• What to Expect in Digital in 2020

    January 20, 2020

    Over the course of 2019, IHAF member and Storyhunter co-founder Alex Ragir traveled the world, meeting with the biggest names in video and advertising to find out what we should expect in 2020. From building in-house agencies to using data to inform creative to establishing authenticity and purpose …

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  • Meet the Mavericks at Transamerica

    January 06, 2020

    • by IHAF Staff

    “Being a financial services company doesn’t mean we have to act like one.” That’s the sentiment behind the in-house agency at Transamerica, who jumped at the chance to reshape the way people think about financial services by reshaping their century-old corporate brand.

    By listening to customers …

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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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  • Turning Product Trash into Brand Treasure

    September 09, 2019

    What do you do when Audi of America’s in-house agency asks if you can help disintegrate an Audi R8 and then piece it back together as an art installation?

    You say, "Yes!"

    After learning that an Audi R8 had been damaged in a shoot and was scheduled for demolition, Audi’s in-house team saw an …

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  • Producing Work at the Highest Level—Is Your In-House Agency Ready?

    August 05, 2019

    Most brand teams are eager to create tier-one content. And, as top creatives from the best agencies move to the corporate side, brands with in-house agencies now have the strategic and creative chops to successfully craft this type of work.

    What about actually producing it? All levels of …

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  • Inclusion—It's Right for Consumers and Your Brand

    July 22, 2019

    Inclusion. The term has stormed its way into the collective consciousness, attaining buzzword status. However, it’s a mistake to write inclusion off as a trending topic with advantageous optics and little real-world impact.

    Inclusive media represents a valuable opportunity for in-house agencies to …

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  • Future-Proofing Starts by Embracing Change

    June 24, 2019

    Earlier this month, we had the privilege to host one of IHAF’s regional roundtables at our LA office, where we learned about the bold moves leading in-house agencies like Bloomberg, Dollar Shave Club, PwC and Trunk Club made to enable their success. Each story challenged attendees to consider the …

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  • Developing Your Brand Story

    June 19, 2019

    There’s a word that continues to arise in discussions regarding advertising and marketing—storytelling.

    We live in an age where traditional advertising is losing its power and the focus on sharing and consuming personal stories grows. Brands and companies have taken note. Brand stories, narratives, …

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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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