• Let’s Kick It

    on Nov 15
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    Kickball shirts

    Our highly-competitive-but-technically-just-for-fun Kickball game is the highlight of our fall PM in the PM. We take it pretty seriously. Teams are drafted, named, and then t-shirts are designed. We’re all hoping that our team’s shirt catches Kevin’s eye because there’s usually a free lunch (and pride) on the table.

    Plus, if our team wins, we get to strut around the office halls until next year’s game. It’s a brutal battle of wit and athletic ability because we all want to proudly display one of those little plastics trophies that Tom orders for the winners.

    But before the balls start rolling though, we pregame with a bit of business. We kick off our kickball with a PM in the PM presentation. (See what we did there?) That just means Kevin and Jim walked us through all the new happenings at PM.

    Here are some of the highlights:

    • We’re growing! Did you know we’ve added nine people since our last PM in the PM? That’s a lot of new friends! (More on that in a later blog.)
    • You can now find us in Minnesota! One of our new additions to the team, Anne Hansen, will be representing PM in the Twin Cities. (More on that later, too.)
    • Next year is our 20th (YES, TWENTIETH!) Anniversary!

    Anyway, back to the really important stuff. The teams. The entire company was drafted onto four separate teams, “Kevin’s Kids”, “Balls of Gold”, “Team Better Brother”, and “Kick Bait”.

    Not quite living up to their name, Team Better Brother was the first to fall. Kevin’s Kids was quick to follow them, proving they really need to focus more on kickball instead of trying to suck up to Kevin.

    The championship match between Kick Bait and Balls of Gold was an exciting one. The twists, the turns, the pulled muscles! In the end, Balls of Gold emerged victorious and the envy of the entire office.

    Here they are in all their glory.

    As a consolation of sorts, Team Better Brother did end up winning Kevin’s affection and he awarded them the honor of “best t-shirt design”. So, not all their pride was lost.

    At the end of the day though, we all walked away winners because we got to play kickball and drink beer at a work event, and isn’t that the dream we all strive for?

     

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  • 5 Years of Clayton

    on Aug 31
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    The last couple of months have proven to be the busiest hiring season we’ve had here. We’re growing at rapid-fire pace and have welcomed five new friends just within the last month and a half!

    This year though, for one last time, Clayton Brady is our only August anniversary, and we’re excited to celebrate him.

    Clayton has been working with us as a developer for five years now and aside from creating cool apps and working on really intricate projects, he’s also done other important things — like being a co-founder of our Fun Committee, a captain for a kickball team and a notable pool shark.

    No matter what he’s doing, we love working with him, and he seems to like us back. We asked him what the best part of working here was, here’s what he had to say.

    “I think the best part of working here is the variety of challenges that I’m presented with daily. Any day, a new client can walk through the door with a crazy idea, and I love being challenged to find a solution to their problem. Also the people! I’m surrounded by talented, genuine coworkers and management who make working here fun.

    Aw! Isn’t he the best? He’s a good guy with a great work ethic, and that’s made even more apparent as he recalls his favorite memory.

    “I think my favorite memory would be way back when I first started here, I was put on an Android app for KPI-JCI named IronCaddy. It was a very quick turnaround project with a little under a month from when I started to when we needed it delivered to the client. The day before the app was due, there was still a major issue with the app, which caused PDFs to be unreadable, so Nate and I worked through the night trying to solve the issue. At about 2AM that night, we placed an order for Paul Revere’s pizza to be delivered to the office since it was the only restaurant open that late and still delivered. I don’t remember if the pizza was good or not, and I’ve never worked that late on a project again (at least not at the office). An hour or so later, we would find a solution to our problem, but that night is cemented in my memory as one of my important nights of my career here at Shift.

    I think the experience reinforced how dedicated we were as a company to meeting the deadlines of our clients. It was also my first project professionally and within Shift, so for me it was a project I desperately wanted to deliver on time and fully functional. I remember showing up the next day, loading up a bunch of tablets, and being glad that my first project was complete!”

    We love this guy.

    So, as August comes to a close, let’s raise a glass to Clayton. Thanks for the past five years!

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  • Back-to-School Supply Drive

    on Aug 24
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    It’s August! That means, we still get to reap the benefits of summer but we know fall is just around the corner. It’s also back-to-school time, so parents and their school-aged kids start flocking to stores to pick out #2 pencils, backpacks and folders.

    Ahh, can’t you just smell the new school supplies now? We will take a Lisa Frank Trapper Keeper, please.

    The beginning of the school year is an exciting one for kids, but if you’re a parent struggling to make ends meet, back-to-school means extra expenses and extra worry. Luckily, resources like Waukee Area Christian Services exist to assist families who are in need of a little help this time of year.

    Our fabulous community involvement team presented PMG with the opportunity to lighten the load on area parents’ shoulders by getting involved with Waukee Area Christian Services Back-to-School Supply Drive!  (Say that five times fast.) We can never pass up the opportunity to go shopping, especially when it’s for a good cause. So, we got to work.

    In the end, we were able to donate 648 school supplies. We’re pretty proud of the effort our team put in.

    By the way, if you feel like helping out our friends at Waukee Area Christian Services, they’re always looking for volunteers and donations. Learn more here!

     

     

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  • Baseball and Bonding: PM in the PM

    on Aug 3
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    Here at PMG we take summer seriously. For us, it means fireworks, sunshine and vacations. We have our company picnic, we get frequent visits from the ice cream truck (We love you, The Outside Scoop) and this year, we threw in a PM in the PM.

    PM in the PM is our quarterly company get-together. We usually forgo a summertime meeting but we’ve had so many cool new things happening lately that we decided it was the perfect time to get together.

    So that’s what we did. We packed up early and headed to Principal Park for some PMG team bonding and some I-Cubs team watching. After we learned about the new initiatives we’re launching and new folks we’re hiring, we got to kick back in the Cub Club where we enjoyed the view and some beverages.

    The remainder of the night we sought shelter from the sweltering heat and watched some ball. It may have been hot, but that didn’t dampen our spirits. Although, it did dampen our shirts.

    It’s always a good time when we all get together, and this was no exception.

     

     

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  • July Anniversaries: Our Team Gives Us a Special Spark

    on Jul 6
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    From picnics to fireworks to pool parties, a lot of fun is had and memories are made in July. So it’s no surprise that our July anniversary team members give us an added spark! This month we’re celebrating:

    • Jeff Carey – Blue Traffic – two years
    • Karly Stenberg – Blue Traffic – three years
    • Mackenzie Ostrem – Shift Interactive – two years
    • Tom West – Performance Marketing – 13 years
    • Zach Allen – Performance Marketing – one year

    To mark the occasion, we asked them about their favorite memory at Performance Marketing Group. Most had trouble picking just one.

    “It’s not just one memory, it’s a thousand micro memories that make up my favorite aspect of PM — the welcoming atmosphere! There’s an endless amount of support, acceptance and respect within these walls that’s hard to beat,” said Karly.

    Zach Allen is the newest member of the group and this past year he was very impressed by how quickly we can all make something happen. “Watching a spooky, scary, haunted house be constructed in only an hour leading up to the Halloween party is my favorite memory,” he said.

    The holidays make quite the impression here. “One of my favorite memories is working alongside co-workers to deliver Christmas cheer,” said Jeff Carey.

    Tom West has been with our team for 13 years and thought back to when he was part of a team of 20 moving offices to 1501 42nd St. “All of us thought we were pretty special moving into our high-rise new digs,” he said. “Little did we know 20 would become 65-plus and we’d end up taking over a whole floor and then some!”

    Thanks for sharing your time, memories, wonderful work and fantastic personalities with us. We’re so glad you’re on our team. We appreciate your spark!

     

     

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  • Work Hard, Play Harder

    on Jun 18
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    Close your eyes and imagine “fun.” Does a planning committee come to mind? It doesn’t come to ours either, but we literally have a fun committee to plan fun.

    We work hard for our clients and love the work we do. But to add balance, we make sure to have some designated fun! It’s not always easy for us to step away from our strategic planning, writing and design, so to ensure we do, we formed a fun committee!

    What’s the benefit of a fun committee? “Culture is so important to PMG and it allows team members who don’t always work together to get to know each other better,” says Cody Hill, head of the fun committee.

    What does the fun committee do? They plan:

    • The Kickball Tournament: It starts with our designers creating some rad t-shirts for each team followed by a round-robin tournament for PMG bragging rights.
    • Winetime Friday: Teams bring in wines that are entered into a bracket.
      We then have a blind wine tasting to determine the winner; voting using an app our SHIFT team built!
    • Company Game Watches: Sporting events on our office TVs and food and drinks in our bellies.
    • Pool Tournaments: The competition is fierce at the SHIFT pool table.

    What are we looking forward to? More fun:

    • Winetime Friday
    • The Kickball Tournament
    • Game Nights
    • Tailgate Party
    • Cabana Party at the SHIFT Bar

    Of course we love to share the fun, so if you’d like to see what we’re up to, follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!

    Thanks to the fun committee — Cody, Jaclyn, Kaylee, Katelin and Clayton — for making sure we take the time to hang out, kick back and have a blast!

     

     

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  • Favorite Memories from the June Bugs

    on Jun 11
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    We’d like to take a moment to give a shout out to all the wonderful Performance Marketing and Shift people celebrating their work anniversaries this month! We are so glad that they spend their days working and having fun with us! We asked them to share some of their favorite memories thus far, this is what they said:

    Dan Swenson

    Team: Creative
    Years: 2
    My favorite part of working at PMG is non-profit work like Freedom Blend Coffee and Make-A-Wish Iowa.

     

    Ellie Walter

    Team: Creative
    Years: 4
    I enjoy all the little things that make working for PM so great like our creative coffees, PM in the PMs, holiday parties and most importantly the ice cream truck visits!

     

    Sarah Miller

    Team: Account Service
    Years: 2
    My favorite memory? I’d probably have to go with nearly breaking my neck in a PM in the PM kickball game.

     

    Cody Hill

    Team: Interactive
    Years: 5
    I remember having curry lunch in the old Shift space on the day of Chris Wagner’s interview. Clayton and I were sitting out in the lobby eating our lunch and having a beer watching a show on Netflix and Matt Glynn had to assure Wags that we were not staged, and that this was a normal occurrence at Shift. We work hard, we play hard.

     

    Eric Rowley

    Team: Account Service
    Years: 3
    My favorite memory is kickball…mainly diving into home plate for what I think was the winning run.

     

    Chris Wagner

    Team: Interactive
    Years: 4
    I once came to work in Cody’s kickball clothes after a long night at the Prometheus Awards.

     

    Emily Hughes

    Team: Creative
    Years: 15
    In 15+ years I have too many memories to pick just one so instead of memories I will say, What my favorite thing in my years at PM are the friendships that I have made. I have gone through so many stages of my life (graduation, marriage, motherhood) with some of my co-workers that they have become so much greater than that.

    Here’s to all of you June bugs, and to many more years of working hard and playing hard together!

     

     

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  • Staying Active in the Community

    on Jun 1
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    Performance Marketing Group (PMG) is committed to helping out the local community through different initiatives put together by our very own Community Involvement Committee. Emily Schrad, Jaclyn Overton, Staci McDonald, Troy Johnson and Renae Meines make up the wonderful committee that organizes events and invites all PMG team members to participate.

    “The Community Involvement Committee works to offer involvement opportunities to PMG staff benefitting local organizations and helping to make our community a stronger and better place to live and work,” said Emily Schrad, head of the committee.

    Recently, PMG has participated in a few awesome initiatives: cleaning up a section of the Jordan Creek Trail, hosting a fundraiser for the Furry Friends Refuge and bringing in gifts for a Toyland donation during Christmas time.

    Our time and effort doing even small things has a big impact on those we are helping who depend on volunteers to succeed. In return the appreciation shown by each organization we have partnered with has gone way above and beyond a simple thank you,” said Schrad, explaining why helping out around the community is a win-win situation.

    Coming up next, PMG is helping with Meals on Wheels two to three Tuesdays a month, participating in a Blood Drive with LifeServe on July 23 and cleaning up our trail again on August 3! 

    Keep up-to-date with PMG’s philanthropic efforts by following us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!

     

     

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  • Putting Trash In Its Place

    on May 18
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    The sky cleared up just in time, last Friday, for the Performance Marketing Group to clean our newly-adopted section of the Jordan Creek Trail between 68th street and Jordan Creek Parkway.

    Making sure Iowa’s trails stay nice for the community members is something that PMG holds dear to our heart. Not only do PMG employees spend time enjoying the trail system by walking, running, and biking, but it’s also a way to stay connected to this wonderful community we call home. “It was a great opportunity to take a little pride in our community and do our part to maintain our shared spaces,” said Dana Kelley.

    Sixteen PMG members spent three hours on Friday cleaning up the trail, collecting and removing a total of eleven bags of trash so that the West Des Moines community members could enjoy a clean and safe trail. It was a fun afternoon, but we are most excited that our efforts will benefit natural wildlife in the area and the community members that use the trail.

    “The trail cleanup work was fun and rewarding. For someone that rides on the trails all the time, it was nice to give back. Plus, seeing Matt Glynn lose his collective mind over a small snake was priceless,” said Eric Rowley.

     

     

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  • The Word on Wellness

    on May 4
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    Last year marked the first full year of wellness activities for PMG and boy did we keep employees busy! We had fun encouraging people to take the stairs and walk more steps by setting up monthly challenges in a web-based, wellness platform that Shift Interactive built. We supported local businesses by participating in several activities such as a boxing night at Title Boxing, yoga sessions with an instructor from Power Life Yoga and set up lunch and learns with two local chiropractic facilities. Almost half of the agency got their flu shots through PMG, and we also certified 29 employees in CPR with the West Des Moines EMS.

    The Wellness Committee learned a lot in the past year and is very excited about where 2018 is going with regards to our employees’ health and well-being. Instead of solely leaning on monthly challenges, through the wellness platform we are opening up a year’s worth of activities employees will have the option to participate in. Such things include getting a physical exam, donating blood, volunteering or going to lunch with co-workers. But the first thing we started with was biometric screenings. Mercy Medical nurses graciously provided on-site screenings at PMG in early April. Letting employees see their results now is meant to kick start their health and fitness journey over the course of the year. Come Q2 of 2019, the goal will be to conduct another round of biometric screenings and review YOY results where we hope to be a more healthy and productive company.

     

     

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