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From the 8th Annual Shorty Awards


Entered in Real Time Response

About this entry

We wanted share the love with our Target guests in a big way, so we created a Valentine's Day campaign that was highly shareable, inherently social, and celebrated the spirit of the season in a way that was unique to Target and effortlessly built brand affinity.

Why does this entry deserve to win?

The Target Love-A-Thon was a two-day social campaign designed to surprise and delight guests during Valentine's week. Guests were asked to submit photos of themselves with their Valentine, and, in return, commissioned artists would create personalized caricatures that guests could use as digital Valentine's cards, social media profile pictures, keepsakes and more.


Seeing as this was Target Creative's early foray into a big social media campaign, expectations were slightly tempered. No paid media supported this effort, but what unfolded was more than we could've ever hoped for.

- Organically, we reached more than three million guests, which is seven times greater than Target's daily average of 215,000 guests.

- We generated close to 18,000 comments (more than 5,000 of which were photo submissions), well above Target's average of 2,000 comments per day.

- Our engagement rate was 27.06%, or 8,100% above average.

- The pre-launch and launch videos had a combined 698,327 organic views.

- A total of 515 caricatures were drawn, exceeding initial expectations of 100 caricatures.


Entrant Company / Organization Name

Target Creative, Target