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The Escape Pod is a fiercely independent, full-service creative powerhouse known for category-changing work that drives results. The agency was founded in 2006 by ad industry veterans Norm Bilow and Vinny Warren, creator of the legendary…

The Escape Pod is a fiercely independent, full-service creative powerhouse known for category-changing work that drives results. The agency was founded in 2006 by ad industry veterans Norm Bilow and Vinny Warren, creator of the legendary Budweiser “Whassup!” campaign, one of Advertising Age's Top Ad Campaigns of the 21st Century.

We bring our clients' brand propositions to life in the most powerful manner possible, through advertising that is strategically sound, creatively exceptional, and makes optimal use of any media.

WHAT WE DO BEST

True to our name, our agency model and approach to creativity are focused on one fundamental thing: helping clients "escape" the sea of sameness in highly crowded categories to drive brand growth. Our sweet spot is challenger brands who require bold, differentiating strategies and creative ideas that punch above their weight to combat heavily funded competitors with scale and ubiquity. Vanilla marketing or expected approaches simply won’t work for clients who are exponentially outspent by 5 or even 25 times. Our work works harder to drive awareness, spark emotion and provoke action--most often through a powerful combination of communication and real-life action. We also excel at launching new products and reinvigorating legacy brands by rigorously scrutinizing the competitive landscape to identify and maximize the white space opportunity.

PIONEERS

We are bold. We are fast. We defy convention. We drive action. We are risk takers. We are brand makers. We love what we do.

From pioneering the first branded entertainment reality TV hit, “Schooled,” for OfficeMax to launching Wheat Thins’ “Twitterventions” viral sensation, to having NFL MVP Drew Breese retire for one day for Can-Am Spyder, and working with YouTube star Action Movie Kid for Toys”R”Us, The Escape Pod has earned its reputation for bold, award-winning work across retail, food & beverage, technology and automotive categories.

As a culture, we are fiercely independent. We are beholden to no one except our clients and ourselves. From executive leadership to our interns, we seek out—and attract—people who believe in doing the best possible work without the inefficiency, layers, politics and waste of larger holding company agencies. 
 

FAST. FEARLESS. FOCUSED ON GROWTH.

The Escape Pod is purpose-built to deliver breakthrough ideas with speed, agility and cost-savings for clients. We combine creative firepower with full-service capabilities across creative development, production, media planning and buying, digital, social and experiential marketing.

400 N. Peoria St
CHICAGO, IL 60642
United States
(773)885-9781

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Main Focus:
Full-Service Creative
Media
Production
Also specializes in:
Digital
Social
Mobile
Experiential Marketing
Branded Content
Retail Advertising Creative
Integrated Campaigns
B2C - Brand Strategy

Award

Year

Project

Role

Clio Award

Cause Related
2018
2018 Metro Gun Share Program Advertising Agency

Ad Age Small Agency of the Year Award

Midwest - GOLD
2017
2017 Small AOY Advertising Agency

Ad Age Small Agency of the Year Award

76-150 Employees, Silver
2019
2019 Small AOY Agency