Best of Omaha is the legitimate contest.
- Best of Omaha was started in 1992.
- Our ballot page is free from advertising.
- Our category answer fields are blank.
- Only one vote per email.
- Our system monitors for voting stuffing and manipulation.
- Our ballot does not steer or influence who a voter should choose.
Another new contest:
- Sells business name placement on the ballot.
- Sells business logo placement on the ballot.
- Sells advertisement on the ballot.
- Encourages the public to vote for the same business more than once.
There is nothing a business is required to do.
- Registration is optional
- Participation is optional
- Businesses do not need to be an advertiser
Business registration does not determine if a business may win or not win Best of Omaha. The category chosen during registration does not determine which or how many categories a company may win or not win. The answer fields are blank on the ballot page. Voters may fill-in any business name they choose. We do not limit or influence how the voter chooses to vote. The chips fall where they may. We conduct Best of Omaha to connect with the public and to increase subscriptions to our magazine.
Thank you for your interest in Best of Omaha.
Every company wants to win Best of Omaha. But it is not easy to do.
The word “best” has different meanings to all of us. For some, “best” means highest quality, while others may think “best” means lowest price. “Best” could also refer to customer ratings, years in operation, or convenience of service.
According to CAS Inc. there are more than 28,986 unique businesses in the Omaha metropolitan area. With 310 categories in Best of Omaha 2017, there are fewer than 930 winners. This means only 3.3 percent of the businesses can win Best of Omaha.
Best of Omaha is about helping local businesses strengthen relationships with the community. When you ask people to vote for your company in Best of Omaha, you are telling them that you believe your company to be among the “best.” You are branding your name with the word “best” in the public’s consciousness.
Best of Omaha is about creating “buzz” and interaction with your customers.
When your company gives a discount to voters, particularly voters who did not vote for you, you are asking them to come to your company so they can try out your services and products. This is an opportunity for you to create new relationships and win future customers.
Any business can join the Best of Omaha competition. We do not limit or influence who the voters choose to win. Companies do not need to be advertisers. Company registration is voluntary and does not determine whether or not a company can win.
The answer fields on the ballot page are blank. There are no ads on the ballot page. Voters may submit any company they choose for each category. Since we allow voters to select their favorite companies, the tallying process is difficult. We have programmed our system to recognize common misspellings of company names and automatically convert those to the proper spellings.
There is no charge for a company to be involved with Best of Omaha. We provide free “Go Vote For Us” cards and posters. We provide high resolution “Go Vote For Us” logos. We also provide free wall certificates, window clings, and vinyl posters to the winners each year.
Omaha Magazine has conducted Best of Omaha since 1992. It started internally as something fun. We sat around a table with pizza and beer, and picked our favorites in 20 categories. Today the public selects the winners. The chips fall where they may. To ensure credibility, we take voting security seriously. We limit voting to only one vote per valid email address. We developed methods for quarantining suspicious voters and for catching attempts to manipulate the voting process. The main reason we conduct Best of Omaha is to connect with the public and increase subscriptions for Omaha Magazine.
The public uses the Best of Omaha winner list to help them decide where to eat, where to shop, and who to use for health care, home, and auto-related services. People who move to Omaha, and visitors to Omaha, use Best of Omaha as a “playbook” to learn about the city. The Best of Omaha logo is a recognized and trusted symbol that is easy to spot throughout Omaha.
‘Go Vote For Us’ Logos
Click here to download ‘Go Vote For Us’ logos. Logos may not be altered.
‘Go Vote For Us’ Cards and Posters – Out until next year
We provide free ‘Go Vote For Us’ cards and posters to businesses.
Our address is: 5921 S. 118th Circle, Omaha, NE 68137.
Click here to order customized ‘Go Vote For Us’ cards – Done until next spring
Custom cards are standard business card size. The trim size is 3.5 x 2 inches. There is a .125 inch bleed on all four sides. And we recommend a .25 inch safety inset from the edges for all important text and logos. You can order cards from us with the above link or we can design your custom cards and give you the artwork and give it to you to order from anyplace you choose.
Best of Omaha 2017 Business Registration
Business registration is voluntary and not required to participate in Best of Omaha. We do not influence how the public votes. The answers fields are blank. We do not sell business name placement, business ads, or business logos on the voting ballot page. We highly recommend every business pick one person at their business to be their Campaign Manager. This person should join our Campaign Manager email newsletter list and be the contact when they register their business with Best of Omaha on the business registration page. Businesses may register here.
Best of Omaha 2017 Categories
Click here to download a .pdf of the updated categories for Best of Omaha 2017 (updated May 12, 2016). Every year we modify the categories. We tweak the phrasing of some, add some new categories and delete a few that didn’t receive enough attention from voters. We recommend the Campaign Manager at each company review the category list and update their business registration accordingly.