Have you heard of Influenster? It's an invite-only review site, sort of, where people who are active and influential in social media can receive and evaluate products.
(Pando Daily explains the Influenster concept in more detail.)
Specifically, Pentel included the EnerGel in the College VoxBox goodie bag that Influenster sent to 5,000 college students, and Pilot has a page of reviews for the Pilot FriXion, earning an average grade so far of A-.
The influencers who receive these items respond with detailed reviews, as well as videos and photos of the pens at work. If they also complete tasks such as following the companies on Twitter, adding them on Facebook and sharing their favorite products on their own social networks, they become eligible to receive prize packs.
For example, Pilot offers a set of FriXion pens and highlighters worth $US50.
We already know what most of you are thinking...how can you get in on this? There's an application where you can request an invite to join the site. It seems to be mostly based on the breadth and depth of your social networking.
Meanwhile, we're excited to see these pen brands reaching out to younger pen users on a platform like this. Traditionally, youth are pretty jaded about marketing tactics, so it will be interesting to see whether Influenster can establish any level of trust, and then whether other pen companies get involved.
What do you think?