Vote for your favorites in the Best of 2021 Reader's Choice Awards

Vote for the Best of 2021 until April 25!

Vote in Housing and Living

(Includes Apartment Complexes, Rental Homes, Realtors, and Home Services)

Vote in Arts, Entertainment & Leisure

(Includes Best Local Attractions, Hidden Gem, Event Center, Museum and More!)

Vote in Food & Drink

(Includes Local Restaurants, Bars/Pubs, Candy Stores and More!)

Vote in Shopping, Businesses & Professional Services

(Includes Best Places to Shop, Best Business Categories, Health & Beauty, and Automotive)

Vote In Ball State

(Includes Best Fraternity, Sorority, Student Orgs, Residence Hall, and Place to Eat)


Best of 2021 Reader's Choice Survey Contest

In conjunction with the Best of 2021 voting, participants that complete one (1) survey category and fill out their information at the beginning of the survey will be entered into our Best of 2021 Voter’s contest. That means if you complete all five survey categories listed, you will receive five (5) entries! There will be a total of twelve (12) winners, one (1) grand prize winner, one second-place winner, and ten (10) runner-up winners.

The grand prize winner (1) will receive a Ball State University and Muncie community prize basket worth $150, along with a $50 Root’s gift card and a $15 HotBox certificate. The second-place winner (1) will receive a $50 Root’s gift card and a $15 HotBox certificate. Ten (10) runner-up winners will receive a $15 HotBox certificate.


History of Best of 2021

In 2019 and years prior, the Ball State Daily hosted “Best of Ball State,” which primarily focused on only Ball State-specific categories and surrounding businesses; additionally, it was only promoted to readers and followers of Ball State Daily. 

But, with a new year and a new vision in 2020, we expanded and introduced Best of 2020 Reader’s Choice Awards for Ball State, Muncie and Delaware County.

This year, we are continuing with the Best of 2021. We love our community, both on campus and beyond - so we welcomed all of Muncie, Delaware County, and the Ball State Community businesses to participate in our contest.


FAQs

How it Works

Starting in January of each year, our team promotes the contest to local businesses. Businesses can purchase advertising packages or single listings. What does that mean? Businesses can pay to be listed as a ‘choice’ when readers vote. However, readers have the option of writing in any business, group of service of their choice. Then, in April voting opens to our readers. Community members vote in a survey hosted by BallStateDaily.com for their choice in a variety of categories - yes, it’s that simple. Our voting period this year will last from April 12-25.

Following the voting period, winners will be announced via social media, BallStateDaily.com, and The Daily News newspaper right here at BSU. Custom plaques will also be awarded to the winners and hopefully mounted in storefronts for coveted bragging rights, of course. 

How much do listings cost?

One single listing is just $50. We also have frequency discounts and premium packages available to increase your exposure and reach a larger audience to increase your chances of winning the popular vote!

You can contact a sales representative directly at 765.285.8256 to speak about what options work best for your budget. 

Can our business compete in more than one category?

Of course! We understand that some businesses are more complex and offer many services. Reference the sidebar for all categories included in Best of 2021. 

Can I suggest a new category?

Yes! We are always open to hearing any suggestions that might improve our contest in the future. If you wish to participate and don’t see a category that fits you, feel free to reach out and we’d be happy to assist you from there. 

Do I have to live in the area to vote? 

Absolutely not, while the contest is aimed at community members voting for their community’s best, we understand that not everyone is located here in the area. Often, Ball State alumni get nostalgic and like to vote for their favorites from their college careers. Every vote counts! 

Additionally, the survey is posted online, making it accessible for those on mobile or desktop - all you need is a valid email address. 

Do I have to vote for all categories?

No. We know some categories don't apply to all voters. We've tried to arrange the survey so the easiest categories are up first. However, in an effort to prevent ballot stuffing, we will only count ballots that have voted for at least 50% of the categories. This is a Reader's Choice Awards contest, so while far from scientific, we do want it to be as fair as possible!

For each category, users will be able to cast their vote by selecting one of the listed businesses that paid to be listed or by writing in their choice for the category. Participants may also, opt out of voting
for some sub-categories that they do not have a preference for by selecting “no preference”.

We won. Now what?

Businesses who receive the most valid votes in each category will be named Best of 2021. Winners will be announced on April 27, 2021 in The Daily News and on Ball State Daily social media. Winners will receive a Best of 2021 plaque and will be provided the Best of 2021 logo and are approved to use the logo in any advertising or promotion of their business. After the public announcement, winners will be contacted directly by their sales representative to make arrangements to receive their plaque and the Best of 2021 logo. 

Can voters win, too?

In conjunction with the Best of 2021 voting, participants that complete one (1) survey catagory will be entered into our Best of 2021 Voter’s contest. That mean if you complete all five survey catagories listed, you will recieve five (5) entries! There will be a total of twelve (12) winners, one (1) grand prize winner, one second-place winner, and ten (10) runner-up winners.

The grand prize winner (1) will receive a Ball State University and Muncie community prize basket worth $150, along with a $50 Root’s gift card and a $15 HotBox certificate. The second-place winner (1) will receive a $50 Root’s gift card and a $15 HotBox certificate. Ten (10) runner-up winners will receive a $15 HotBox certificate.

Participants can access the survey on the Best of 2021 page on BallStateDaily.com or through a QR code on Best of 2021 promotional materials. 

The contest is open to all readers. The odds of winning depends on the total number of eligible votes submitted. The winners will be randomly selected on April 27 and will receive an email from mckinleyave@bsu.edu by the end of the day. The winners must email a response with an intent to pick up their prize by 5 p.m. on April 28. Winners must pick up their prize from Holden’s Strategic Communications Center by 5 p.m. on April 30.




Employees of Ball State Daily, McKinley Avenue or any Unified Media group are not eligible to win. The contest is presented by The McKinley Avenue Agency, College of Communication, Information, and Media, Ball State University, 2000 W. University Avenue, Muncie, Indiana 47306. The grand prize, a BSU prize basket, $50 Root’s gift card, and $15 HotBox certification, is worth $215. Second place winner will win a $50 Root’s gift card and $15 HotBox certificate, with a total worth of $65. Ten runner-ups will receive a $15 HotBox certification, worth $15 each, for a $150 total worth. The total worth of all prizes is $430.As with all advertising, sponsored content does not necessarily reflect the views and choices of the employees of Unified Media. Unified Mediawill ensure the treatment and design of advertising and sponsor content is clearly differentiated from its editorial content. Unified Mediareserves the right to refuse publication of such content that, in its own judgment, would undermine the intellectual integrity, authority, and character of our enterprise. Consistent with the foregoing General Advertising Guidelines, Unified Media may reject or remove any sponsored content at any time that contains false, deceptive, misleading, or illegal content; is inconsistent with or may tend to bring disparagement, harm to reputation, or other damage to Unified Media’s brand.
There will be one (1) grand prize winner that will receive: 2 BSU logo decals ($3.98), Frosty Fleece BSU Blanket (31.98), Charlie Cardinal Plush Mascot ($9.99), Reverse Weave BSU Crew (47.98), Red BSU Water bottle-Frost ($15.98), 11oz BSU Mug ($7.98), Roots Gift Cards ($50.00), HotBox Certificate ($15.00) making the total value of the grand prize $182.89. There will be one (1) second place winner who will receive a Root’s Gift card ($50.00), and a HotBox certificate ($15.00). Ten (10) runner-up winners will receive a HotBox certificate ($15.00).



 







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