The next generation of social media specialists

Picture_1_2 …are already in training.  Sure, there’s MySpace and Facebook, but look out because here comes

This teen-driven site hosts contests that encourage the kids to:

  • Upload videos
  • Upload photos
  • Participate on their blog
  • Create relationships that support mutual votes and “fan” rankings

The traffic numbers are staggering.  Not only is this site attracting kids by the boatload, but it is also attracting advertisers.  Prizes for the contests come from companies like Petco (cutest pets), Apple, Westin, M&Ms, American Express, JVC, Dell and others.

It’s also being used to hype upcoming movies.  The Clique is a book series aimed at teen-aged girls.  Through SugarLoot, they are running a contest where the grand prize winners will get to audition for a role in the movie adaptation of the books.

One of the contestants has over 18,000 views of her audition.

We McLellans were late to the party, but in just a couple days, my daughter’s audition has over 100 views. And we hadn’t even e-mailed the grandparents yet!

My point?  If you think your business doesn’t need to pay attention to social media – think again.  Tomorrow’s customers are learning it today. You’d better do the same.

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