• It’s Time to Huddle!

    June 06, 2016

    • by Davielle Pierrette, IHAF

    This month marks the start of our annual Huddle discussion group series—one of IHAF’s most popular events. These half-day sessions are ideal for in-house agency leaders and individual contributors alike. This year’s Huddle focuses on the rise of Omni-Channel Marketing and the challenge of keeping …

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  • OOH + Mobile: A Natural Pairing?

    May 23, 2016

    Over the years, we have seen the inevitable—rising fluctuations in ad spending across online and offline media. And just when we seem to have digital figured out, we are confronted by more programmatic, bots, non-viewability, and fraud reporting.

    Well, this is not a silver bullet blog post on …

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  • Lessons from the Leaders

    April 25, 2016

    To say that attending last week’s IHAF Leadership Summit was exactly what I needed is an understatement. You see, over the last three years, my in-house agency has reached our max ability to do projects quickly in large quantities. Projects that have the potential to be great, but rarely are. And …

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  • Improving Client Relationships is Easier than You Think

    April 18, 2016

    Regular interaction with clients is a reality for most creative professionals. (They pay our bills, after all!) Yet, according to a recent industry poll, client engagement is a challenge for nearly three-quarters of creative teams. So how can you improve your client relationships? Here are three …

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  • Sarah Says Goodbye

    December 28, 2015

    • by Sarah Cavicchi, IHAF

    “If you want to achieve some really big and interesting goals, you have to learn to fall in love with hard work.” –Steve Pavlina, personal-development blogger, book author, and motivational speaker

    Falling in love with hard work isn’t hard to do at IHAF—and boy, have we accomplished much in the …

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  • Can This Relationship Work?

    October 19, 2015

    We have all undoubtedly experienced a mixed bag of client/agency relationships over the years—from the rich, rewarding experiences we fondly remember to those indifferent, demotivating relationships. There may even be one or two we would rather forget. It’s the glue that bonds us to our clients and …

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  • Challenging the Status Quo—Together

    September 25, 2015

    Uncharted territory is our playground. Whether you’re part of the in-house creative team or an outside agency partner, if you’re open to innovative, new ways of getting to the big idea, great things can happen. 

    Here’s how we can all be, and stay, inventive. Take chances. Together. Collaborate …

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  • Waterfall: A Top-Down Approach to Strategic Planning

    September 21, 2015

    In-house agency account management organizations that adopt top-down, iterative planning processes greatly increase their ability to optimize staffing and plan for the capabilities needed by internal clients.

    How? These processes assure agency leaders and account managers not only get the input …

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  • Keeping Your Strategic Marketing Plan Top of Mind

    September 14, 2015

    Most of us are stretched too thin—we fight a million deadlines and are sometimes guilty of missing the forest for the trees. We can get lost in the weeds of responding to day-to-day requests and creating assets without stopping to examine the bigger picture. When I find that my team is overly …

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  • Stimulating Creativity

    July 06, 2015

    I was approached to write this blog on stimulating creativity from the point of view of an external agency creative director “out in the field.” Like anyone else confronted with this sort of challenge, I immediately Googled “stimulating creativity.” That brought up a treasure-trove of writing on …

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