• Sonic Branding for the Modern Marketer

    January 16, 2018

    I’m not sure when the word “jingle” went from being a popular way to promote your brand with music to a dirty word, but it happened.

    There was a time when having a jingle was important to a brand. When the Oscar Myer jingle, the Klondike song, and others were expected and worked wonders as they …

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  • 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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  • 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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  • The Road to Employee Engagement

    August 21, 2017

    There is a lot of buzz these days about employee engagement, though it is often confused with employee satisfaction. True engagement centers on an employee’s level of psychological investment in the organization—how connected they feel to the company and its mission. For many in-house agencies, …

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  • Could Outsourcing Solve the Skills Gap?

    June 26, 2017

    A core challenge that successful agencies often face is how to balance growth with increasing payroll costs. The nature of creative businesses means a paradox has developed: recruitment is dependent on new client wins, yet to grow and retain clients, companies need spare workforce capacity. …

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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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  • Getting on the Same Page with Local Affiliates

    June 05, 2017

    • by Kevin Groome, Pica9

    So often, it can be painfully difficult to see eye-to-eye with your local marketing partners. The only thing they seem to care about is how fast they can get their materials delivered and how big their logo or phone number will be. Hardly seems like the right way to run a world-class brand—but the …

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  • Designing a Human Space

    May 22, 2017

    “What’s the vision?” That is the question my CEO asked when our move team shared the initial floor plans for our new corporate office space. Sure, we’d visited tech giants around the globe and had seen trendy offices with hot desks, graphics, beanbag chairs, and nooks for employees to work. And our …

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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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