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See below for official categories. The regular entry deadline is February 7th, 2019.

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.

From the 10th Annual Shorty Awards

12 Days of Deals Instagram Story Poll

Finalist in Polls & Surveys

About this entry

The holiday season brought so many sales, promos, and discounts so we asked ourselves, how can we break through the noise and encourage people to turn to Microsoft Store for the best holiday deals? We decided to take advantage of the new poll feature on Instagram Story to engage with fans and promote fan-favorite Xbox One S deals in a light-hearted, fun way.

Why does this entry deserve to win?

The Instagram Story was targeted to a core audience for Microsoft Store, gamers, with the intention of reaching both gift givers and gift receivers. The Instagram Story was executed in seven consecutive parts, asking questions of interest with the new Instagram Polls feature to inform about the deal.


The Instagram Story generated a total of 94,960 views at a 63% completion rate (+11% vs 2017 average). There were a total of 14,198 votes on the Instagram Story (22% voting rate) and 'Option A' won every vote. The second question on our Story received the most votes out of all the questions. The average number of Impressions per frame was 13,566. (+38% vs 2017 average)


Video for 12 Days of Deals Instagram Story Poll

Produced by

Ayzenberg Group, Microsoft Store

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, YouTube, Snapchat, Instagram, Twitch, TikTok, and the rest of the social web.

The Regular Entry Deadline is February 7th, 2019