12th Annual Shorty Awards Categories

The final deadline to vote for your favorite nominee or to enter your brand or organization was on Thursday, February 20th, 2020.


Honoring the most notable and viral influencers and creators from 2020. See below for official categories.

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.

From the 10th Annual Shorty Awards

13 Reasons Why

Finalist in Instagram

About this entry

For teens, the loudest, most impactful conversations happen on Instagram. We launched a multi-layered strategy tailor-made for our target's favorite place to socialize, complete with exclusives from Instagram royalty, an authentic in-world feel, and a secret Finstagram with a surprise twist.

Why does this entry deserve to win?

First, our EP Selena Gomez drove her 124M followers our way by debuting the series announce on her channel. When fans landed on our feed, they poured over mysterious photos and cryptic text messages. Conversation exploded as fans tried to decipher the posts--rapidly earning us over 30K followers in 24 hours. Hence, we maintained a completely in-world account, featuring regrams and Stories by the characters themselves, as well as videos that disrupted fans' feeds--giving them a seamless look at what scrolling through the character's feeds would look like. Then, we raised the stakes higher. We leveraged a key insight about our demographic: teens compartmentalize their social lives and hide mischief from their parents by creating fake Instagram accounts: "Finstagrams." As soon as fans saw our in-world posts feature individual characters' account handles, they instantly searched for them. They were amazed to find over 20 private character accounts - including one for our doomed heroine, Hannah.


But Hannah's was different--and fans found out why on launch day, when, to fans' shock, Hannah accepted their thousands of pending follow requests. Because her feed had been slowly populated over the course of 3 months, the account had an authentic feel. Her posts mirror her story arc, starting upbeat and slowly turning darker as she deals with bullying, broken friendships, and finally, her breakdown--stopping when Hannah takes her life, a brutal reminder of the series' stakes. Fans excitedly spread the news across all social channels. Since, Hannah's account has 661K followers, with the main show account at a staggering 3.5m.


Video for 13 Reasons Why

Produced by, Netflix


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

the 12th annual shorty awards will take place on may 3rd.