• Roundtable Recap: Breaking Through by Breaking Free

    June 17, 2019

    Most in-house agencies want to do better, to be better, yet few are eager to change to the degree necessary to make it happen. The reality is, sameness is the enemy of excellence. We have to be willing to break with tradition in order to reach new pinnacles of performance.

    That was the premise of …

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  • Selling TV on a Shoestring

    May 13, 2019

    • by IHAF Staff

    Developing work on a shoestring budget can be a challenge for creative teams, particularly coming up with grand ideas on a modest overall spend. Traditionally, networks have reached out to big agencies with big budgets to launch and promote their upcoming television shows. These days, in-house …

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  • They Did What?

    May 06, 2019

    In 2017, the Ford Motor Company hired Jim Hackett as CEO. Hackett does not fit the mold of previous Ford leaders. He isn’t a technologist. He isn’t a salesman. He isn’t even a “car guy.” He is, first and foremost, a designer.

    Prior to Ford, Hackett ran Steelcase, the furniture company that gave …

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  • Buy-In on Briefs & Briefings

    April 08, 2019

    • by IHAF Staff

    Crafting a new creative brief goes hand in hand with crafting a new creative campaign. Doing a good job on one increases your chance of doing a great job on the other. Yet, some in-house agency teams are resistant to leveraging creative briefs to full effect. Why?

    This month’s IHAF webinar is all …

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  • Hiring for Talent, Not Location

    October 29, 2018

    • by Jack Teuber, PwC

    When asked why he robbed banks, legend has it that Willie Sutton replied, “Because that’s where the money is.” Get any group of internal agency leaders together and the talk quickly turns to talent. Where to find it. How to keep it. And, what motivates morale.

    If your in-house agency is located in …

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  • Outsourcing While In-Housing—Keep Control While Gaining Scale & Speed

    October 01, 2018

    According to the 2018 IHAF State-of-The-Industry Report, 67% of respondents across various industries said they don’t think their in-house agency is adequately staffed.

    Similarly, in a March 2018 blog post, Forrester’s Jay Pattisall noted that while “in-house agencies are possible replacements for …

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  • Creating Hardworking Video Content on a Budget

    July 30, 2018

    As brands invest more in the capabilities of their in-house teams, the desire for video content tends to increase. Requests begin to fly in for video—internal, external, social, communications, meetings and more. We recently surveyed in-house producers and found that, in their new reality of …

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  • 7 Lessons on SEO Content Workload Management

    April 16, 2018

    There are a number of common challenges pertaining to workload management—tracking projects and documents, assembling the right team, and being on the lookout for potential efficiencies are just a few. The bottom line is that effective workload management can mean the difference between on time or …

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  • Bring Back Your Creative Mojo

    April 02, 2018

    There’s a lot of valuable expertise within in-house agencies. And while expertise is generally a good thing, there can be a downside. Expertise can lead to routine, routine to sameness. And sameness is the enemy of creativity. So, if the ideas you’re coming up with are beginning to feel familiar …

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  • There’s Marketing, Then There’s Marketing

    October 30, 2017

    • by Amnet Systems

    Dutch brew master, Heineken, had a successful ad campaign based on setting the standard for excellence. The tagline ran: “Heineken don’t do… but if it did, they would be the best in the world.” It was a stroke of marketing genius that, as these things often do, made its way into pop culture—a …

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