• Agency Type

    • Full Service
  • Core Competencies

    • Full Service
    • Digital
    • Mobile
    • Social Media
    • Marketing/Creative Services
    • Experiential
    • Branded Content/Entertainment
    • Market Research/Consulting
    • Media Buying/Planning
    • Branding/Naming/Product Development
    • Packaging/Design
    • Branding/Celebrity endorsement
    • Strategy and Planning

Philosophy & Competitive Advantages

What We Do Best.

The Escape Pod is known for consistently delivering fresh, original ideas that break through categories and builds brands. Our specialties include:

  • Efficiently executing breakthrough retail campaigns and promotions 
  • Re-energizing the growth and profitability of established brands 
  • Launching new products 

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.

Fast. Fearless. Focused on Growth.

We are purpose-built for businesses with aggressive growth goals. Our speed, creative firepower and core belief in amplifying brands to drive action makes us the perfect partner for fast-growing companies. Our services include research, strategic planning, creative development, production, media planning and buying, experiential marketing and a digital studio creating apps, websites and connected devices. 

Contacts

Norm Bilow
Managing Director & Founder

Team

Number of Employees: 72
Norm Bilow
Managing Director & Founder
Vinny Warren
Executive Creative Director & Founder
Leah Hattendorf
SVP, Director of Stategy
Kent Kwiatt
Executive Producer
Mark Andeer
Chief Marketing Officer
Matthew Johnson
Director of Accounts
Jared Creason
Creative Director
Heather Hayden
Director of Talent

Campaigns

  • Advertiser: Merrick Pet Care
  • Brand: Merrick
  • Name: Dogs Are In Charge
  • Advertiser: Chervon North America
  • Brand: EGO Power+
  • Name: Antarctica
  • Advertiser: The a2 Milk Company
  • Brand: a2 Milk
  • Name: Love Milk Again
  • Advertiser: Chervon North America
  • Brand: Ego Power+
  • Name: Ego Power+
  • Advertiser: KIND Snacks
  • Brand: Core Bars
  • Name: What's Not in a KIND Bar?
  • Advertiser: Toys "R" Us
  • Brand: Hasbro Star Wars Lightsaber
  • Name: C'mon Let's Play (Toys R Us)
  • Advertiser: Southeastern Grocers
  • Brand: Harveys
  • Name: Harveys Bonanza
  • Advertiser: The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence
  • Brand: The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence
  • Name: Metro Gun Share Installation
  • Advertiser: Bombardier Recreational Products
  • Brand: Can-Am Spyder
  • Name: Can-Am Spyder
  • Advertiser: Oscar Mayer
  • Brand: Lunchables
  • Name: Dramatic Opening
  • Advertiser: Philips Distilling Company
  • Brand: Hell-Cat Maggie
  • Name: Hell-Cat Maggie
  • Advertiser: Oscar Mayer
  • Brand: Lunchables
  • Name: Alien Field Trip
  • Advertiser: Kraft Foods, Inc.
  • Brand: Wheat Thins
  • Name: Wheat Thins Crunch is Calling
  • Advertiser: Whole Foods
  • Brand: Whole Foods
  • Name: A Taste of Whole Foods
  • Advertiser: Mondelez International
  • Brand: Trident Gum
  • Name: Trident Gum Helps Fight Cavities
  • Advertiser: Kraft Foods, Inc.
  • Brand: Claussen Pickles
  • Name: Journey to the Claussen Pickles
  • Advertiser: OfficeMax
  • Brand: OfficeMax
  • Name: OfficeMax Penny Pranks
  • Advertiser: Mondelez International
  • Brand: Wheat Thins
  • Name: Wheat Thins "Eat This"
  • Advertiser: KIND Bars
  • Brand: Core Bars
  • Name: I in KIND
  • Advertiser: Mondelez International
  • Brand: Wheat Thins
  • Name: Twitterventions
  • Advertiser: Toys "R" Us
  • Brand: Toys "R" Us
  • Name: Make All Their Wishes Come True

Awards

Award Distinction Category Brand Year
Ad Age Small Agency of the Year Small Agency of the Year 76-150 Employees The Escape Pod 2019
Ad Age Small Agency of the Year Gold Winner Midwest Region The Escape Pod 2017
ADDY Award Bronze Oscar Mayer Lunchables 2013
ADDY Award Bronze Oscar Meyer 2013
ADDY Awards Silver Internet Commercials Claussen Pickles 2012
ARF David Ogilvy Awards Gold Digital + Media Wheat Thins 2011
Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity Short List Corporate Image Oscar Mayer Lunchables 2011
Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity Short List Sweet Foods & Snacks Wheat Thins 2011
Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity Short List Sweet Foods & Snacks Wheat Thins 2011
Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity Shortlist Sweet Food & Snacks Wheat Thins 2011
Ad Tech Award Gold Best Branding Campaign OfficeMax 2009
RACie Award Best of Show OfficeMax 2009
CLIO Awards Bronze Cause Related The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence 2018

Clients

Advertiser Brand Business Sector Type of Work since
The a2 Milk Company a2 Milk Milk & Milk Based
  • Television & Cinema
  • Digital
  • Promotion & Event
  • Radio
  • Media Buying & Planning
2017
Fireball Whisky Fireball Alcoholic
  • Digital
  • Social Media
  • Packaging, Branding & Design
  • Outdoor/Out of Home
2018
Merrick Pet Care Merrick, Castor & Pollux, Zuke's Food
  • Television
  • Digital
  • Social Media
  • Print
  • Radio
  • Branded Content
2018
Chervon North America Ego Power Plus & SKIL, SKILSAW Gardening Instruments & Products, Garden Furniture
  • Television & Cinema
  • Digital
  • Web Site
  • Web Film
  • Social Media
  • Print
  • Promotion & Event
  • Radio
  • Media Buying & Planning
  • Marketing Research & Study
2014
Southeastern Grocers Winn-Dixie, BI-LO, Harveys Department Stores, Supermarkets
  • Television
  • Digital
  • Social Media
  • Print
  • Newspaper
  • Promotion & Event
  • Outdoor/Out of Home
  • Radio
2015
CDK Global CDK Car Dealers
  • Digital
  • Web Film
  • Print
2015
KIND Snacks Core Bars Food
  • Web Film
  • Social Media
2016
Bombardier Recreational Products Can-Am Spyder Motorcycles
  • Television
  • Web Advertising/Banners
  • Web Site
  • Web Film
  • Social Media
  • Print
  • Magazine
  • Catalog
  • Outdoor/Out of Home
  • Billboard
  • Radio
2014
Toys "R" Us Toys R Us Drugstores, Specialty Stores
  • Television
  • Digital
  • Web Film
  • Social Media
  • Marketing Research & Study
2012
Kraft Wheat Thins Food
  • Television
  • Digital
  • Social Media
2014