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Hotspots Magazine presents its first People’s Choice Awards in which the community nominates and votes for their favorites. Who, What, and Where are the “Best” of Wilton Manors, Oakland Park, and the Greater Fort Lauderdale area?! 

Frequently Asked Questions: 

How can an entity (Business, Organization, Etc.) or person be listed on the Hotspots People’s Choice Awards ballot?

If you do not see a contender listed, you can submit a “Write-In” nomination through September 20, 2021. After the “Write-In” nomination has been approved, it will appear on the ballot for voting. Nominations will be checked for validity, so please make sure the nomination is submitted with the correct name, phone number, and the category is appropriate. If a contender cannot be verified, the nomination will not be published on the ballot.

Does an entity (Business, Organization, Etc.) or person have to advertise to be on the ballot?

No, Hotspots welcomes all valid contenders to be nominated in relevant categories for free. If you do not see a contender listed, you can submit a “Write-In” nomination through September 20, 2021. After the “Write-In” nomination has been approved, it will appear on the ballot for voting. Contenders will be checked for validity, so please make sure the nomination is submitted with the correct name, phone number, and the category is appropriate. If a contender cannot be verified, the nomination will not be published on the ballot. Hotspots offers a free promotional toolkit and paid marketing opportunities for businesses to promote their nomination, but all businesses can be listed on the ballot upon approval.

How many categories are there in the Hotspots People’s Choice Awards?

There are a total of…(number will be indicated once we get all the subcategories listed) subcategories within the main 5 categories: Food & Drink, Professionals, Shopping, Goods & Services, Medical & Health, Entertainment & Recreation.

How do I go about adding a new subcategory? 

Please submit all requests HERE. All requests submitted on or before August 11, at the close of the nomination phase, will be reviewed and considered for approval. 

Can an entity or person be nominated in multiple categories?

Yes, contenders can be nominated in all relevant categories upon approval. For instance, nominations will be checked for validity, so please make sure the nomination is submitted in the appropriate category with the correct name and phone number. If a contender cannot be verified, the nomination will not be published on the ballot.

If my business and/or I’m interested in sponsoring a Subcategory or Category, but the Subcategory/Category has already been taken. What options do I have? (Do we want to provide this option?)

If a Group or Category is reserved, consider an option that is relevant to the audience voting in this category. [internal use only, wording will change once confirmed.] For instance, ABC Mexican Restaurant located in Mount Pleasant wants to sponsor the Mexican Restaurant category, but this has already been reserved. Consider the category Sponsorship for Best Margarita or Mount Pleasant Restaurant instead. 

What is the best way for my loyal customers to vote for my business in the Hotspots People’s Choice Awards?

A simplified ballot system has also been created online at:…

Feel free to share on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, email database, and more! Direct your fans to vote online. Don’t forget to include the following hashtag in all your promotions: #HotspotsChoiceAwards 

When is the voting period?

The Hotspots People’s Choice Awards voting period takes place in 2 phases.

Phase 1 Nominations: Thursday, July 22, 2021 to August 11, 2021 at 11:59pm.  

Phase 2 Voting: Thursday, August 19, 2021 to Sunday, September 19, 2021 at 11:59pm. 

Phase 3 Winners Announced: Winners will be announced in the September 30th Hotspots Issue. 

When will the winners be announced?

The winners will be notified individually prior to the public announcement in the Hotspots Magazine September 30, 2021 issue. We ask all winners to not share with anyone of their win until the winners are publicly announced. 

How do you prevent cheating?  

Hotspots People’s Choice Awards ballot voting will be consistently reviewed throughout both nomination and voting phases. If suspicious activity or fraudulent voting is suspected, a nomination could potentially be disqualified and permanently removed from the current program and future. IP Address monitoring will also take place for any suspicious activity or fraudulent voting. Votes will be calculated by a third party independent source.