Vote for the BONS 2012 Readers’ Choices Awards!
Where do you go for mouthwatering burgers, tempting tapas, or the best pint? Do you know where to shop for the largest selection of baby clothes or men’s shoes? Have a favorite must-go, family-friendly entertainment venue? Of course you do—now it’s time to spread the word!
Share your picks for the “best of the best” in over 100 sub-categories. Click on one of the category images below to get started! Click here for deadlines, rules, and disclaimers.
Winners are determined based on the total number of unique votes. Only one vote per email, per sub-category will be counted as an official vote. For this reason, each vote will require an email confirmation (in the form of re-entering your email address). Have a suggestion or need a question answered? Leave us a note in the comment box below and someone from the Northshore team will get back to you!
NOTE: any votes left under the comment section WILL NOT be counted. All votes must be made by using the drop-down feature in each category!
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Q: How can I add my business to the drop down list?
A: For categories that have five or less businesses listed, we will add your businesses after ten votes. For categories that have five or more businesses listed, the votes for your business must be equal to/more than the lowest number of votes for an already listed business
Q: Can I encourage my friends, family, patrons to vote for my business?
A: Yes, of course! Please share the category via any of the social sharing tools on the voting page. We also have a button logo that you can place on your website, and link back to the voting pages. Please email us and we’ll send you the logo. While you encourage people to vote, please let them know that we do not include duplicate votes, so voting once will suffice.
Q: Do votes have to come from only people who live on the North Shore?
A: No, people can vote from anywhere in the world. Votes are not limited to only people currently residing on the North Shore.
Q: How are votes counted? Can I vote more than once for the same establishment?
A: Votes are tallied by the amount of unique votes each business receives. You are not allowed to vote for the same category more than once.
Q: Why do I have to enter my email address every time I vote in a category?
A: Our system requires an email for each vote to ensure that all votes for each category are unique. Once your email has been registered, you will no longer be able to vote for that specific category again.
Q: Why are the votes not updating in the pie chart graphic?
A: To see the updated votes click the pie chart image on the category page. That will bring you to an external page, which has the most up-to-date vote count. For every new business that is added, any votes that the business had beforehand will not appear on the pie chart, but rather are kept on file and will be added to the final count when BONS voting closes.
Q: Why is category ABC not included as a BONS category?
A: Each year categories change. To establish which categories are to be used for the current year, the BONS team looks at previous years’ votes and ongoing business trends. Unfortunately, when it comes to changing categories there is a limit to how many additional ones can be added.
Q: Can you add a category this year? Next year?
A: Categories cannot be changed or added this year, however the BONS team always takes suggestions into consideration for the following years.
Q: When will winners be announced?
A: Voting is open through June 1st. Winners are announced in the August/September issue of Northshore magazine, which will mail out and appear on newsstands in mid-July,
Q: What is the difference between a Reader’s Choice and an Editor’s Choice Award?
A: Readers’ Choices Awards are those establishments who receive the most votes via our open, online voting system. Editors’ Choices are selected by our internal team based on research and site visits.
Q: Last year you counted votes by individual comments. Why did you change the process?
A: We changed the process in order to ensure accuracy and integrity of the votes and data.
Q: I commented on a category, does that count as a vote?
A: No, only actual votes via the drop down submission process will be counted. But, we encourage comments so that other voters can see why you think your nominee is the Best of the North Shore!