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Signing Up New Campers: A Social Summer Camp Case Study

Our number one focus at Social Summer Camp is helping our customers sign up new campers. Today I am so excited to present some anonymous results from one of our clients. All of their leads came directly from Facebook Ads and Google AdWords. This camp was able to sign up 9 families at a cost per customer of just over $1,000. These are fantastic results for camps, who have a lifetime value of MUCH larger than $1,000 a camper. If you aren't...

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Facebook Ads Embracing Gifs

Facebook has finally accepted Gifs with open arms! After years of refusing to let the animated photos be featured on the platform we can finally share Gifs in your status or on a friend’s page. Now they are upping the Gif game and letting some marketers include Gifs in ads and Page posts. For the Gif-newbies, a Gif is an animated image on a video like loop. They are very popular on the social network Tumblr and in listicles featured on...

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How Pinteresting

Some of you may think that big red swirly P stands for procrastination, but Pinterest is striving for efficiency in ways you could have never imagined. I used to think that too, until I found what I was pinning to actually be useful and extremely relevant to my everyday life. Pinners spend an average of 15 minutes on Pinterest per visit. These pinners are made up of about 80% women, and 20% men and 23% of these pinners are active...

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Facebook Carousel Ads

One of the most exciting advertising updates from this Summer has been the launch of Facebook's Carousel Ad Unit! This is a great ad unit for summer camps who have a goal of driving traffic to their website. The ad unit lets you showcase 3-5 images and links within a single ad unit to direct people to specific locations on your website. I especially love this ad unit for camp's who are advertising multiple objectives of "types" of camps. You can...

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We’ll take care of it!

I recently read a post by Seth Godin that had me thinking about how we try to operate at Social Summer Camp. Here is what the post said: "There are endless opportunities for people and organizations that can reliably and fairly take a problem off our hands. "I'll take care of it," and I'll do it well, at least as well as you can, for a price that won't make you feel stupid. "I'll take care of it," and I won't come...

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Summer is here!

We absolutely love summer at Social Summer Camp (no surprise, we are camp people after all!). It's hard to believe that another summer is upon us and that our 40+ clients are in their "playoff" season. As a part of our services during the summer we help camps reach a few of their marketing goals. We help summer camps: 1. Get their best summer content out to their current families 2. Get more parents to share their best summer content 3. Reach more people...

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Instagram advertising for summer camps

Instagram is finally ready to roll out advertising to small and medium size businesses, including summer camps! In a recent article in TechCrunch they said, "After a year and half of format experiments and basic targeting, Instagram is giving advertisers much more powerful tools. Those include “Shop Now”, “Install Now”, and “Sign up” buttons, interest and demographic targeting, and an API for efficiently managing huge campaigns." BUT...

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GIFs on Facebook

This is sort of a silly update, but I want to always keep you informed on what is hip in social media :) You can now post GIFs to Facebook and they will show up both on desktop and mobile! Even though GIF links currently only work on personal profiles and not on pages, I am sure it is only a matter of time before you can use them on your page as well. Not sure what a GIF is? Take a...

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Facebook Image Dimensions

If you are a Facebook marketer, you are always trying to remember the best image size and dimensions for Facebook! Luckily Jon Loomer (a fantastic Facebook marketer) made this handy guide for us that includes all of them. I've also embedded the guide below for easy access. Courtesy of: JonLoomer.com...

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Men Are Using Pinterest Too

We talk a lot on this blog about developing a Pinterest strategy to reach moms, which is why this Mashable article took me so by surprise! "Earlier this year, the five-year-old San Francisco startup announced that men are actually its fastest-growing user demographic, with the number of men pinning and re-pinning doubling in 2014 to an unspecified number. From March 2014 to March 2015, Pinterest's user base climbed 25% year-over-year to 72.8 million monthly active users. And during the same period,...

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