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Thrive Creative
100 S. State Street
Suite 419
Chicago, IL 60603
+1 773-451-5397

In 2012, we had an idea: Build a creative agency specifically designed for companies that build the world we live in.

At our core, we believe in doing good work and getting shit done. We’re no nonsense. No excuses. And you won’t find another agency that understands your industry like we do.

Our Capabilities

Research & Insight

Research & Insight

Everything we do—from brand strategy to ad design to social media marketing—is driven by research. We don’t assume we know your audience. We don’t guess at who you—or your customers—are. We use proven research methods—like journey mapping, auditing, interviewing, persona building, and card sorting—to develop smart insights that allow us to craft precise, effective messaging, designs, and campaigns that drive real engagement and measurable results.

  • Competitor research
  • Interviews
  • Empathy mapping
  • Consensus workshops
  • Questionnaires and surveys
  • Website / collateral audits
Brand Strategy & Transformation

Brand Strategy & Transformation

The most successful, dynamic brands comprise strategies that evoke emotion through a clear intent and a relatable, easily understood purpose. Productive brands know that stories are the lifeblood of marketing, and that well-told stories transform the businesses who tell them and the audiences who hear them. We’re here to help you cultivate those stories—and put them to work.

  • Narrative and positioning
  • Voice and tone
  • Naming and identity
  • Brand characteristics
  • Core values
  • Brand promise(s)
Growth Strategy

Growth Strategy

We don’t want to work for you. We want to work with you. To take the experiences and insights we’ve gleaned from working with blue-collar brands over the last decade and show you exactly how branding and design can help you forge an even clearer path to profitable growth. We want to show you new ways of aligning your business objectives with your marketing and branding initiatives so that every tactic you employ is cohesive and strategic—and has a sustained impact on your bottom line.

  • Market penetration strategy
  • Diversification strategy
  • Audience segmentation
  • New market strategy
  • Product development strategy
Visual Design

Visual Design

Apps, products, websites, collateral—whatever it is that we’re designing for you, you can be sure that our creative team is focused on articulating your brand through thoughtful, stunning visual expressions that fulfill brand promises and put your brand’s signature characteristics on full display. At the end of the day, we create engaging visual experiences that will have your audience leaning forward and your customers coming back.

  • Identity and design systems
  • Web and mobile apps
  • Logo and identity
  • Ad design
  • Experience design
  • Presentation design
Integrated Marketing

Integrated Marketing

We break down silos in marketing and ensure that every effort is strategically connected. Paid, earned, owned, shared—we bring them all together so that each effort serves your purpose: growth. Using insights and technology, we scale our marketing efforts to meet your objectives, and we have a little fun while we’re at it. People-centered. Technology-fueled. That’s how we do good work and get shit done.

  • Email marketing
  • Inbound marketing
  • Content marketing
  • SEM / PPC
Social Media Marketing

Social Media Marketing

When it comes to B2B social media marketing, a decade of experience has shown us that LinkedIn is the most beneficial platform for the blue-collar industries. Regardless of which platform we work within, however, we help you develop strategies designed to maximize engagement while linking social media efforts to tactical business—and revenue—goals. Our ambition is to create content that increases brand awareness, solidifies brand tenets, and drives action—whether related to traffic, conversions, or sales.

  • Strategy
  • Planning and design
  • Creative development
  • Posting
  • Community management
  • Reporting
Content Development

Content Development

Thoughtful content drives education, establishes credibility, and solidifies your brand’s authenticity. Which is why, informed by data, we work to develop, optimize, and augment your content so that it elevates your brand across a strategic variety of mediums and formats. To that end, regardless of what type of content we develop with you, we’re highly focused on ensuring that it serves a specific purpose: to attract, engage, and enchant your prospects and customers.

  • Articles
  • White papers
  • Thought leadership
  • Blog posts
  • Video scripting
  • Website copy

Our Team

Tim Hillegonds

Tim Hillegonds

Chief Strategist

Mike Chalmers

Mike Chalmers

Creative Director

Anastasia Sasewich

Anastasia Sasewich

Sr. Digital Strategist

Jordan Weber

Jordan Weber

Sr. Content Writer

Jordan Hudkins

Jordan Hudkins

Visual Designer

Lia Martin

Lia Martin

Content Writer

Eric Houghton

Eric Houghton

Digital Strategist - Social

Current Job Openings

We’re looking for creative, driven people who like to do good work and get shit done. If this sounds like you, drop us a note.

[email protected]

We’d love to hear about your business and brand, even if you don’t quite know what you need. No pitch. No pressure. Nowhere to go but up.