No other “best of” contest cares about getting it right as much as Best of SLC does, period. What sets Best of SLC apart is our relentless aim to find and recognize the very best companies and places that SLC has to offer.
We’re able to find the best because we do it differently:
» No pay to play — participation is free.
» You choose the nominees; we don’t.
» Online reviews help determine the winners.
Gone are the days of the glorified popularity contest that allows companies to win with an endless supply of duplicate votes provided by employees. With Best of SLC, tricksters are unable to manipulate the results!
STEPPING UP OUR GAME
New for the 2020 Best of SLC are two major improvements to last year’s awards:
#1: Text Message Registration
To reduce duplicates, our voting software now utilizes text message verification. This security feature is a great boon to maintaining the integrity of your vote.
#2: BBB Partnership
Could a company truly be named the “best” if they’ve lost their accreditation with the Better Business Bureau? No, and neither should companies with negative BBB ratings.
Thanks to our local BBB office, which provided access to its expansive company data, we were able to filter out those that came up short.
HOW IT WORKS
There are three stages to Best of SLC, all of which may increase a contestant’s chances of winning:
January 20–31, 2020 — We launched by opening up the nominations to anyone living in the Salt Lake Valley. Word spread quickly and in just 11 days we saw many more nominations than last year pour in from all over SLC.
March 16–April 24, 2020 — After determining the top nominees in each category, we opened up the voting round with our new software. We had a few initial bumps, but we soon settled in and received even more votes than last year’s contest.
Nominees didn’t mess around either. Many got the word out to their customers on social media. Some hung banners and window clings to attract the vote. In the end, we came away with the top three finalists in each category.
April 25, 2019 to April 24, 2020 — In reality, the contest started before it even started! We counted the reviews and ratings for each finalist from the previous twelve calendar months.
Announcing the Winners
June 4, 2020 — Once all the data was in, we added the vote total to the review score for each finalist. This final score determined the winners.
2020 has been challenging for businesses in SLC and around the globe. Many of you have made drastic changes and sacrifices in an effort to help our community make it through the COVID-19 epidemic.
Our team at the Best of SLC was very excited to honor this year’s winners at our banquet, which was postponed (twice) and finally cancelled when it was clear that health restrictions would make it impossible to do. Rest assured, we intend to make it up to you next time by throwing the Best Banquet in SLC ever!