WHAT'S THE STORY HERE?

Who is A Willing Participant (and why should you care)? 

Chicago-based agency A Willing Participant is an assemblage of experts who work together to bring you the best marketing or creative solutions you need to get your job done.

 

This is not an agency in the typical sense. Instead, it's a "virtual workshop" where we bring together the right experts, at the right time to get the right solution. They're not anonymous guns for hire. They're people with mad skills, healthy work ethics and we like them (that helps, trust us).

 

So whether you are planning a direct mail acquisition package... developing a full website... rewiring a customer retention campaign... or developing DRTV spots... you’re getting a team who is firing on all cylinders on every level because it’s what they're great at. 

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Our work gets results—and gets rewarded, too

2020 Hermes Award
2020 Hermes Award

Gold Winner for Video, Non-Profit

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2020 Hermes Award
2020 Hermes Award

Platinum Winner for Print Media, Design

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2020 Muse Creative Award
2020 Muse Creative Award

Silver for video profile

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2020 Hermes Award
2020 Hermes Award

Gold Winner for Video, Non-profit

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2019 Communicator Award
2019 Communicator Award

Award of Excellence, Short Form Video

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2019 Hermes Award
2019 Hermes Award

Platinum Winner, non-profit video

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2019 Hermes Award
2019 Hermes Award

Gold Winner, Print/Publications: Annual Report

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2018 Hermes Award
2018 Hermes Award

Platinum Winner, non-profit video

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2018 Telly Award
2018 Telly Award

Non-Profit Video

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2018 AVA Digital Award
2018 AVA Digital Award

Long Form Video

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2018 AVA Digital Award
2018 AVA Digital Award

Web Based Production

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2017 MarCom Award
2017 MarCom Award

Short form documentary

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2017 MarCom Award
2017 MarCom Award

Website Design

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Hermes Gold Award
Hermes Gold Award

Mini-documentary

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2017 MarCom Award
2017 MarCom Award

Print Campaign

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Mark Bloom, Founder

I’m a well-seasoned creative professional who strives to bring you the best solution for every challenge. This approach has paid off with numerous awards and exceptional, profitable results for every one of my clients. ​I've been a writer my whole life, and have used that skill to have a varied and successful career for almost 25 years.

Tom Butala, Digital Strategist

I’m a digital content creator driven by data. Prior to jumping into the marketing world I worked as a journalist—covering Chicago government and politics for most of that time. I got my start publishing online when I launched a popular music blog in 2010, and used SEO best-practices to grow traffic. Now, I lend my skill set to our agency’s robust client roster.