January 20, 2011 10:17:00 AM
Companies are still trying to learn how to best use social media for marketing and profit. In next week''s column I plan on giving some tips on how local businesses can use social media for promotions. For now let''s look at a handful of interesting contests that are currently running online.
Google just announced the fourth annual Doodle 4 Google art contest for K-12 children in the U.S. The theme is "What I''d like to do some day." The winning doodle will be featured on Google''s homepage, and the winning doodler will receive a $15,000 scholarship. The doodler''s school will receive a $25,000 technology grant. The registration deadline is March 2 and entries must be postmarked by March 16.
For more information visit google.com/doodle4google. Click Doodle History to see examples of past Google Doodles.
Looking for a Levi''s Girl
Levi''s is using Facebook to find an online spokeswoman for their line of women''s clothes. The legendary jean company is seeking a "hip, social media savvy and passionate about life" individual who can help promote the company online. To enter this contest, submit a 1-2 minute video, explaining why you would be a perfect fit for the role. The top five applicants will be posted on Levi''s Facebook Page to be voted on by the public. The winning applicant will receive a 6 month paid gig at Levi''s. More information is available at facebook.com/Levis.
A couple of others
HGTV wants to see videos of your New York-inspired home on its Facebook Page for a chance to win a trip to the Big Apple. Deadline Feb 28. facebook.com/HGTV
Princess Cruises wants to know your favorite travel experience. Fans of their Facebook Page will vote on the best submissions and the winner will receive one of eight cruises in a balcony stateroom. facebook.com/PrincessCruises.
Peter Imes is the general manager at The Dispatch. You can email him at email@example.com or follow him on Twitter at @pimes.