TitleJourney to the Claussen Pickles
Campaign Journey to the Claussen Pickles
Advertiser Kraft Foods, Inc.
Brand Claussen Pickles

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About The Escape Pod

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 


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. 

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Ad Age names The Escape Pod as a Small Agency of the Year

The Escape Pod, an independent advertising agency in Chicago, earned top honors at the Ad Age Small Agency Awards, winning Gold as Agency of the Year for the Midwest Region. The Small Agency Awards honor independent shops that stand out for their amazing creative and strategy, strong culture and great results. The announcement was made during Ad Age’s Small Agency Conference on July 19 in Nashville.

“We’ve spent 10 years bringing to life our vision of an independent agency where we are beholden only to our clients and ourselves. Given our team’s success at larger agencies, we know that our creative stands toe to toe with the holding companies. But we also take immense pride in the fact that we can deliver full service capabilities much faster and more cost-effectively due to the lack of layers and waste with our model. We are constantly making sure we are adding value, delivering the best ideas while also optimizing our clients’ marketing investments,” said Norm Bilow, Managing Director and Co-founder of The Escape Pod.

The Escape Pod was recognized by Ad Age for its standout creative work, double-digit business growth and key strategic acquisitions to bolster the agency’s digital and experiential capabilities. Founded in 2006 by DDB veterans Norm Bilow and Vinny Warren, the agency specializes in bringing clients’ brand propositions to life in the most dramatic manner possible. The Escape Pod has garnered recognition for its fearless approach to creativity and brand-building across three key verticals: Retail, Food & Beverage, and Technology/Automotive.

“I’m incredibly proud of our team, our agency partners, and most importantly, our clients, for helping us earn the distinction as Ad Age’s #1 agency in the Midwest at the Small Agency Awards. It is a testament to all the hard work we’ve put in together, and we’re ideally positioned for the future based on our nimble model and expertise in helping brands break through,” Norm Bilow added. 

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