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CityBeat concluded their ‘Best of Cincinnati 2021 Reader’s Poll’ on Friday, February 12, 2021.

The Optimized SEO and Websites team was on the CityBeat website voting for some of our favorite local businesses and noticed some things that concerned us.

A couple of questions we have to include; Are the CityBeat ‘Best of Cincinnati Reader’s Poll’ fair?  And, why do they seem to leave off some obvious business categories?

CityBeat’s Best Internet Marketing Agency in Cincinnati

You can try to find who one this category, but it will lead to a dead end.

CityBeat doesn’t include anything related to marketing or advertising in their poll and we found this extremely odd and wondered why.

The only reason we can think they leave anything related to marketing and advertising off is that they know companies they consider ‘competition’ would benefit.  We think it’s kind of BS.

If you’re wondering which Greater Cincinnati based web agency/internet marketing company is the best, look no further, it’s Optimized SEO and Websites.  If you’re referencing online reviews to determine who is the best, our reviews will back up our claim.

Honestly, if you don’t feel your business is the best at what you offer, why are you in business?

Is CityBeat’s Best of Poll Unfair?

Let’s cover what we feel is unfair, then well get on to what we feel is biased.

If you look in the Shops & Services category very near the top (because the list is in alphabetical  order) is ‘Adult Toy Store.’  Seriously, this is a sub-niche category.  We were trying to leave one of our website and SEO clients a vote because they are a Greater Cincinnati home inspection company and the owner of Optimized recently had them perform a home inspection on a potential rental property and was truly impressed with how the business operated.

For some reason, CityBeat includes Adult Toy Stores in their list of local businesses, but not Home Inspectors?  This is just super weird to us…at least no other home inspection company could ‘win the honor’ since apparently none were eligible in the first place.

CityBeat Write-In Voting Unfair

Is CityBeat’s Best of Poll Biased?

We would have to say yes.

If you happened to vote you too would have noticed that under each of the 6 top-level there were 10’s if not 100’s of sub-niche business types.

The 6 top-level categories were Arts & Culture, City Life, Eats, Music & Nightlife, Shops & Services, and Sports & Recreation.

It’s hard to say for sure, but the Shops & Services section appears to have 150 sub-niche categories within it alone.  We wanted to also vote in this section for another client of ours, Companion Animal Medical Centre.  Dr. Steffen is an amazing holistic veterinarian and people looking for holistic care for their dog or cat would be very glad to know she is located in Milford, OH!

‘Veterinary Care’ was a category in Shops & Services.  For some reason CityBeat had 7 Greater Cincinnati veterinary clinics listed with the option to ‘1-click and vote.’  Our client, with a very long business name, was not on the list!  So, we manually typed in her business name to cast the vote.  To our surprise, when we returned the next day to vote again, you can vote in each subcategory 1x per day, her business name did not stick on the list.  So, we manually typed it in again.

We honestly feel because of this she has a much lower chance of winning than any of the 7 pre-populated 1-click and vote options.

Take CityBeat with a Grain of Salt

At the end of the day, we like the concept behind CityBeat’s ‘Best of’ voting for local businesses in Greater Cincinnati.

All in all, they did a pretty good job with the 2021 Reader’s Poll.  Since the voting deadline was just 8 short hours ago, we don’t know which local businesses won in their respective categories just yet.

We hope CityBeat will try to address the points we made in this article for the 2022 poll.