How the Industry Awards Work

Industry Award Eligibility - For Social Media Professionals judged by Social Industry Experts

Companies, advertising agencies, networks, film companies, and other entertainment brands, as well as creative digital agencies, and PR firms that produce innovative work in social media are invited to submit their professional work for a Shorty Industry Award. To be eligible, the entry must have been released in 2013. Unless otherwise noted in the category description, spec work and incomplete work are not eligible.

It is possible to win both a general Shorty Award and an Industry Award.

Entry Submissions

Each category entry requires completion of 5 sections:

Short Description (shared in public gallery). Overview of submission and what makes it unique.

Entry Information (short description, up to 500 words / category criteria and information, up to 1000 words). All entries are judged on creativity, innovation and overall effectiveness. Please describe your entry’s key features, attributes and why judges should select them to win.

HTML copy links can be added. Allowed HTML tags are <a> <strong> <em> <i>. You may also embed YouTube or Vimeo videos with <object> or <iframe> tags that are no wider than 630 pixels. This field will be displayed publicly when your entry is finalized, paid and published in the Entry Gallery.

Additional Information/Links: include a link to your entry URL. You can also include any additional information that will help judges evaluate creativity and effectiveness. Company and contact information: name, email, company and contact information.

Entry Image: thumbnail image that best represents your entry (3 MB limit)

Entry Fees

Unlike the general interest Shorty Award categories, the Shorty Industry Awards are a professional competition requiring entry fees for submissions. Submissions are made by completing the entry submission process here.

Early Bird Entry Fee September 27, 2013 to
November 14, 2013
$299
Regular Entry Fee November 15, 2013 to
February 6, 2014
$399
Late Entry Fee February 7, 2014 to
February 18, 2014
$499

Payment can be made securely by credit card after clicking the “Enter Now” button. The Shorty Awards uses Stripe to process payments. Entry fees are non-refundable. The same project may be entered in multiple categories (each entry requires a separate entry fee).

For payment by corporate check or wire transfer please email us at industry@shortyawards.com to arrange payment.

Finalists will be announced in March. Join our mailing list to stay updated.

Entry Information

Please note: Unlike the general interest Shorty Awards, a Twitter account is not required to enter the Industry Awards. However, please provide us with accurate contact information so that we can contact you about your entry if needed.

Judging and Judging Criteria

The Shorty Industry Awards recognize excellence in the professional social media community. Unlike the general Shorty Awards, the Industry Awards are not subject to public voting. Instead, the winners will be selected solely by members of the marketing jury of the Real-Time Academy of Short Form Arts & Sciences, a diverse group of luminaries in the internet, advertising, media, and entertainment industries.

Judging Criteria: all entries will be scored by the judges on two major criteria

Creativity & Innovation: Unique and innovative use of the app/platform, quality and originality of the creative execution, aesthetic impression, and overall creative impact of the approach, user engagement and social media experience.

Effectiveness & Use of the Platform: Overall effectiveness of the campaign - did it achieve the desired business objectives and results (be specific). Did the campaign use the capabilities of the platform - describe why this campaign is best of breed.

Social Bonus - Judges will award a social bonus to Industry Award entries that are shared the most by clients, colleagues and industry experts. Direct people to your full entry page where they can click any of the share buttons.

Additional Criteria for Best Agency categories: A description of overall agency excellence, please provide specific examples of how the agency is advancing social media disciplines, creating client successes, providing social media leadership, and building staff experts.

Additional Links for Best Agency categories: please provide links to other Shorty Industry Award entries you want the judges to review as part of your Best Agency submission.

Contact

Email us at industry@shortyawards.com.

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