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A Little Bit of Culture in a Big Way

A Little Bit of Culture in a Big Way

This past March we celebrated our 26th anniversary by continuing to be the strongest and smartest agency in the Challenger Food category. Any RMDer will tell you: RMD is all about the culture. So, what makes this place one we all love coming to every day?RMD Teambuilding

RMD’s culture is like no other. While the formula for a perfect workplace may not exist, we think that by understanding that it is a collaborative effort and that it is something we consciously work to maintain every day, we’ve come pretty damn close.

Here’s a taste of what we think makes our agency great!

 1. Mojo Lunch. Hey, a team’s gotta eat, right? Mojo Lunch on Friday is a perk this hungry team never takes for granted!

2. Quarterly Outings. Team building makes the world or RMD go round! Two for family and friends and two for team only makes for happy people all around.

3. Plank Like You Need It. It might seem unnecessary, but the RMDers who plank every day know that all it takes to manage your state is a couple of abdominal building minutes!

4. #ThankfulThursday. Teambuilding makes RMD go round, but gratitude is at the heart of all we do, and Thankful Thursday reminds us of that.

5. Summer Fridays. It’s summer, it’s warm, it’s sunny and it’s time to enjoy a half day off to do whatever you want to do – except work.

6. Bang a Gong. A gong helps us to celebrate the big and small victories audibly throughout the day!

7. #AttitudeOfGratitude. An RMD-inspired way of celebrating the gifts (big and small) we each give to one another every day. #AOG to you for giving our blog post a read!

8. Soul Train. When we’re saying goodbye to a team member, our version of Soul Train sends ‘em out in a classic RMD manner.

9. Furry friends. They’re our official Directors of Stress Management, and they do a damn good job!

Dogs of RMD10. ProBest. Held every Friday, ProBest is our time to come together and become the high-quality professionals that help to make RMD special.

11. Mojo. It’s our time to reconnect and reflect on yet another outstanding week Think of it as a little teambuilding every Friday morning.

12. Virtual Showers. RMD throws one heck of a shower. Wedding and baby showers are our specialties!

13. Community Work. Because we’re all like-minded individuals, work like that we do with Wagons Ho Ho Ho is something we have a great deal of pride.

14. Food Holidays. National Ice Cream Day isn’t just a fun food holiday to share across social media; it’s also an excuse to indulge in our favorite ice cream brand: Graeter’s Ice CreamSurprise and delight at RMD

15. Sprints. Revolutionizing the way we hold meetings, you have to experience a sprint to see how much more productive they make us!

16. Book Club. In our commitment to excellence, we love meeting every Wednesday morning to share our thoughts on that month’s industry-related book. Check out a few books worth reading.

17. HipChatting. We just use this internal communication tool as our agency-wide message board to celebrate victories, share ideas and feel connected. Sound off!

6 Ways to Improve Your Sense of a Sensible Team

6 Ways to Improve Your Sense of a Sensible Team

Teamwork and relationships within a team can be very elusive. Well done, a strong sense of team seems effortless, but rest assured, it never is. At RMD, we constantly work to balance the need for conflict to bust through complacency in a hurry … with the need to build bridges within our teams that forge strong relationships. We have found these six tips to help along the way:

1. Take the initiative. Go to the other person first.

2. Sympathize with their feelings. Listen before talking. Focus on their feelings.

3. Confess your part of the conflict.

4. Attack the problem, not the person.

5. Cooperate as much as possible.

6. Emphasize reconciliation, not resolution.

The most heart-warming, rewarding and hard-working months

The most heart-warming, rewarding and hard-working months

To Future RMD Interns:

The next two and a half months at RMD Advertising are going to be the most heart-warming, rewarding, hard-working months you’ll have. RMD is a special place where you’ll be surrounded by people who want to see you learn and grow, who enjoy laughing and sharing in good times, but who also buckle down and work hard.

Ali

I know from my internship, working at RMD is an experience I’ll never forget. I want to share with you the five pieces of advice I have that you should keep in your back pocket as you experience RMD for yourself.

1. Be Open-Minded: Your first week as an intern will be exciting and overwhelming. You’ll be learning so much, very quickly. Be a sponge. Soak it all in and definitely, take notes.

2. Ask Questions: Show your curiosity, and don’t be afraid that the words coming out of your mouth might feel silly. RMDers will go above and beyond to make sure you understand what you don’t yet know!

3. Overcommunicate: I can’t stress this enough. It’s one RMD’s core values. If you’re having trouble understanding a task, RMDers will help you through it.

4. Be a Helping Hand: Agency life can get busy, but if you ask how you can help an RMDer, it will alleviate their stress and will show that you care. It’ll teach you that the team you’re playing on is bigger than any one player.

5. Share Your Ideas: Big or small, don’t be afraid to share ideas you have about a social media post or how to tackle an upcoming campaign. It shows that you’re willing to jump in and participate!

All of this and more that I’ve learned at RMD are life lessons I know I’ll carry with me throughout my career. Thank you RMD, for an incredible experience!

Ali C. Spring Intern ’16

Tackling RMD… one bite at a time

Tackling RMD… one bite at a time

“If you can take a step, take it.”

As I scrolled through my social media feeds, this quote caught my eye. Not because of its inspirational undertones, but because it reflects my experience as an RMD SPC. The mentality here isn’t just to work hard but to work right; the mentality here is if you can take in the right direction, take it.

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But what is an SPC?

SPC stands for “Special Projects Coordinator,” which is essentially RMD Advertising’s internship program. I like that my title isn’t “intern” because that word suggests brevity, expendability, and immaturity, and as a recent college graduate, I want to be taken seriously, prove my worth, and make an impact. In comparison to my previous internship experiences, my time as an RMD SPC falls much closer to the professional side of the spectrum.

With a proper title come proper responsibilities. The weight of knowing my work impacts that of my team is both fulfilling and fueling because I know my time and effort is worthwhile and perpetual. Don’t get me wrong, this fulfillment is an earned feeling – it’s definitely a learning process in its own right.

As a student, I thought my biggest professional challenges would involve tasks like writing press releases in short amounts of time, negotiating with clients, or giving flawless presentations.

Nope.

My biggest challenges in reality were time management, organization, and prioritizing. Now, I’m not a disorganized person and I work relatively quickly, especially with a journalism background. However, the RMD work grind is very rapid, therefore the level of meticulousness is also very high. During my first few weeks, I felt like I was drowning because I didn’t have a full comprehension of how much work I could handle or how quickly I could work.

In due time, I learned the key is communicating with my peers and someone will always extend a hand to help ease the path. I learned that everyone is very willing to provide support because the culture here is a collective one – rather than “I am successful” it’s “We are successful.”

The satisfaction of seeing (and experiencing) the ripple effect of the PR Team, Creative Team, or Social Team output out is inexplicable – it’s almost like a literal push of RMD’s energy into the rest of society.

When I go grocery shopping, I can proudly pick up a product and say “Hey! The agency I work with represents this brand!” When I drive by a restaurant, I can happily point and exclaim, “Look! That’s one of clients we work with!”

So here, at this agency, we take a step if there is a step, and that is probably the crux to our growth and reputation.

K. Niu, Special Projects Coordinator

How to build a great team, through the
eyes of an SPC

How to build a great team, through the
eyes of an SPC

In my first month as a young professional, I have learned so many skills and practices that I could never have learned in a classroom. One of the traits of RMD Advertising I have come to value is the team mentality. RMDers are thoughtful and supportive, are always willing to help, and are there for each other through thick and thin.

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Here are three reasons why this kind of teamwork is so important in the workplace and why I’m so happy to be a part of RMD:

1. It Builds Trust: When you work with people who you know have your back, you learn to trust them. Trust is extremely valuable because it means we can work together harmoniously. We are not afraid to state a big idea or try a different approach, because we trust our co-workers to be open-minded and listen.

2. It Creates a Creative Environment: At RMD, we often sit with three or four people in an office although we may not be working on the same project. It’s an easy way to bounce ideas off one another and gain that sort of inspiration that only comes from collaboration! Some of our best ideas come from these kind of group working “sessions”!

3. It Makes Us Better Professionals: When we work as a team, we become the strongest support system we can be for our clients, because being there for them is what we’re all about!

Visit the “Behind the Scenes” at RMD Pinterest Board for a sneak peak at the team!

– Erin, Special Projects Coordinator

In the Spirit of Mojo

In the Spirit of Mojo

RMD Advertising Mojo Award Winners
A great big congratulations and THANK YOU to our Mojo winner this week. Greg, Special Projects Coordinator, was selected for his attitude, sunny disposition, quick learning and new ideas brought to the social media team. Way to go Greg!!
 
 
 
 
RMD Advertising Mojo Award Winners
A big shout out to last week’s Mojo winner, Alex K. This Starbucks gift card is just a small token of “thanks” for the diligence you have given for new business. You are an all around amazing team member!
 
 
 
 

Get ready to GROW

Get ready to GROW

When I tell people about working for RMD Advertising, I tell them to imagine the ideal modern ad agency and you’ve got a good start to understanding the environment that is RMD. An incredible team, comfortable working environments, dance breaks, and an eclectic creative suite are just some of the characteristics that make this hip and up-beat agency shine. But what makes it really stand out in terms of creating the best internship experience are the things I didn’t necessarily expect; the things that are a little bit less tangible. There is no way to describe it other than to say this agency is the MOST FUN work environment I’ve ever been in while at the same time being the MOST PRODUCTIVE.

It’s about this time that I should say that this agency isn’t for everyone. It takes a very special type of person to succeed with RMD Advertising. This internship isn’t for someone who is just looking to bolster their resume, although it will definitely do that. Honestly, this isn’t even just for someone who is looking to work hard, although you may be successful. This internship is for someone who is looking to GROW. In addition to being able to see the ins and outs of a national food advertising agency, you will learn more about time management, personal productivity, and personal development than you learned during the rest of your adult life.

So, if you feel that you’re passionate, driven, and ready to grow, then dive-in with RMD, and I promise you won’t be disappointed.

-Jason Y, past RMD Intern

Ahhh, the Power of the Mojo

Ahhh, the Power of the Mojo

Each week, RMD Advertising honors a team member with the Mojo Award. This “prestigious” award is presented to a person who has gone beyond the task at hand – it could be uncovering a solution to a client issue or a simple gesture toward another team member in need. The Mojo Award is given during our Friday morning team meeting (yes, we call this meeting Mojo).   RMDMojoWinner-Jason

This week we raise a cup of joe to Jason for alleviating a team members’ stress by finding a way around a missing file. Ahhh, the power of Mojo. A big attitude of gratitude goes out to Jason for a being a great member of our team. This is something RMD Advertising is proud to be built upon.
Donn Ditzhazy, ECD

Radio Row, Pork Rinds, Football Players … and Fun

Radio Row, Pork Rinds, Football Players … and Fun

Hats off to the RMD Advertising client and Public Relations team for a killer year at the Super Bowl’s annual Radio Row. With one of our very favorite clients, Rudolph Foods in tow — celebrating Pork Rind Appreciation Day (yes, there really is such a thing!) we not only raised awareness for the brand, but a whole lot of love for Coach Ditka’s Gridiron Greats Assistance Fund. This year, Rudolph Foods donated $15,000 to this amazing charity, thanks for all those pork rind lovin’ consumers out there buying the product.Dick Vermeil

From the NFL network to Sirius FM and local affiliates in top ranked markets such as Houston, Dallas, Miami and more … the gift of gab was evident — as we covered more than 8 hours of straight interviews, more than 50 million media impressions and and countless advertising equivalencies for both the charity and the brand. Next year … San Francisco. Here we come!

Sue Reninger, Managing Partner, Brand Strategy

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