9th Annual Shorty Awards Categories

All finalists have been announced, stay tuned for more updates about the 9th Annual Shorty Awards on April 23, 2017

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.

Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare “Zombies in Spaceland” – Unleashing a Global Zombie Outbreak through

Entered in Multi-Platform Campaign, Snapchat, Video

Objective

Activision sought to engage fans and create a cultural conversation around Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare to drive game pre-orders and awareness among new audiences by leveraging the broad pop culture appeal of their newly revealed "Zombies in Spaceland" trailer. Showcasing new gameplay footage featuring the game's multi-player Zombie mode in fun and innovative rich media units to spur conversation and social sharing across Snapchat, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and Google was critical to campaign success.

Strategy

To reach its audience at scale, Activision partnered with Resolution Media and OMD to develop a fully-integrated multi-platform advertising strategy utilizing advanced targeting, audience segmentation and custom creative to:

- Excite and engage consumers via full-length game trailers and fun, snackable cut-downs

- Retarget core audiences to drive awareness and pre-orders and reinforce brand advocacy

- Reach new and qualified audiences at scale through conversion tracking and lookalike modeling

- Develop fun and innovative rich media units that could be extended internationally


To effectively execute this strategy, Resolution:

- Utilized first-in-gaming state-level geo-filter targeting and localized artwork on Snapchat to mimic a zombie outbreak spreading across the U.S. over four days

- Launched global execution of a Snapchat Lens with international partners (spanning the US, CA, UK, DE and AUS), which turned selfies into zombie karaoke faces singing along to the classic '80s hit "Relax" by Frankie Goes to Hollywood, complete with a mic drop

- Adopted a full-funnel sequential messaging strategy on Facebook to serve custom ads to users based on in-game behavior and prior social engagements

- Tailored video formats to align with creative best practices across Snapchat, Facebook, YouTube and Instagram to effectively engage users

Results

Through the effort coordinated by Resolution and OMD, Activision sparked massive interest in Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare and its multi-player Zombies mode, generating 175M total impressions, 11M video views and a 350% week-over-week increase in pre-order clicks across all utilized channels.

Additional results:

- Snapchat geo-filter and lens reached 33M users and drove 48M interactions in North America, accounting for 6.8 years of play time in a single day

- 2x platform benchmarks on the swipe-up rate for Snapchat video ads

- 70% lift in pre-order clicks when using 2-step sequential messaging on Facebook

- 53% lift in ad recall on Facebook and Instagram

- 40% lift in purchase intent among hardcore gamers on Snapchat

Media

Video for Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare “Zombies in Spaceland” – Unleashing a Global Zombie Outbreak through

Produced by

Resolution Media and OMD, Activision

Entry Credits

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, Vine and the rest of the social web.

The 9th Annual Shorty Awards will be held April 23, 2017 in NYC and streamed to the public.