Monday, July 11, 2011

Summer Fun

My first few polls have been based on food.  Now that I've gotten a burger Scaddy's, and dessert at Coney's, I am ready for some adventure.  Where is your favorite place to spend time during the summer?


I couldn't find Boondocks on Twitter and Trafalga hasn't ever posted anything on their accounts.  So I have left it to these five.  It should be a competitive week, so make sure to vote on the poll.  If you tweet make sure it has @downrightdave in it, or I won't see it.  Thanks for helping us find out who is this weeks Best of Utah on Twitter!

Click here to vote in the poll:

Don't see a place here you love, want to tell us why we should vote for your place?  Add a comment below and tell us why.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Pizza Results

Last week we had over 200 people take part in our poll.  This week I added two more participants, going from 5 to 7.  I figured we would have even more, but I was very disappointed.  The 4th place winner last week received more votes, in their poll, than the entire field this week.  Not a single one of these seven companies did a single thing, or sent out a single tweet. 

Here are the contestants, if we can call them that:

Since there were so few votes, I also added in any tweets, that I was able to see to their numbers.  Here are the results:

The Pie Pizzeria: 12
Brick Oven: 7
Pizzeria 712: 4
Pizza Pie Cafe: 3
Nico Pizza: 2
Slab Pizza: 1
5 Buck Pizza: 0

Not a single one of these places did anything to make me want to go out of my way to go there.  If you are hungry, you should check out Coneys or Scaddys.  If you really are craving pizza though, head to The Pie Pizzeria if you are in Salt Lake, Brick Oven if you are in Provo, and Pizzeria 712 in Orem.

Since I would like to have something positive to say about a company on Twitter, I would like to suggest Seven Peaks (@ProvoSevenPeaks).  They are new to Twitter and have done a great job of interacting with me and their followers.  If you follow anyone this week it should be them.  Send them a message and tell them @downrightdave sent you.   If you want to go this summer, send me a tweet and I would love to join you!

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Best Local Pizza

Best of Utah on Twitter is continuing to grow!  Last week we had over 200 votes for the best dairy dessert.  This week we will be looking into the best pizza in Utah.  Since this is a local thing, I left off the major pizza companies.  I have personally been to almost all of these, and I hope that it will lead you to give one of them a try.  So which one will it be?  Here are the choices, and this Saturday I will announce the winner.

Here is a link to the poll:

I had a question that came up last week from someone saying it wasn't counting their votes.  This is because it will only accept one vote per IP address.  This makes it so one person can't just go in and vote over and over.  It should make the data and results more valid, I hope that this is not an inconvenience.

I will be out of town this week exploring Utah with a biologist, geologist, high school science teachers, and a few other elementary school teachers.  Should be fun!  I am not sure if I will have internet access, so you guys are on your own to get the word out.

Remember, that if you want me to see any tweets you send, they needs to include @downrightdave.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Dairy Dessert Duel Results

Thank you for all of those that voted!  We got 232 votes, as well as many tweets throughout the week.  This blog has now been up for a week and has reached almost 400 hits.  I hope that it has helped you learn more about some businesses in Utah, and those that are proactive and able to find ways to engage their followers.  Please give this blog, as well as @downrightdave, a follow to keep updated weekly on the best of the best.

Of the five businesses, four made several efforts in gaining support in this poll.  When I was creating this weeks poll I was a little hesitant to include Maggie Moos, because they had over 6,000 followers, six times as many as Iceberg, which had the second most.  Maggie Moos was a major chain, as opposed to the others which were more local, or only in a few states.  I thought that if they put in any effort, they would easily be able to win.  Boy was I disappointed. They received 2 votes, which equals less than 0.0003% of their follower count.  Compare this to Coneys who had votes equal to 0.38% of their follower count.

Sub Zero lead most of the way.  They sent out 10 tweets throughout the week and really took this poll seriously, but in the end Coneys was the winner.  Coneys also sent out several tweets, posted it on their Facebook, and had several fans RT or post it as well.

Coneys finished very strong, I don't know if they passed out fliers or something to everyone on dates tonight, but whatever it was, it got them just enough votes.  These two companies both did a very very good job. So congratulations to Coneys for finishing first, Sub Zero second, Iceberg third, then Sammy's in fourth.  As mentioned above, Maggie Moos was a fail of epic proportions.  I will make sure I never set foot inside their business.

Final Poll Results
Coneys: 83
Sub Zero: 77
Iceberg: 48
Sammy's: 22
Maggie Moo's: 2

Total Votes: 228

So for those of you that voted Coney's, tell us why.  For those that may have never been there, what would you suggest they try first?  What makes Coney's such a great place?  Disagree, or want to tell us why you think people should have voted differently?  Please add an honest, but polite, comment below.  I hope you are enjoying this blog as much as I am, see you next week!  Oh, and if you have an idea or suggestion for a future poll, you can let me know that as well.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Dairy Dessert Duel

We had so much success last week that we are back for more.  In two days we had over 150 views on this blog and a lot of response on Twitter.  So for one more week we will be focused on food, well desserts.  To narrow it down even more, we are going for ice cream/shakes/custard.  I have narrowed it down to these five businesses.


To vote go here:

The poll only counts for part of the vote, I also want to see their engagement on twitter.  Which company is going to do the most to earn our business?  Who has the best fans that will RT or message me about why their pick is their favorite.  Remember that if you want me to see your tweet it needs to have @downrightdave it in somewhere.

Polling/tweeting will end Friday night and I will list the winner here on Saturday.

Please comment, come back weekly, and follow this blog to find out The Best of Utah on Twitter!