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

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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.

Ink Master Season 8 Live Finale

Entered in Multi-Platform Campaign


Increase tune-in and fan engagement through the use of social media prior to and during the Ink Master Season 8 Live Finale.


Our strategy was to drive tune-in and fan engagement prior to and during the Ink Master Season 8 Live Finale. In order to do this we incorporated Facebook Voting, Facebook Live, a live stream on, in-show Twitter hashtag voting.

During the penultimate episode, once the three finalists were revealed, fans were directed to Ink Master's Facebook page to cast their vote for what styles artists would tattoo in the lead up, and ultimately in the live finale event. Each voting period lasted one week.

Over the course of Ink Master Live Finale promotion we utilized Facebook Live a total of five times, with content created specifically for the platform – one with the Ink Master judges on set the day prior, one of each finalist while they were tattooing their seven hour live tattoo, and once as the live airing began, duplicating our live stream efforts.

Our Facebook Live efforts were an extension of the seven hour long live stream that took place on, where fans could watch the three finalists tattoo leading to the on-air reveal.

Once the live tattooing commenced, our Twitter hashtag voting took place, allowing fans to vote using either #InkKelly, #InkGian or #InkRyan to vote for which of the three finalists should receive a spot in the final two.


The three Facebook voting polls reached a total of 676k. The five Facebook Live executions reached a total of 2.42 million people, garnering 691k video views. The livestream had nearly 181k cross platform views.

Collectively #InkRyan, #InkKelly and #InkGian were tweeted out a total of 107k times in the 14 minute window that voting was open. In total, we received 2.5 million organic impressions on Twitter on day of finale and trended with both #InkRyan and #InkMaster. We trended overall #1 for the night according to Nielsen Social Guide.


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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,, Vine and the rest of the social web.

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