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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.

Influencers

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 4th Annual Shorty Social Good Awards

Days Inn: leveling the playing field.

Winner in Hospitality & Travel

Silver Distinction in Video Series

About this entry

Travel baseball can brighten kids’ futures. But rising costs in this multi-billion dollar industry has created a widening gap between those who can and can’t afford to join teams. Families are required to pay on average $2,000+ to cover tournament fees, uniforms, equipment, coach’s fees and travel expenses. This alone makes it very difficult for the average family to afford a travel club experience for their aspiring young ball player. 

Days Inn wanted to help “level the playing field,” and with 1,400+ properties and a large travel-ball family customer base, the hotel was poised to make a play.

Days Inn started and sponsored a youth travel baseball team for families for whom travel-ball was out of reach. We held tryouts, ran weekly practices and entered 6 tournaments. We followed the team all season long, shooting and sharing their unforgettable journey on social and digital channels through video, interviews, photos and up-to-date scoring. This unique approach drove awareness, consideration and conversion for the brand within the youth sports segment.

Why does this entry deserve to win?

Questus worked closely with Days Inn marketing to found a new youth travel-ball team in Northern California. Our agency team created everything from custom logos and branded uniforms, to the Days-Inn-inspired name: the “Golden Rays.” The hotel chain covered all costs for the players and families, including uniforms, equipment, elite coaching, tournament fees, airfare, and hotel stays.

We documented the Golden Rays’ journey, capturing every moment in real time. As 12 deserving kids and their families made lifelong memories on and off the field, we were there for it all: weekend tournaments, weekday practices, a player’s first time on a plane, a game-winning home run, a pool party back at Days Inn. We held tryouts, ran weekly practices, and entered 6 tournaments. We followed the team all season long, shooting and sharing their unforgettable journey through video, interviews, photos, and up-to-date scoring. 

Episodic video content launched in February across paid social and owned digital channels, covering the Golden Rays’ exciting season of tryouts, practices, travel tournaments, and player and family testimonials. Watching these kids play their hearts out, all thanks to Days Inn, was a life-changing experience for everyone involved, creating an emotional connection and driving overall awareness and affinity for the hotel brand.

Results

Using episodic video content and a full-funnel approach across social and digital channels, we saw an overall lift in brand favorability, consideration, and intent-to-purchase. 

The content garnered 14 million impressions and reached over 4 million people on social alone. Through our targeted strategy, our campaign gained traction with the travel-ball segment, generating over 17,000 attributable hotel bookings and a whopping $67 Return on Ad Spend—a 185% increase YoY for the brand.

Media

Video for Days Inn: leveling the playing field.

Produced by

Questus, Wyndham Hotels & Resorts - Days Inn

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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, and the rest of the social web.

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