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Enter the 14th Annual Shorty Awards

The Shorty Awards honor the best of social media and digital. See categories below. The early entry deadline is on December 9th, 2021.

From the 3rd Annual Shorty Social Good Awards

Natural Light College Loans Program

Finalist in Contest or Promotion

Entered in User Generated Content

About this entry

Over 44 million Americans are burdened by college debt, equating to a national balance of over $1.44 trillion dollars. That's not Natty, so we had to do something about it to ensure our consumers remembered college for the great memories and not the debt that follows!

We created the Natural Light College Loans Program, a national campaign that gave back to our core consumer, helping them pay down their loans to remember college for its epic moments with friends instead of the debt they accrued.

Objectives / Goals
-Generate social conversation at a national and regional level that brings awareness to the issue of college debt in America and drives engagement of how "Natty is here to help" with our core consumer

-Drive buzz with media, influencers and tastemakers both inside and outside of Natty Light's core demo

-Through brand owned social channels and strategic social media partnerships, position Natural Light as a brand that understands it's target demo and will always support it's core drinker, specifically the challenge of college debt

-Drive engagement with social channels of traditional media outlets that resonate with college students (21+) and recently graduated consumers; drive brand heat through engagement in major national titles that transcend just our core consumer.

-Execute the campaign efficiently with a low-budget. Aside from major investment in the actual monetary giveaway to consumers, all other expenditures were minimal (less than $30,000 in PR implementation budget)

Why does this entry deserve to win?

Through an integrated campaign, Natural Light gave away $1,000,000 to help pay down college loans between February 5 – May 6. 25 consumers stood a chance to win $40,000 each and the entry mechanic was super simple: post a video to social media sharing your inspiration for going to college.

Through strategic, multi-channel partnerships with Barstool Sports and Grandex (Total Frat Move, Post Grad Problems, Rowdy Gentlemen, etc.), utilized our core demo's favorite social handles to boost campaign awareness and drive entries.

Also partnered strategically with actor Jake Johnson who created a college debt conversation on his own social channels. As a character who has a similar vibe to the "Natty Guy," and understands the issue of college debt in America, Jake was utilized through earned channels via an NYC media day to kick off the campaign. Timed perfectly to the final season of "New Girl," of which Jake is a lead character, he conducted a second round of interviews the day of the series' finale. It became evident that Jake had a passion for the college debt conversation and wanted to use his platform to shed light on the issue.

Natural Light, Barstool Sports, Total Frat Move and Jake Johnson announced winners throughout the campaign on social media.

At launch, we took an irreverent approach to one of the biggest moments of the year - the Super Bowl - to run a targeted TV spot that looked more like a college student's home-video. Instead of a big national buy, we released the spot during the game in ten college cities across the country where the topic of college debt would resonate the most. We shared the ad across social platforms, not only across owned platforms, but also through a partnership with Barstool Sports.

In conjunction, Natty hit shelves in college markets with a limited-edition 36-pack (perfect for our target's social occasion) with special green tabs. All consumer video submissions needed to include the green dollar-sign tab or a print out of the green-tab available online (no purchase necessary).

Key insight about the "Natty Guy" consumer: he is shameless when it comes to self promotion on social media, especially if it comes with a huge payoff. Whether it be a video share on Barstool Sports' 5th Year Instagram handle, or a shot at $40K towards college loans. We capitalized on this insight by only accepting entries through social media. This entry mechanism fostered a full range of submissions - creative, humorous and inspiring video entries - all highlighting the people Natty value the most, their key consumer.


- The brand received over 2000 creative and dynamic entries from current students and graduates from all over the country^

- 71,699,616 total social impressions across Twitter, Facebook and Instagram^

- 117 total hits across the United States throughout the campaign, including 62 hits within national and local broadcast*

- 100% positive sentiment throughout all coverage*

- Total of 550,000,000 monthly earned impressions*

- 88% of coverage included Natural Light within the headline*

- We received earned coverage in the nation's biggest titles including NowThis, CNBC, People, Business Insider, Yahoo!, AOL, OK! And Wall Street Journal.*

- Brand consideration among 21-27s up +0.4% 2018 YTD vs. full year 2017 (5.3% vs. 4.9%) Source: ABInbev*

- Natural Light growing share of beer +0.07 YTD*

- Natural Light growing share of segment +0.48 YTD*

- Volume flat YTD vs. -1.8% YTD 2017*

*Source: M&C Saatchi Sport & Entertainment, Cision

^Source: ABInbev


Video for Natural Light College Loans Program

Entrant Company / Organization Name

M&C Saatchi Sport & Entertainment, Anheuser-Busch InBev


Entry Credits