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

When We Rise Social Campaign

Winner in LGBTQ Community Engagement

About this entry

Working with ABC, we set out to create a variety of social content for When We Rise, a miniseries event chronicling the history of the LGBTQ civil rights movement. We wanted to engage fans by showcasing the multi-generational cast of characters while presenting the history of the movement, and stimulating conversation.

Why does this entry deserve to win?

We engaged fans across social using universal themes like love, family, and equality. We created multiple creative executions focusing on the powerful bonds and touching human stories at the heart of When We Rise. Showcasing the important history of the series, we created a Facebook Canvas Ad that took viewers through a timeline of the LGBTQ Equality Movement using relevant clips from the series to ground the events in personal, emotional terms. Additionally, we made a series of geo-targeted Snapchat filters tied to early screenings of the series that allowed fans to share the positive and hopeful message.


When We Rise was a major conversation starter, hooking into important discussions happening in society at the time of release. The When We Rise social campaign kept viewers engaged, stimulated positive conversation, and provided a forum to talk about the show as well as the larger topics raised by the series.


Video for When We Rise Social Campaign

Produced by

Part IV, ABC


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 final deadline FOR voting and entering in the 12th annual shorty awards WAS on thursday, FEB 20TH.