• Escape the Commodity Trap—Become a Trusted Advisor

    December 07, 2022

    When the marketing organization and key stakeholders view the in-house agency as task-oriented order takers, it creates the commodity trap–a cycle where uninspired assignments create uninspired results. When people are treated like a commodity, they often begin to think like one. As a result, in- …

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  • Reunited...And It Felt So Good

    December 05, 2022

    • by Olivia Brown, IHAF

    It’s been a few short weeks since the 2022 IHAF Conference & Awards, where nearly 300 in-house professionals gathered to get real about the state of the industry. In the wake of the event, conferencegoers have had a lot to say about what it meant to be together again.

    • “There was a warmth and …

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  • The Latest Trends in Teams & Talent

    November 28, 2022

    If you’re a fan of Broadway, you know about the saga surrounding the recent revival of Funny Girl. The casting controversy reads like a tale of aptitude and ambition, happiness and heartache. A similar story plays out in IHAF’s latest research—all about people and the prospects they face with three …

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  • Get Ready to be Uncensored

    November 07, 2022

    • by Olivia Brown, IHAF

    With a little over a week until the annual IHAF Conference & Awards, the in-house commuity is brimming with anticipation for this year’s UNCENSORED event. To help you prepare, here’s some quick intel on next week’s happenings.

    Check In and Relax. Report to the Westin Copley, check in at our …

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  • Institutional Pros Meet Outside Hires

    September 19, 2022

    In its 2021 Productivity and the Pandemic study, IHAF reported that 47% of in-house agencies increased headcount in the 14-16 months prior. To meet demand, added staff enables teams to identify new talent internally and bring in external hires.

    With growth comes change. And while some team members …

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  • In-House Agencies Tell It Like It Is

    August 22, 2022

    • by IHAF Staff

    Despite the popularity, success and even acceptance of the in-house model, there’s still a lot that these teams grapple with every single day. There’s also no one-size-fits-all when it comes to in-house agencies—they’re as varied as the industries and brands they serve.

    Our 2021 year-end member …

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  • Claim Your Spot at the Top

    August 08, 2022

    • by IHAF Staff

    Peak performers, it’s time to claim your spot at the top. IHAF’s In-House Agency of the Year award recognizes the unique contributions of internal agencies and creative services organizations. And you can win this prestigious honor by telling us how your team reached new heights.

    IHAF welcomes …

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  • Designers, Don’t Go It Alone

    July 06, 2022

    • by Doug Sternberg, NFPA

    On the long list of foolish decisions I’ve made, opening my own design shop right after receiving my design degree is right up there. I didn’t know what I didn’t know. I had a desk. I had a computer. I had big dreams. Open for business.

    As time went on, I started seeing a sameness to my designs …

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  • In-House Agency Experts and Aces - An IHAF Conference - April 28, 2022 - a Hybrid Event

    Meet In-House Experts & Aces This Month

    April 04, 2022

    • by Jens Peterson, IHAF

    Our In-House Agency Experts & Aces event brings brand-side mastery to NYC on April 28. Here’s what’s on deck from the insiders at Deloitte, Indeed, Norwegian Cruise Line and PwC, plus title sponsor Extreme Reach.

    The Next Generation of Marketing Excellence. True marketing expertise includes …

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    Should I Outsource When I Have a Great In-House Team?

    March 14, 2022

    • by Robert Berkeley, EKCS

    To outsource, or not to outsource? It’s a question many in-house agencies (IHAs) ask themselves. After all, there are many plus points to keeping creative production in-house. Your team lives and breathes the brand. They have unique knowledge and they are also more invested in the business. Right? …

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