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Kids Say the Darndest Things . . . Especially if you ask what they think of your product.

By Nichole L. Torres

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Jim Scott and Richard Williams knew they had to go to the sourceif they wanted their Belly Washers line of children's drinkbottles to succeed. So what better way to get inside the minds oftheir target audience than to form an advisory board of kids?

"We've been surprised at the input of these kids,"says Scott, 41, co-founder of In Zone Brands Inc. in Austell, Georgia."They give us continual feedback." That's because thekids sample and review their products, such as fruit juices inbottles featuring characters like The Simpsons and the PowerpuffGirls. Some kids even offer input on product design or marketingmessages. Sure, the approach has helped business--but it's alsofun and educational. The first meeting was at Universal Studios inUniversal City, California; subsequent meetings have been heldonline and via telephone.

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