Greg Smith, West High School teacher

This Friday, the Performing Arts Program at Central High School in Davenport, IA, will present Clue: High School Edition. The play will be performed as a video on the Broadway on Demand streaming platform. To watch the show, simply click on this link at 7 p.m., Feb. 26:

DAVENPORT, IOWA (February 8, 2021) Garfield Elementary in Davenport, IA, has recruited high school students to provide online homework help to elementary students. The high-schoolers are called the Gator-Aides, after Garfield’s alligator mascot. The mentors provide their assistance, 3-4PM, every Monday and Friday and will continue for the remainder of the school year.

As part of a continued digital focus at TAG Communications Inc. employee Brian Marshall has recently attained individual Google AdWords Certification.

To attain certification, individuals must pass a rigorous Google Advertising Fundamentals test, as well as passing one specific area of concentration. Marshall concentrated on Search Advertising, but plans on working towards completing the other two modules in Display Advertising and Reporting & Analysis.

Marshall says going through this process was challenging, but really helped him learn the value online advertising opportunities and the differences in existing approaches.

"A lot of people are swiftly becoming web experts, but it's difficult to document that expertise and we felt it was important to undertake a legitimate process that will allow our experiences to resonate in this market," Marshall said.

In his current position, Marshall handles Google AdWords campaigns, social media functionalities and researching emerging online marketing tools for TAG and the firm's base of clients. According to Google's online listings, the nearest partner firms outside of Chicago are in Rockford, Illinois and Omaha, Nebraska.

"We plan to continue our emphasis in digital and online markets, and Brian's professional accomplishment helps to validate the service we've already been giving our existing clients," said Mike Vondran, TAG Communications President & CEO.

Based in the Quad Cities, TAG Communications is a full service marketing services provider serving businesses in nearly every industry. Since its founding in 1990, The company has specialized in strategic analysis and creative solutions that achieve results via the staff's creative, responsive and cost-effective service to their clients throughout the nation.


Merger Will Result in New Division Called TAG Direct

TAG Communications Inc. has acquired the Cedar Rapids-based firm of Direct Marketing Solutions, and will leverage that acquisition to expand its current direct marketing efforts into a new division called TAG Direct. Direct Marketing Solutions has previously worked with for-profit as well as non-profit organizations throughout the Midwest.

While direct marketing will certainly be a service that TAG Direct will provide, the new division will also specialize in data storage, consumer profiling, and demographic management. "We recognize the potential in direct marketing, and how it can be used proactively to transcend what we typically think of when we hear phrases like direct mail," says Mike Vondran, President & CEO of TAG Communications. "There is a lot of potential with TAG Direct and the focused resources we now have will drive business growth for our clients."

Direct Marketing Solutions President Jim Brown, who has been with the company since its inception, joins TAG with over 28 years of experience in the direct marketing industry. Prior to this merge, TAG Communications and Direct Marketing Solutions had collaborated on several projects spanning 12 years, which Brown says made him feel very comfortable joining TAG.

"I've always admired TAG Communications for their focus on generating results for their clients," Brown says. "Now we can fuse our organizations together and have a new way of confronting client sales challenges with complete media integration."

TAG Direct will be the third niche division under TAG Communications, joining TAG Healthcare Marketing and TAG YP (Yellow Pages). The agreement became effective on November 8, 2011.

Celebrating 20 years of developing marketing solutions, TAG Communications, Inc. was previously known as The Ad Group until the group restructured in 2010. TAG delivers results-oriented marketing and communications strategies to their clients through a range of services that includes strategic planning, account management, media management, graphic design, strategic planning, web services, TV/radio production and public relations.