🎉 2022 Shortlist

                                      2021 PLAYOFFS: A NASCAR STORY

                                      Entrant: NASCAR

                                      NOMINEE ✨
                                      • Best Social Media Campaign



                                      ABOUT THIS ENTRY

                                      The NASCAR Social team concepted a unique campaign during the 2021 NASCAR Playoffs that told the continuing and evolving story of the postseason, the superstar drivers competing in them and the historic venues in which the racing was held — all inspired by the works and styles of Oscar-nominated director Wes Anderson.

                                      How does this represent “Excellence in Engagement”?

                                      Rather than rest on our laurels, knowing many fans would be inclined to engage with playoff content no matter what, we wanted to push ourselves and the entire industry to think bigger and deliver something truly compelling that would delight the hardcore fans and reach some new ones based on the creative concept and execution. This campaign did just that. In addition to the engagement rate exceeding the 2021 race-day average (race days are almost always the highest engagement days, and many of these were mid-week posts), we also saw a great deal of social conversation and positive fan sentiment about the campaign itself. Pulling current drivers and icons of the sport's past, plus highlighting the history of the tracks, made it feel like something the whole industry had ownership of and could take pride in.

                                      Objective: Develop an unexpected, outside-the-box creative package and defined creative look for the 2021 NASCAR Playoffs that provided best-in-class content for our channels, partners, drivers, and teams to elevate the brand, engage fans, and build awareness around the biggest events of the season.

                                      Strategy & Execution: Strategy: Imitate the unmistakable style of Oscar-nominated director Wes Anderson to “tell the story” of the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs and what lies ahead for drivers chasing a championship.


                                      • Carefully composed shots blended with graphics, music, and strategic editing – in a similar fashion as Anderson’s films – created a thematic event throughout the duration of the NASCAR Playoffs.
                                      • Using NASCAR channels, drivers, teams, and talent, the thematic extended across the span of the playoffs, with strategic content elevating elimination races at Daytona, Darlington, Bristol, Charlotte, Martinsville, Phoenix.
                                      • NASCAR Hall of Famer and icon, Richard Petty, appeared on-camera as the narrator. Recently retired 7x NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson also made a surprise cameo.
                                      • Vintage video treatments; big, bright on-screen text; flat space camera movements; whimsical sound effects; and popular music from the 60s and 70s (including artists like The Who) added the “Wes Anderson” feel.
                                      • NASCAR Digital Media’s on-channel content included:
                                        • Hype video “chapters” (60 seconds) for key races, narrated by Richard Petty and featuring music from popular artists like “The Who”
                                        • Social-first (:05-:15 second videos) teasers featuring music and/or sound bites from drivers or broadcast talent
                                        • NDM editorial/interviews
                                        • Custom art, including poster art and driver cards

                                      Results: A total of 82 posts as part of the NASCAR Playoff Story campaign yielded:

                                      • 4,815,670 cross-platform impressions
                                      • 356,253 cross-platform engagements
                                      • 882,250 cross-platform video views
                                      • 7.4% cross-platform engagement rate

                                      For context – the average race-day engagement rate for 2021 was 6.42%, so having a campaign alone do a 7.4% engagement rate shows that fans reacted to this content more than usual.




                                      Tim Clark
                                      Executive Producer / Senior Vice President and Chief Digital Officer

                                      Amy Anderson
                                      Executive Producer / Head of Content Strategy

                                      Mike Thompson
                                      Creative Director

                                      Aurora Bellard
                                      Associate Producer

                                      Kaylee Chicoski
                                      Director, Social Media

                                      Torey Fox
                                      Senior Manager, Social Media

                                      Alejandro Alvarez
                                      Manager, Social Media

                                      Chuck Bush
                                      Senior Producer

                                      Zack Albert
                                      Senior Manager

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