• Raising Awareness for a Cuddly Cause

    on Apr 20
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    Here at Performance Marketing Group, volunteering and giving back to the community is something that we hold very near and dear to our hearts. That’s why on March 21st, we participated in a fundraiser at Pizza Ranch for the Furry Friends Refuge in West Des Moines.

    The event lasted three hours and raised money that went directly to benefit the animals at Furry Friends Refuge. Every penny raised went toward food, medicine and blankets for the cute little animals as they wait to get adopted.

    Furry Friends Refuge is a no-kill shelter, which means that the animals will live there until they are adopted into their forever homes. This also means that Furry Friends Refuge will not kill “healthy or treatable” animals. They are also committed to taking all animals that have not been reclaimed from animal control in Clive, West Des Moines and Urbandale.

    We love to give back by raising money for organizations that we believe in, but what was more important about this fundraiser is that we were able to increase awareness for the animal shelter. Many people in the community don’t know how they can help shelters or even where one is located. This community impact event, held at Pizza Ranch, created tremendous awareness with pizza lovers throughout the metro area. PMG team members were the servers that night, making it a great opportunity to start a conversation about what they were fundraising for and how the local community members could help out.

    In case you were wondering, here are some stats about the Furry Friends Refuge. In the last year, they took in 512 owner-surrendered animals, 169 returned pets, 794 strays and 200 transferred in from other shelters. Also in 2017, 1,235 pets were adopted from Furry Friends Refuge, proving that the work our pals at Furry Friends are doing really does make a huge impact.

    If you, like the PMG team, have the same love of animals click here to learn more about Furry Friends Refuge or to make a donation.

     

     

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  • The Day the Governor and Lt. Governor Visited PM/Shift!

    on Nov 16
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    On November 8th, we were honored to host Governor Kim Reynolds and Lt. Governor Adam Gregg at Performance Marketing (PM) and Shift Interactive.

    We brought the Gov. and Lt. Gov. around for a tour of our facility, showcased recent projects and Gov. Reynolds even enjoyed our virtual reality simulator.

    The day wasn’t all fun and games though; Gov. Reynolds and Lt. Gov. Gregg came to talk with us about important topics, such as:

    • The need for workers with a technical skill set here in Iowa
    • The lack of women within tech
    • Alternative post-high school education opportunities — with a large amount of debt impacting students, what other options can exist for training?

    STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) is an important initiative for Gov. Reynolds. According to the Governor’s website, Lt. Gov. Gregg says they are working hard on a new law to encourage every elementary, middle and high school to offer high-quality computer science instruction by July of 2019.

    “This is vital since kids in Iowa’s STEM programs are eight percentage points ahead of their non-participating peers in agreeing they would like to live and work in Iowa after they finish their education,” says Lt. Gov. Gregg.

    One of our major initiatives here at PM and Shift is working with Waukee APEX, which we discussed with Gov. Reynolds and Lt. Gov. Gregg. APEX helps area high school students find their passion. The program brings together education, business and the community to develop skilled, adaptable leaders. Young adults choose what they are interested in and work with area businesses in that field to explore related career possibilities.

    Two of our PM and Shift partners, Jim Swanson and Brett Burkhart, work with APEX students on a regular basis giving the students an up-close view of the creative and technological side of our companies, and we were lucky to have Waukee APEX instructor Russ Goerend and two Waukee APEX associates with us for the Governor and Lt. Governor’s visit as well.

    We had a great morning with both Gov. Reynolds and Lt. Gov. Gregg and are honored to have hosted them. It’s not every day that two of the most influential leaders in our great state come to visit.

    We look forward to continuing the dialogue of growing the technical skill set of workers here in Iowa with the Gov. and Lt. Gov. in the future and thank them for their time.

     

     

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  • 10 Years of Michelle + PMG

    on Oct 3
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    Michelle has been with Performance Marketing Group since we had just 12 employees. She’s been here through thick and thin, forming great relationships from the very beginning. Our small accounting and operations department simply wouldn’t be the same without her.

    We celebrated her anniversary with cake and champagne and a few lovely toasts. PMG President, Kevin Lentz, spoke the words we were all thinking — highlighting Michelle’s kindness and reputation as an all-around wonderful human being, and reiterating how much she does for this company (which is A LOT).

    “I’m not one for speeches, but I want you all to know that this is more than a job to me. You’re part of my family and I wouldn’t have it any other way. I honestly cannot imagine working anywhere else,” said Michelle.

    When asked which company tradition she loves most, Michelle quickly stated, “I would have to say the Annual Kids Halloween party. Not only do I have a blast making themed treats like Nutter Butter ghosts and witch hats, but also, my kids love to attend. Sam helped me decorate and serve treats last year and Maddy, who is at Columbia College Chicago, is disappointed every year when October rolls around and she isn’t here. She still talks about how much fun it was in years past. It’s also a fun time to see everyone’s children and their adorable costumes. It’s so great to see an office full of happy kids, mine included.”

    Happy 10-Year Anniversary, Michelle!

     

     

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  • Creativity For a Cause

    on Aug 25
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    We’re always pumped about video animation, but this project really stands out. We set off to create an informational video for Prevent Child Abuse Iowa, an extremely compassionate and active local organization. PCAI does exactly what their name suggests, works to prevent child abuse here in the heart of the Midwest. Since they do such amazing work, we were so excited to create a lively, colorful, animated video for them!

    The final result includes loads of creativity and all the information you need to know about PCAI — what they do, why they do it, and how you can get involved. All in one short, 71-second video. Check it out:

    Prevent Child Abuse Iowa has used this video on social media, on their website, and at multiple events. It’s a great awareness and recruiting tool, helping spread the word and urging people to act at the same time. If you’re so inclined, become one of those citizens who act — you can be confident you’re supporting a great cause.

    While you’re here, enjoy the highlight reel below that includes additional examples of our work.

     

     

     

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  • The Annual PMG Picnic With a Twist

    on Aug 2
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    Thursday, July 13th was an eventful day at PM. As if the annual company picnic wasn’t enough, we also got to meet our newest employee, Zach Allen! Zach is our new media coordinator and the picnic just happened to be the perfect opportunity for him to meet a few future coworkers.

    We hung out at Colby Park along with the talented folks from Ferinheit Wood Oven Pizza, our friends at The Outside Scoop, a talented balloon artist and a face-painter who the kids just adored. There were loads of tigers, butterflies, and unicorns running around the park by the end of the night.

    It wouldn’t have been a PM Picnic without some kickball, and the kiddos made sure to keep that tradition going. They whiffed, scraped up their knees and had full-on red cheeks after 30 minutes.

    In between kickball innings, we had the opportunity to learn more about our newest team member, Zach. We learned that he’s a bit of a gamer (Destiny, anyone?), and got some insight about his former career as a “Burrito Craftsman” at Drake University Dining Services, where he worked while he attended school. It probably won’t surprise you to learn that like many Drake students and alumni, Zach looks forward to the Drake Relays every year.

    All in all, it was a great picnic, and a great opportunity to get to know our new pal, Zach Allen. Welcome to the team!

     

     

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  • 2017 Wellness Update

    on Jul 14
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    You may wonder — how does PM keep in tip-top shape? Well, we have our hard-working wellness committee to thank for that. Here are a few activities we’ve done in 2017 that have helped us become our best selves yet.

    New Years Resolution Contest

    Because we all struggle to keep our resolutions past week one, we challenged ourselves to a full four weeks — makes sense right? It was all about killing a bad habit and picking up a healthy one! A little competition always helps, so we set up a tracking board, for everyone to see — and to encourage some friendly banter.

    Stair Challenge

    The most competitive wellness initiative yet — but our current challenge definitely has potential to top it. For the stairs challenge, we were on teams, which made climbing stairs THAT much more fun (or maybe just bearable). Dana and Ellie battled it out until Ellie realized there was a daily stair limit — and even if she hit that every day to the end of the challenge, she would still lose to the Ultimate StairMaster, Dana. First and second place got some pretty cool prizes, but the rest of us slackers walked up and down hundreds of flights of stairs with nothing to show but our sore muscles.

    Yoga, Pilates, and Boxing

    Right here in the office, we’ve been sculpting, downward-dogging, and tree-posing our hearts out for the last six months. We made yoga and pilates regular classes, and visited a boxing studio for a change of scenery — turns out we like to throw punches!

    For the summer, we’re switching it up and providing an outdoor boot camp class for those who like to get sweaty. Stay tuned for updates — blackmail-worthy photos may follow.

    Step Challenge

    We’re just beginning this one, and with so many people already tracking their steps through smartphones and other devices, it’s bound to be a raging success. The biggest question is: Will Dana return to stomp the competition all over again? We’ll just have to wait and find out.

     

     

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  • PM In the PM + A Piano Bar

    on May 30
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    Evening meetings involving company updates, a dueling piano bar and drinks on the house are always a blast — and our latest PM in the PM was no exception.

    Many of our coworkers shared insights on where the company is going, new branding efforts and cool side projects. Basically, we like to get the whole company together to get everyone up to speed on what’s going on in all the different departments.

    One of the highlights of the meeting was an update from Wags, a developer with Shift, talking about a game he developed from scratch where players control a spaceship to zap aliens and subsequently earn real cash — doesn’t everybody do that kind of stuff in their free time?

    Space Bounty is an arcade style space shooter inspired by old-school classics such as Galaga and Space Invaders. As people play, the game jackpot grows larger, and then every 72 hours the top player receives the jackpot via PayPal! You can find it on the Google Play Store.

    After the meeting, a dueling piano player provided us with some great entertainment — and then he humored us as a few of us stepped up to the mic for some impromptu karaoke. The high point of the evening however had to be when the pianist sang to Ellie for her birthday. She’s a tad bit shy, so it turns out she doesn’t like being serenaded on top of a piano in front of 60 people — who knew?

    Overall, we had a lot of fun just hanging out with each other, and we’re already looking forward to our next PM in the PM!

     

     

     

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  • Congratulations, Matt & Kristine!

    on May 15
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    We’ve had a lot of milestone anniversaries at PM lately, and these two are no exception. Both Matt and Kristine have been with us for 10 years — through all the highs, all the lows, and every point in between.

    Matt

    Best Part of PM

    Easy answer – the people. It never feels like I’m coming to “work”. We get to have fun and get cool stuff done every day.

    Favorite Memory

    Many years ago, a group would gather in an office and Michelle would read excerpts from a book that was pretty inappropriate and a little raunchy – even by our “loose” standards. It always had lots of laughter and tears from being so ridiculous and funny.

    Kristine

    Best Part of PM

    I have the most amazing group of co-workers, and they are like family to me. When you work at the same place for 10 years, it feels a little like you grew up with the company and those who work there. Having the support of a great team and great management is absolutely priceless. There have been countless times we have needed to pull things together last minute for a client and put in those extra hours, and the team has always rallied around me. That’s a great feeling.

    Favorite Memory

    As I’m sure you can imagine, it’s impossible to give just one. We are a solutions based company and sometimes that means solving a problem that seems insurmountable to someone else. I think some of my favorite memories involve the times we came together as a team and solved one of those seemingly insurmountable challenges for a client. Pulling together as a team for a big deadline – especially on the weekends and late at night – always creates lots of memories and usually a few laughs too.

     

     

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  • Wine Not?

    on Apr 14
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    Wine Time Friday, (lovingly referred to around these parts as WTF), is even better than it sounds. Basically, it’s a low-key company event that’s grown from a few employees wine tasting around the in-office bar, to an organized competition. Teams bring in their favorite wine to sample, and this year, we used a new app that our friends in Shift built to vote on the best wines of the bunch. The winning wines moved on to the next round, and the losing wines — well, they get consumed anyway. It was also the perfect opportunity to test the new app and find any bugs or glitches.

    If you’re trying to imagine how this works, just envision your March Madness bracket, but with wine. We started with the Sweet Sixteen, moved onto the Elite Eight, then the Final Four, and finally, the Championship. Hanging out with coworkers, sipping tiny glasses of wine, and playing with iPads — all while tapping into our competitive spirit, was pretty awesome.

    This time around, the team of Andrew S., Emily S., and Cody came out on top with their Hob Nob Pinot Noir.

    You should try it. After all, it comes highly recommended from all your friends at Performance Marketing, Shift and Blue Traffic.

     

     

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  • 5 Years And Counting

    on Mar 30
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    When you look up the word genuine in the dictionary, you might just run across Tanya’s photo. We’re pleased to have been able to work alongside her for five years now, and we look forward to many more wonderful years ahead. Here’s Tanya’s take on the past five years here at PMG.

    What’s the best part about PMG?

    I’d say the best parts of PM are the people and work flexibility. When people say “find a career that you are excited to go to every day and doesn’t feel like a job, then work hard to never let it go” they’re right — and this is it. It’s fun to be able to work as a team on projects and get to know more about one another’s talents and personalities.

    What’s your favorite memory from working here?

    There are lots of memories! I’d say the amount of growth within the five years I’ve been working here. When I started here, there were around 20 employees and we are currently up to 60. However, the culture here is still important. We continue to have both family-oriented and employee-only events outside of work that help us continue to be a tight-knit group.

    To only list a few, we’ve had Wine Time Fridays, holiday parties, summer picnics, and baseball game outings. Recently, we also designated committees that create opportunities for charity involvement, wellness initiatives, and more. There’s not one single thing that I can point to, but it’s really a combination of the rewarding work, the wonderful people, and the additional opportunities to make a difference that really make this place special.

     

     

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