Tuesday, May 22, 2012

A prom picture is worth thousands of views

Guess what new feature has been the most successful on Bradenton.com in the past two weeks?

Well, if you know any high school juniors or seniors in Manatee County, you've checked it out: our Prom section, with photo galleries from all our schools' proms this year.

Another McClatchy editor mentioned to me that their prom galleries generated fabulous "traffic" to their site. So Jennifer Rich, education editor among many other hats, scrambled to track down the dates in Manatee County and made the calls. Web developer William Winter created the section, and we were off.

How successful? Tens of thousands of page views, and new visitors have also jumped. The latest addition was Bayshore High's prom gallery over the weekend, and it already has been viewed almost 20,000 times! The most popular to date: Palmetto High's prom gallery.

Have some of your own photos to submit? Send them our way! You can submit through VMix, or email education reporter Christine Hawes.

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