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Facebook Secrets for Summer Camp Marketing

Travis Allison and I just hosted our second ever Facebook Secrets for Summer Camp Marketing webinar! He focused on the social content side, while I discussed social ads. I absolutely love collaborating with Travis because of his deep understanding of the camp industry. If you missed the webinar, you can watch it here! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AIHVrgSd8FI&feature=youtu.be...

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Holiday 2013 Wrap Up

I wrote a lot about holiday marketing for camps this past year! Now that the holidays are over, Facebook released some information on how consumers shopped using Facebook over the holidays of 2013. Here are some interesting stats I wanted to share with you all: According to Facebook, this was the holiday shopping lifecycle: "Before: Shoppers start with a plan but are open to discovery During: Mobile is perceived as a hero for shoppers and Facebook is a key companion After: Once the presents...

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New ideas for camps using Twitter

When I spoke at CampMinder Camp a few weeks ago, I was on a panel discussing Twitter. Prior to the panel I brainstormed a few ways that camps can use Twitter and I wanted to share them below. How camps can use twitter: -       Promotion (sign up more campers with conversion tracking) -       Real-time information sharing (specifically during camp) -       Cross promotion with partners and other brands -       Connect with mommy bloggers -       Reach new target populations (22% of online African American users are Twitter users,...

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What are brands doing on Instagram?

Instagram is a social media tool rapidly taking the world by storm. According to Instagram there are 150 million active monthly members with an average of 55 million posts per day. With this many users, it is no surprise that brands use this social media tool as a way to reach customers and potential customers. Many current brands are expanding from traditional media outlets and joining Instagram. Brands from Converse to Starbucks to Nike and even the NFL are joining Instagram...

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The marketing funnel for summer camps

It's always interesting to me how old marketing techniques come back to life after they have disappeared for a while. Case in point, the marketing funnel! The marketing funnel is constantly talked about in regards to traditional marketing, but was never really talked about in regards to social media marketing, until recently. I think it's one of the most important strategies camps can use when they are marketing to parents. Most camps are decently good at loyalty. Their campers and moms...

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Levers to improve Facebook ads

I presented a webinar a few weeks ago with Travis Allison on Facebook secrets for summer camp marketing. I wanted to elaborate a little on some of the things I chatted about there and provide more information for you, my loyal blog readers. One of the most important things I discussed were the five levers you can pull to improve your Facebook ads. Here are the questions I like to ask myself for each lever when I am running my ads. 1....

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Following great brands on social media

Anyone who reads this blog knows that I love to follow what big brands are doing on social media. Often big brands set the stage for smaller brands (like summer camps!) to take what they have learned and apply them in a smaller fashion. One of my favorite brands to follow on social media is Oreo. In fact I recently read an article that claims that Oreo "owns" social media" because of the amazing job they do on Pinterest, Instagram,...

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Decoding your camp’s marketing budget

Most camps have a pretty fluid marketing budget, where they spend money on print ads, camp directories, attending camp fairs, driving to home parties, but they have not put a significant amount, or any, of that budget toward social media. I honestly believe that you should always shift your marketing budget toward what is working the best for your camp. If print ads drive a lot of new campers then you should continue to do them. But IF you are...

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Demand Fulfillment v. Increasing Demand

A recent topic in the Summer Camp Professional's Facebook group came up regarding SEO. A camp director was asking how much you should spend on SEO v. other types of marketing. I posted my opinion in the group but wanted to get it live here as well: In my opinion the search volume for the types of searches camps need just isn't high enough right now. I would rather spend my marketing budget on increasing demand (Facebook ads, social media content,...

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What is your camp doing on mobile?

I ask my camps a lot about what they are doing on mobile. Here are the general responses I hear: Nothing :) We have a responsive website that works on mobile We are building or would like to build an app Here is what I don't hear from them, but would like to: I'm building a Facebook and Instagram strategy that will help me reach all of the people I want to on mobile. Of course I am super happy if you also have a responsive...

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