Jess Blumensheid
Writer | Editor | Nomad



Jess Blumensheid

Quippy  Inquisitive Left-Brained Creative


Product Content Strategist

February 2018 – Present


Freelance Writer and Editor
April 2013 – Present

I contribute freelance brand copywriting and content strategy for clients both small and large. When I travel the world, I enjoy sharing my experience with travel publications and eCommerce companies. Here are some highlights over the years:

  • Writing smack talk taglines for an OOH subway campaign to promote Yahoo!’s Fantasy Football app
  • Contributing various hotel reviews and travel features on Northern California for Jetsetter, a TripAdvisor company
  • Strategizing and writing online branded content for small online businesses

Editorial Manager 
San Francisco, CA | April – November 2017

I led a team of three Senior Writers to oversee brand voice impact at every touch point. As their manager, I helped them develop their careers, set goals, improve cross-functional collaboration, review and approve work, and provide strategic editorial direction, all while updating customer-facing content to balance the unique buyer and seller needs of the business. I consistently provided strategic solutions for digital and print brand marketing campaigns that exceeded expectations, including the 2017 Earth Day campaign that generated over $2 million in three days.


Senior Writer
San Francisco, CA | January – April 2017

As part of a small team of writers at this secondhand site, I led the editorial revamp thredUP’s brand voice and guidelines, infusing copy with bold personality for more than 8 million buyers and sellers. By partnering with Design, Brand, Analytics, Product, Engineering, Opps, and Customer Service, I was able to concept and test new storytelling formats that consistently beat prior versions of monthly emails, social posts, and data-driven direct mail and direct response ads. In addition, I strategized and helped create content for three store openings, a curated box launch, maintaining 12-month paybacks on Facebook DR ads, and a winback email campaign that generated over $30,000 within its first month.


Senior Copywriter 

San Francisco, CA | August 2016 – January 2017

I was the copy lead on a long-term platform project for the experiential design agency’s main client, Apple. Key responsibilities included creating an editorial style guide to help streamline content production, increase readership and improve click-through rates using SEO copywriting, and help build effective teams by assisting in the creative hiring process. I also helped strategize content and position copy for some of the top brand pitches for the agency in 2016, including writing digital marketing ads for Comcast’s exclusive online streaming series that generated a 40% mobile lift month over month.


Creative Writer 

San Francisco, CA | July 2014 – August 2016

As a Creative Writer, I was responsible for creating and streamlining editorial content for omni-channel marketing campaigns, product launches, and frictionless user experiences. I supported editorial leadership to create innovative storytelling moments for two of the beauty retailer’s top-performing campaigns of 2016, Color Correcting and the SEPHORA COLLECTION rebranding. Partnering with Design, Marketing, Merchandising, Production, Engineering, and outside vendors, I strategized brand messaging for monthly campaigns, weekly site updates, promotional emails and landing pages, 100+ brand boutique pages, print and digital ads, and innovative in-store digital experiences, including the Beauty Workshop's interactive Beauty Board and self-guided iPad tutorials.


Freelance Senior Copywriter

Virgin America
Burlingame, CA | September 2013 – June 2014

The California-based airline hired me as a Freelance Senior Copywriter to write and develop weekly A/B-tested content for a growing email audience of 1.5 million. I liaised with Email, Digital, Legal, and external business partners to write and edit B2C copy and provocative branded content for multi-platform marketing campaigns and promotions. Additionally, I wrote compelling brand copy moments to support PR outreach and marketing campaigns for the launch of Virgin America’s groundbreaking in-flight safety video.


Assistant Editor + Editorial Producer + Intern
New York, NY | September 2010 – April 2013

As an Assistant Editor and Editorial Producer at this eCommerce travel company, I wrote weekly travel features and hotel reviews for Jetsetter’s 20 million members. I worked closely with Marketing, Sales, and Engineering to create compelling copy for promotions and new digital product launches—including writing, editing, and producing content for a member-inclusive iPad magazine. When I first started as an intern, I established fact-checking guidelines for the flash-sale and retail production. Four months later I was hired as an Editorial Producer to support a small team of editors to assign and edit work to a team of 200 correspondents.


Contributing Writer 

Invisible Oranges
Remote | May 2007 – July 2011

  • Produced a monthly hourlong music podcast in Audacity for this independent music website
  • Wrote and edited 300-word album reviews and long-form profile pieces
  • Created concert and festival feature content for online and print medium

Music Editor

Vox Magazine
Columbia, MO | May – August 2010

  • Assigned and edited music features and multimedia packages for this weekly city magazine, with a circulation of 15,000, as my senior capstone at the Missouri School of Journalism 
  • Wrote compelling calendar events, T.O.C. blurbs, headlines, and cover sell lines, using CS3
  • Boosted reader engagement with S.E.O. keyword-sourced headlines and social media on Twitter

Contributing Writer + Intern

Decibel Magazine
Philadelphia, PA | June 2009 – June 2010

  • Advanced to a contributing writer after a three-month editorial internship
  • Contributed reviews and music features to this monthly magazine, with a circulation of 50,000
  • Oversaw social media on Twitter and Facebook, in addition to daily administration duties

Columbia, MO | August – December 2009

  • Worked closely with a small team of producers pitching news roundups at this start-up online news aggregator as part of the Missouri School of Journalism curriculum 
  • Wrote, edited and fact-checked daily news scripts for video stories 
  • Produced and edited weekly video packages, using Final Cut Pro


Columbia Missourian
Columbia, MO | August – December 2008

  • Reported and wrote feature content for the Lifestyle section at this daily city newspaper, which has a circulation of 39,000 as part of the Missouri School of Journalism curriculum 
  • Created multimedia stories, using SoundSlides 
  • Wrote daily breaking news blurbs and obituaries

Editorial Intern 

Venus Zine
Chicago, IL | May – August 2008 

  • Wrote concert reviews and DIY-focused content for this former women’s publication, printed quarterly with a circulation of 90,000 
  • Conducted video interviews with touring artists


University of Missouri
Bachelor of Journalism
Magna Cum Laude
August 2010

Jess is a tremendous tour de force of talent. She thinks strategically, she pushes the norm, and whatever she touches—adds a spark. She is a thoughtful manager who cares so much about her team and also doing good work.
— Judee Karson, previously VP Creative Director at thredUP