Our Mission

We cultivate community for our team, our clients and our home.

Our Story

In today’s media landscape, success isn’t determined by tenure, size or even marketing budget – it’s driven by creating community – building a brand people want to gather around.

Zilker Media is a boutique agency providing end-to-end brand building for the world’s leading brands and thought leaders.

Drawing on decades of experience working with the world’s most-respected companies, thought leaders, best-selling authors and authorities, Zilker Media was built to cultivate community – for our team, our clients and our home.

We believe meaningful communities are built through storytelling, service and strategic value and we work alongside our clients to build magnetic brands that make an outsized impact.

We are the agency of record for Chicken Soup for the Soul, Phyllis Newhouse and Vxtra Health.

Zilker Media’s roots are in an award-winning agency, Shelton Interactive, founded by Zilker Media 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. Our clients will tell you though they love us as much for our great results as our good vibes.

Behind 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 the famous Barton Springs. Our team grew up at Zilker Park and we continue to be inspired by the creativity and community the park inspires in Austin and beyond.

“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, Austin American-Statesman, (via zilker100.org)

Our Values

We are committed to providing our clients with the best agency experience they will ever have and many will tell you we accomplish this goal daily.

We believe in…

  • Good Vibes
  • Meaningful Relationships
  • Bold Integrity
  • Leading The Way
  • Bettering Our Community

Our Partners


We believe great companies succeed because of people – not in spite of them or at their expense. We’re always recruiting new talent and only hire the best of the best because our team and clients deserve just that.

Are you ready to join our community?

  • Competitive pay
  • Unlimited paid time off (full-time)
  • Flexible work schedule
  • Health and dental insurance (full-time)
  • Good vibes environment
  • Fun team activities (current team and alumni)

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