For the 12th year, we counted on the community to identify the best of Hilton Head Island and Bluffton, and the results were swift and decisive. Voting volumes were tremendous in The Island Packet’s Readers’ Choice Awards — a survey of the best people and businesses in southern Beaufort County.
This year just over 104,000 votes were totaled. We encouraged people to pre-nominate individuals and companies that they felt best deserved the recognition, and we then created a database of nominees. Almost 6,000 businesses and individuals were nominated. Voting took place online, with participants selecting their favorites from “drop down” boxes.
Many businesses used Facebook, Twitter and other social networking sites to encourage their fans to participate in the Readers Choice contest and support them in the ballot box. There was no end to the creative ways people worked to drum up support and build awareness — kudos to the creativity displayed.
Inside this special section, you’ll find a list of all the categories and winners for southern Beaufort County. Northern Beaufort County had its own Readers Choice contest, and those results are published today in The Beaufort Gazette.
Voting ballots were available at islandpacket.com and beaufortgazette.com. The 150-plus categories included everything from best Realtor to best grocery store to best pizza.
All voting was conducted online, and people could vote once per day during the 10-day voting window in May. After we tabulated the results, we contacted the winners, and some of them decided to celebrate their success in this section. Many winning businesses are thanking their clients in this section by offering special promotions, so check out their messages.
All of our winners will receive an official Readers’ Choice Award that they can display in their business for all their patrons to see. Watch for next year’s Readers’ Choice Awards, and be sure to cast your ballot for your local favorites...
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