Big news, everyone! Ballots for the 2019 Best of Treasure Valley Awards are in, and it looks to be a phenomenal success.
The businesses and attractions that were up for voting in their respective categories were nominated by Treasure Valley residents in August and September. Those that received enough nominations to land in the top 10 earned their spots on the ballot.
Tens of thousands of votes were cast to show support for your favorite businesses and attractions in our community. We were overwhelmed with the enthusiastic response and can’t wait to share the finalists of each category.
What Happens Now
We want the Best of Treasure Valley to be as fair as possible, so our team is working hard to calculate the results and verify the findings. The BoTV uses a scoring system that relies on a combination of online votes, online ratings, and online reviews from Google, Yelp, and Facebook.
Who had the most votes? While technology makes counting easy, we still need to verify the results. Previous contests allowed spamming or daily voting. For improved results, we’re only counting unique votes for each subcategory.
The BoTV isn’t like most “Best of” contests, which simply count votes. We realize that the community has already been showing their support for the best by leaving reviews all year long, so we’re going to count those too! We’re counting every 5-star review published on Google, Yelp, and Facebook within the last 12 months.
While votes and reviews signify great work in the last year, overall ratings on Google, Yelp, and Facebook tell us how nominees have done long term. The mean rating from these platforms will be used in conjunction with 5-star reviews and votes to determine the winners.
The top 3 of each subcategory will be publicly announced next week once we’ve verified our results. Finalists will also be notified by letter and email as soon as possible.
Winners will be announced at the Best of Treasure Valley Awards Banquet, on December 4th, 2018. Finalists will be invited to purchase tickets for the celebration, with Jeff Agosta and Michael Witry, of Open World Comedy, hosting the show. The banquet includes a red carpet entrance, a fancy dinner, and photos, as well as other special prizes and opportunities.
We’re grateful to everyone for the support and participation in the Best of Treasure Valley Awards. It’s been a lot of fun, and we’re already looking forward to next year’s contest!