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What’s a typical day like in an agency?

A common question many advertising professionals will get in their lifetime is: What does a typical day look like for you? The only sound answer we agree on is: There is no typical day.

Most of us chose this path because each day is different. Multi-tasking has a way of keeping us sane. We defy routine and will come into work only to find our expectations of to-dos for the day shuffled around to accommodate a range of projects, clients and deadlines.

However, if we had to go in and describe the day to day doings at IN Food, here it goes…


Once everyone is in the office (around 8:30 a.m.), Nina, our project manager hits a “Yahoo!” button to call a morning status meeting. This serves as our time to brief on upcoming projects and usually turns into time to share a short story or two about something going on in our lives or the world.

Then we part ways to start the action. Our designers design, our writers write, and our account team works seamlessly with our clients and team to ensure everyone’s on the same page.

Each day is filled with kick-off meetings, brainstorming sessions and touch-bases. Although each day differs in the scope of projects and tasks, we can always count on a few things to be the same:

  • Lori’s morning oatmeal (which has been consistent for 10 years)
  • Dozens of projects being hammered out via Slack (and a few goofy conversations too)
  • An attempt at a team plank session to #stayfit
  • Alyssa’s routine eating schedule (she has this timed to a T)

Food also plays a huge role in our daily culture (as you might have guessed, we’re a food marketing agency, after all!). When we’re not eyeing—and admiring—each other’s lunches, you can find us putting brands to the test to see who has the best product or stopping by Black Sheep Pizza (conveniently located beneath our office) for a group lunch.

And before we know it, it’s about 5:30 p.m. and time to get out of the office for the day (or 1 p.m. on summer Fridays).

Despite the daily shuffle and manageable chaos that comes with the advertising territory, we wouldn’t have it any other way. So, here’s to the not-so-typical days that make up the week and keep things interesting all-year round at IN.

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