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Modern Day Scavenger Hunt

Outside my window was the digital age coming alive in one of the most unusual ways. DSC_6279

On a quiet Saturday afternoon, the airplane sculpture became a hotbed of activity as car after car stopped and unloaded groups of people. They were collecting items for a modern day scavenger hunt, but instead of asking for a golf ball or a pogo stick, each group needed to take a selfie at various landmark locations around town.

The selfies were posted on Facebook and the time was monitored as each group finished another task. It’s a great take on an old game, but now you are not stuck with a bunch of junk. Pokemon Go, flash mobs and modern-day scavenger hunts are all examples of immersive media activities that are sweeping the country. It’s a great way to have a game and extend the activity into social media. Winners all around.

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Mark wrote his first direct-mail fundraising letter in 1981 for the University of Iowa Center for Advancement. The effort raised a few million dollars in undiscovered wills and legacy gifts. From that day forward Mark discovered a love of the big idea that moves the needle. After 12 years at KWWL, Mark became a business owner as a co-founder of ME&V — rebranded as AMPERAGE in 2015. After 25 years of leading creative teams in video production, graphic design, PR, writing and web development, Mark transitioned out of ownership in 2021. Today he serves in an employee role as special projects consultant. He is creatively ambidextrous — son of an artist and engineer — and famous for distilling complex ideas down to a few words and a few visuals. Mark is a writer. When he found that many nonprofits struggled with complex branding puzzles, he wrote the book, “NonProfit-NonMarketing .” He also wrote a novel called “Reenactment.” Mark is an active blogger OneMinuteMarketer® with nearly 1,000 readers each week on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter. One of his most popular YouTube videos is on “How to Look Good on Zoom.” One of Mark’s fondest business memories was being named to INC 500 two times and attending the INC 500 conference with other winners. Mark is considered by some a Civil War expert (and that explains his novel). Mark also served as an adjunct professor in the business and in the communications departments at Wartburg College. Mark is a graduate of the University of Iowa and is currently vice president of the University of Iowa Journalism and Mass Communications Advisory Board. Mark is married to state Sen. Liz Mathis, and the two love to travel, even when it means being trapped by a volcano in the Czech Republic for three weeks.