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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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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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Facebook Ad Delivery

I wanted to take a few minutes to share this article from Facebook's FAQ on ad delivery. "Facebook's ad system uses an algorithm that chooses the best ad to display based on a variety of factors, including the historical performance of each ad and their bids. The bid necessary to win our ad auction will fluctuate as our system learns more about your ad based on its actual performance, and as the pool of competing ads changes." Optimize your Page "Make your Page engaging...

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The end of organic reach on Facebook

I don't want to make it seem like the world is ending. But if your world revolves around organic reach on Facebook, it sort of is. According to Forbes, "Research published today by Social@Ogilvy shows the downward trend of organic reach on Facebook that a post published on a brand page can expect. From 16% of followers of a brand page being shown a piece of content in 2012, the percentage of organic reach has dropped to roughly 6% in February 2014 for...

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Facebook promoted posts v. ads

I get asked pretty frequently if camps should use Facebook promoted posts or create an ad using ads manager. My answer is always the same, always create an ad!! Why you ask? 1. Targeting- When you create a promoted post Facebook limits your targeting to "fans and friends of fans," or basic geo and interest targeting. When you create an ad using Facebook ads manager you get a lot more targeting options that will help you reach your audience without wasting...

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Facebook buys WhatsApp. What does that mean for camps?

Facebook just announced that they are buying WhatsApp for $16B!!! According to Facebook, "WhatsApp has over 450M MAUs, with 70% of those active each day. In a staggering comparison, Facebook also notes that the messaging volume of WhatsApp approaches the SMS volume of the entire global telecom industry — and that it’s adding 1M users a day." So what does this mean for camps?? There is definitely a shift going on where messaging is becoming an important part of daily life. Right...

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Buzzfeed for Camps

While I certainly don't think camps should make it a huge part of their marketing strategy, there is something interesting to be said for camps using Buzzfeed. In fact one of my favorite Buzzfeed articles this year was about summer camps. If your camp is looking for a great way to engage campers, consider making a list on Buzzfeed. Example lists could be: 1. 21 ways you know you went to Camp Name 2. 10 things only campers know 3. 15 throwbacks from...

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Facebook ad placement

Last week I wrote about the five levers you can use to improve your Facebook ads. I wanted to go more in-depth regarding Facebook ad placement, which is one of the most important levers you can pull. Facebook ads can be placed in the following: - All of Facebook (right hand side, news feed, mobile and desktop) - News feed (desktop and mobile) - News feed (desktop only) - News feed (mobile only) - Desktop only (right hand side and news feed) For all mobile placements...

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