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Facebook Custom Audiences

I'm actually shocked that I haven't written a blog post about Facebook Custom Audiences yet. This is an extremely important topic for summer camp marketers. Why, you ask? According to Facebook, "Custom Audiences let advertisers find their offline audiences among people who are on Facebook. Using email addresses, phone numbers, Facebook user IDs or app user IDs to make the match, Custom Audiences let you find the exact people you want to talk to. You can create a Custom Audience representing any...

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Landing pages for social media

Sometimes the easiest way to measure your social media activity is by creating specific landing pages that you drive social media ads to. There are a few specific landing pages I like to drive camp ads to: - Download a brochure - Download our parent guide - Speak with our camp directors - Sign up for more information - Learn more about our camp I especially love if on these landing pages you can try and collect name, email, phone and age of potential camper. But, the...

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Scheduling social media efforts

Sometimes having a great social media content strategy means that your camp spends a lot of time and effort posting content every day. Here are some things I try to remember when creating and scheduling your social media efforts to reduce the amount of time spent on content creation and execution: 1. Write at least 30 days of content ahead of time This is the biggest key to having an organized social content strategy. This DOES NOT mean that you can never...

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Instagram Ads

Instagram announced last month that they will start running ads in your Instagram feed. According to Instagram, ads will look like the following: "We have big ideas for the future, and part of making them happen is building Instagram into a sustainable business. In the next couple months, you may begin seeing an occasional ad in your Instagram feed if you’re in the United States. Seeing photos and videos from brands you don’t follow will be new, so we’ll start slow....

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LinkedIn Sponsored Updates for Camps

A few months ago LinkedIn launched sponsored updates. According to their blog post, "Sponsored Updates can be seen on desktop, smartphone and tablet devices and will clearly be marked “sponsored,” appearing in the member’s homepage feed along with the organic posts from their network and the companies they follow.  Members will have the option to “Follow” the sponsoring company as well as “Like,” “Comment” and “Share” posts with their network." In order to take advantage of this, camps will need to...

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Marketing your camp’s event on Facebook

Does your camp have open houses, city visits, home parties, etc? If so, you should be marketing them on Facebook. Here are a few quick tips for your camp to market an event successfully on Facebook. 1. Create a Facebook event with fun photos and information on the event 2. Add multiple admins and ask them to invite friends to the event 3. Invite fans in the event's location to your event 4. Encourage your fans to invite their own friends to the Facebook...

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When should I start my social media efforts?

I get asked every single day by camp directors about the right timing for starting their social media efforts. The answer to this really depends on the camp and situation, but my answer always is "the longer you wait, the more you will miss out on." What I mean by that is: You will be missing many opportunities to promote your camp by not having a social media strategy in place You won't sign up new campers using these innovative channels that...

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Can you do it all?

I talk to a lot of camp directors who want to know if it's possible to do it all. What they really mean is, can a camp successfully run a social media program without a consultant. I've written before about how many hours a month you can save by hiring a social media consultant and I estimated that a full-time social media focused person would spend about 55 hours a month to accomplish everything that needs to be done. BUT, here...

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If you could only do one social media activity, what would it be?

A lot of camp directors I talk to are VERY short of time. In fact, most of the times their entire staff is short on time. I totally understand that, which is why I am posting today about the ONE social media activity you must do. This means, if you are short on time that you shouldn't do ANY activities except for this one. It's better to do one thing very well then to have a mediocre Twitter/Instagram/Blog/etc. If you can...

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Executing and measuring your holiday plan

In the last week I've covered how to develop your holiday marketing goals and how to create holiday-specific messaging that maps back to your goals. All of this is great, BUT if you don't execute on your plan and measure your success none of that will matter. Executing your plan should be pretty simple because you know 1. what your goals are and 2. what messaging your want to use to reach your goals. Usually executing on your holiday related...

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