Raised in central Saskatchewan, owner Ryan Boutin’s love for graphic design began at the age of 12, when his family purchased their first computer (1988). His love for graphic design developed as he learned how to use Printmaster and CorelDraw 1.0. He used them to design invitations, posters and banners. He finished high school in 1995 then went to study graphic design at college a year later. This took him to the Edmonton campus of the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT).
Ryan returned to Saskatoon in search of a job after graduating from NAIT. Finding nothing in the field of graphic design, he made ends meet with labourer jobs. In the fall of 1998, he started an alarm company with his father and brother. Ryan poured his graphic and web design skills into marketing this business. It became one of the fastest growing private alarm companies in Western Canada. They sold the company in 2009 when Ryan’s father wished to slow down. Ryan’s career immediately shifted as he started a new company building homes.
In January 2011, Ryan founded Zeal Media Inc. The purpose was to serve small business owners in Saskatoon and central Saskatchewan. His 20+ years of graphic and web design experience was now available to help others.
Zeal Media is always looking at the small business owner’s digital marketing needs, adding many new services since opening in 2011. Among those services are social media advertising, ecommerce and email marketing. Zeal Media now serves small business owners across Canada and into the United States. What started with one person in Central Saskatchewan is becoming an international marketing brand.
Our goal is to help small business owners bring in more customers. Marketing is constantly evolving. It looks so different from 10 years ago, even two years ago. We make sure our clients do not get left behind. We continually research, learn and improve our services and marketing techniques.
Many small business owners know little about marketing when they first step up to the plate. It ends up being a swing and a miss until they gain more experience or get help from a marketing firm. During boom times, we sometimes see companies thrive with little to no marketing. They are so fragile and often disappear when the economy slows.
Sustainable business growth needs marketing.
It is so satisfying when our clients experience growth. We love seeing them add staff to match the increased demand we helped them create. It shows we have accomplished our mission! Our target is next level growth.
A man who stops advertising to save money is like a man who stops a clock to save time.~ Henry Ford
Recommended by Business Owners
- Owner, Level Up Tattoo Studio
Amazing attention to detail, quick to respond and full of ideas. I would recommend Zeal to anyone who needs a website. So happy with my website!
I have worked with four web design firms in the past and have never had this kind of quality and service for this price, ever.
- Owner, Saskatoon Denture Clinic
I am pleased with the website development, design, and maintenance services from Zeal Media. Their personalized customer service made the process easy. I was quite satisfied with the quality of work and efficiency. I would strongly recommend Zeal Media.
- Owner, Oaksmith Interiors
They listen well and address the challenges that come with the online presence for our business. They are personable and work just as hard to grow our business as their own.
- Owner, Smith & ARROW (Canada & USA)
We have worked with Zeal Media on a couple website developments, as well as working with them for on going promotion. Besides the technical side of website development, they offer solid ideas from the perspective of a business person, so value for money is always top of mind!
- Mortgage Broker
Zeal is great. Quick work, professional and thorough with awesome ideas and they take the time to understand the business!!
Zeal Media has extensive knowledge on everything media. Their passion for design and unique concepts is what sets them apart.
The quality of their work is 10 out of 10 completed on time and within budget discussed. They have created a kick ass website for me along with many highly visible marketing pieces.
- Co-owner, A&R Electric
Fast, professional and their ideas were creative. They were approachable and so accommodating. Can't wait to see what is in store and work with them some more.
- Co-owner, Pon's Kitchen
The workmanship was awesome and very creative; just what we wanted.