Best of 417 Frequently Asked Questions
You have questions. We have answers.
How does 417 Magazine pick the Best of 417 winners?
Great question! Here’s how it works. Throughout the year, our team keeps up with what’s new, hot, in style, delicious, making waves, going viral, selling out and making a big impression in 417-land. We take calls, letters, emails and skywriting from our audience with tips on what to check out. We keep our ear to the ground and our days, nights and weekends filled with local experiences. And now our editors combined a years’ worth of local love to compile a slate of nominations for all of 417-land to vote on. This year, you’ll see killer contestants within the Food and Drink category, plus have the option to write in anyone we left off the list. (Ugh, why didn’t we think of them?!) Voting is open from September 1–30 at 417mag.com/bestof. We’ll compile your votes and publish the winners in the February issue of 417 Magazine!
What happened to the other topic sections?
Great question! This year, our editors have set out to simplify the contest to make it quicker and easier for our readers to vote. The food and drink section is our largest and most popular, so we are focusing on those categories for all Readers’ Choice Awards voting and will celebrate all of the best places to eat and drink in 417-land. You will no longer see Services, Shopping, Places & Experiences as categories on the ballot.
Do advertisers automatically win?
Nope! Let’s put this rumor to rest. Still skeptical? Ask one of our advertisers who didn’t win.😕 We take serious strides to keep our integrity intact and maintain boundaries between our sales and editorial departments. In fact, we’re required to in order to uphold our good standing with the City and Regional Magazine Association. You can’t buy a Best of 417 nomination or win with money. You can only earn a spot on the list by being the best, getting the word out and raking in the votes!
How can I win?
Step one: be amazing. Go above and beyond. Get our attention. Once you’ve made our list, the next step is to get people (a LOT of people) to vote for you. Grab a megaphone. Tell everyone. We recommend downloading our marketing toolkit during the voting period. That’ll give you 417-branded imagery to share with your fans.