These Brands Are Striving for Top Honors in Social Media at the 2016 Shorty Awards

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These days, every brand wants to lay claim to having the buzz-worthiest campaign on Snapchat, YouTube, Instagram and every other social media platform. Now in its eighth year, the Shorty Awards recognizes that: individuals and organizations who produce great content on social media. On Tuesday, the show announced its 2016 finalists.

"We're seeing creative video content take center stage on social media now more than ever before," said Gregory Galant, Shorty Awards' co-founder. "As brands and agencies play with new mediums and content formats including Periscope, Snapchat, YouNow, Facebook Video and Instagram Video, it's been interesting to see the ways these platforms are being incorporated into larger strategies."

Four new categories were added to the Shorty Awards slate this year: "Best in Live Streaming Video," "Best in Virtual Reality," "Best Physical & Digital Convergence" and "Best Use of an Emerging Platform." The most-entered category this year was Best Social Good Campaign, according to Galant. "While we already know that online audiences have become more comfortable with brands in the social space, we are also seeing that socially conscious organizations resonate especially well with consumers," he said, adding that virtual reality and augmented reality likely will be the breakout technology of 2016.

The Shorty Awards winners will be announced on Snapchat on March 22. Check out the full list of finalists below:  

Best Overall Facebook Presence


Bleacher Report: The Social Voice of Sports

Bloomberg Politics On the Campaign Trail

Best Overall Instagram Presence


Disney Baby

Endless Table


smart a journey fortwo

Best Overall Tumblr Presence

Doctor Who


HUNT the TRUTH Audio Series

Launch of Splatoon U.S. on Tumblr

Dr. Eggman Twitter Takeover


Orphan Black

San Diego Zoo Tumblr

Best Overall YouTube Presence

Last Week Tonight


The Year of GoPro: Best on YouTube

Best Use of Facebook

The Strain

Beyond Utility: 1000 to 1

Caregiving Fotonovela

IKEA Germany Facebook Page

LEGO Kronkiwongi

Most Confident Fan

Silent Ads

The Shelter Pet Project

Ultimate Immersion: GoPro Spherical and VR

Best Use of Instagram

#ChooseToStart with Moto E (Motorola Global Device Launch)

BBC Earth 500px Instagram Takeover

Beats By Dre Straight Outta Compton

Don't Like & Drive

Endless Table

Saturday Night Live: SNL 40

Slurpee Tastes Like…

The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon

The Voice

Best Use of Pinterest

The First Ever Pinterest Yard Sale

Best Use of Snapchat

Call of Duty: Hack in Black

Cedar Point Catch-a-Ghost

Refugee Crisis – A Snapchat Documentary: BBC Panorama

Best Use of Tumblr

Apple Music x Fetch – Taylor Swift Tumblr Promotion

Bates Motel Fan Art Guestbook

Critics' Choice Awards Fan Art Red Carpet

Hulu: The Perfect GIF

Orange Is the New Black Contraband Phone

Best Use of Twitter


#SmartGirlsAsk Launch at the Emmys Red Carpet

Syfy, Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!

Dove and Twitter #SpeakBeautiful

Get Real: Rallying Around The Truth About Milk

Lovin' The Super Bowl


The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon

The Voice

Best Use of Vine


Design On Vine

Disney Vine

JBL #CordFail Effect (Back and Bigger Than Ever)

Best Use of YouTube

My Tales of Whisky Yule Log


Always Unstoppable

Do You Adventure?

Doctor Who: The Fan Show

Madden: The Movie

Best Use of an Emerging Platform


Fred Water: "Our Flask Runneth Over"

LinkedIn Proves Importance of Destination Marketing for Philadelphia

Mr. Robot: Debt Deletion

Selfie Induced Horror

Slot Car Holiday Heats

Sour Patch Kids™ Singles Awareness Day

The Gallows Scare Test

Best Influencer and Celebrity Campaign