• Covid or Not, It's Time for Virtual Creativity

    March 29, 2021

    It’s time to challenge a basic assumption in the creative community—that brainstorming sessions are more productive in person. That, and the idea that some things like the energy in the room, being able to look into each other’s eyes, and feeding off each other’s energy all make for a better …

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  • IMF Creative Uses Psychology to Design for Safety

    March 01, 2021

    What color is safety? Or, caution? How can good design keep people healthy during a pandemic? These are questions we, at IMF Creative, have been asking ourselves over the past year.

    IMF Creative is the in-house agency at the International Monetary Fund, and we’re responsible for many of the visual …

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  • Digital Marketing Matures In House

    February 15, 2021

    • by IHAF Staff

    IHAF recently released its annual benchmarking report, Debunking the In-House Myth. Fielded in partnership with Forrester Research, the study focuses on the degree to which in-house agencies are involved with digital marketing—assessing the digital marketing maturity of in-house teams today.

    The …

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  • Tools & Technology: Your Creative Advantage

    December 21, 2020

    Due to the ongoing pandemic, many in-house agencies have faced reduced resources, budgets and timelines. It’s unclear what the “new normal” post-COVID will mean for our teams, but what’s certain is the requirement to be more relevant and effective for our partners and the business overall. …

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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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  • 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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  • Working From Home? Improvise Like the Utah Jazz.

    September 14, 2020

    For a long time, we’ve said that our job is to “put butts in seats.” And, we mean that literally. Our parent company owns the Utah Jazz basketball team, a minor-league baseball team, a chain of movie theaters, 65 car dealerships, and more. That’s a lot of seats in need of butts!

    Then, COVID-19 hit …

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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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  • 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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