Are dating sites the new social media marketing?

We’ve got to hand it to Pizza Hut … clever marketing tactics bring in the bucks for the Texas-based pizza chain. The company’s latest stunt? Setting up an OKCupid account for the brand, according to an article in Time. For those unaware, OKCupid is an online dating site that pairs would-be suitors together. Seriously. Check out Pizza Hut’s profile here. Body type: light and airy. Education: PhD in Delicious.

Pizza Hut OKCupidThe company is frequently courted via social media, so in a marketing campaign in correlation with Valentine’s Day, they’ve set up the dating site profile and is encouraging fans to send in marriage proposals. The best proposal idea nets the suitor free pizza for a year.

So what does this mean for you as a small business owner? Think outside the box when it comes to advertising and marketing. Got a cult favorite in your restaurant? (Toppers Pizza, we’re looking at you, kid. Love those Topperstix.) Create a Twitter handle for that item and run a promotion. Start a fan page on Facebook and encourage your customers to LIKE it. Even as a LTO promotion, these moves can generate attention, especially if you make it worthwhile to your fans. The biggest boon? Creating instant buzz for your menu, which has long-reaching potential.