JACOB DESJARLAIS

@jacobdesjarlais • writingjacob (at) gmail.com

 (BRAND STRATEGY & EXECUTION: CONTENT, SOCIAL, EMAIL, AND GROWTH)

The National MPS Society, Raleigh, NC                                                                                                                            2018 – Present

The National MPS Society provides support to families, drives awareness, and promotes research initiatives that affect individuals with MPS and ML.

Director of Communications: 

  • Oversee all aspects of marketing, communications, and public relations

  • Maintain all digital and marketing platforms

The Young Turks, Los Angeles, CA                                                                                                                            2017 – 2018

The Young Turks is a progressive American news and commentary program, which also serves as the flagship program of the TYT Network, a multi-channel network of associated web series focusing on news and current events.

Director of Marketing: Acquisition and Retention: 

  • Oversaw all aspects of customer acquisition and retention

  • Manage paid media programs

  • Built and oversaw landing pages, testing

  • Run all email marketing programs

BOX BLVD, El Segundo, CA                                                                                                                                             2016 – 2017

Box Blvd was a white label box subscription company that ran box programs for the Cartoon Network, Stan Lee, Lou Ferrigno, and many other companies. 

Head of Marketing: 

  • Oversaw all aspects of marketing for startup in the CPG subscription space

  • Manage all media buys, ads, content development, and product marketing

  • Create marketing plan for celebrity and brand box subscription services

  • Build network of influencers to represent company to brands

  • Grew company quickly in startup environment

MACHINIMA, Los Angeles, CA                                                                                                                                      2014 – 2016

Machinima is the largest gaming and fan-focused multi-channel network. 

Director of Marketing: 

  • Worked closely with sales and Integrated Marketing to package and present custom content for brands

  • Ideated and created custom content for social

  • Managed all social and audience development efforts for network and main brand

  • Managed social team and social strategy for main brand channel as well as other outlets

BRAVE NEW FILMS, Culver City, CA                                                                                                                          2014

Brave New Films is a documentary film company famous for OutfoxedWalmart: The High Cost of Low Prices, and many others. 

Digital Director: 

  • Unified a fragmented brand into a singular cohesive voice

  • Managed all aspects of social media and email campaigns

  • Ideated and created custom content for distribution outlets

  • Oversaw digital distribution of media and online engagement of viewers

STUDIO71, Los Angeles, CA                                                                                                                                          2012 – 2014

Studio71 is a talent-focused MCN that specializes in management and career advancement for creators. 

Director of Marketing: 

  • Conceived, developed, and deployed all branding and marketing efforts for digital media agency focusing on new media talent as well as brand integrations

  • Oversaw talent marketing efforts and social best practices as well as acted as PR liaison for network

  • Developed enterprise email marketing, optimization, and CRM systems that covered many sites and clients

  • Grew network YouTube views from 110 million to 240 million in six months.

ZUMBA FITNESS, Hallandale, FL                                                                                                                                     2010 – 2012

Zumba Fitness is the company that created Zumba and all of it's sub-classes of dance-style classes. 

Digital Marketing and Email Marketing Manager:

  • Managed Email Marketing, Content Management, Campaign implementation, and CRM development

  • Developed and managed Wordpress sites and online digital management for member network

  • Developed a 33 message auto-responding CRM system deployed in 13 different languages based on user preference

PEOPLE FOR THE ETHICAL TREATMENT OF ANIMALS (PETA), D.C.                                                                  2009

PETA is the largest animal rights organization in the United States with almost 400 employees and more than 6.5 million members. Their focus is on awareness of animal rights and by extension veganism.

Public Relations and Marketing Manager: 

  • Emailed outreach to media and celebrities

  • Wrote and distributed press releases

  • Worked to create the youth vertical for PETA, peta2.com

  • Arranged celebrity and expert interviews with media

  • Lead projects that varied from music industry to weather patterns while developing peta2 brand

JOURNALIST, EDITOR, WRITER, South Florida                                                                                                          2002 - 2018

I spent many years working for some of the largest magazines and newspapers in the United States as well as managed my own national magazine.

Staff Writer, Blogger, Photographer: I began my career as a column writer for the Village Voice. After helping them construct their consumer database in 2004 I left to help launch my own magazine - Six Degrees, where I managed all aspects of the editorial and sales divisions. Then, I returned to a Tribune paper where I was a music columnist and news writer. I have been published in Rolling Stone, Time, Paste, Mashable, New York Post, USAToday and many, many other outlets. 

DIGITAL MARKETING TOOLS: Extensive experience with ESPs (I am officially certified with Exact Target, Listrak, and Silverpop), social networking development, social contest marketing, research databases, Salesforce, CSS, HTML, StrongMail, MailChimp, WordPress, Facebook, SEO, SEM, VSEO, GA, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat.

*YouTube Certified since December 2013, also certified on three Email Marketing platforms
 

EDUCATION:

Bachelor of Arts, English, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL (2004)

M.A., New Media and Comm. at Florida Atlantic University, FL (2006)

VOLUNTEER EXPERIENCE:

Volunteer with Paws4Life program where we brought Pit Bull puppies to Lancaster Maximum Security prison to facilitate rehabilitation for homeless puppies as well as death row inmates. The inmates trained the dogs to become ambassadors for the Good K9 Citizenship Program in Los Angeles. I adopted two Pit Bulls from this program, Betty and Murray. Pics upon request.

Volunteer with other organizations to raise funds for disabled pets, specifically Tripawds who lose their limbs to cancer and accidents. The Lab/Corgi mix I adopted from that program is named Jackson. Pics upon request.

I also volunteer with student journalist and writers at national conventions and online.