Thursday, April 5, 2012
The small business tops Patch's best customer service competition.
After weeks of intense competition, Keeton's Office & Art Supply has emerged the champion of customer service in Bradenton. The small business edged out contenders in matchups that totaled 64 competitors. Readers were asked to vote in polls for their favorite business, leave comments and post star ratings on Bradenton Patch. And, boy, did readers let us know how much they like Keeton's and its dedication to getting things right for its loyal customer base. Second place goes to Manatee Vet Clinic. Said reader Joan Voyles: "Keeton's is a wonderful resource to artists in the area. The prices are competitive with mail order catalogs and you have the materials immediately. If there is something special or unusual needed, they are happy to …
Sunday, April 1, 2012
Our tournament-style polling has come down to a final two businesses. Help decide who has the best customer service in Bradenton.
Sunday, April 1, 2012
Patch’s 2012 Readers’ Choice customer service tournament has come down to this: Two worthy and much loved small businesses go head to head this week to determine who has the best customer service. It is up to you to crown the King or Queen of Customer Service in Bradenton. Show your love and vote for: Here are the rules for this final bout. In this final championship round, Read on for important details: Each reader may vote once per day in the poll, and may leave one comment and one directory review per business. Leave as many comments as you like, but for voting purposes we count only the first comment and review you leave in favor of each business. Any ties will be broken in overtime. To leave a review for a business, search for the …
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Sea Star Cafe is one of Four Finalists in the Best Customer Service competition in Bradenton.
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Name of owner: Sea Star Owners: Matthew Cardwell & Casey Anderson In business since: Opened in June 2008. Matt moved to the area in 2006 and Casey moved here in 1989. It's a small town, so everyone knows each other and is very willing to support local businesses. What we would like people to know about us is that we LOVE what we do, and the second you walk in our doors, you are considered family! It is hard to pick one certain time of good customer service, as Casey has most people's orders in before they even sit down! We are very open to people's desires even when we do not have specifics on the menu!
Each reader may vote once per day in the poll, and may leave one comment and one directory review per business.
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
After an intense weekend of voting, four local businesses remain in Patch’s customer service tournament. We started with 64 businesses in mid-March, and our readers have chosen these heavyweights of customer service. This week, the final four go head to head to crown a champion, and they need your support to go all the way. Voting ends at noon Saturday, and championship scoring is now in effect. The two businesses that get the most votes, comments and directory reviews before voting closes will advance to the finals. In the semifinals and finals: Each reader may vote once per day in the poll, and may leave one comment and one directory review per business. (You are welcome to leave as many comments as you would like, but for voting …
Friday, March 23, 2012
We’re down to eight finalists in our Best Customer Service poll. Vote for your favorite Bradenton business to help crown a winner!
Call it the Crazy Eights. Voting is really starting to intensify, as we narrow the contenders for Best Customer Service to eight hardworking Bradenton businesses. Who will emerge the winner? The elimination game is fast and fun. Readers make the choice about which businesses are tops at treating customers right. (See poll below.) Your vote decides which competitors survive to Round 5. There's not a lot of time either. The poll closes at noon Monday, March 26. This elite group already sweated through three rounds of voting in Patch’s Best Customer Service contest. Good luck to our eight contenders! In the event of a tie, we will count the business ratings in our searchable Directory. So check out the listings for your favorite Bradenton …
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
We're down to 16 finalists in our Best Customer Service poll. Vote for your favorites and help crown the Bradenton champ!
Patch's Best Customer Service contest advances with the 16 sweetest local businesses that know how to treat their customers right. We threw a Sweet 16 party for the 16 contenders at the Bradentown Scoops and wished everyone good luck! The love – and competition – only heats up from here. Who has the VERY best service? Vote in our poll below. The poll closes at high noon Friday, March 23, so be sure to make your picks now. If there's a tie, we will count the star ratings for our business competitors in our Places Directory. So look up your favorite business by typing the name in the Search area and leave a rating, too!
Friday, March 16, 2012
These 32 businesses made the first round of cuts. Vote in our poll to see who survives another week!
Round One of our weekly poll on who has the best customer service had a field of 64 businesses that now have narrowed by half. March is more than half way over and the competition to be crowned the best of the best is really heating up. No, we’re not talking about basketball! We’re talking service. Customer service, that is. Vote in this week's poll on the business that does the best job. All month, we will be working our way, tournament style, to crowning a champion. Who will it be? The poll closes at noon Monday.
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Thirty-two Bradenton finalists will emerge from the field of 64. Cast your votes today.
Great customer service can be hard to find, but sometimes it makes all the difference. That's why we think it's worthwhile to recognize local businesses that go the extra mile to treat customers right. With March upon us, it's only fitting that we've taken the top 64 businesses that joined Bradenton Patch and let them compete against one another, tournament style, to crown a champion of customer service. So who treats their customers the best? Tell us by voting. Vote in the polls below to support your favorite local businesses and help them move on to the next round. The leading vote-getters in each pairing as of noon Friday will advance as we work our way down to the ultimate customer service champ in town.
Friday, February 24, 2012
More than two dozen businesses joined Patch this month, here's an example of just a few.
Bradenton Patch would like to welcome the latest businesses to claim their listings as a part of Patch Places: McCabe's Irish Pub, ArtCenter Manatee, Keller William Realty of Manatee, Tanya Sharkey Photography, Healing in Balance, LLC, Retro City Cafe and the Thai Cafe. If you've patronized any of these businesses, go to their Patch Listing and give them a rating (4 or 5 stars, maybe?) or write a review on their page that everyone will see. McCabe's Irish Pub off of old Main Street brings a bit o Ireland to downtown Bradenton. It's a great place for concerts and getting together with friends. ArtCenter Manatee, is a unique and amazing art studio and gallery featuring both local and national artists. Potters come to the location to create …
Monday, February 6, 2012
Patch can help to spread word of your business and garner the traffic online that you deserve!
When Patch launched in the beaches last year, editors and freelancers ventured to local businesses to collect information for our directory. The result: Patch Places, a spot where users can find descriptions, hours, accepted payment methods and more for spots around town. All users can add events taking place at local spots, rate the business on a scale of one to five stars and add a review. If you tell your best customers and friends to review you on Patch, their reviews will show up on the Patch homepage! Plus, owners of local businesses get extra bonuses when they claim a listing. Once you're approved, you can see all kinds of great information about your business on Patch. Here you can see how many users have rated, reviewed or follow…