We built ZAG FIRST because digital marketing can be confusing and is rapidly changing. SMM, UV, CPA, CPL, EPC, GA, PV, RT, SERP – the acronyms and options are endless. Many businesses want top-tier digital marketing but do not want to spend the time and money to hire an expensive agency or build teams in-house.

ZAG FIRST works with companies with small or nonexistent marketing teams to take the mystery out of digital marketing. We allow companies to seamlessly outsource parts or all of their digital marketing efforts to get better and quantifiable results.


Focus #1 – Small and Medium-Sized Businesses

While the ZAG FIRST team has worked in and with large enterprise marketing departments, our passion is working with small and medium-sized businesses. The company has been designed from the ground up to effectively support companies with little or no marketing resources. Many of us grew up in small businesses and we find working with them fun and rewarding.

Focus #2 –  The Process

If you can’t describe what you are doing as a process, you don’t know what you’re doing.” –  W. Edwards Deming

 Goals > Plans > Execution > Results > Repeat. The marketing process starts with the goal – what you are trying to achieve. We believe that in order to achieve your goals, companies must have a process – and the ZAG FIRST digital marketing process produces results.

Focus #3 – Data-Driven Tactics

“Marketing without data is like driving with your eyes closed.” — Dan Zarella

The real revolution created by digital marketing is the ability to track results. Marketing is no longer a guessing game. The data will tell us what is working… we just have to listen.

Focus #4 – Insulate Our Clients from the Complexity

Any darn fool can make something complex; it takes a genius to make something simple.” — Pete Seeger

Effective digital marketing requires the simultaneous execution of multiple tactics, continuously monitoring results and adjusting tactics based upon results. The process is complex and tedious – our goal is to insulate our clients from the complexity. Of course if you are up for it, we are always excited to get deep into the tactics with our clients.

Focus #5 – Midwest Focus…Midwest Attitude, with Global Experience

The ZAG FIRST team has worked at and for major companies around the word – we truly have a global perspective and global marketing experience. But the Midwest is our home and we have a Midwest attitude – we work hard and we do what we say we will do. We are focused on clients across the Midwest including Kansas City, St. Louis, Des Moines, and Omaha. If you are a nonprofit looking for digital marketing, we have programs for you too.

If you want to use digital marketing to grow your business and are looking for expertise and bandwidth, we are here to help.