5th Annual Shorty Social Good Awards Categories

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From the 12th Annual Shorty Awards

#SponCon Vows

Silver Distinction in Hospitality

Entered in Call to Action

About this entry

In August 2019, Hotels.com and Hulu partnered on a hilarious brand integration within “Four Weddings and a Funeral,” completed with a branded veil, a bride mentioning Hotels.com during her vows, and even Hotels.com mascot Captain Obvious as the wedding-reception DJ.

As brand integrations go, it was close to perfect. Transparent and self aware within the script, and also exactly on brand for the famously irreverent booking site.

The question facing the brand was how to extend the moment beyond the paid integration.

Why does this entry deserve to win?

We figured that sponsored vows were hilarious on Hulu, so why not try them in real life?

We issued a simple call to action via Twitter: Mention Hotels.com in your wedding vows, record and share the moment on social media, and you could win $15,000 to cover your dream honeymoon.

The internet promptly lost its mind: 

“So, basically,” wrote Refinery 29, “if you want a free honeymoon and don’t mind doing a little #sponcon to make that dream a reality, you might want to make some revisions to those vows.”

And that question –”would you do it?– was everywhere  from national morning shows to major onlineand print outlets including Travel + Leisure, Elite Daily, Yahoo News, Ad Age and Refinery29

There was even an extensive debate of the question on the Today Show

And we fanned the flames further by sharing clips from the original integration, along with contest details, on Twitter, Facebbok and Instagram, hoping to spur conversation and participation,


“About those vows … “ wrote Elite Daily. “Have you thought about ways to incorporate Hotels.com yet?”

Rather than merely extending a paid integration into earned media, the effort wound up creating a cultural moment of its own, netting 221 million earned media impressions and another 36 million in social media, suggesting strong engagement.

But there’s engagement, and then there’s marriage: Inspired by the campaign, at least five couples actually incorporated Hotels.com into their wedding vows.

Seriously. Five couples worked Hotels.com into their wedding vows.

Watch the #sponcon “I dos” here, here, here, here and here.

How's that for responding to a call to action?


Video for #SponCon Vows

Produced by

ICF Next, Mediacom, Hotels.com


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

finalists for the 5th annual shorty social good awards will be announced in mid-october!