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More Social Media Content Does Not Equal Better

Anyone who has ever been a client of Social Summer Camp knows that we recommend daily posting on social media during the summer. The reason we recommend daily posting is because of 1) increased attention on our social media pages and 2) the quality of content available during the summer. However, I've noticed a trend recently where camps are posting 3, 4 or sometimes even up to 5 times a day on their social media accounts during the summer. The...

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Instagram Aims at YouTube: IGTV

Today Instagram announced a brand new app for watching long-form video on Instagram called IGTV. Videos posted to Instagram have long been limited to only 60-seconds, which means that most users still rely on YouTube for long-form video. Now you will be able to upload hour long videos to IGTV. Things that make this app unique are: Videos are full screen and vertical- Most people prefer watching content the same way they hold their phone, so this is a nice addition. ...

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Testing Out Dynamic Creative for Facebook Ads

When creating Facebook ads it can be very tempting to only include a few different photos or text variations. However, testing different creative is the key to a successful ad campaign, which is why it is so exciting that Facebook has launched dynamic creative. According to Facebook: "Dynamic creative accepts the basic components of a Facebook ad and automatically explores a series of ad variants based on these components. The system converges on creative components that deliver the most efficient results...

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As Snapchat’s Losses Continue to Climb, Instagram’s Stories Soar

Last November, Instagram launched Stories, a feature that closely resembled the photo and video sharing application Snapchat. Since then, Snapchat has experienced a decline in daily users and engagement. This has led many to believe that the relatively new Instagram feature encouraged users to stay on the application instead of using Snapchat for their temporary video and photo postings. What might have caused this shift from Snapchat to Instagram Stories? First, Instagram users are much easier to locate than Snapchat users. If...

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Heading Into Summer: What’s New at Summer Camps in 2017

The weather is warming up, school is letting out and you can just feel that summer is in the air! This year the American Camp Association reports that more than 14 million children will attend camp in the U.S. at one of the more than 14,000 day and resident camps. While many things about the unique summer camp industry remain the same, there are a few interesting changes at play this summer. Camp tuition prices are rising, making the potential customer base...

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Quick Tips for Phone Call Follow Up

Phone follow up is absolutely crucial for summer camps reaching out to prospective families. We have included some of our favorite follow up tips below. Phone Call Follow Up Quick Tips: Avoid the opening statement blunder: “I was calling to follow up on your info request.” “I am calling to see if you had any questions.’ “I just wanted to make sure you got my e-mail.” “The reason for my follow up was to see if you had come to a...

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Ads are Coming to Facebook Live

Does your camp love Facebook Live? I have seen some amazing use cases where camps are using Facebook Live to introduce staff, give a virtual tour of camp or just chat with prospective and current camp families. We've enjoyed great live video now, but ads are coming to this fantastic Facebook product. According to USA Today: "The company Thursday announced new initiatives to put more TV commercial-style ad breaks in live videos, and will begin testing ad breaks in traditional News Feed...

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Saving Our Summer Camp Clients Money

A lot of people think that when you hire a camp consultant you are going to spend a lot of money. While this may be true (you do spend money on ads and consulting), I've found that most of my clients do end up saving money in some way or another while working with Social Summer Camp. Recently, I took on a new client who was running AdWords by himself. He hired us because he wanted to be more efficient with...

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