13th Annual Shorty Awards Categories

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.

From the 8th Annual Shorty Awards

Silent Ads

Winner in Facebook

About this entry

Like a lot of brands, Hotels.com uses Facebook to reach consumers. And like all brands that post on Facebook, Hotels.com has to deal with the reality that ads auto-play silently. This poses a challenge to consumer engagement, as video with no sound has much less breakthrough capacity. So, the goal with this Facebook campaign was to create work that could breakthrough the "wall of silence" and improve consumer engagement.

Why does this entry deserve to win?

To break through the "wall of silence", we decided to create work specifically designed for the Facebook silent auto-player. Using Captain Obvious to acknowledge the obvious fact that ads auto-play silently, we made "silent ads" that were able to draw users in. They were invited to engage with the ads and then rewarded when they did.


The result is a campaign with more than 5 million views in the first 3 weeks and thousands of shares and comments. Specifically, the Silent Facebook Ads have generated consumer engagement 5X the average for Hotels.com. And because the ads were first made specifically for the Facebook silent auto-player, the earned media the work has generated has led to millions of more impressions and more consumers engaging with the brand.


Video for Silent Ads

Produced by

CP+B, Hotels.com


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