And you responded!
In its first year, we received nearly 1,000 ballots, most of which were at least half completed. That means that more than 50,000 individual votes were cast to select the best of the best in Walker County.
Each and every vote for each and every category has been counted. A complete list of the 2013 Daily Mountain Eagle Readers’ Choice Awards will be published Thursday, Feb. 28.
In the meantime, we will be notifying those businesses that finished first, second or third in each category. They will have an opportunity in the keepsake 2013 Readers’ Choice Awards section Feb. 28 to say “Thank You” to Daily Mountain Eagle readers for their votes.
All first-place winners that participate in the 2013 Readers’ Choice Awards section with an ad thanking our readers for their votes will receive a yard sign recognizing them as the Best of the Best. The yard sign may be placed in front of your business or in your storefront window if city ordinances prohibit such signs outside your storefront.
Whether the business purchases a “Thank You” ad or not, we will present each first-, second- and third-place business and professional with a respective certificate after the keepsake section is published.
The keepsake section will also be uploaded to our website and remain their for online viewing through the end of the year.
Whether win, place or show, many of the businesses receiving awards are regular newspaper advertisers. It stands to reason that those businesses that regularly advertise come to mind as readers complete the ballot.
If you receive accolades in our inaugural Readers’ Choice Awards, congratulations. If not, you have a year to make a positive impression on our readers, or your customers. The 2014 Readers’ Choice Awards ballots will be out next January!
Finally, I would be remiss not to say “Thank You” to our readers for participating in this year’s Readers’ Choice Awards balloting process and for making the upcoming results a credible experience for our business community.
Jack McNeely is Publisher of the Daily Mountain Eagle and can be contacted by phone at 205-221-2840 or via email at email@example.com.