• 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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  • Creative Problem Solving for In-House Agencies

    June 22, 2020

    • by Jens Peterson, IHAF

    In-house agencies are chock full of creativity, but how do they apply it to solve business problems? Creative leaders from KPMG, DraftKings, realtor.com and ELEMENT gathered recently for our In-House Agency Roundtables to show more than 200 community members how it's done. Read on for key takeaways …

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  • Staying Creative Through Crises May Save Us All

    June 01, 2020

    Okay, the title of this post may be a bit dramatic, but we’re in uncharted territory here. In the face of an unprecedented business environment where most organizations have pivoted to a 100% virtual model, it can be a massive challenge to keep your teams motivated and thinking creatively.

    So, how …

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  • Benchmarking Your Best Creative Work

    May 25, 2020

    • by Jens Peterson, IHAF

    Entry season for the IHAF Creativity Awards is heating up as internal agencies submit their finest work from last year. How does your team's print and digital prowess compare to the best of the best?

    Submissions that boast creative excellence could win Honorable Mention, Silver, Gold or even the …

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  • Finally, Some Good News

    April 13, 2020

    • by Jens Peterson, IHAF

    Don’t be fooled by what’s already felt like the longest year ever. Entry season for the 2020 IHAF Awards just opened, which means we’ll soon meet again to toast the winners. Will your in-house agency take the stage when we celebrate?

    If you’ve never been to the IHAF Conference & Awards or just can’ …

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  • What I’ve Learned Interviewing 20 In-House Leaders

    October 21, 2019

    In just ten years, the number of corporations that ‘fess up to having an in-house agency has nearly doubled. In fact, a study conducted by IHAF and Forrester underscores the reality that insourcing is not a passing fad, but rather, the new normal when it comes to corporate advertising and creative …

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  • Building Purpose Through Disruption

    October 07, 2019

    In an environment of constant change, people crave stability. Even when change is positive, it can be chaotic. I often say our industry is thrilling because it sometimes feels like navigating through a tornado. Most of the time, I stay grounded in the eye of the storm, but there are days when I …

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  • Roundtable Recap: Breaking Through by Breaking Free

    June 17, 2019

    Most in-house agencies want to do better, to be better, yet few are eager to change to the degree necessary to make it happen. The reality is, sameness is the enemy of excellence. We have to be willing to break with tradition in order to reach new pinnacles of performance.

    That was the premise of …

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  • It’s Your Crowning Moment

    June 10, 2019

    • by IHAF Staff

    There’s an old saying that goes, “Heavy is the head that wears the crown.” Well, here at IHAF, we beg to differ. In fact, winning the crown is one of the lightest, most uplifting moments your team can experience. The crown we’re talking about, of course, is our In-House Agency of the Year award. …

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  • How to Recruit Top Talent

    May 28, 2019

    Your company is only as good as the people who work there. That’s a cliché, of course, but it’s also 100% true. So, how do you go about recruiting the best people for your in-house agency? What follows are five things we do at Garmin to recruit top talent.

    1.) Clear vision. You can’t expect …

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