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.