Best Citywide Ballots of 2017

by Julie Foley Second Street

Best of the Best: Chattanooga – Chattanooga Times Free Press

*2017 Second Street Award – Best Citywide Ballot Winner

best of chattanooga

This was the paper’s ten year anniversary of their ballot and clearly their best one yet. They’ve already cultivated a high level of prestige and honor for local businesses to be nominated – most of which proudly display their honors in storefronts and windows. Through various ad sales and a massive winners event with hundreds of guests, the Chattanooga Free Press was able to secure over $630,000 in revenue – their biggest revenue hit to date.

Vote 4 the Best – WDIV-TV

WDIV Ballot 2017

This year, WDIV-TV in Detroit found big success from their first ever citywide ballot. The ballot received more than 475,000 votes, participation from over 63,000 people, grew their email list by 34,000, and drove over $180,000 in revenue for the station. The success didn’t end with their citywide ballot. Seeing it was such a big hit, WDIV created two spin-off ballots – their Halloween Edition and D-licious Desserts.

Best of the Four States – Zimmer Radio Group

Zimmer Ballot 2017

Zimmer Radio Group found inspiration to run a ballot at the Second Street Summit. Following all the best practices for citywide ballots, they set themselves up for big success for their small radio station group that touches the corners of Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Arkansas. They brought in 18,000 votes and generated over $20,000 in revenue.

2017 Charleston’s Choice – Post and Courier

Post and Courier Ballot 2017

For it’s second annual Charleston’s Choice, the Post and Courier keeps doing an outstanding job. This year’s ballot drove $215,000 in revenue, brought in 215,000 votes, and brought in over 14,000 participants. Plus, their winners’ event has become a can’t-miss for local businesses.

Best of Bisbee and Best of Sierra Vista & Tombstone – Herald/Review Media

herald review ballots 2017

The team at Herald/Review Media found a lot of success with their local Best of Sierra Vista & Tombstone and Best of Bisbee ballots. Running simultaneously, this year’s ballots drove a 54% increase in revenue over last year. Advertisers were thrilled to accept their awards at an upscale “red carpet” style event that truly set the award apart.

Best of the Teche – Daily Iberian

Iberian Ballot 2017

While the Daily Iberian had run their ballot before, this year they stepped up their game with their first every winners event. Not only did they sell 600+ tickets to their event, but there ballot also garnered nearly 70,000 votes and more than 3,000 email opt-ins. With sponsorship revenue upwards of $80,000, this was a big win for the Daily Iberian.

Best of Texoma – Sherman-Herald Democrat

Best of Texoma Ballot 2017

Bringing in $280,000 – a 65% YOY growth – for the Sherman-Herald Democrat, the Best of Texoma citywide ballot is doing something right. Their multiphase ballot allows them to maximize tons of revenue opportunities for the local businesses in their community and truly make the winners feel they’re a part of something special.

Best of Lenawee – The Daily Telegram

lenawee ballot 2017

Making the move from a voting-only ballot to a three-phase ballot, was a huge win for this small, 10,000 circulation paper. Not only did they incorporate a gala event for 250 people, but they were able to drive in $70,000 in revenue. That’s 337% YOY revenue growth – incredible.

Citywide ballots are proving time and time again they can be the single biggest revenue driver of your entire year. Make sure you’re not missing out on this huge opportunity.

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