10th Annual Shorty Awards Categories

Entries for the Shorty Awards are open now! Official categories listed below.
The late entry deadline is February 22, 2018

Brands & Organizations

The Shorty Awards honor the talented agencies, brands, and industry leaders behind the best and most innovative work on social media channels, campaigns, websites and applications.

Mary Kay Charcoal Mask

Entered in Beauty


A longstanding leader in the beauty industry, Mary Kay is known for its trusted beauty products, skincare, and empowering opportunities for women of all ages. Mary Kay continues to offer innovative products with proven results, including the new Mary Kay Clear Proof® Deep-Cleansing Charcoal Mask.

To amplify the Charcoal Mask launch (May 16, 2017) on social and sustain excitement around this innovative skincare product, the official Mary Kay US Brand channels developed a cross-platform social media campaign tailored to Mary Kay Independent Beauty Consultants (IBCs) and beauty consumers.

To reach new beauty consumers on social, increase brand + product awareness, and generate excitement around the product and Mary Kay experience, Mary Kay and Fullscreen developed creative social media content for Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest, and engaged in real-time with fans to fuel positive conversation around the product launch.

This social campaign generated fan excitement, results, and led to the milestone and celebration of over one million Charcoal Mask units sold. Overall, Mary Kay and Fullscreen focused the approach on generating brand and product awareness and fueling enthusiasm around this new deep-cleansing mask.


With a complex opportunity to both activate Independent Beauty Consultants and excite beauty consumers, Mary Kay and Fullscreen developed a creative strategy and activated fans through strategic creative, real-time engagement and targeted media.

To differentiate this product from other beauty masks, Mary Kay and Fullscreen developed a creative strategy anchored in the product benefits. Original production for Charcoal Mask photography tied to product elements like activating charcoal and relevant seasonal content inspired beauty consultants and fans to engage with the visual-first content and talk about the product and its effectiveness. Fullscreen created custom content per platform, leaning into the beauty trends of how to content in new ways.

To further activate fans on social, the Mary Kay brand page engaged with fans joining the conversation in real-time. From answering product questions to acknowledging user generated content, personal acknowledgement and celebration helped fuel awareness and excitement across all channels.

Once one million masks were sold, Mary Kay's brand pages celebrated this milestone by creating unique posts for Independent Beauty Consultants to share on their personal accounts and a real-time Instagram Story thanking fans for embracing the new charcoal mask.

The strategic paid media campaign allowed Mary Kay to reach new fans and activate existing customers and Independent Beauty Consultants.

Campaign & Media Strategy:

● Activating Independent Beauty Consultants and fans to share and engage with charcoal mask content drove conversation and generated excitement for the product and its benefits as well as the Mary Kay brand.

● Targeted paid media across Facebook and Instagram led to reaching specific audiences in fresh, relevant new ways with a variety of paid media formats.

● Original Production and custom social content made the brand and product stand out to beauty fans on social.

● Celebrating the "1 Million Masks Sold" landmark empowered Independent Beauty Consultants to share their own posts on social media, celebrate with one another, and ultimately and drove interest in product sales.


With custom social media content, strategic media campaign and real-time fan engagement, the Mary Kay Charcoal Mask campaign generated enormous results and delivered on the objectives of increasing brand awareness, reaching new customers and driving excitement and interest in the new Charcoal Mask product.

Campaign Highlights Include:

● Through paid media, the brand reached over 5.95 million beauty fans and Independent Beauty Consultants across Facebook and Instagram. Facebook Reach exceeded the highest point of reach in all of 2016.

● New Customers' ad recall rate was nearly 2x higher than the beauty industry average. The campaign inspired an ad recall rate of 10.21% among new customers, and 17.73% among Mary Kay Independent Beauty Consultants.

Not only do the numbers show the impact of this innovative social campaign, but fans and customers also took action. Fans joined the conversation in a variety of ways:

● Engagement on Social Posts: Throughout the campaign, many IBCs regrammed, retweeted, and shared the landmark posts.

● User Generated Content: Throughout the charcoal mask campaign, IBCs posted selfies using the mask, using this as a platform to share more benefits of the mask.

● Sales: Savvy IBCs not only celebrated the moment, but also used this post as an opportunity to encourage their customers to learn more about the product.

● Independent Beauty Consultant Love - 1 Million Masks Sold: IBCs love a chance to celebrate each other, and used this landmark to do so through encouraging comments across channels.

Produced by

Fullscreen, Mary Kay

About the Shorty Awards

The Shorty Awards honor the best of social media.

Millions of people participate in The Shortys to recognize individuals and organizations producing great content on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, YouTube, Snapchat, Instagram, YouNow,, and the rest of the social web.

The 10th annual shorty awards will be held april 15th, 2018 in new york city

final Deadline for Brands & Organizations

02 . 22 . 18