David Dylan Thomas
(dave at daviddylanthomas dot com)
Content futurist with a passion for entertainment. Over 10 years of experience creating interactive experiences
My specialties include high level digital strategy, especially in the areas of content, outreach, and engagement. I enjoy creative problem solving at the bleeding edge of emerging trends. What I like to say is that whatever part of your company looks the most like the MIT Media Lab, put me in charge of that.
I’m also an excellent speaker, presenter, and teacher.
I place a high value on whom I work with as much as what I’m working on. My goal is to work on projects I am passionate about with people who inspire me.
I can advise on matters of content strategy, social media, marketing, storytelling, and just plain understanding the web and how it can help you. I’m especially adept at telling stories through video.
Content Strategist (June 2013 — Present)
EPAM, Philadelphia, PA
Help businesses and non-profits tell their story by any digital means necessary. Consult major media brands on the digital content landscape and devise content strategy accordingly. Help create immersive omnichannel experiences for ecommerce retailers. Provide thought leadership content and strategy for EPAM content practice.
Director, Cultural Engagement (November 2011 — June 2013)
Project Manager, Communications Ventures (September 2011 — November 2011)
Web Manager (March 2010 – August 2011)
The John Templeton Foundation, Conshohocken, PA
Direct communication and marketing outreach to culture at large. Devise and implement media strategy for the foundation. Research and pursue new communications opportunities and partnerships. Manage content and updates for main foundation website and related site, Big Questions Online. Advise on best layout, content, and user experience strategies for each site. Devise and implement social media strategy for each site. Create video for each site. Create blog entries for Big Questions Online. Consult program vice presidents on web strategy for potential and active grants.
•Led relaunch and redesign of main foundation website.
•Led the launch of new online magazine, Big Questions Online, which saw 200% growth in the first month, got a mention in The New York Times, and has been linked to frequently by Andrew Sullivan, Arts & Letters Daily, and Instapundit, among others.
Online Editor-in-Chief (May 2006 – March 2010)
Consumer Technology Publishing Group at North American Publishing Company, Philadelphia, PA
Create and manage content while directing design, layout, and functionality for 4 trade and 1 consumer websites, including 9 e-newsletters. Direct content and web strategy for 3 additional consumer sites.Manage assistant editorial staff. Consult with magazine editors, publishers, and sales staff on their publications’ websites. Analyze web traffic, strategize audience development, advocate and adopt SEO best practices. Consult on purchasing of software and platforms.Train staff on web strategy, platforms and new media. Attend conferences to evangelize brand and stay on top of emerging online trends. Consult on advertising and marketing initiatives.
• Drove average 400% growth across all sites during tenure.
•Project managed launch of 7 new websites (including 3 forums), 15 online initiatives and 7 e-newsletters, as well as 2 relaunch/redesigns of 5 websites on new content management systems and Twitter accounts for 2 magazines. Managed editorial aspects of acquisition of 3 new websites.
•At the request of company President, delivered company-wide presentations on blogging and social media that inspired other departments to adopt new online strategies. Created and maintained @socialwebschool Twitter account as educational resource for company.
•Shot and edited over 150 web videos, including role as host of 20-plus episodes of video podcast “90 Second Tech.”Interviewees included U.S. CTO Aneesh Chopra, Twitter creator Jack Dorsey, musician Jonathan Coulton, Adaptive Path President Peter Merholz, Onion Web Editor Baratunde Thurston. Syndicated many of these to YouTube.
•Wrote over 80 posts for E-Gear.com blog “New Media Addict.” Edited 26 audio podcasts. Recorded 10 of these.
Independent Content Producer (December 2002 – Present)
Various Websites and Publications
Create content for a variety of online and print outlets. Develop programming for content strategy organization. Currently in production on Developing Philly, a web series about the rise of the Philadelphia tech community.
- Organizing member of Content Strategy Philly (2012). 250 members. Give lectures, develop programming.
- Founded Straight2DVD Movies.com (2009). Supervise two writers. Over 400% growth since launch. News, reviews and interviews covering the world of movies that skip traditional theatrical release.
- Contributed features and film reviews for AMC/Filmcritic.com (60 plus) and Blogcritics.org (over 180 including weekly DVD column for two years), and provided monthly movie previews for Freewilliamsburg.com (over 75).
- Founded DavidDylanThomas.com (2005). Over 1,300 posts to date including reviews, analysis, humor, essays, video and audio podcasts, weekly movie previews. Spun off movie previews into weekly e-newsletter (2009-2010).
- Contributed posts for Filmcriticsblog.com, film reviews for twoonefivemagazine.com, interviews for Chestnut Hill Local (print/online), interviews for Virtual Book Tour, soundtrack column for BigYawn.net, analysis for Metaphilm.com, predictions for Oscar Meme, features and film reviews for Inkblotsmag.com, and features for Philadelphia Arts Writers (PAW) Print (print/online).
- Co-host, co-producer of two entertainment-oriented podcasts: Talking Pictures (2006–present) and Pick 3 (2010¬–present).
Coordinator of Multimedia Services (August 2004 – September 2005)
La Salle University, Philadelphia, PA
•Managed use and maintenance of audio/visual equipment throughout campus. Trained faculty/staff on use of equipment and best practices, and supervised technical support staff and student workers.
•Authorized and advised on audio/visual purchases for administrative and academic departments.
•Served as vendor liaison for departmental audio/visual needs, allocated budgetary resources for Multimedia Services.
Writing Specialist (September 2000 – September 2004)
The Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth, Baltimore, MD
•Provided college-level instruction in narrative nonfiction to gifted students ages 12-18.
•Participated in development of course content, design of online classrooms, and curriculum planning.
•Managed discussion boards, instructed tutors, supervised teaching assistants.
•Prepared instructional manuals and provided technical support for tutors and students.
CONFERENCES ATTENDED/ PRESENTATIONS
The Wharton Web Conference (July, 2014)
Presenter, Links as Language: A Contextual Approach to Content Creation
The Mid-Atlantic Technical Communications Conference (March, 2014)
Presenter, The Future of Knowledge Transfer
SXSW Film and Interactive, Austin, TX (2003 – 2013)
Panelist, How to Rawk After SXSW, 2008
Featured presenter, 20×2, 2005, 2012
Host, Dunk Donuts w/ Dave, 2011-2012
PodCamp East, Wilmington, DE (September, 2012)
Presenter, Links as Language: How to Write in 3-D
BarCamp Philly, Philadelphia, PA (2008 – 2011)
Presenter, Links as Language: How to Write in 3-D, 2009 — 2011
Presenter, The Absolutely True Story of How I Tried to Reinvent the Online Interview & Failed, 2008
PodCamp Philly, Philadelphia, PA (October, 2011)
Presenter, Links as Language: How to Write in 3-D
BlogPhiladelphia, Philadelphia, PA (July 2007)
Presenter, Links as Language: The Advent of 3-D Writing
CreativeCamp, Philadelphia, PA (September 2006)
Presenter, Blogging and the Advent of 3-D Writing
Second Annual Northeast U.S. WebCT Conference, Philadelphia, PA (April 2004)
Presenter, Pizza Parties and Blogs: Creating a Teen Community in Cyberspace
Bachelor of Arts, The Writing Seminars, The Johns Hopkins University, 1995
Film and theater focus; graduated with Departmental Honors