Best Polls from the 2020 Awards

by Tim D'Avis Second Street

Be the Boss

WXKB-FM | Fort Myers, FL

*2019 Second Street Award – Best Poll Winner

This recurring Be the Boss poll from WXKB-FM is a great example of how polling can influence your content. Each weekday, WXKB gave their listeners the chance to pick the winning song, which was then played on air. This daily recurring poll campaign has brought in over 9,000 responses and consistently drives a 60% opt-in rate for the station email list.

WXKB-FM Be the Boss poll

Mayoral Poll

The Pitch | Kansas City, MO

When The Pitch created their Editorial Voter’s Guide, they included a poll to engage their audience with the topic. They asked their readers, ‘Who are you voting for?’ to gauge their opinions on mayoral candidates. This was a great way to showcase a community issue and involve readers in their content.

Mayoral Poll from The Pitch

Which White Bread is Best? Poll

Post and Courier | Charleston, SC

When the Post and Courier released a story on the top 10 white breads available in the area, they used a simple poll to engage their audience with seemingly bland topic – white bread. Simple, silly topics are great for polls because everyone has an opinion to share! And, it’s easy to turn that into complimentary content for your media company.

Which White Bread is Best? poll

How Would You Reimagine the Loop Trolley?

St. Louis Magazine | St. Louis, MO

St. Louis Magazine included this poll in a story covering the St. Louis Loop Trolley controversy, where a trolley initiative failed and the city needed to do something else with the trolleys. The magazine asked their readers to vote for a creative solution to the community issue and collected nearly 400 responses. This also helped grow four of the magazine’s email lists!

How Would You Reimagine the Loop Trolley? poll

High 5 for Teachers

WAGA-TV | Atlanta, GA

WAGA-TV’s High 5 for Teachers initiative was a great chance to support local high school teachers and secure a sponsor, an injury attorney, looking to align with the community. They asked their viewers ‘Which teacher do you believe should be this year’s High 5 Teacher?’ and received over 43,300 responses! The winning teacher received a $2,500 donation to their school, courtesy of the sponsor.

High 5 for Teachers poll

NY’s New License Plate Proposal

WTEN-TV | Albany, NY

While working on a story covering the changes to the official New York license plate, WTEN-TV used a poll to get valuable feedback from their audience. Over 2,230 viewers entered the poll and, while the poll was not state official, it gave the station tons of options for creating additional content around this topic.

NY's New License Plate Proposal

November Cover Contest

Denver’s Mile High Magazine | Denver, CO

Magazine’s have the unique opportunity to engage their audience with their cover photo and using a poll allows you to show the image options when users vote. Denver’s Mile High Magazine ran this poll to let their readers choose the next cover photo dog model. The poll consisted of photos of two Instagram-famous dogs and drove nearly 6,300 responses!

November Cover Contest

Marketplace Chevy Player of the Year Poll

KTAL-TV | Shreveport, LA

This is another great example of the power of sponsored polls. To sponsor their local football Player of the Year poll, KTAL-TV secured the local Chevy dealership. This was a perfect partnership as auto dealers love the chance to align with local sports. The simple, one-question poll received over 24,500 responses from the community.

Marketplace Chevy Player of the Year Poll

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