What We’re Thankful For

At Zen Media, we have a lot to be thankful for this year: our wonderful clients, our top-notch team, work that’s never boring. But that’s just the general stuff. To get more specific – and isn’t that what practicing gratitude is all about? – we asked the VPs of our various departments to share the trends, software, and other marketing-related tools they’re thankful for this year.

Idan Shnall, VP of Search Marketing

I’m thankful for my team and everyone who works for MZ. I have such talented and passionate colleagues, and we get along very well.

As far as SEO is concerned, I’m thankful for Google coming up with new penalties, perfecting its algorithm, and cracking down on spam and black hat SEO. It’s really making us white hat SEOs work a bit harder, but the reward is definitely worth it.

Devin Ellis, VP of Client Relations

I’m thankful for Slack, for online project management software, and how online storage is less expensive. And of course – Vader vs. Hoverboard.

Angela von Weber-Hahnsberg, VP of Content Marketing

I’m thankful for my team of writers. Not only are they some of the most creative minds, the most talented writers, and the savviest content marketing strategists around – they’re also great friends, and it’s a pleasure and a privilege to get to work with them every day.

For that matter, I’m thankful for the entire team at MZ – working together with this brilliant crew is an honor. I’m grateful for our clients, as well – I don’t know how we managed it, but every single one of our clients is fun to write for and great to work with. We’re just lucky, I guess!

Finally, I’m thankful for our fearless leader, Shama, who challenges us to grow every day, both personally and professionally, and provides plenty of opportunities for us to do just that.

Matthew Cowling, VP of Video Production

I’m thankful that I get to work on Shama’s YouTube channel Shama TV and shAMA: Ask Me Anything almost every day. I’ve always wanted to run a YouTube channel! And the technology I’m thankful for is the Adobe Creative Cloud. This is the software I use to edit video, create motion graphics, edit audio, etc. It’s awesome, and vital to my work.

And last, but certainly not least … our founder and CEO, Shama Hyder, shares what she’s thankful for this holiday season.

I’m thankful for my EPIC team at MZ! Nothing would be possible without these guys.


Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Zen Media!



She is the founder & CEO of Zen Media. She has been named the “Zen Master of Marketing” by Entrepreneur Magazine and the “Millennial Master of the Universe” by FastCompany.com. Forbes, Businessweek, and Inc have all recognized her as one of the Top 30 under 30 entrepreneurs in the field of marketing. Shama has built a global audience and is known for helping brands succeed in the digital age. She is a bestselling author, an international keynote speaker, and has been named one of LinkedIn’s Top 10 Voices in Marketing for four years in a row.



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