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Evan Jones

Evan Jones

Web Wrangler at The Connected Learning Alliance

United States
Information Technology and Services
  1. The Connected Learning Alliance,
  2. Various,
  3. TG Ventures
  1. AFI,
  2. Bit Love Media,
  3. University of Southern California
  1. University of Southern California
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The Connected Learning Alliance

The Connected Learning Alliance

Web Wrangler

– Present

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(Quick Update: Please don't hesitate to email me at and introduce yourself, but I try to keep LinkedIn "LinkedIn." Hence this COMPLETELY OVERBLOWN BIO.)

Hello there.

In a nutshell: I look at your social marketing, the marketing of your competitors, and your goals and then build growth via organic communication and promotion which increases user engagement and social ROI. I aim to act as a growth catalyst, and I like nothing more than to Make. Cool. Stuff. I build affinity that you can measure.

I specialize in increasing user engagement and audience size through outreach with the ultimate goal of increasing social ROI. As an analyst and consultant, I've also worked at tracking infrastructural changes and market trends, which has allowed me to wear a number of hats and get a thorough understanding of what social media marketing means. Social media strategy and automation remain key tools in my approach to the marketing sphere, as do community interaction and survey analyses.

Dream job? I am interested in writing, travel, technology, and forging new kinds of narratives and communicative models in the online / offline media space. I believe we're always online, connected, and moving, even when the computer / phone / telegraph is off. After moving to LA I completed my master's degree in Online Communities at USC Annenberg's APOC program, where I received several scholarships and commendations. An online portfolio of my work is available at

Lately I have been working as a content analyst and media manager for several video game companies. This has included online and offline events and guerrilla promotion as well. I define myself as a growth wrangler who carries a Swiss Army Knife that's loaded with a variety of social tools, and I'm excited to see what you're up to and how I can help bring you stronger returns on your social investments.

So... how can I help you?

Specialties:Negotiation, travel logistics, Japanese proficiency, travel liaison, branding, marketing research, design, film and media, print promotion, journalism, omniture, mar-com research, production research / location research, MCSE 2003, augmented reality, SEO, SEM, content, video editing, podcasting, RSS, social media automation, blogger outreach, unique media promotions, report writing, viral marketing, Radian6, Facebook Insights, Google Analytics, events, video games


Web Wrangler

The Connected Learning Alliance
– Present (10 months)Both Here AND There.

-Runnin' these interwebs
-Writin' those newsletters
-Throwin' these webinars
-Presentin' at that/those international festival(s)
-Encouragin' growth in the both our community and in our social outreach efforts
-Creatin' those videos
-Curatin' that YouTube channel
-Automatin' that social media
-Optimzin' ALL the digital research

Independent Contractor

– Present (6 years 5 months)

-Outreach and account management for a confidential startup (Santa Monica)
-Analytics report editing for M&C Saatchi (Los Angeles)
-Facebook Insights review for Borderlands 2, Famous Interactive (Culver City)
-Social Media / Events manager for Spectre Media, LLC (Starship Troopers Invasion: Mobile Infantry)
-Kickstarter optimization
-Interim Social Media Manager - American Film Institute (Hollywood, CA)
-Founder: USC For Japan
-Copy writing for various websites
-Video editing for Akibanana
-Logistics and international tour guide for and
-Ecommerce site setup and administration using HTML, PHP, and OScommerce for
-VOIP system installation and troubleshooting for Bank of America, San Francisco
-Installation and system optimization for the Joru Foundation
-System conversion supervisor, Chase Bank San Bruno, CA

Culture Hacker // Researcher // Wearer of Glasses

TG Ventures
– Present (8 years 5 months)

My consulting company. You need market research about nerd stuff? Holler at me. You need travel assistance in Japan? I'm your man. You need to find out which venues are worth your time for an event or a show? Not a problem.

Add in "writing every day for years" somewhere in the mix there and you have my everyday existence, or pretty much most of it.

Social Media Manager (Interim)

(5 months)Hollywood, CA

-Re-oriented social media processes for maximum ROI and engagement
-Reached out to vendors and partners to establish low-cost mutually beneficial relationships
-Amalgamated RSS feeds for easy engagement and follow-up
-Created best practices documentation for social media
-Designed media plans and engagement methodologies to grow impressions and reach (12k increase in Twitter followers, 30 million social impressions, reach grew from 9k to 155k on Facebook)
-Worked with major media partners and celebrities to maximize social impact during the first Target Presents AFI Night at the Movies event since 2008

Content Director

Bit Love Media
(2 years 4 months)Greater Los Angeles Area

-Amalgamated, wrote, edited, collated, and arranged content centered around Japanese pop culture for a website geared at the North American 18-35 demographic.
-Created RSS feed for malleable news delivery
-Updated ALL social media on a daily basis
-Implemented our various impromptu giveaways (from ice cream socials and QR code scavenger hunts at events to Twitter contests)
-Worked with leading industry partners to create giveaways and promotions to increase readership
-Facilitated massive facebook following (250K users) and strong content and industry partnerships in the worlds of comics, video games, and film

Online Media Editor

University of Southern California
(3 months)Greater Los Angeles Area

-Collected, edited, collated, and broadcasted data to interested parties concerning the work being done at the Center on Communication Leadership & Policy
-Oversaw social media updates and system integration / blog updates
-Initiated and finalized video teleconferencing setup

Internal IT Manager

Common Sense Media
(1 year 3 months)San Francisco Bay Area

-Windows Server support, including installation of new file server and upgrading the domain to 2008
-Exchange support
-Email migration to hosted solution
-User creation / deletion / setups and breakdowns
-Created knowledge base with graphics and text for recurring pain point issues
-Server and user backups
-Mobile user support (iphone, blackberry)
-A/V support and design for presentations
-RMA and purchase research for new acquisitions
-Asset tracking
-Vendor negotiations

Migration Specialist/IT Analyst

Cisco Systems
(5 months)

-Assisted with the domain migration of 600 local and remote users at enterprise level
-Met time metrics with 95%-100% compliance on time-sensitive projects
-Performed custom installs, troubleshooting, networking re-alignment, and alleviated login issues
-Created and edited knowledge base articles to alleviate recurring pain point and SPOF issues
-Supported client-side applications on end user PCs
-Built machines using a KVM setup, Ghost, PEbuilder, and sys prep
-Hardware review, cataloging, and updating

End User Desktop Troubleshooting Technician

(3 months)

-Provided helpdesk support for 100+ users locally and remotely
-Utilized RT and a custom Csupport back-end interface for ticket management
-Wrote, reviewed, edited, and uploaded policy and practice documents using SharePoint technologies
-Network management and connectivity troubleshooting , including international video teleconferencing
-New user setup
-Provided support to engineering and QA with the ultimate goal of creating end-user support solutions

Desktop Support Technician

(1 year 11 months)

-Provided Helpdesk and desktop support to 40+ users in a Windows XP environment running on an Active Directory backend. Users ran M/S Outlook running on Exchange 2000 for email
-Used Remedy for trouble ticketing systems; opened, closed and escalated tickets as required
-Resolved hardware issues, software configuration problems and assisted with application usage questions
-Provided support to end users on a variety of software issues and assisted with printing issues
-Supported client-side applications including MS Office and Adobe Acrobat

English Instructor

JET Program
(2 years 9 months)Yatsushiro / Kawasaki Japan

-English instruction and cultural studies lecturer for advanced English students in Kawasaki, Japan
-Speech instruction
-Public speaking instruction
-Course design and testing


MCSE 2003

– Present

MCSA 2003

– Present


  1. Japanese


  • SEO
  • SEM
  • Copywriting
  • Copy Editing
  • RSS
  • Editing
  • Web Editing
  • Japanese
  • Intermediate Japanese
  • Legal Support
  • International...
  • Media Outreach
  • Social Media Marketing
  • Social Media Outreach
  • Social Media Monitoring
  • Podcasting
  • Video Production
  • Report Writing
  • New Hire Orientation
  • New Hire Training
  • Industry Analysis
  • Industry Trend Analysis
  • Market Research
  • Internet Research
  • Qualitative Market...
  • Journalism
  • Writing
  • Event Management
  • Marketing Research
  • Data Scraping
  • Online Research
  • Omniture
  • Google Analytics
  • Social Media Measurement
  • Qualitative Research
  • Pixsy
  • Blogging
  • Video Editing
  • Business Objects
  • CMS
  • CSS
  • Competitive Analysis
  • Explosions
  • E-commerce
  • Social Media
  • Community Management
  • Content Strategy
  • Social Networking
  • Analytics
  • Media Planning
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University of Southern California

MA, Communications Management, MGMT - Online Communities

3.96 GPA
USC APOC scholarship

Activities and Societies: USC for Japan, Center on Communication Leadership and Policy

Ryerson University

BA, Film/Communications

Jack Kuper film award, 2003
Bursary winner
Kodak grant winner


Democrats Abroad Japan

Honors & Awards

Jack Kuper Award, 2003, Bursary for academic achievement, Ryerson University, 2004, Kodak film grant, 2002, Columbia University Medical Opinion writing award, 1999, USC APOC scholarship, 2011

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