Who are we?

In truth, the story started back in 2009 in the corner of a front room. We have since evolved into a business spread across three UK offices and are proudly part of the world’s fourth largest advertising and marketing group; IPG Mediabrands.

It’s been quite a journey.

Our enlarged family network has given our team the scale and global reach to work with brands of every size without boundary as well as access to unbeatable tools and insight from experts in every corner of digital marketing.

We don’t rest on our laurels however. Having helped craft content marketing, our job is to ensure that it continues to develop into the powerful, business changing discipline it is. This means continually innovating to ensure that our approach, strategies and services lead the way.

Our Values
  • Passion

    Put quite simply, we have a voracious appetite to innovate and to deliver the very best service, at every opportunity. As a collective of experts across journalistic content creation, content distribution via PR and influencers, search and data, strategy development, design and development and videography; our passion is second to none.

  • Innovation

    We pride ourselves on our innovative contribution to the digital marketing industry. This includes inspiring talks, cutting edge tools and thought leadership pieces. We hold content marketing at the cornerstone of our marketing strategy.

  • Expertise

    We are leaders and not followers. Our proficiency within the industry can be found in any direction online and has been recognised by professional bodies wide and far.

  • Creativity

    Creativity sits at the core of all content we produce at Zazzle Media, combined with cutting-edge data and visionary strategy, we deliver creative ideas which truly resonate with targeted audiences of value.

  • Empowerment

    Each and every member of the Zazzle Media team is accountable and empowered to deliver astoundingly good results for our clients. From ensuring our thought leadership is ahead of the pack to driving a project through to completion, we pull together to do fantastic things.

Our Leadership Team

Simon Penson
Simon Penson Managing Director

Simon is the founder and managing director of Zazzle Media. Established in 2009 simply to put content marketing on the map.

Simon loves content and always will, simply because it is the only conduit though which long term value can be created. Nothing else creates audiences like content marketing and businesses have nothing if they don’t have that targeted attention. Irrespective of what happens to technology content will always have a place at the heart of business.

A driven but empathetic kinda guy. Passionate but impatient.

He is inspired by anyone who’s not willing to take ‘no’ for an answer. Those that find success out of adversity, toil and risk. A fan of placers of big bets.

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Mark Leech
Mark Leech Operations Director

Mark is the man responsible for making sure that client services, efficiency and delivery are a priority here at Zazzle Media.

With 10 years of digital experience both agency-side and in-house across e-commerce and brand, Mark is well placed to give clients the support they need.

Straight down the line, black and white, logical… you’ll certainly know what Mark thinks!

Smart search is a big curiosity of Mark’s, as it becomes more of an integral part of everyday life by being interconnected across devices, technologies and platforms.

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James Perrott
James Perrott Strategy Director

Alongside running the Strategy team, James takes responsibility for the performance of all clients at Zazzle Media. We don’t envy him.

Described as a man of mischief, James is known for his sense of humour and is often found at the centre of pranks.

It’s his insatiable appetite for innovation and learning to achieve better results that is infectious with his colleagues – it depends on who you ask.

James identifies the development of search engine technology and specifically it’s greater understanding for what we want to see as a search result whilst enhancing the users’ experience, the thing that gets him up each morning. He will continue to tell you this, even if it doesn’t always go his way.

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Julia Ogden
Julia Ogden Content & PR Director

Julia has more than 20 years’ experience in content marketing within journalism, PR and digital.

Now leading the direction for content marketing and distribution at Zazzle Media, Julia is happiest when she is busy; which is just as well!

Julia constantly pushes the boundaries of her learning, developing new skills and techniques is all part of her job as content continues to iterate.

A passion of Julia’s since joining Zazzle Media in 2013, has been bringing her journalistic principles to the digital world.

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Richard Marriott
Richard Marriott Head of Business Development

Richard is a fan of variation, and is a boss at multitasking (which is just as well).

Inspired by people who work their arses off to achieve things in life. From top athletes to those that struggle day-to-day but have the determination to get there.

Richard has over ten years experience on ‘the other side’ so can empathise with Zazzle Media’s clients and their everyday challenges.

Most of his time at Zazzle Media is around providing a solution to help new and existing clients reach their digital objectives.

Richard is excited to see how channel and device will continue to develop around how we consume content, after all this content stuff has been around for a while!

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Laura Morris
Laura Morris Head of Operations

A driven, determined and occasionally bossy lady, Laura has her work cut out with project management, operational processes, relationship building and creative processes here at Zazzle Media.

The ‘go-to’ for a weekly egg delivery and always a friendly face.

Inspired by the strong words of Madonna, Laura quotes: “I’m tough, ambitious, and I know exactly what I want. If that makes me a b**ch, okay” as her mantra for life!

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Hans Seeberg
Hans Seeberg Head of Content Strategy

Inspired by the infographics of Wired magazine, the brain of David Attenborough and the ridiculousness of Alan Partridge, Hans is one of the key people responsible for bringing our Brand as Publisher ethos to life with great ideas. He is also in charge of nice biscuits.

Pre-Zazzle, Hans had 20 eventful years in magazine publishing which included being driven 205mph through a tunnel in Tokyo, editing the world’s best-selling F1 magazine, and being passionately embraced by Sacha Baron Cohen while he was dressed as Borat and clutching a live goat. He’s interviewed the likes of 50 Cent, Frank Lampard and Lewis Hamilton, and says at least two of them were really interesting.

What gets him out of bed in the morning? Collaborating with a team of talented people to make brilliant content that’s impossible not to engage with. Well, that and two kids jumping on his head.

Lauren Shanks
Lauren Shanks Client Services Manager

Heading up the Client Services team, Lauren is conscientious and hardworking and has been part of the team for the past 5 years.

As a real heart-on-the-sleeve kind of girl, Lauren values a firm but fair approach to getting things done at Zazzle Media.

Personal accolades include winning various ZIT awards for ‘People’s Choice’ and ‘Best Female’, alongside a heroic go-karting 3rd place achievement.

Programmatic is something that Lauren is paying particular attention to for her roster of clients. Excited to see what developments are made with ads being traded through TV spots and out-of-home ads and how this affects consumer behaviour for future client projects.

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Tim Hopma
Tim Hopma Deputy Head of Design and Development

Tim leads the creative pack at Zazzle Media as the passionate, dedicated and determined design and development manager.

Inspired by disruptors, underdogs and outsiders, Tim makes sure that the ‘shape creation’ and ‘character typing’ here at Zazzle Media is cutting edge.

Fascinated by technology and the continual impact it has on the world, Tim takes a vested interest in VR/AR and the controlled advancement of AI and machine learning.

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Richard Petersen
Richard Petersen Search and Data Manager

Richard heads up the SEO team of 6 here at Zazzle Media.

Proudly sporting the badge of honour for best dressed and best team at the annual ZIT Awards, Richard is a Zazzle veteran with 4 years under his belt.

Richard happily describes himself as a cross between John Cleese and Sheldon Cooper.

A big turning point for Richard has been seeing content marketing get the recognition it deserves; now seeing content at a point where it is more meaningful than ever to strategy, and clients are getting it.

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Lucy Hemingway
Lucy Hemingway Marketing Manager

Direct and passionate. You get 100% honesty with a slice of humour from Lucy, and if you want something done, she’s your woman.

Inspired by people who dare to be different and challenge the norm, Lucy is always on the look out for how to take Zazzle Media’s marketing activity above and beyond, always.

Lucy has worked internationally for a number of client side companies and has seen the ‘other-side’ of the fence in sales and business development too. Lucy has worked in digital her entire working career and now oversees all marketing activity at Zazzle Media from branded party bags to creating the Zazzle Media annual Content Marketing Survey and co-creating the brand new Zazzle Media website too.

Making Zazzle Media found is Lucy’s focus, and doing it in style is what she brings to the party.

Lucy is curious to see where programmatic advertising leads our industry and even more curious to see how fellow agencies practice what they preach for programmatic too.

Kevin Hughes
Kevin Hughes Content Manager

Kevin is responsible for the quality of all the content we create for our clients here at Zazzle Media, across all formats and platforms.

Also sitting directly by the front door of the office, Kevin heroically acts as a buffer for the wind and cold. It’s an important job which he excels at.

Kevin describes himself as solid, reliable, modest and self-critical. Also, the owner of a self-deprecating sense of humour.

The first half of Kevin’s career was in print publishing, the second half in digital. What links the two is content, and however the world changes he fundamentally believes that people will still want to read, still want to be educated and entertained by the written word. The fascination will be to see how content evolves and how it’s digested by audiences in the future.

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Come and join our team

As well as a challenging and exciting role, we offer:

  • Annual bonus scheme
  • Cycle2work
  • BUPA
  • Wellness Wednesday
  • Flexitime
  • Regular social events
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