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It’s hard to believe summer is almost here!

Ever since I started Social Summer Camp, I've been baffled at how summer camps focus on marketing and recruiting all winter and spring long, only to completely stop marketing when summer starts. This isn't just bad business, this is a crucial mistake! Summer is THE most important marketing time of the year. During this time we have an amazing opportunity to amplify your message to the friends and family of your campers and significantly grow word of mouth. What we do in...

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Setting Up Facebook Lead Form Ads for Summer Camps

Facebook recently launched a brand new ad unit called a Facebook Lead Form Ad. The Lead Form Ad is a fantastic tool for summer camps! This ad allows you gather contact information from potential customers without needing any custom landing pages or pixels. Read on for a few great camp specific tips for running Facebook Lead Form Ads. What is a Facebook Lead Form Ad? When someone clicks on your ad, a form automatically opens with the person's contact information automatically populated,...

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Facebook’s New Ad Delivery Insights

This week, Facebook announced its new Delivery Insights tool. This new tool will help brands better understand how an ad performs and how they can better compete. According to Facebook, the new feature should help remove at least "some of the guesswork" that goes into creating high-performing ad campaigns on Facebook while coaching media buyers on what they should consider doing to make sure the ads reach their intended audience. Delivery Insights allows marketers to see which ads are underdelivering and tweak...

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Join Our Team this Summer: Community Manager Internship

We’re looking for a community manager intern to join us this Summer in Austin! You’ll gain hands-on experience that will prepare you for a future in social media marketing industry. Your days will be filled with content writing, image creation, analytics reporting and paid advertising for summer camps across the country. Community Management Intern This position requires an enthusiastic self-starter that is interested in social media marketing, advertising or public relations. You’ll gain essential skills related to social media, community management and account...

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Updates to Facebook Lead Form Ad

Facebook Lead Form Ads have been an incredible marketing solution for summer camps and this past week Facebook made some really useful changes. These changes should help make these ads even more powerful. According to Facebook you can now:  Save time with duplicate forms "In order to save time and effort, advertisers can now duplicate lead ad forms and edit specific fields across ad sets and campaigns. For example, if an advertiser is running a global lead ad campaign that requires specific...

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‘Canvas’ Ads: A New Way to Tell Your Story on Facebook

This past week Facebook officially opened its newest mobile advertising option, Canvas, to all types of businesses. With the ability to add a variety of multimedia features, Canvas will be the most interactive ad option Facebook has released yet. Perhaps the most exciting feature of the new platform is that advertisers can give users a truly interactive mobile experience without directing them to another website. Similar to Lead ads, all user interactions happen on Facebook’s platform. Advertisers won’t have to...

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Retaining Campers Using Social Media

The American Camp Association recently camp out with their 2015 Camp Enrollment Survey Results. While many of the trends were very positive, there were a few areas of concern to me and I am going to cover all of them on my blog in the next few weeks. The first area I noticed is highlighted in the chart below and shows the percent of campers who were returning from prior summers. 19% of camps had less then a 50% retention rate...

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