IT'S TIME FOR THE 2022 BEST OF THE BLACK HILLS!


The Best of the Black Hills will feature over 253 categories. You can review all of the categories right now by visiting The 2022 Best of the Black Hills Ballot



PHASE BREAKDOWN:

The Best of the Black Hills is a community driven contest that highlights the best of the Rapid City area. Participants nominate and vote for their favorite businesses to help determine who should receive the title of the community’s best.

1. Nomination Phase

The nomination phase will begin on Tuesday, June 7 and close on Thursday, June 23. The ballot will start as a blank slate and the community will nominate their favorite businesses in each category. Participants are allowed to nominate one business in each category throughout the duration of the Nomination phase. At the end of the Nomination phase, we will tally up the nominations and ONLY the top 5 businesses in each category will move onto the voting phase. Participants who nominate in at least 25 categories will automatically be entered into a drawing for their chance to win a $300 gift card to a nominated business of the winner’s choice.

2. Voting Phase

The voting phase will open on Tuesday, July 19 and close on Thursday, August 4. Only the Top 5 businesses in each category that moved forward from the nomination phase will be on the voting ballot. Users will be able to vote once per day, per category on the ballot. Participants who vote 100 times during the voting phase will automatically be entered into a drawing for their chance to win a $300 gift card to a top 5 business of the winner’s choice.

3. Winners Guide

The winners will be published online and in print in September. We will crown a 'Winner' and two 'Favorites' in each category.

The Best of the Black Hills celebrates the best of our region – time to make your voices heard!


BE A BLACK HILLS ADVERTISER

We have created promotional packages to help promote your business and help you stand out among the competition during the nomination and voting rounds. These packages include advertising spots on the ballot, as well as digital and print ads to ensure you are reaching each and every customer. Being a Best of the Black Hills advertiser will keep you top-of-mind when readers are filling out the ballot. Purchasing an advertising package does not guarantee you will place or win.




FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS


Do Businesses Have To Pay To Be Represented On The Ballot?

Not at all! Best of the Black Hills is a FREE program to every business that wants to participate. The results are 100% community driven, determined during the nomination and voting phases. Being an advertiser only guarantees advertising space, not that a business will place or win!



Is Every Business Eligible For Text To Vote?

Businesses have the opportunity to purchase a text to vote code for each category they are featured in during the voting phase. Advertisers can receive one text vote, per category, per day. Text votes will count toward final voting numbers.



How Do I Get Nominations & Votes?

1. Advertise to your followers/customers that your business has been nominated or is in the running to win. To increase top of mind awareness, take advantage of our FREE PROMO KIT.


2. JUST ASK! Use the Free Promo Kit to post on social media, send email blasts and promote in your brick and mortar. Be clear, be specific and direct them straight to where they need to go!


3.Leverage your social posts! Tag the Rapid City Journal on social media when you are asking for nominations or votes! Use this link: https://go.rapidcityjournal.com/bestof22


4.Set Reminders! Schedule your social posts at the beginning of each phase to have a presence throughout the full timeline. Use the ballot link - https://go.rapidcityjournal.com/bestof22


5.Let Us Help! We will be promoting the contest throughout each phase. You can use our FREE PROMO KIT or contact us to purchase an advertising package to enhance your presence on the ballot.



Does every business make it into the Voting Round?

Only the Top 5 businesses with the most nominations in each category will make it through to the voting round. So make sure you are asking for nominations!



I Don't Have Time To Fill Out The Whole Ballot, Can I Come Back Later?

Of course! Once you register and create a login, you can come back any time and continue to nominate your favorite businesses



How Do I Find Out Who The Winners Are?

The winners will be announced online and in our special section that publishes in September!



How Do I Enter The Nomination & Voting Sweepstakes?

During the nomination round if you nominate at least 25 businesses during the duration of the phase, you will automatically be entered into a drawing for your chance to win a $300 nominated business of your choice. In the voting round, if you vote at least 100 times during the duration of the phase, you will automatically be entered into a drawing for your chance to win a $300 Gift Card to a top 5 business of your choice.


REGISTER FOR A FREE PROMO KIT!


This free promo kit is available to every person/business that is on the ballot or would like to be nominated. It includes a Facebook Post, Facebook Cover, LinkedIn Post, Instagram Story Size and a Printable Poster. These can be used throughout the Nomination and Voting phases to ask your customers and followers to engage with your business on the Best of the Black Hills Ballot.