• Preflight Checklist: What to Do Before Hitting Send

    December 11, 2017

    Email marketing can be more cost-effective than other forms of outreach, but only if your email gets opened. There are so many details to keep in mind before you press send. Here’s what you need to consider to ensure your message gets delivered the way you intended.

    The Fundamentals

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  • Fix It In Prep: Understanding VR Before Your First Project

    December 04, 2017

    Virtual Reality (encompassing VR, AR, and 360) is an immersive experience providing emotional connections and memories. The barriers between brands and consumers can be removed, allowing for direct interaction via branded environments or virtual product models. These experiences have a long and …

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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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  • Business Case: Constant Contact & Ideasicle

    October 09, 2017

    One of the key advantages of an in-house agency is that their creative teams live and breathe the brand. And while this can lead to rhythms and efficiencies that save time and drive great work, there’s also a risk that it can lead to insular thinking that limits the brand’s potential.

    Tim Weldon, …

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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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  • We Came. We Saw. We Judged.

    September 12, 2017

    It came down to nine, then four, then two—exceptional pieces that attracted our attention, exacted our respect, and divided us as a group for nearly an hour as we debated “Best of Show” for this year’s IHAF Awards. I can’t tell you who’ll walk away with the coveted crystal, but I can say it wasn’t …

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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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  • Bad Mobile Connection? 5 Tips to Drive Performance with Mobile Ads

    June 19, 2017

    • by Cristy Ebert Garcia, Celtra

    Do you ever get the feeling that your mobile ads aren’t clicking with consumers? You’re in good company. Two-thirds of advertisers believe that at least half of their mobile efforts are unsuccessful, yet mobile spend in the US is expected to top $72 billion in 2020. That’s a lot of advertising …

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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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  • Who's Responsible for an Ad Gone Bad?

    April 10, 2017

    You can almost picture how it all went down. “People are divided,” says a PepsiCo exec, “we need a way for our product to bring them together—to bring the country together.” “Great idea,” says the brand manager, “what are some mechanisms for bringing people together?” A third chimes in, “Given the …

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