• Escape the Commodity Trap—Become a Trusted Advisor

    December 07, 2022

    When the marketing organization and key stakeholders view the in-house agency as task-oriented order takers, it creates the commodity trap–a cycle where uninspired assignments create uninspired results. When people are treated like a commodity, they often begin to think like one. As a result, in- …

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  • Getting to Yes: One Team’s Success Story

    November 14, 2022

    • by Bonny Davis and Ray Samuels, Wripple

    Ah, 2020…a year to remember. Most of us endured significant changes in how we work. But what if your business became almost unrecognizable? More than almost any other, the restaurant industry faced a moment where quick thinking and innovation were the only paths to survival. 

    IHAF supplier member, …

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  • Finding the Right Agency Partner

    October 31, 2022

    Whether you’re looking for niche expertise or simply need extra hands, most in-house agencies seek external partners to fill their staffing gaps. In a crowded market with seemingly endless options, how can you be sure you’re outsourcing to the right provider to meet your specific needs? When you’re …

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  • Institutional Pros Meet Outside Hires

    September 19, 2022

    In its 2021 Productivity and the Pandemic study, IHAF reported that 47% of in-house agencies increased headcount in the 14-16 months prior. To meet demand, added staff enables teams to identify new talent internally and bring in external hires.

    With growth comes change. And while some team members …

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  • Trends in Offshore Creative Production

    August 15, 2022

    The so-called Great Resignation and current talent shortages across the US and Europe have accelerated changes already underway industrywide as brands look toward new models of creative production.

    We Are Amnet’s 2022 Benchmark Report for Offshore Creative Production sheds intriguing light on the …

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  • These Companies Can Help You Succeed

    July 18, 2022

    • by IHAF Staff

    Look inside at any successful in-house agency. What do you see? You see a team of dedicated, high-performing individuals who are committed to the businesses and brands they support. Look a mite further and you're also likely to find an equally dedicated, high-performing pool of partners and …

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  • Designers, Don’t Go It Alone

    July 06, 2022

    • by Doug Sternberg, NFPA

    On the long list of foolish decisions I’ve made, opening my own design shop right after receiving my design degree is right up there. I didn’t know what I didn’t know. I had a desk. I had a computer. I had big dreams. Open for business.

    As time went on, I started seeing a sameness to my designs …

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  • Roundtable Recap: The More You Know

    June 27, 2022

    • by IHAF Staff

    While not all in-house agencies are alike, they certainly have a lot in common! In fact, this year’s IHAF discussion group series—held weekly from May through early June—had us sharing common issues and some uncommon solutions, with members gaining insights from one another.

    Each virtual …

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  • Getting Your Priorities Straight

    May 30, 2022

    It’s the best and worst time to be a marketing leader. So many options and opportunities. And, on the flip side, more pressure than ever to deliver results—and do it fast. 

    For most of us, the demands of the day-to-day are relentless. The fact that you’re reading this means you are likely ready to …

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  • Our Roundtables Have Turned

    May 02, 2022

    • by Jens Peterson, IHAF

    There’s something different about our In-House Agency Roundtables this year. In fact, each of these virtual discussion-group sessions will focus on a different topic. We’re gathering every Thursday from May 12 to June 2 for a lively exchange of ideas among peers, all guided by experts from leading …

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