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From the 7th Annual Shorty Awards

HBO, Veep

Silver Distinction in Multi-Platform Campaign

About this entry

HBO's award-winning comedy series starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus returned in 2014 with its biggest season yet. After successfully growing the Veep social audience during season 2, HBO and GLOW once again joined forces for season 3 to give that larger fanbase exciting and rewarding experiences that amplified the show, which we successfully accomplished in record numbers.

Our goal was to increase audience engagement through excellent custom content, activate talent in Veep's social ecosystem, and find new ways to explore everyday mediums, including Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, Tumblr and Vine. In additional to pre-season and season-long show companion content and messaging, we pulsed activations tied to the show's major season 3 plot points. Prior to premiere, we wrote hundreds of custom dedications from Selina Meyer's for her "book," Some New Beginnings, and sent it out to both influencers and superfans. Next we launched a Robocall activation with social extensions using the hashtag #iSupportSelina.

As a result of this comprehensive campaign, Season 3 saw many record accomplishments for Veep social:

Why does this entry deserve to win?

Using major beats in the storyline from season 3 of Veep as social campaign themes to rally fans around, every activation had extensions across multiple social platforms—and even included some "old media" (Telephone calls! Books!) in the mix. Talent participation also helped tipped the scales on the entire campaign's success.

Activations Included:

Some New Beginnings Books: The S3 premiere showed Selina Meyer on her book tour for Some New Beginnings: Our Next American Journey. HBO and GLOW sent out copies of the "book" (a blank book made to look like Selina's on the outside) to superfans and influencers to gain and grow buzz for the premiere. All of the 100+ books had a unique book dedication from Selina handwritten on the inside cover. Recipients then shared that they received these exclusive personalized books on social.

Robocall: This was a dedicated #ISupportSelina (for POTUS) campaign phone line to which fans could call in and hear a custom recorded message from Selina Meyer's Director of Communications, Mike McLintock (played by Matt Walsh). After Mike's hopelessly incompetent/true-to-form message, users were prompted to text "VEEP" to a unique call code, after which they received hilarious personalized texts and a downloadable custom share card so they could show their support for the eventual (albeit fictional) POTUS on social media. Three weeks later, fans received a voicemail from Selina Meyer herself!

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