Our Story

Because your business deserves a digital marketing agency that cares

Back in 2012, Zen Anchor set off on a journey to redesign how ad digital marketing agencies helped businesses grow. The seeds of our global perspective were planted with the knowledge that marketers had a responsibility to do much better.

Zen Anchor began as a murmur on Reddit. Eager to see if other businesses had similar frustrations with bloated, high-budget agencies whose efforts returned minimal results, we set off to find answers. Our questions led us to clients who shared our sentiment—that most marketing endeavors were without results, impact, and soul.

Disaffection was abundant. Costs were high. Outcomes left a lot to be desired.

There was a clear disconnect. Many large agencies had lost sight of their primary focus and grew apart from the companies they were supposed to represent. Meanwhile, their clients became complacent as they began to mistake lackluster results for the norm.

So, we gathered together a few like-minded pioneers who believed these companies deserved better and started Zen Anchor. Our mission was simple: bring better value to businesses for their budget.

We found our first few clients on Reddit, working pro-bono to break down barriers and show the value we could offer. Many of our original clients had been burned by unfulfilled promises as their wasted budgets returned minimal results. These were our first big wins. And what we learned in those initial months guided us as we began to grow rapidly.

By 2015, our company had partnered with a strategic management consultancy as their premier digital marketing partner. We went from managing small business accounts with $1k monthly budgets to overseeing $500k monthly budgets while working with digital teams such as AARP, Guardian Insurance, and Avis Car Rental.

As we continue to grow, we’re looking to work with more enterprises to maximize their budgets and finally see the high returns our clients deserve.

Let us be your anchor as we continue to redefine the remote-based digital marketing experience for companies around the world.

Learn how Zen Anchor can help your business grow.

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Meet The Team

Gary Spagnoli

Founder / CEO

A technical online marketer, web developer and entrepreneur. Gary has been providing strategy, account management, automated ad scripts and analytics support for companies for over 10 years.  He's deployed and ran multiple online businesses over the years.

When he's not writing Google Ad scripts to scale accounts, he's either playing hockey, performing Second City improv or reading another book off of his Goodreads list.

Nick Nelli

PPC Director

Nick has been managing digital marketing campaigns for the past 7 years.  Nick has managed over $15M in annual media spend for everything from startups to Fortune 50 clients.

In a prior life, Nick taught English in South Korea for 4 years, where he met his wife. Nick enjoys spending time with his family, managing multiple fantasy football and baseball teams, and watching the Atlanta Braves and Falcons.

James De Roche

SEO Specialist

James has partnered with several tech-focused SMEs to develop their content and create copy that converts. His specialties are web copy, email marketing, high-ranking content.

Formerly, James was a high school English teacher in North Denver before he left to travel the world. His journeys have brought him through the U.K., NZ, AUS, and now Ireland where he lives.

Isaac townsend

Account Manager

Isaac found his way to Zen Anchor via technology freelancing after spending nearly 10 years as a
mechanical engineer. He has nearly a decade of project management and business development experience in Chicago.

When not growing  Zen Anchor, he can be found hacking, backpacking, rock climbing, running, biking, open water swimming, and eventually collapsed somewhere from.

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