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Best of NWA Voting Opens Monday, December 2, 2019

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01 December, 2019

“We are excited to start voting on Monday, December 2nd,” begins Brent Powers, Publisher of the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. “Last year we made some major changes in our program, all to the benefit of our contestants. For local businesses, this is a great time to invite people to come into your establishment and experience first-hand your products, services, food and more.”

Last year, the contest was completely reimagined with the help of Oregon-based NERUS Strategies. NERUS worked with the Democrat-Gazette to launch The Best of Branson and TheBestofBranson.com last year as well.

“The NERUS team brings in a highly focused approach and really is small business friendly.  They help us deliver a world class experience,” said Beth Johnson, the Advertising Director for the Democrat-Gazette.

Nominations, voting and presentation of winners were completely new.
“It is an opportunity for anyone to experience the impact of digital and print marketing,” continued Powers. “We have also added more social media enhancements this year that we are excited about.”

What is The Best of Northwest Arkansas?

The Best of Northwest Arkansas 2019, invites, engages and allows our audience to recognize the best businesses, organizations and people in Northwest Arkansas. Our focus is on businesses and entertainment that support, serve and do business in Northwest Arkansas.
Voting ballots are anonymous and do not require registration. However, we do offer participants the opportunity to share their name, email and telephone number with us so that we can keep them up to date on the program. Registration may be necessary in the voting phase to promote fair voting. You may be asked for your name and e-mail address.
All nominations and voting are done through our website and links to our voting platform: bestnwa.com.

We rely on our audience to supply us with the names of outstanding people, businesses and establishments in each of over 215 categories. Nominations were held November 4-20, 2019. Readers nominated their favorites in the service area of the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, by selecting one of 8 topic areas (Eat & Drink, Health & Beauty, Home & Garden, Motors, Professional Services, Schools, Shopping and Things to Do). Nomination is required to be on the final ballot. Business associates and advertisers of the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and any other owner affiliated company are not given special treatment.

We missed the nominations; can we be a write-in?

Our ballot is a closed ballot, however; we will consider late entries into an established category by request. All late entries must be received by Tuesday, December 10th. All late entries must be emailed to support@votebestnwa.com for consideration.

Does everyone nominated make the ballot?

For a category to qualify for the ballot, there must be a minimum of 5 separate businesses that are competing for votes. If a category is not qualifying, we will make reasonable accommodations to move the nominee to a similar category. Once a category is qualified, we will ballot each individual business that has been nominated.

I’m on the ballot, what is required of me?

You will want to promote yourself on your social media options. Should a business earn enough votes to be in the final top three, they may be required to complete a simple online questionnaire, that included basic business information including, name, location(s), year established, business hours, phone number, web address (if any) and submit or make available a photo of the business, organization or individual. There is no cost or obligation to participate.

How are votes tabulated?

Votes are tabulated by a third-party. The Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette do not know the results of the contest until after the votes are tabulated. In each category, readers vote on their favorite nominee. Readers are permitted to vote in each category once per day. Businesses, institutions, individuals and schools are encouraged to promote the contest in order to gain nominations and/or votes. Competitive advertising, special offers, campaigns are permitted; however, the producers at its sole discretion, reserves the right to exclude from the competition any businesses or individuals that engages in activities intended to “rig” or “fix” the voting process. Quid Pro Quo offers are not permitted. Votes that are suspect may be disqualified in the count.

The regular voting period begins at Noon Central Time, Monday, December 2, 2019 and ends at 5:00PM Central Time, Thursday, December 19, 2019.

When will winners be announced?

The winners will be announced in advance at the Best of Gala. This ticketed event sells out quickly, and tickets are already on sale. The names of the winners will be posted and announced on Sunday, February 23, 2020 in the Sunday Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. All winners will be honored in our Best of Northwest Arkansas special collector’s edition magazine. In the event of a tie in any category, more than one winner may be awarded.  For voting visit bestnwa.com. For marketing and complete details, visit shopbestnwa.com.

ALSO SEE: Gallery of last year's winners  |  Digital Copies of Past Years


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