Zilker Media was founded to help clients make a positive impact and, along the way, to provide them with the most enjoyable agency experience they will ever have.
We specialize in PR, digital marketing and platform development and we are often utilized by authors, speakers, thought leaders and brands looking for an experienced, innovative and enjoyable agency experience – one that integrates everything needed to succeed in the new media landscape under one roof.
We are the agency of record for Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, Chicken Soup for the Soul, James Sudakow and many others.
Zilker Media’s roots are in an award-winning agency, Shelton Interactive, founded by Zilker CEO Rusty Shelton in Austin in 2010. Shelton Interactive represented some of the world’s most well-known authorities and brands, managed the launches of more than 30 New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestsellers, was named one of the top 10 marketing agencies in the country in 2015 and 2016 by research firm Clutch and led digital strategy for some of the biggest bestsellers of the past few years, including The One Thing, by Gary Keller and Jay Papasan, The Confidence Code, by Claire Shipman and Katty Kay, Big Data, by Kenneth Cukier and Viktor Mayer-Schonberger, One Thousand Gifts, by Ann Voskamp, Take the Stairs, by Rory Vaden, How The World Sees You, by Sally Hogshead, Eat Move Sleep, by Tom Rath, Winning From Within, by Erica Ariel Fox and many, many others. Shelton, eager to support clients with his own agency again, founded Zilker Media in 2017 and immediately began working with influential thought leaders with invaluable messages.
What do our clients like most? We get results – from growing Facebook pages from under 3,000 likes to more than 1.8 million, to securing hits in top media outlets like The New York Times, Fast Company, Forbes, and many others.
We find creative ways to help our clients who have a meaningful message to convey to the world – something that will impact lives in a positive manner – but need an experienced partner to help them navigate the often time-consuming and sometimes confusing world of PR, digital marketing and platform development.
“Barton Springs is a sacred spot …it would be a wrongful thing for this spot to be owned by any individual, and that it ought to belong to all the people of Austin.”
– Andrew Zilker, The Austin American, (via zilker100.org)
About the name
Our namesake, Zilker Park, was founded in 1917 in Austin after local businessman and politician Andrew Zilker donated more than 350 acres of land to Austin’s school district, which then sold it to the city to be used as a park. Zilker Park remains the life-blood and gathering point of our vibrant city, hosting iconic Austin events such as Austin City Limits, Blues on the Green, Zilker Kite Festival and Trail of Lights, and is the home of famous Barton Springs. Our team grew up at Zilker Park and to this day we’re not only regulars there but we continue to be inspired by the creativity and community the park inspires in Austin and beyond.
Are you looking for a new kind of agency partner? Read on to learn more about our team, our values, our services and career opportunities with Zilker Media.