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ABOUT 2023 CLARKSVILLE'S BEST

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OFFICIAL RULES

 

What is Clarksville's Best?

Clarksville's Best invites engages, and allows you, our audience, to recognize the best businesses, organizations, and people in our area. Our focus is on businesses and professionals who support, serve, and do business in Clarksville.

Do I Have to Register?

Nomination surveys require registration of basic information from the submitter for when we need to clarify an entry. We do offer you the opportunity to share your name and email with us so that we can keep you up to date on the program. You may submit your nominees in any given topic area and return to complete the survey any time before the deadline.

 

Registration may be necessary for the voting phase to promote fair voting. You may be asked for your name and email address.

Can I Vote by Paper or in Person?

No. All nominations and voting are done through our website and link to our voting platform.

How Does Nominating Work?

We rely on our audience to supply us with the names of outstanding people, businesses, and establishments in each of the 150+ categories. Once the nominees are finalized, our audience is asked to vote on one choice in each category. Per our guidelines, you are allowed to nominate without limits, and during voting, vote once every 24 hours.

 

Our audience and business owners nominate their favorites by selecting one of 8 topic areas Eat & Drink, Health & Beauty, Home & Garden, Motors, Schools, Services, Shopping, Things to Do. Nominees should be individuals and businesses that serve the Clarksville Area.

Nominating is as simple as entering a name and city in text entry fields. It’s best, but not required, to provide additional information on the nominee so that we can verify them (Phone number, address, URL). You may return any time before Friday, August 11 to add nominations.

 

Businesses with multiple locations will appear as a single nomination for the voting phase unless otherwise specified by the business.

 

Business associates and advertisers of Five Star Media Group and any other owner-affiliated company are not given special treatment, including but not limited to our presenting sponsor.

Users are not required to nominate in all categories but must submit the nomination form by hitting the "submit" button at the bottom of the page. Users are permitted to nominate a single business in more than one category.

The nomination period begins Monday, July 31 at 12:00PM, and ends at 5:00PM on Friday, August 11.

Will Everyone that is Nominated be on the Ballot?

For a category to qualify for the ballot, there must be a minimum of 4 separate businesses that are competing for votes. If someone is nominated in a category that they do not qualify for, we make reasonable accommodations to move the nominee to a similar category. Nominees are moved to the voting ballot.

I’ve Been Nominated, What is Required of Me?

Businesses, organizations, or individuals that are nominated by our audience will be placed on our ballot after they are verified. Should a business earn enough votes to be in the top two they may be required to complete a simple online questionnaire with basic business information including, Name, Location(s), Year Established, Business Hours, Phone Number, Web Address (if any) and submit or make available a photo of the business, organization or individual. There is no cost or obligation to participate.

How are Votes Tabulated?

Nominations and votes are tabulated by a third-party. Five Star Media Group and it's affiliates do not know the results of the contest until after the votes are tabulated. In each category, readers vote on their favorite nominee. Readers are permitted to vote in each category once per day. Businesses, institutions, individuals and schools are encouraged to promote the contest in order to gain nominations and/or votes. Competitive advertising, special offers, campaigns are permitted; however, Five Star Media Group at it’s sole discretion, reserves the right to exclude from the competition any businesses or individuals that engage in activities intended to “rig” or “fix” the voting process. Votes that are suspect may be disqualified in the count.

Use of bots, robotic, repetitive, automatic, programmed, vote exchange websites, vote “farming”, scripts or other automated means designed to circumvent “one ballot per person per day” rule, are not allowed. Contestants discovered using these methods for vote acceleration are subject to suspected votes being disqualified without notice, and the jeopardy of the Contestant being completely disqualified and removed from the competition.

Business associates and advertisers of Five Star Media Group and any other owner-affiliated company are not given special treatment, including but not limited to our presenting sponsor.

The regular voting period begins Monday, August 28 at 12:00PM and ends Friday, September 15 at 5:00PM.

Can I “Write-In” a Business During Voting?

All nominations have to be verified prior to being placed on the final ballot. During the nomination process, we welcome all submissions.

Our ballot is a closed ballot, however; we will consider late entries into an established category by request. All late entries must be received by Friday, September 8. All late entries must be emailed to Support@ClarksvillesBest.com for consideration. 

When will the Winners be Announced?

The names of the winners are posted and announced Thursday, November 17 on 

ClarksvillesBest.com and honored in our Clarksville's Best special winners' magazine. In the event of a tie in any category, more than one winner or runner-up may be awarded.

Clarksville's Best and the unique logos are the property of the Five Star Media Group and may only be used with express, written permission. Logos are licensed to winners at a marketing spend or direct payment of $1,495 or more. Clarksville's Best merchandise does not count toward the logo license spend.

Clarksville's Best - Nonprofit Prize Opportunity

Category: Nonprofit Organization - Any local non-profit organization, foundation, service club, etc.; must have a 501c(3) status
 

  • The top two vote-winners will be finalists for the Best Nonprofit Organization Gold Award (the runner-up is Silver).

  • The two finalists will be contacted the week of Sept. 21. They will not be told who had more votes. Each will be asked to set up a GoFundMe (we’ll need to check it for proper setup).

  • We will help both nonprofits promote their GoFundMe in a contest to see who can collect the most donations from Monday, Sept. 27, at 8PM to Friday, Oct. 8, at 6PM. We’ll write profiles on CNow about the good each one does in the community.

  • The organization that raises the most is the Gold winner. Not only do they keep what they raised, they also win $24,000 in free advertising for a year from 5 Star Media Group, along with logo rights.

  • The runner-up is the Silver winner. They keep what they raised and win $12,000 in free advertising for a year from 5 Star Media Group, along with logo rights.

  • Both will be featured in articles in Clarksville’s Best magazine.

  • We’ll encourage both to keep mum about the win because we’ll promote/announce it with feature stories.

  • The Gold winner will be ineligible to win in the category again for 3 years.

Questions about Clarksville's Best can be directed to our support desk Support@ClarksvillesBest.com. These are the complete Official Rules. Clarksville's Best is produced by Five Star Media Group. Digital experience is powered by BestOfPrograms.com. Content ©2023 Five Star Media Group. Technology ©2023 BestOfPrograms.com, part of NERUS Strategies LLC.

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