• Building a Purpose-Driven Culture

    August 20, 2018

    • by IHAF Staff

    During last year’s IHAF Conference & Award’s Show, CEO of We First Branding, Simon Mainwaring, shared how to successfully build your brand’s philosophy, community and cultural leadership. In fact, his session was so well received that we invited him back as a webinar presenter this fall.

    On …

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  • Cheap Impressions Are Dead. What’s Next?

    July 02, 2018

    For the past decade, advertisers have been in a race to the bottom, attempting to buy and serve ad impressions at the lowest possible cost. In doing so, we seem to have lost sight of what's important—driving authentic connections between the brands we promote and the people who buy from us. …

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  • Lessons Learned from the Inside

    June 04, 2018

    • by IHAF Staff

    Not only does Boston University deliver an exceptional education to its students, their in-house agency delivers exceptional creative solutions to 17 different schools and colleges, hundreds of departments and academic centers, and an assortment of events—all intended for internal and external …

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  • Branded Content: 5 Keys for Effective Storytelling

    April 30, 2018

    Think of your favorite piece of video content over the past year. Odds are, you didn’t think of a commercial. You probably thought of a TV show, a movie or even a piece of branded content. When it comes to branded content, it’s important to remember that it’s not the same as advertising.

    Consumers …

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  • Sonic Branding for the Modern Marketer

    January 16, 2018

    I’m not sure when the word “jingle” went from being a popular way to promote your brand with music to a dirty word, but it happened.

    There was a time when having a jingle was important to a brand. When the Oscar Myer jingle, the Klondike song, and others were expected and worked wonders as they …

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  • The Importance of “Universal Levels of Creativity” in Production

    December 18, 2017

    Creative teams receive briefs from a variety of sources every day, and each carries an assumption that it will quickly deliver the desired outcome that is intended by the requestor. While this sounds simple in principle, it is rarely possible in practice.

    The Purpose of a Brief. The writer and/or …

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  • 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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