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The Shorty Awards honor the talented agencies, brands, and industry leaders behind the best and most innovative work on social media and digital channels, campaigns, websites and applications. The early deadline is on December 3rd, 2020.

From the 8th Annual Shorty Awards

Love Has No Labels

Winner in Non-Profit, Integrated Campaign

Finalist in Video

About this entry

The goal of the campaign was to make as many people as possible rethink bias, and make unconventional notions of love feel celebrated and more normalized.

Even the most liberal of people have implicit bias in built through society stereotypes, even if they don't consciously act on it. But addressing this is near impossible when these same people don't acknowledge they're affected by it. Introducing them to the concept in a surprising manner was core to the planning of this campaign. They were to never feel shamed but asked to rethink.

Why does this entry deserve to win?

To launch the campaign a live x-ray installation was created on Valentine's Day in one of the most liberal places on earth Santa Monica CA. It displayed skeletons kissing, hugging and dancing. The thousands of onlookers mentally filling in the blanks. When the people stepped out from behind the screen, to the surprise of the audience, it created a simple demonstration of their implicit bias. An on screen call to action directed them to a website, where a test by Harvard University educated them about bias and diversity.

A video of the event was then posted on social media to maximize sharing and spark conversation.

Simultaneously on Valentine's Day a number of rival brands (Pepsi/Coca-Cola, StateFarm/Allstate, Unilever/P&G) agreed to unite and support the campaign by removing their own labels -their logos- on social media. This and sharing the video with their millions of fans was designed to ignite further conversation.

Results

10,000 people witnessed the event live. A video of the stunt went immediately viral (over 40 million views in two days). It recently hit 160 million combined views becoming the fastest spreading campaign ever, the 2nd most viewed and shared PSA in history after just 3 weeks.

Over 1.8 billion media impressions.

National and international TV networks talked about the campaign as well as iconic TV shows and

influential Newspapers, websites and blogs.

Funny or Die created a hilarious parody helping the film become part of culture.

Skeletons and X-ray device used by Youtube "Rewind 2016" to honor the most viral video of the year.

A large number of couples used the online toolkit to post pictures showing their love on social

media, some of them finding in the campaign an opportunity to courageously post a message to tell

friends and family that they were gay.

Finally numerous celebrities shared the campaign including the First Lady of the United States,

Michelle Obama.

Media

Video for Love Has No Labels

Produced by

R/GA, Ad Council

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the 13th annual shorty awards for brands and organizations is open for entries! early deadline on dec 3rd, 2020.