The Inside Scoop

  • Meet the Sponsors

    October 16, 2013

    • by IHAF Staff

    Our largest event of the year is on deck—the IHAF Awards Show & Annual Conference. For months we’ve been planning this two-day gala, from defining the theme and outlining the agenda to directing the details and prepping the presenters. As today drew near, our pace grew more frenetic—though in just …

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  • An Outside Perspective on an In-House Partner

    October 14, 2013

    Great relationships are based on trust, and working as part of a team is no different. It takes serious foundational effort to build trust in a group setting—and it doesn’t happen overnight. But it’s necessary before any meaningful exchange of ideas or collaboration is possible. It’s one thing to …

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  • What Makes a Master?

    October 11, 2013

    Next week, IHAF is holding its eighth annual conference entitled, In-House Agency Masters. Now, I’ve heard of master carpenters, master musicians, even sushi masters—but this is the first time I’ve heard the designation used to describe an in-house agency. And you know what? I like it.

    Mastery is …

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  • How to Build Lasting Partnerships

    October 07, 2013

    When I began my career some time ago, as an eager “go get ‘em” account guy in the world of NYC advertising agencies, building a partnership with my client was the last thing on my mind. Don’t get me wrong, I wanted to be liked, but describing my interactions with clients as “partnership”? Not so …

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  • Partnership Principles

    September 30, 2013

    Partner has become quite a buzz word in the ad business. The big news last week was that Twitter added CBS and the NFL to its “stable of advertising partners.” The 10th annual Advertising Week conference also took place last week in NYC, with a featured session on client/agency creative partners. …

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  • What is “Creative”?

    September 23, 2013

    As a child, I was told I was creative—so I believed it. Aren’t all kids creative though? I did have a creative thought process and because I loved all that was art I was labeled “creative.” I loved to make things, explore, sort, compile lists, play games and rearrange the kitchen cabinets. I drew …

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  • I Saw It All

    September 18, 2013

    The IHAF Awards Show judging event took place last week. For a full day, six judges gathered to evaluate and assess, calculate and debate—selecting category winners and one Best of Show. Here’s what Will Burns had say about the day.

    “I saw sharks. I saw bugs. I saw boxing gloves, and almost used …

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  • Want to be Creative? Make Some Room.

    September 16, 2013

    My friends and I went out to dinner recently at a fun restaurant in Providence, RI. It was one of those places that offers a “chef’s choice prix fixe”—usually that day’s find at the farmer’s market combined with the chef’s inspiration. When a talented chef at a top restaurant can apply her …

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  • The Work Behind Creativity

    September 11, 2013

    This month IHAF is all about creativity and while we certainly would love to talk through all the ways we love to be creative, we have found, as you may have as well, that the creative process often starts as not that creative at all.

    It is typical that the best creative emerges out of extensive …

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  • Content Creation Intermediation

    September 09, 2013

    • by IHAF Staff

    The IHAF team is almost entirely focused on designing and executing programming and content to enable the success of our members. We plan events, schedule speakers, collect data, issue reports, develop tools, facilitate discussions, enable networking—all of which is intended to advance the internal …

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