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See below for official categories. The early entry deadline is November 29th, 2018.

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

The X-Files: Aliens in NYC

Entered in Short Form Video

About this entry

The X-Files is one of the most celebrated franchises in television history. To build buzz and generate awareness for the returning event series, we created a special short-form Aliens in NYC viral video in order to get fans excited. Our objective was to entice existing fans, while also generating social buzz and luring in new fans.

Why does this entry deserve to win?

The X-Files Season 11 campaign included a profusion of unique digital activations. Arguably the most unique activation was the Aliens in NYC viral video. Aliens were placed in newspaper boxes around New York City that jumped out when unsuspecting civilians reached in for a newspaper. They were then met with a newspaper featuring key art that advertised the premiere date. The video was posted natively on The X-Files' pages as well as across a number of third party sites.


The X-Files viral video was well received and positive sentiment was overwhelming as fans treasured the "brilliant" marketing. The video had massive reach, garnering 8.5 million combined Facebook views (all organic traction) to date.

In addition to the native Facebook and YouTube videos several influential Facebook publishers have taken the original video and have uploaded it to share with their subscribers and followers.

The short form video content also garnered some major national television coverage and press pickup, including NBC's Today Show, Huffington Post, Yahoo, ET, TVGuide, and more. Overall TV viewers reached was 8.7 million, which was great additional exposure.


Video for The X-Files: Aliens in NYC

Produced by

FOX Broadcasting


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

The Shorty Social Good Awards will be held November 15, 2018 in New York City