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Facebook Video Ad Updates

If your camp has some great video content that you would love to share, this week’s news out of Facebook should be particularly exciting! You can now select “video views” as an objective when creating Facebook ad campaigns. This new objective automatically optimizes your ad performance by displaying your video ads to the users in your target audience who are most likely to watch videos on the site. Facebook is also improving the efficiency of the video ads themselves by adding two...

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Crowdfunding For Your Summer Camp

The overall cost and maintenance of summer camps can not only put strain on the owners and staff, but camp parents' too!  Instead of raising camp tuition and fees, or taking out a business loan, crowdfunding can be a great alternative to raising money for your summer camp. What is crowdfunding? The practice of funding a project or venture by raising many small amounts of money from a large number of people, typically via the Internet. How can camps use crowdfunding? Crowdfunding can be...

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Facebook News Feed Update: Showing You More Of The Content You Want To See

Last week Facebook announced that it is changing the way it features your activity from third party applications and websites.  The site plans to show more of stories you choose to share and less of the activity that your apps automatically share for you. Thankfully, this means that your News Feed should now include more articles and videos relevant to you and your campers and fewer Candy Crush updates! Overall, Facebook wants to show you more of the interesting and engaging content you...

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We Heart It: A New Social Media Platform For Teens

With the alarming growth of social media platforms, there seems to be a new social media app and network popping up on a weekly basis.  Recently, We Heart It, a social media platform similar to Pinterest, sparked our interest.  With nearly 30 million active users ( 80% being under 25 ) We Heart It is quickly becoming one of the go-to social media networks to reach teens, behind Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. What is We Heart It? Similar to Pinterest and Instagram, We Heart It is...

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Three types of advertising

I wanted to share with you all a great blog post from Seth Godin on advertising. What kind of advertising is your camp running? What do you want to be running? From Seth's Blog: "Direct response ads pay for themselves (at least they do when they work). Socially acceptable paid-for interruption leads to response, and the response (a sale, generally) generates revenue and you can run the ad again. Google's business is driven by direct response advertising. Trust ads are generally unmeasurable. "I've heard of...

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Improving Your Google AdWords

AdWords, Google’s online advertising program, allows businesses to create ads that connect with Google searches. Your ads will pop up based on the keyword lists you create and their relevance to what people are searching online. Here are some tips for getting started with AdWords and building your keyword lists: Begin your campaign by making a mental profile of your customers. Think about who they are, where they are, what websites and blogs they read, and what words or phrases they...

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Running Ads During the Summer

Summer is quickly approaching and I get asked a lot if camps should continue to run Google and Facebook ads during the summer. I definitely understand this question and realize that it can add up to some pretty significant budget savings if you can pause your ads during the summer. BUT, you really shouldn't. Why you ask? 1. Summer is when you have the best content! You have to take advantage of marketing yourself at a time when you have the...

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AdWords Certification

Did you know that Google has an AdWords certification program? This means that any advertiser can take two Google AdWords exams that help qualify them in terms of running your AdWords account. I highly recommend asking whoever runs Google Adwords for your summer camp if they are AdWords certified. The team at Social Summer camp is Adwords certified and we feel confident in helping you run successful, ROI positive campaigns!   ...

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Increase Your Camp’s Organic Reach & Engagement

Organic reach is a topic that we discuss often here at Social Summer Camp. As Facebook continues to grow and increase its user base, businesses' organic post engagement and reach will continue to decline. One way to combat diminishing reach and engagement is to promote posts to ensure that the right people are seeing your content. However, if you would rather spend advertising dollars on key marketing objectives, like driving camp sign ups or leads, here are five tips that we implement for camps at Social Summer Camp to help increase reach and engagement...

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Promoting Your Summer Camp’s Blog

Whether you created your blog post using our tips from last week's post, or already have a blog you want to promote, read these helpful tips on how to learn to promote your blog using your camp's social media platforms: Spread The Word About Your Blog Share your blog posts on all social media outlets: include a shortened link to avoid unnecessary long character counts Use a specific day of the week to post about your blog so that your fans...

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