scotland
In Scotland

With spirits historian David Wondrich (at right)

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At the St. Regis
At the St. Regis

Reporting a story about tea for Time Out New York

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Summary

James Oliver Cury is an award-winning writer, editor and media strategist with extensive experience in digital and print publishing. He's helped build and revitalize brands with pioneering work in content creation, audience development, social media, community/influencer networks, and video—with a data-based approach that drives traffic, boosts engagement, garners press, and reveals new revenue streams.

 

After dedicating himself to full-time positions for two decades, Cury now works as an independent consultant for food, drink, travel, and news-based companies. He is looking for his next great role.

Experience

In 2021, Cury led the news/newsletter team at Ladders and so dramatically improved the quality and quantity of product that the journalism wing of the company was sold to Industry Dive in a multimillion-dollar deal.

 

At the onset of COVID, Cury helped De Gustibus — New York's legendary culinary school — develop video (virtual) classes that streamed live from the kitchen stage in Macy's Herald Square. This is now available for all in-house classes and has created several new revenue streams.

 

As VP/Content at travel site ThePointsGuy.com, Cury created the brand's tentpole "TPG Reports," oversaw a soup-to-nuts redesign, built a 24/7 newsroom team, and doubled traffic from 2.5 to 5 million unique. Credit-card affiliate revenue hit unprecedented highs and Red Ventures bought the site's parent company, Bankrate, for over a billion dollars.

 

While he was the digital director at Details.com (Condé Nast), Cury oversaw digital, mobile, and editorial strategy across all platforms. He increased traffic tenfold, quadrupled the pace of content creation, and expanded syndication with third-party companies like Buzzfeed, Liquor.com, and Equinox. He also created dozens of new video series and launched the Style Syndicate, a wholly independent influencer network/community hosting content from the world's top men's style bloggers—which provided a platform for all kinds of sponsored content.

 

Before Details, Cury was the shelter-sites web director at Hearst Digital, where he guided the transformation of GoodHousekeeping.com, HouseBeautiful.com, and CountryLiving.com. Before Hearst, he was executive editor of Epicurious.com and led the editorial team to numerous awards, including a James Beard, Webby, MIN, NY Emmy, OMMA, and MPA. He also helped launch the “Epi-Log” blog and contributed to the development of the site's iPhone app, which has been downloaded more than 10 million times. 

 

Get all the details in the "Case Studies" section.

 

Notable Achievements

For five years, Cury was one of 15 food journalists on the national committee that oversees the James Beard Restaurant & Chef Awards. Representing the New York City region, he managed 20 judges and helped create important new categories (“Best Bar Program,” among others).

 

He has been a judge at the Culinary Institute of America, the Jack Daniels World Barbecue Championship, and the Food Network's "Iron Chef" show. He's written for dozens of magazines and websites including Travel & Leisure, Entertainment Weekly, Esquire, Maxim, Men's Journal, SPIN, PC World, Wired News, and The New York Times. He is also the author of "The Playboy Guide to Bachelor Parties" (Simon & Schuster). 

 

WRITING

Travel Biometrics: Speedy Security at Your Fingertips

The Magic of Credit Card Concierges

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Robert Moog Q&A

Profile: The Lunachicks

Profile: Mudhoney

Profile: Quincy Jones

Profile: Willie Nelson

Profile: They Might Be Giants

Read articles from my tech-music column

 

 

News, reviews, features, cover stories, and other writing from print and online magazines.

DIGITAL STRATEGY
& CONSULTING

SERVICES

Data/Analysis

Google Analytics

Metrics/Reporting
SEO: Tech & Edit

Reach/Engagement

Segment Analysis

Social Media Analysis

Setting KPIs & OKRs

Content/Editorial

Writing/Editing/Blogging
Edit Calendars

Copyediting

Native/Sponsored Content
Affiliate Networks

Photography

Video

Presentations/Slideshows

 

Art/Design

Icons/Illos

Logos
Site Redesigns
Mobile/Web

Branding

Responsive Design

Social Media Templates

Photoshop

Audience Development

 Social Media 
Collabs/Partnerships

Influencer Networks

Communities/Groups

Syndication
Newsletters

Omnichannel Marketing

 

 
BRANDS
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