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We are a growth engine.

The Escape Pod is a fiercely independent, full-service creative powerhouse known for category-changing work that drives results. Named Ad Age's Small Agency of the Year for the Midwest in 2017, 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, driving growth through advertising that is strategically sound, creatively exceptional, and makes optimal use of any media.

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. 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.

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.

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.

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