awards

  • Shama Hyder, CEO of Marketing Zen, Named to Forbes 30 Under 30 List

    Just about everyone has a list of things they’d like to have accomplished by certain milestone ages. Maybe it’s starting a business, working their way up to a coveted position, writing a book, or achieving a certain net worth. By the time most people are 30, they have settled down and are actively working towards these goals. It’s not as common to see someone in their 20s single-mindedly pursuing a major goal – and even less common to see them achieve, and even surpass it. But that’s exactly what our CEO, Shama Hyder, has done. At 29, Shama has already been the successful CEO of The Marketing Zen Group for six years. Having started her business straight out of graduate school, she threw herself wholeheartedly into its development. She wrote a best-selling book about social media marketing in order to establish herself in the industry. She traveled the world giving speeches in order to make a name for herself and her company. She landed spots on local and national television shows in order to broaden her reach. And Marketing Zen grew 400% in its first year. So yeah, our CEO is pretty much the coolest. And we are not the…

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  • The Story of a Start-Up

    Let me tell you a story about a start-up. It begins in 2008, with a graduate student working towards her Masters degree at the University of Texas at Austin. Fascinated by the new phenomenon that was Twitter, she wrote her thesis about the microblogging site, delving deep into the brave new world of social media marketing. One year later, Shama Hyder had founded her own online marketing agency – The Marketing Zen Group. From its humble beginnings as a grad student’s shoestring start-up, it has grown by leaps and bounds each year, so that now, it boasts an international team of digital marketing experts, and a clientele that has included impressive names such as Haggar Men’s Clothing, the YMCA, and KD College. Not only did this start-up continue to grow by 400% on average each year – it was also regularly recognized with national and international awards for its innovative work and its success. And those awards continue to come. Today we are proud to announce that this year, we’ve been selected for inclusion in the 2014 Empact Showcase. This is the third year in a row that Shama and Marketing Zen have won this prestigious award, which showcases the…

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  • Marketing Zen Accepts Award at United Nations in New York!

    We’ve got a riddle for you. What’s cooler than being recognized as one of the top American entrepreneurs under 35? Being recognized as one of the top American entrepreneurs under 35 – at the United Nations in New York, that’s what! The Marketing Zen Group is proud to announce that our CEO, Shama Kabani, was chosen to be one of the select few honored at a ceremony held in the United Nations building in New York yesterday, October 24. Out of the thousands of young entrepreneurs across the country, only the top 100 are chosen for inclusion in the Empact100 Showcase each year. And Shama? Well, she’s taken Marketing Zen to the top two years in a row now. The Empact100 Showcase was developed by Sheena Lindhal and Michael Simmons, owners of Empact, a world-renowned firm specializing in entrepreneurship, the entrepreneurial mindset, innovation, and leadership events and programs. Lindhal explained the purpose of her organization’s award program: “Our goal is to celebrate the stories and faces of young entrepreneurs. We do this by selecting entrepreneurs 35 and younger from companies they have founded that have made at least $100,000. We focus on a variety of areas where entrepreneurs succeed. This…

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  • The Marketing Zen Group Named to the 2012 Empact100 List

    Here at The Marketing Zen Group, we are passionate about what we do. We have a dedicated, hard working team committed to putting our wide range of skills and experience to work for our clients to deliver creative and effective results. Our satisfaction comes from what we are able to accomplish for our clients – and every day we feel immensely honored to have the opportunity to work with all of the talented people who make up The Marketing Zen team. That’s why we are so proud to announce that The Marketing Zen Group and Founder/CEO Shama Hyder have been included on the 2012 Empact100 list. Empact, an organization dedicated to supporting and recognizing young entrepreneurs, presents the Empact100 list, now in its second year. The Empact100 annually recognizes the United States’ “Top 100 Companies Founded by Young Entrepreneurs”. The honor was designed to recognize the hard work, entrepreneurial spirit, and perseverance of young leaders who are making a positive impact on our country’s economy and giving future leaders inspirational role models. The final Empact100 honorees were chosen from a group of 513 founders included in the Empact Showcase. To be eligible for inclusion in the Showcase, companies must have annual…

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