FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Randal Stout of Randal Stout Entertainment (RSE) was named The Knot Best of Weddings 2011 for Disc Jockeys in the North Texas area.
Our friend Jessica Dillion of The Knot called us today to tell us that we had received Best of Weddings for 2009, a continuation of the award that Randal Stout had received for 2008.
The text below was copied from The Knot website in regards to how the voting for this prestigious award was handled:
We recently surveyed more than 21,000 recent brides to get real reviews on the top wedding vendors and venues across the country. The Knot Best of Weddings magazine is a compilation of these results. It’s your one-stop planning guide chock full of real brides’ reviews and insider tips. And now that the results are out, we’re here to tackle your biggest questions (what does that check mark mean again?). Read on to find out.
Q: Who was invited to participate in the survey?
A: This survey was a partnership between TheKnot.com and WeddingChannel.com. In order to receive an invitation to participate, members had to meet the following criteria:
Registered on either site as of September 2010,
Got married on or before September 30, 2010, and
Opted-in to receive communications from either site. Those members who participated in last year’s survey were not invited to participate in this year’s study.
Q: Who conducted the survey?
A: Harris Interactive, a well-respected third-party research firm, worked with us to create this survey. For more information on Harris Interactive, please visit harrisinteractive.com.
Q: Was the survey conducted the same way as last year?
A: Yes; however there were some refinements on the results. Based on the data that was received, some markets or categories may have fluctuated in length. But the same general procedure and selection process was adhered to this year.
Q: How did brides rate the vendors?
A: Brides were able to select their wedding service providers from a drop-down supplied list or they could write in the name, based on the geographic location of the vendors they used. Brides could then rate those vendors both overall and by certain attributes. Additionally, brides were encouraged to include specific comments about each of their vendors.
Q: Do you have to be an advertiser to be rated?
A: No. Our drop-down list of vendors is a comprehensive list of wedding vendors throughout the US. However, brides also had the opportunity to write in the names of any vendors they used that were not featured on the list.
Q: How were the rankings determined?
A:The survey results supplied us with an average score for every vendor. Obviously, the highest ranked vendors were those that were selected to run in the magazine and stars were assigned based on their score.
Q: What’s an editor’s pick?
A: It’s simply that. We tossed aside the votes for those vendors we feel rank above and beyond for outstanding service and noted them as such by designating them with a check mark. We have worked with these vendors and were very impressed with their skill and service.
Q: Why do certain categories only have lists with contact information and no reviews?
A: The same criteria, including score, were used to select these vendors, but overall we found that the review information wasn’t essential in these catergories.