Seed Bank Magazine
Seed Bank Magazine Awards 2019
Seed Bank Magazine Awards 2019

Seed Bank Awards 2019

Seed Bank Magazine Awards 2019
Seed Bank Magazine Awards 2019

Seed Bank Awards – We think it is important to recognize the best cannabis and hemp seed banks in the industry. Seed banks are one of the most difficult online businesses to succeed in. To be the best at anything requires commitment, but being the best seed bank requires a whole lot more. We have been watching all the seed banks in the US very closely over the last year. We have seen new seed banks pop-up everywhere and we have seen even more fail. According to 2019 statistics, a new trend has started to spread through the US and breeders have begun taking to the web themselves. We have seen a number of breeder-based seed banks rise up in 2019. The exact reason is unknown, but we think it has to do with the price of seeds. These breeder-based seed banks also offer other breeders to balance their sales. There are a few breeder-only seed banks, but not many successful ones.

With all these new types of seed banks, the competition is only going to get harder.

Running a seed bank is hard no matter what your setup looks like. We have worked with all types of seed banks over the years (worldwide) and almost every single one of them operates differently than the other. The seed banks we have not worked with, we have monitored closely and gathered information on them to form loosely structured business hierarchies to compare and contrast. Many of the successful seed banks here in the US are only operating at between 23%-48% of their actual potential. The number one reason for this: they are simply mismanaged. All of the seed banks have strengths and weaknesses, but only so many of them share more than one.

PLEASE remember that this contest is for US Cannabis & Hemp Seed Banks ONLY!
Some seed banks did not participate. We made every attempt to make this contest well-know in advance, but many seed banks still did not ever announce the contest to their customers (the voters). Because of this, the seed banks who did not participate did not have many votes. As we had explained close to 50x times over the timeline of this contest, this ballot was by popular vote and was handled by a 3rd-party we contracted that handles official online voting systems. This voting system is bonded and insured in the state of California. SBM employees were not allowed to vote. This contest was customer-driven.

There are so many roadblocks in the way of selling products you cannot successfully market. In the seed bank industry, you have to deal with so many of them that it becomes overwhelming. Imagine not being able to advertise your products anywhere and having to really think outside the box just to make your business known. The most basic tools and means to run a seed bank are not available to these businesses and its because of what they sell. Payment processing alone is a constant struggle. Seed banks get processing and then lose them. The only processors that can offer you a sure thing will bend you over a barrel and take anywhere between 10%-35% of your sales in fees. At that rate, it’s hard to grow. The hemp seeds industry just became very lucky with Square, but when will they start opening the doors for cannabis seeds? Who knows.

Running a smooth-operating seed bank requires a special kind of team.

Over the years we have seen tons of cannabis industry contests take place at different events all over the US. There are contests like the Cannabis Cup that recognize the best breeders, and they’re a big deal. The seed banks and breeder banks that supply those seeds are the ones who make many of those other events possible, yet they have no huge contest or ceremony to recognize them.

SBM is going to change that!

There have been seed bank awards, but the nominees were limited to event participants. Nobody has ever held a nationwide seed bank contest for the best seed bank. As we are the first to hold this ballot, we will always be the number one source of the official seed bank awards.

Seed Bank Awards

Every year, this contest will continue to grow. We have plans to hold a physical event in the near future where all the seed banks and seed bank professionals across the nation will have a chance to come together and participate in the Battle Of The Banks!

This is a popular vote contest and is open to everyone. Having more happy customers will obviously get you more votes for your seed bank. Letting your customers know that you are having a contest is also helpful. If your customers don’t know about this contest, then they won’t have a choice to vote. Keep in mind that some seed banks chose not to participate and they either didn’t get many votes or they got none at all.

Seed Bank Magazine holds the first and only completely public and unbiased contests. We contracted a third-party professional email voting service to handle the votes. This third-party company has nothing to do with the seed bank industry or anyone in it. This company weeds out any malicious votes (including spam and repeat votes from the same person) and counts all the legitimate votes. This company is certified by the State Of California for internet voting systems.

Vote for the cannabis seed banks (and hemp) that are the best in the following categories:

Congratulations to the 8,000+ customers voted in the 2019 Seed Bank Awards!


Best Seed Bank Award Categories

Please DO NOT attempt to fool or manipulate the voting system. We know you’re all smart. So is the voting system. It takes into account IP addresses, repurposed emails, it blocks votes from VPN IP’s and TOR. We pay good money for this voting service.
Seed Bank Awards - Best Seed Bank Website Of The Year
Best Website Design, Speed & Usability

Best Website

Website design and speed are very important. You want a website that feels safe, moves fast and is user-friendly. Which seed bank was your favorite in 2019?

Fortuna Feminized Hemp Seeds

Seed Bank Awards - Best Seed Bank Strain Descriptions Of The Year
Best Written Cannabis Strain Descriptions

Best Strain Descriptions

The content in strain descriptions gives you all of the information you need on a strain. Some even tell you a story. Some customers are happy with only the genetic lineage of the strain they’re about to buy. Which seed bank gave you the best strain descriptions in 2019?

Greenpoint Seeds

Seed Bank Awards 2019 - Best Seed Bank Strain Images Of The Year USA
Best Cannabis Strain Images

Best Strain Images

Customers want to see images of the strains they are about to buy. Customers are 75% more likely to buy a strain with an image. Some cannabis seed banks have only so many strain images, some have just breeder logos. Which seed bank has provided you with the best strain images in 2019?


Seed Bank Awards USA - Best Seed Bank Breeders Selection Of The Year
Best Cannabis Seed Breeders Selection

Best Breeders

A seed bank needs a good selection of quality cannabis seed breeders to get your attention. Some customers are more interested in new and upcoming breeders. Many want breeders who are tried and true. Which seed bank had the best selection of breeders in 2019?


Best Seed Bank Seeds Selection
Best Cannabis Seeds Selection

Best Seeds

We all know that many of the bigger seed banks always look like they have tons of seeds (and some of them do). Many seed banks have more out of stock seeds than they have in stock. Overall, who has had the best selection of cannabis seeds over the last year?


Best Seed Bank Social Media Marketing Professionals
Best Seed Bank Social Media Accounts

Best Social Media

Keeping seed bank social media accounts active is one of the hardest things to do. The powers that be are always shutting them down. Keeping a steady flow of followers and content without getting shutdown is almost impossible. Which seed bank had the best social media content and most followers in 2019?


Best Seed Bank Shipping
Fastest Seed Bank Shipping

Best Shipping

You want your seeds fast. Everyone does. Some seed banks take days to process your payments and ship out your marijuana seeds. Some seed banks use crappy shipping methods. We want to know who sends your seeds out the fastest and which seed bank uses the best shipping methods. Who got you your seeds the fastest in 2019?


Best Seed Bank Payment Methods
Best Seed Bank Payment Options

Best Payment Methods

You want to pay for your cannabis seeds easily, but the government here in the US has made this very difficult for seed banks. Many seed banks will have credit card processing, then lose it, then get it back months later. Some seed banks don’t want to have to deal with all the drama that comes along with credit and debit cards. Some seed banks only offer Bitcoin, cash, and checks. Which seed bank gave you the best payment processing options in 2019?


Best Seed Bank Guarantee
Best Seed Bank Guarantee & Return Policy

Best Guarantee

Return policies and guarantees make buyers feel safe. On the other hand, giving any kind of guarantee is difficult for seed banks because many customers don’t know how to germinate their seeds properly. If a seed bank lets you return seeds that don’t pop, they are a seed bank you want to do business with. Which seed bank had the best return policy and guarantee in 2019?

Oregon Elite Seeds

Seed Bank Awards - Best Seed Bank Customer Service Of The Year
Seed Bank Customer Service & Support

Best Customer Support

Seed banks are nothing without good customer support. When you need answers or help, you don’t want to have to wait. Which seed bank had the best customer support in 2019?


Best Seed Bank Sales & Promotions
Seed Bank Sales, Discounts & Promotions

Best Sale & Promotions

Seed bank sales, promotions, and discounts make buying cannabis seeds fun. They also make buying cannabis seeds available to everyone. Marijuana seeds and genetics can get expensive. Which seed bank had the best sales and promotions in 2019?


Best Seed Bank Newsletter
Seed Bank Newsletter & Notifications

Best Newsletter

Seed bank newsletters and SMS notifications keep us up to date on new seed drops, seed bank sales, and promotions. Which seed bank had the best SMS/email notifications and the best newsletter in 2019?


Congratulations to everyone who participated. Be ready for next year. You will know the drill by then 🙂

Next year’s prizes will include a free trip, cash prize and much more! So look out!

We are using a state of the art email voting system that will recognize multiple submissions by the same person, so please only vote once. Anyone voting more than once in a category will lose their vote and their right to vote in the future.

All vote are being handled by an outside agency to ensure 100% transparency.
If you are a seed bank owner or employee, please DO NOT use your business email address to cast votes. Use your own email address on your own time. You may vote for your own seed bank, just as long as you aren’t using a seed bank email address to cast your votes.
NO CONTESTS OR GIVEAWAYS FOR VOTES!

Rules & Conditions

  • The seed bank with the most votes in a category will win the best in that category.
  • Each seed bank category is worth one point.
  • The seed bank that wins the most category points wins the 2019 Seed Bank of the Year award.
  • Only the first place winner of the 2019 Seed Bank of the Year award will be recognized (no second or third place).

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Seed Bank Awards 2019 - Best Cannabis Seed Bank Of The Year

Seed Bank Awards 2019 Calendar

December 25, 2019

Ballots Open

First day of voting

December 25, 2019
January 2, 2020

Preliminary Results

Reports of current progress will be reported here

January 2, 2020
January 14, 2020

Preliminary Results

Reports of current progress will be reported here

January 14, 2020
January 30, 2020

Ballots Closed

Ballots will close at 11:59pm (PST)

January 30, 2020
February 3, 2020

Results Posted

Winners of each category and the Seed Bank of the Year will be announced at 2:00pm (PST)

February 3, 2020

Seed Bank Awards 2019

Preliminary Results #1

These results are all counted and then averaged from the number of total votes. The three seed banks with the most votes are shown in percentages, and the remaining seed banks votes are all combined into the “Others” results as a percentage.


Best Website

Fortuna Hemp

42%

Greenpoint Seeds

25%

Oregon Elite Seeds

17%

Others (combined)

16%

Best Strain Descriptions

Greenpoint Seeds

48%

Blockchain Novelties

22%

Oregon Elite Seeds

17%

Others (combined)

13%

Best Strain Images

REDACTED

46%

Blockchain Novelties

25%

REDACTED

14%

Others (combined)

15%

Best Breeders

Blockchain Novelties

29%

Oregon Elite Seeds

27%

REDACTED

23%

Others (combined)

21%

Best Seeds

Blockchain Novelties

31%

Greenpoint Seeds

22%

Oregon Elite Seeds

18%

Others (combined)

29%

Best Social Media

Greenpoint Seeds

23%

Oregon Elite Seeds

21%

REDACTED

17%

Others (combined)

49%

Best Shipping

Blockchain Novelties

43%

REDACTED

24%

Johnny Appleseedz

12%

Others (combined)

21%

Best Payment Methods

Greenpoint Seeds

33%

Blockchain Novelties

28%

REDACTED

25%

Others (combined)

14%

Best Guarantee

REDACTED

60%

Oregon Elite Seeds

27%

Blockchain Novelties

5%

Others (combined)

8%

Best Customer Support

Blockchain Novelties

45%

Greenpoint Seeds

37%

Johnny Appleseedz

15%

Others (combined)

3%

Best Sales & Promotions

West Coast Connoisseur

25%

Greenpoint Seeds

20%

Oregon Elite Seeds

16%

Others (combined)

39%

Best Newsletter

Oregon Elite Seeds

49%

REDACTED

27%

REDACTED

17%

Others (combined)

7%

Seed Bank Awards 2019

Preliminary Results #2

These results are all counted and then averaged from the number of total votes. The three seed banks with the most votes are shown in percentages, and the remaining seed banks votes are all combined into the “Others” results as a percentage.


Best Website

Fortuna Hemp

39%

Oregon Elite Seeds

24%

Greenpoint Seeds

20%

Others (combined)

17%

Best Strain Descriptions

Greenpoint Seeds

33%

Blockchain Novelties

32%

REDACTED

17%

Others (combined)

18%

Best Strain Images

REDACTED

41%

Blockchain Novelties

27%

Oregon Elite Seeds

12%

Others (combined)

20%

Best Breeders

Blockchain Novelties

27%

REDACTED

25%

Oregon Elite Seeds

19%

Others (combined)

29%

Best Seeds

Blockchain Novelties

26%

REDACTED

23%

Ace’s Dank Bird Food

21%

Others (combined)

30%

Best Social Media

REDACTED

39%

Greenpoint Seeds

21%

Oregon Elite Seeds

13%

Others (combined)

27%

Best Shipping

Blockchain Novelties

41%

REDACTED

31%

REDACTED

19%

Others (combined)

9%

Best Payment Methods

REDACTED

51%

Blockchain Novelties

26%

Greenpoint Seeds

19%

Others (combined)

4%

Best Guarantee

REDACTED

46%

Oregon Elite Seeds

26%

Blockchain Novelties

17%

Others (combined)

11%

Best Customer Support

Blockchain Novelties

48%

Greenpoint Seeds

35%

Johnny Appleseedz

9%

Others (combined)

8%

Best Sales & Promotions

Blockchain Novelties

29%

West Coast Connoisseur

19%

Oregon Elite Seeds

18%

Others (combined)

34%

Best Newsletter

Oregon Elite Seeds

46%

Greenpoint Seeds

18%

REDACTED

15%

Others (combined)

21%

Ryan "RB" Boggs

Master breeder, horticulturist and cannabis seed aficionado Ryan B. started working on the SBM project back in 2016. He is one of the original gangsters.

R.B. was born and bred in Nor Cal. He hates text messaging, posers and people who run their mouths.

Ryan spends his days off at at cannabis events nearby. You've most likely seen him (or heard him) at one.

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  • Only legitimate seed bank awards not held by the seed banks themselves. Seed bank magazine is the only outlet to get real unbiased opinions and news.

  • I saw one of the awards that you guys sent out. Gorgeous! This was the best seed bank awards by anyone. Don’t let the other seed banks bring you down. You have many ride or die readers here. Don’t forget that.

Ryan "RB" Boggs

Master breeder, horticulturist and cannabis seed aficionado Ryan B. started working on the SBM project back in 2016. He is one of the original gangsters. R.B. was born and bred in Nor Cal. He hates...

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