Presenting Best of Northeast Arkansas 2021 Winners

Welcome to the 2021 edition of Best of Northeast Arkansas. This is our third edition of the Best of Northeast Arkansas, and the second with our new format. This year, voters will have noticed a new ballot design from our partners. We think the experience was much better, and our engagement shows that by the numbers.

We started this year’s contest on January 18, with open nominations. We received over 3,320 nominations to be on the ballot. As we started voting on February 15, a total of 1,778 local companies and individuals competed to be voted best, a 60% increase year over year. For 2021, we are presenting 324 winners in 196 categories, for a total of 392 awards.

As we make our journey back to “normal” we want to make sure our Best Of contest remains relevant and important to our audience. Without hesitation, we can share that it is. During our voting, February 15 through March 5, we had 132% more unique voters. That is 35,617 more unique visitors that last year. More important, we received 117,974 or 69% more votes cast than prior year, for a total of 288,974 votes cast and 75,410 ballots received. To finish in the top two positions of the 2021 Best of Northeast Arkansas is not only an accomplishment, but also a testament to how friends, fans, and customers feel about our local area businesses.

The top ten categories represented 17% of the votes this year. In ranking order, they were: Customer Service, Home Care/Hospice, All-Around Restaurant, Photographer, Boutique Store, BBQ, Gym/Fitness Center, Burger, and Florist.

Northeast Arkansas is fast becoming a mobile engaged market. Of the votes cast, 78.49% were from a smart phone (with the Apple iPhone the most used), 19.10% from desktop, and 2.41% from a tablet. Reaching our digital mobile market has never been more important. Radio and mobile make the perfect pairing to reach your next customer in our market.

We know that this has been a challenging year, and we also recognize that some of our business friends and contemporaries made the tough decision to close. Others have reimagined how business will be accomplished, and several have opened for the first time. The pandemic has forever shaped how we all approach business.

We could not be prouder to salute and pay tribute to the great businesses that were voted the best in their individual categories. Thank you to all of the folks that took the time to vote. We encourage you to explore and engage with our winners. Some may be familiar, and some may be new to you. All will welcome your business as we continue to make Northeast Arkansas best!

Congratulations to all, and until our 2022 contest… we will see you on the radio.

Trey Stafford


Christie Matthews

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