• What's Next for In-House Agencies?

    January 04, 2021

    • by Emily Foster, IHAF

    In-house agencies in 2021 have a lot to look forward to. Our latest field study shows that 75 percent of advertisers now have internal creative teams and the majority of digital marketing is being produced in house. The formerly heated debate over in-house vs. external agencies is becoming a …

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  • Staying Creative Amid the Challenges of 2020

    December 07, 2020

    The original plans we had for 2020 didn’t exactly pan out as we anticipated. Everyone has been affected. And, for creative folks working in the retail and consumer packaged goods industries, there have been some very specific challenges: studios have effectively shut down, production schedules have …

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  • Letting Go of the Leash

    November 30, 2020

    • by Jens Peterson, IHAF

    “Either you believe you are creative, or you don’t. And either way, you’re right.”

    That insight from in-house agency leader Don Lane captures the spirit of the 2020 IHAF Conference & Awards: CREATIVITY UNLEASHED. In other words, anyone, regardless of title or job function, can think creatively and …

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  • Finding Creativity Through Pause

    November 09, 2020

    Find a comfortable seat and close your eyes. Consciously take a deep breath in and even deeper out.

    How do you feel? Did you feel the cool air entering your nostrils? Maybe you heard your heart beating or a bird chirping. Did you find a sliver of clarity? A moment of calm? An appreciation for …

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  • Meet the Sponsors

    October 26, 2020

    • by Jens Peterson, IHAF

    Behind every in-house agency is a mix of partners and providers in key support roles. Several of them deserve our thanks for their generosity in helping to bring the fast-approaching IHAF Conference & Awards to life. Find new solutions to keep your team effective and agile—meet the sponsors behind …

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  • Now Virtual, Still Awesome

    October 12, 2020

    • by Jens Peterson, IHAF

    Forget the “now-more-than-evers,” the mute button fails and all that you think you know about virtual events. The 2020 IHAF Conference & Awards is something entirely different! In four short weeks, our biggest event of the year moves from Beantown to Streamtown so in-house pros across the globe can …

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  • Are You Listening? If Not, You’re Missing Great Stories

    September 28, 2020

    Ever since we were kids, we learned the power of a great story. Pocahontas. Pinocchio. Old Yeller. And, the good ones stick with us for a lifetime. Is your in-house team looking for a way to tell better stories? Look no further than your own customers. Done right, customer stories can lead to …

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  • Meet the Helpers and Heroes

    July 27, 2020

    • by Jens Peterson, IHAF

    In-house agencies carry their clients and brands to victory, but who’s supporting them? Sometimes getting over the finish line calls for the help of hired guns, intuitive tech, and media savvy from external partners like IHAF’s network of supplier members.

    Some vendors have been sharing free …

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  • The New Normals for Branded Content

    July 20, 2020

    In-house agencies are adapting to unique social concerns this year that could forever change how the marketing world engages consumers and crafts content. Among these “new normals” is the need for safer, more-flexible ways to produce work that is both locally sourced and globally conscious. Here’s …

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  • What Awards Season Looks Like in 2020

    July 06, 2020

    • by Jens Peterson, IHAF

    The IHAF Conference & Awards is going virtual this year, and that includes our ever-popular awards show. While your in-house agency balances big social change with business as usual, here’s how awards season is adapting to the new normal.

    Perhaps the biggest change is the call-for-entries process …

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