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Strategies for Businesses to Participate in Minnesota’s Best

Get the word out and engage all of Minnesota.​

  1. Make sure your Business is nominated in the correct categories. We feature over 350 nomination categories, including beauty and fitness, entertainment, shopping, restaurants and bars, agriculture, motors, real estate, health and wellness, recreation, and more.

  2. Get your Fan Base to vote for you by using:​

  • A Custom Voting Page that acts as a landing page for all media campaigns that links directly to contest voting.​

  • Minnesota’s Best Free Promotional Assets, including the Nominations and Voting Badges, in your marketing campaign.​

  • #MNBest, the official program hashtag, to reach new audiences, create social media discussions, and encourage voting. ​

  • QR Codes to make it easy for your fans to vote for you when you add them on menus, at front desks, and more.​ Our Custom Voting Pages include a QR Code for your use!

  • Promotional ad units on the Voting site like Ballot Buttons, Voting Navigation Ads, and Jumbo Voting Ads. ​

  • Star Tribune Print & Digital advertising products to reach the rest of your fans and reinforce voting. ​

  3. Promote your business when the winners are announced with: ​

  • Minnesota’s Best Results Magazine and the Star Tribune newspaper distributed throughout Minnesota.​

  • Minnesota’s Best Star Tribune and Programmatic Digital Products to reach targeted new potential customers.​

  • Utilize the Minnesota's Best Winners Toolkit, Minnesota’s Best Winner’s Logo to promote your business (with a minimum licensing fee).


Minnesota's Best is all about engaging readers with local businesses like yours. And, we have developed marketing strategies so you can make the most out of it!


Nominations are open to any business that would like to participate. See the Contest Rules for details. 


Nominations open at Noon on Sunday, February 25, 2024, and are accepted through Thursday, March 14, 2024. This is your way onto the official ballot! There are NO write-ins after voting starts!


We review each entry to ensure that it is a business located in or serving our area.


There is no cost involved to be on the ballot. It is important to promote you and your company. Voting opens Sunday, March 24, 2024 through Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Voters can cast a ballot once each day when voting is in session.


Results will be displayed on  a year-round digital destination and published in a full-size Winners magazine. Regardless of how you or your guests and customers visit us, they will enjoy the Minnesota's Best experience.


Our experience is fully indexed by category, winning level and winning year. It includes photos, videos, interactive Google mapping, year-round ratings and visitor reviews!

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