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 4th Annual Shorty Social Good Awards

Holiday Heroes

Entered in Video Series

About this entry

Every holiday has its unsung heroes, and AOL's video series "Holiday Heroes" highlights those individuals who are making a difference in their communities. The show profiles a vast assortment of these heroes, from Costume Connections in Austin, Texas, which helps children and families who are unable to afford store-bought costumes do just that, to a man who provides 6,000 turkeys for the less fortunate in his community every Thanksgiving.

Why does this entry deserve to win?

The strategy for this show was natural for us: we know that our audience on the AOL homepage is hungry for holiday-specific content and they also traditionally love hometown heroes – why not combine both of these into a docu-series? We shot all the episodes about different individuals across the U.S. and made sure the holidays we choose spanned across different religious denominations, locations, and demographics. We then had the AOL editorial team create articles for the website about the videos, with the videos embedded, where each of them will live permanently in a way that's searchable and easy to find. Additionally, we have the videos programmed on the front page when they go live, allowing everyone who visits the AOL front page to see Holiday Heroes as soon as the page finishes loading.


By tailoring these episodes to pique the audiences' interest, each episode performed really well and earned anywhere between a million to two million views on-platform. We also saw that the article links were shared a lot, meaning people not only enjoyed the content, but they wanted to bring the holiday joy to their friends and family as well.


Video for Holiday Heroes

Produced by

Verizon Media Group


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