ABOUT

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.

 

Experience

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 uniques. Prior to that, he was the digital director at Details.com (Condé Nast) where he oversaw digital, mobile, and editorial strategy across all platforms. While there, 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. Cury was the food/restaurant editor at Time Out New York  and senior editor at Playboy.com.

 

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

 

Notable Achievements

Cury 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). He is currently a judge for both the James Beard journalism awards and the restaurant and chef awards.

 
 
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WRITING. EDITING.

DIGITAL STRATEGY.

 

WRITING

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

Travel Biometrics: Speedy Security at Your Fingertips

The Magic of Credit Card Concierges

Travel: Exotic Vacations

Super-premium Mezcal

Travel: America's Best Bartenders

Travel: America's Best Hotel Bars

Travel: America's Best Sushi Restaurants

 

The Best Energy Drinks: Taste Test Results

Top 5 Royal Sex Scandals

The Best Sandwiches in the USA

Robert Moog Q&A

Profile: The Lunachicks

Profile: Mudhoney

Profile: Quincy Jones

Profile: Willie Nelson

Profile: They Might Be Giants

Column: David Bowie and Music Security Formats

Read more of my columns

 

 
 
 

VIDEOS

Cury on camera as a guest expert. 

 

ABC NEWS

On the savory ice cream trend

NYC-TV

The topic: secret restaurants with Leslie Price and Kelly Choi

 

WE TV

Discussing the challenges of owning restaurants with Anthony Bourdain, Donatella Arpaia, and Dana Cowin

 

 
 

DIGITAL STRATEGY
& CONSULTING

SERVICES

Data/Analysis

Google Analytics

Omniture

Parse.ly

Metrics/Reporting
SEO: 
Tech & Edit

Social Media

Setting KPIs & OKRs

Editorial

Writing/Editing
Edit Calendars

Slack

Monday.com

AirTable

Google Docs/Sheets

Native/Sponsored Content
Affiliate Networks

Photoshop

Video

 

Design

Icons/Illos

Logos
Site Redesigns
Mobile/Web

Email Newsletters

Responsive Design

Social Media Templates

Audience Development

 Newsletters
Partnerships

Influencer Networks

Syndication
Boost Conversion Rates

Facebook

Instagram

Twitter

Pinterest

LinkedIn

Youtube

MailChimp

 

BRANDS
 

PRESS 

 

Interviews with Cury

 

Television & Radio Appearances

 

Judging & Committees

  • James Beard Chefs & Restaurants

  • James Beard Journalism Awards

  • National Magazine Awards (Digital Media)

  • Iron Chef America (Flay vs. Bernstein)

  • Jack Daniels BBQ Championship

  • Culinary Institute of America

  • Tabasco 5th Annual Cook & Ladder Competition

  • The Webby Awards
     

 

CONTACT

jamescury at gmail.com

917-749-5683

 

 

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