Founded in 2011, American Hometown Media (AHM) is a digital media company. Based in Nashville, Tenn., AHM transfers traditional publishing DNA to internet platforms featuring food, lifestyle, tech, and beauty.
Putting the spotlight on these heroes is the "secret sauce" that propels us.
Just A Pinch Food Group is a Premium Publisher Group (PPG)... a select group of food-only bloggers. The "next generation" and beyond the modern day networks.
Bloggers that tire of moderate service, poor monetization, and missing out on true publishing expertise have an alternative home. As publishers ourselves, we know what to do... and we love to share the tribal knowledge! From site construction, maintenance and updates to social media trends and best ad practices... your problems are our problems. We provide timely data on your revenues and are your coach, friend and partner.
In addition to unmatched service, the Just A Pinch Food Group provides top-market CPM, eCPM and RPM revenues just as we do for our own sites. We are not a network but a PPG and the last relationship you will ever need.
Those select few that partner with us receive opportunities for ownership providing certainty of being rewarded for all the hard work you do. Another first in the industry... it is one of our key differentiators.
Leading industry RPMs — Increases from what bloggers earned previously have been as high as 100%.
Best payment terms in the business. And we always pay on time... you even get notified the day before the ACH is sent.
We are NOT a network. We are a Premium Publisher Group (PPG) and like you, we are a food publisher. From product to service we are superior.
We are an exclusive food-blogger-only PPG meaning you are not one of hundreds or thousands — you are one of a select few.
We actively work with our partners to enhance their business…you speak directly with us instead of being shielded behind email.
Best dashboard around. Everything in one spot, including daily performance and RPM’s, graphs, charts, statements, payments…even Google Analytics.
We've partnered with industry-leading and award winning food videographers... the videos and awards speak for themselves.
We share our bloggers' content through our own social media accounts, our millions of daily emails and on the homepage of www.JustAPinch.com — no one else can do this!
Robust, proprietary digital technology allows users to save recipes and content on your blog and deepen engagement.
Exclusive traffic generating widget delivering new visitors and page views to your site from similar content across the Food Group.
Full site audits, monthly reporting, keyword research, problem code identification and targeted SEO and Social Media plans to grow traffic under expert guidance.
Management and distribution of your video content through streaming channels to platforms such as Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Smart TVs and other OTT devices.
Your Traffic and Engagement Platform.
CuratorCrowd™ is a free traffic engagement platform that powers audience and content discovery, curation and promotion. This suite of cloud-based products built specifically for food blogs and websites increases revenue by driving new traffic, expanding reach, increasing user engagement, enhancing SEO, and growing email lists. Based on over 8 years of development, this proven technology already powers millions of online recipe site users. These products are unique in having a singular focus on food and recipe content. Built by and for food-focused publishers, the CuratorCrowd™ Platform includes:
Enable your users to easily save and curate your recipes and content from around the web.
You become the central repository for all things with your users.
Top-5 traffic driving source of users from other participating food sites and blogs to your site.
Channels and monetizes your video content into popular OTT channels to build your brand awareness and revenues.
Self-serve syndicated content driver to place your editorial and visual work in front of users across various media nationwide.
Just A Pinch Recipes is a digital recipe & coupon vertical social network with a focus on home cooks.
Just A Pinch Recipes (JustAPinch.com) is one of the largest non-major media owned food sites and is the largest repository of user-posted recipes on the internet. Over 500,000 recipes have been posted by home cooks around the country and worldwide.
Designed from the ground up to be a true social network within itself and through connectivity to other social platforms, the website was engineered using best practices of the major horizontal social networks. Unmatched site programming and proprietary functionality allow home cooks to utilize sophisticated end-user capabilities including drag-and-drop technology to build menu planners and grocery lists, an illustrated "home kitchen" to showcase all site activity, and page-turning technology to edit custom cookbooks, all behind an easy-to-use skinning with a touch of nostalgia and whimsy. Moreover, members utilize this platform with some of the deepest levels of engagement to create networks of friends and relationships around posting, swapping and discussing thousands of recipes, sharing cooking tips, earning blue ribbons, printing grocery coupons, creating custom cookbooks, engaging in e-commerce and more.
Referred to by members as "the Facebook of recipes," Just A Pinch actually captures the recipe swapping and sharing, personal conversation and camaraderie that takes place between family and friends around kitchen tables and transfers it to the digital space. With some 40,000+ recipes added by members annually, Just A Pinch is the largest true crowd-sourced recipe site featuring authentic user-generated content.
Visit www.justapinch.com and join in on the fun!
The AHM Ad Management Platform manages the programmatic monetization of sites covering a wide range of verticals including food, lifestyle, tech, and beauty. Leveraging years of experience creating a state-of-the-art advertising platform for Just A Pinch Recipes, we've created a turn-key solution that generates revenue for your site through programmatic display, video, native, and in-image advertising.
As publishers ourselves, we understand the issues you face in driving revenue in an ever-changing digital landscape. Stop worrying about staying on top of the latest ad technology and day-to-day advertising operations, so you can focus on creating great content and world-class content and user experience for your readers. We have consistently seen our platform double a site's revenue.
All it takes is a bit of code on your site to get started. Ad placements are inserted dynamically.
We work with industryleading ad partners and run exclusive deals with the top brands in the world.
We use a top security service to keep bad ads, like mobile redirects, from serving on your site.
We are fully compliant with the Better Ads Standard created by the Coalition for Better Ads.
We host and stream your videos through our video player at no cost to you.
We are not a network. As publishers, we understand your business and speak the same language.
We work with you directly on enhancing your business – not hidden behind support tickets.
A dashboard with everything in one spot - daily revenue, RPMs, payments, and analytics.
Let us do an analysis for you to see if we can help!
Dan Hammond's career has centered around media. All three of the companies he founded have focused on celebrating the good news story in hometowns and food across America. Couple this theme of community content with a solid background in advertising and marketing, and Hammond has found a recipe for success.
Before founding American Hometown Media, Hammond was the founder of American Hometown Publishing (AHP), which acquires and manages local community newspapers by forming partnerships with local publishers. Through these efforts, AHP helps improve business operations, increase profits and build readership among its paper partners.
Prior to forming AHP, Hammond was the founder, chairman, president and CEO of Publishing Group of America, where he oversaw the creation and launch of American Profile magazine, the largest successful magazine launch in U.S. history, followed by Relish magazine, the largest epicurean magazine in the U.S., with an uncommon focus on American hometown people, communities and food. He also created Hometown Content, the first syndicated service for community newspapers and developed a channel for promotional advertisers to reach Neilson C&D America. Hammond and company sold Publishing Group of America to Bain Capital and Shamrock Capital Partners in November of 2007.
Earlier in his career, Hammond served as the senior marketing officer for a number of Fortune 500 operations. He has directed strategic marketing and media services for national and internationally based consumer and business advertisers, including DuPont, McGregor, Bostonian, NOMA, Clarks of England, Dial Corp. and Ceridian. He serves on various advisory groups and boards including the Tennessee Wildlife Federation and the Tennessee Rugby Foundation.
Mike Meyers’ twenty-five year career has been focused in publishing. First analog and then digital media including specialty magazines to websites. Mike has run publishing, operations, revenue generation, business development, network strategy and general management duties including co-founding Sheknows, LLC as CEO of one of the largest women’s lifestyle and advertising networks. Sheknows was successfully grown from concept to 20 million monthly unique visitors and subsequently sold to Evolve Media, LLC.
Saying Mike is an expert in digital media is certainly an understatement. Adding to his repertoire is the fact that having built and run plenty of network models, he has helped create the modern-day network platform concept here at Just a Pinch/American Hometown Media making it a publisher first concept.
Heralding from Wisconsin, media endeavors have taken Mike from the upper Midwest including Chicago, through Phoenix, San Francisco and the Western US, to New Orleans, Atlanta and the deep South, and now placing his roots in the Mid-South of Nashville, Tennessee.
Doli Stepniewski brings with him more than 25 years experience in application design, development and management. Stepniewski is currently CTO for American Hometown Media and Chief Application & Database Architect for Just A Pinch Recipes.
Prior to joining AHM, Stepniewski served as Chief Architect and partner at echomusic, LLC (echo), an entertainment marketing company in Nashville, Tennessee, where he led the development of the patent-pending echotools™, a web application and database that powered more than 300 entertainment brand websites and managed over 20 million consumer records. In February 2007 Ticketmaster purchased echo and the echotools™ which became part of Ticketmaster’s direct-to-consumer ticket sales platform.
In addition to his media work, Stepniewski has developed custom applications for an array of industries. As Interactive Producer at direct marketing company SmartDM (Acxiom), he created compelling web-based data collection portals for their proprietary online CRM solution. And early in his career, he worked at Philadelphia-based Resources for Human Development where he developed custom database applications to manage properties for the HUD funded HOPE3 program, providing home ownership opportunities to hundreds of low-income families.
Brad Webb's 20+ years of digital media product, technology, and operational experience runs the gamut between bootstrapping start-ups to operating established brands.
Previously, Brad held executive positions at SheKnows Media (now SHE Media), Buddy Media (acquired by Salesforce), vSocial, Womensforum, and several other media holdings. His expertise is in building cream-of-the-crop, focused teams and scaling technology, product, and operations from there. Having both guided materially-substantial exits and multiple-rounds of fundraising, Brad is adept at juggling hats and roles as the team may require.
Beyond his career, Brad spends as much time with his sons as they'll let him. Wrangling both a teenager and toddler is his proudest accomplishment, which he shares with his wife. Originally from Vancouver, B.C., Brad joins AHM by way of Phoenix, AZ, and loves to share (dry and warm) weather updates with the team.
During the day Meaghan takes a break from attending concerts, trying out new restaurants around Nashville and cheering on her beloved New York Yankees, to develop content for Just A Pinch. She works with the Test Kitchen to award Blue Ribbons, plans content for emails and writes fun articles.
Before relocating from the New York City area to Nashville and joining American Hometown Media, Meaghan held print and digital marketing roles at The New York Times, Better Homes and Gardens and Seventeen magazine.
Matt takes the lessons learned in fathering his young son to corral the hundreds of revenue solutions available to publishers and packaging them into a turn-key solution for the Just A Pinch Food Group of sites. After crunching numbers, optimizing setups, and managing day-to-day advertising activities, you can often find him in the woods of Tennessee camping with his family on the weekends.
Prior to joining American Hometown Media, Matt was the Quality Assurance Manager and Project Manager for custom ad products at Moontoast, Inc.
Kristen is pioneering the first American Hometown Media office in Chicago. A Windy City native, she is leading national advertising sales efforts for Just a Pinch Food Group and helping our partners reach millions of passionate home cooks. Kristen’s multi-channel experience includes eight years at Viacom’s Nickelodeon, as well as leadership roles at Fit Pregnancy, Natural Health, Meredith Publishing and most recently Taste of Home.
In her off time, Kristen is an architecture buff and enjoys walking around the city looking up. Her wanderings lead her to her passions of theater, live music, and of course food. Hit her up for debate on deep dish vs. thin crust. Spoiler … she loves both.
From a dairy farm in Upstate New York to attending Syracuse University (Go Orange!) to working in Charlotte, NC for a startup, Ali's journey to Just A Pinch in Nashville, TN has been an adventure.
When she isn't spending her time creating Pinterest-search-friendly pins, like-worthy Facebook posts or eye-catching Instagram photos, Ali is creeping on her dog via the doggy daycare cameras. Then she is right back to researching new social media trends, responding to customer service emails, writing interesting new blogs and creating fun quizzes.
A Nashville native (yes, they really exist), John loves his wife, children, dogs, craft beer, Broadway theater, and digital marketing. Mostly in that order, although he often geeks out on digital marketing to the point of being annoying (just ask his wife). He’s built traffic and driven revenue for some of Nashville’s biggest brands and agencies including Gaylord Hotels, Brookdale Senior Living, Livability.com and cj Advertising.
Unbeknownst to his co-workers, he makes the world’s best chocolate chip cookies. The first record he ever bought was A Flock of Seagulls. Don’t judge.
When Liz isn't on the hunt for the best new blogs and being an advocate for the Just A Pinch Food Group bloggers, this San Francisco native can be found at Giants or Golden State Warriors games cheering loudly with her husband and their three children.
Liz is a seasoned digital media executive with 20 years of experience spanning strategic business development and partner management nationally and globally. She is an expert in comScore Media Metrix and Nielsen NetRatings, programmatic monetization, and web analytics... somehow she even finds time to run her own blog!
While the rest of us are busy making beans, Danielle is counting them. She makes sure our bills get paid, balances our budget, and manages the office and benefits programs while racing between her three daughters' track meets, basketball games, gymnastics tournaments and other after-school activities.
The gals in the Test Kitchen cook and review original recipes from Just A Pinch Members - The best are awarded Blue Ribbons! From lending a helping hand to chopping, shopping, and snapping yummy food pics, there's nothing these savvy supergals can't pull off. They don't need capes... They wear aprons!