3rd Annual Shorty Social Good Awards Categories

See below for official categories. The final entry deadline is September 20th, 2018.

The 11th Annual Shorty Awards will open for entries on October 22nd, 2018.

From the 9th Annual Shorty Awards

Poland Spring Water Docu-Series

Entered in Branded Content

About this entry

Increase brand affinity and recognition that Poland Spring Water is an authentic regional brand, sourced in Maine and sold only in the Northeast. Directly engage with the people of the Northeast.

Why does this entry deserve to win?

Showcase Poland Spring Water's authentic connection to Maine by highlighting uniquely local stories and behaviors – the kind of stories that only a member of the community would know.

Poland Spring and Deep Focus partnered with NowThis to create a branded docu-series (3 episodes of ~2:00) that highlight stories that could only be found in Maine (just like Poland Spring).

In each episode, the brand was integrated both thematically – through the reinforcement of authentic local experiences, and organically – through the natural consumption of Poland Spring Water.

For Poland Spring, stories included:

•Acadia – Showcasing local climbers and their exploits in Acadia National Park

•Whoopie Pies– Tracing the origin and evolution of a classic Maine desert

•Portland Headlight – Sharing the history of Maine's spectacular landmark

Each story was distributed via NowThis's owned social channels, geo-targeted to the Northeast.


We blew past our benchmarks with an 77% average video completion rate. Additionally, the content earned an engagement rate of 44% (engaged users/unique impressions).


Video for Poland Spring Water Docu-Series

Produced by

Deep Focus, Nestle Waters - Regional Spring Waters


Entry Credits

About the Shorty Awards

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Millions of people participate in The Shortys to recognize individuals and organizations producing great content on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, YouTube, Snapchat, Instagram, Twitch, Musical.ly, and the rest of the social web.

The Shorty Social Good Awards will be held November 15, 2018 in New York City