As WARC has previously noted, in-housing comes in many shapes and guises and it is by no means a black-and-white situation. And, as this research shows, it brings many frustrations for CMOs: as well as the operational difficulties, a significant minority think teams lack creative inspiration (39%) and that it’s difficult to implement as a model (33%).
Despite that, there’s still an enthusiasm for the concept, if not necessarily the current method of execution: 80% of those surveyed said in-housing could be improved, while 77% said they would consider using a variation of the approach.
41% of respondents were open to an in-house model if it helped increase the quality of their work;
34% would adopt in-housing if it helped them become more creative as a business;
33% would consider in-housing if it helped solve hiring needs.
“There’s a danger that the in-house model can become quite cookie-cutter. This lack of flexibility might not get the best out of our people or the way we operate. For me, the right answer is a hybrid combination of the way an agency works and the way a client works to find that solution” – Pete Markey, Chief Marketing Officer at Boots.