• Proving the Value of Your In-House Agency

    September 18, 2017

    • by IHAF Staff

    One of the challenges internal agencies face is proving their value, particularly when it comes to dated stereotypes in relation to external agencies. Not only are in-house agencies contributing creative ideas, they’re contributing to the bottom line—resulting in a value equation that outside …

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  • The Road to Employee Engagement

    August 21, 2017

    There is a lot of buzz these days about employee engagement, though it is often confused with employee satisfaction. True engagement centers on an employee’s level of psychological investment in the organization—how connected they feel to the company and its mission. For many in-house agencies, …

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  • Eight Cities, Eight Conversations—One Dynamic Experience!

    July 10, 2017

    • by IHAF Staff

    We recently wrapped our In-House Agency Roundtables, where eight different companies in eight different cities hosted coffee and conversation among their in-house peers. Each session began with a host presentation followed by a facilitated exchange on the challenges and opportunities facing in- …

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  • Getting on the Same Page with Local Affiliates

    June 05, 2017

    • by Kevin Groome, Pica9

    So often, it can be painfully difficult to see eye-to-eye with your local marketing partners. The only thing they seem to care about is how fast they can get their materials delivered and how big their logo or phone number will be. Hardly seems like the right way to run a world-class brand—but the …

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  • How Design Live: Top 5 Takeaways

    May 15, 2017

    I’ve been to HOW Design Live six times and I must say it never gets old. Inspiring speakers. Interesting topics. And maybe a little bit of swag to bring home from the expo hall. Most of all, it is a good opportunity to get a read on what is going on in our creative world.

    This year, seven IHAF …

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  • 7 Tips for Building Your Personal Brand

    May 08, 2017

    In today’s hyper-connected world, brand building is no longer limited to monitoring and actively nurturing the reputation of a product or organization. It’s become much more personal—in some instances, very personal.

    Every tweet, status update, shared video, or tagged image helps paint an …

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  • Why Do We Call It Content Marketing?

    April 24, 2017

    Many companies today are experiencing a seismic disruption in the way they create products and get people to buy them. And for those of us in the in-house agency world, that seismic disruption is creating a ripple effect right down through our shops.

    Disruption also creates opportunity, however. …

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  • Efficiency through Mob Design (a.k.a. How Four People Worked Faster by Sharing One Computer)

    November 28, 2016

    Today most people have two or three computers. So why would anyone make four people work together on one computer? And, who would be insane enough to force two designers, one marketer, and one product manager to take turns using the same design software on that one computer?

    The answer: a design …

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  • Making Our Way Through Change

    November 21, 2016

    Immediately following the recent presidential election, I found myself delivering a keynote presentation on Change at the IHAF conference—appropriately entitled, Ready or Not. My topic wound its way through the psychology of change reactions, Theory U and The Dark Night of the Soul (or what happens …

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  • Data-Driven Marketing: It Takes a Village

    August 29, 2016

    At a recent agency conference, my ears perked up when I heard John Osborn, President and CEO of BBDO NY say, “Data is the new sexy.” After decades of being thought of as marketing data geeks, we’ve never thought of including the word “sexy” in our agency positioning statement.

    Speaking with Judy …

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