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Top 7 Ways to Market Your Virtual Summer Camp

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Summer 2020's turned out differently than any of us could have ever imagined. Thanks to coronavirus, many camps aren't operating or, if they are, don't look the same as before. Many camps have moved their programs online. And many others have been wanting to try to virtual summer camp concept, but haven't been sure where to start.

If you've been meaning to move your camp online but need some initial guidance, the American Camp Association has some helpful tips and guidelines to point you in the right direction.
Anyone Camp Open a Virtual Summer  Camp
For better or for worse, starting an online summer camp is available to any person, anywhere, anytime. This means lots of potential competition --even Walmart and YouTube have jumped into the fray -- and market saturation quickly. But there's also many benefits to offering a virtual summer camp. For one thing, it gives day camps -- which are generally limited to their immediate geographic areas from which to draw cus…

Is Your Camp Operating this Summer?

With so many camps doing different things this summer due to the coronavirus pandemic I thought I'd ask if you wouldn't mind sharing your status in the comments?
Is your camp operating as usual this summer? Are you closed this year?Are you offering virtual programming rather than in-person camp?Are you offering a combination of traditional, in-person programs plus online programming together?
I'm sure other folks would like to know your status. Please feel free to comment below. We are all pulling for each other. Good luck to all.

Guerilla Marketing by Jay Conrad Levinson: One of the Best Marketing Books You'll Ever Read

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Some of the best marketing strategies I've ever learned I've read in books. 

I've probably read over 150 sales and marketing books in my life, maybe more. When I say "best," I mean affordable, effective, understandable,and easy-to-implement marketing strategies that work and have been proven in action.
If you enjoy reading and want to pick up some low-cost yet very effective marketing tools you can start using right way, I suggest Guerilla Marketing by Jay Conrad Levinson.

This book is an all-time classic -- by far one of the top two or three marketing books I've ever read in terms of providing actionable marketing ideas than can be implemented quickly, cheaply, and easily to help you fill your camp with kids.
It's a treasure trove of marketing ideas that will help you learn how to out think and outsmart your competition rather than outspend them. 

Even if you've read this book before, it's worth reading again. You'll…

How to Market Your Camp on a Budget in the Age of Coronavirus

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Sometimes people ask me what I think the single best way to market a camp is. I honestly don't know a single best way.
In my opinion, marketing works best when you have a number of strategies going at once. When you drop a single line in the ocean, you might catch a fish. When you drop five or six lines in, you have a better chance of catching your dream fish.Now this doesn't mean you should start indiscriminately spending your money on every marketing idea that comes your way. Doing so could be a very painful financial lesson to learn! It's always nice to allocate a small portion of your marketing budget to good old fashioned experimentation, but a more efficient strategy in my opinion is to constantly test what works and what doesn't while sticking to your budget. This is more important than ever in today's coronavirus environment. Maybe your camp isn't operating at full capacity right now, if you're even operating at all. In either case, you have virtual…

My Camp is Closed. Here's My Marketing Plan Until We Open Again.

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I usually don't cave to fear but I confess the whole COVID-19 has been pretty scary.  But not from an, "I hope I don't catch the virus" standpoint -- I've never really been afraid of that. More frightening to me is the fact I can't operate my camp this summer due to the pandemic and the associated financial ramifications, many of which aren't even known to me yet.
We Were Hopeful to Open Camp

I was hopeful to operate in at least some capacity this summer. But given the modifications we'd need to make and virulent way coronavirus is tearing through L.A. County right now, it's highly unlikely (let alone advisable) to open camp this summer at all. From a financial standpoint, it's been a killer. I know many of you are facing your own struggles and hardships due to coronavirus. I hope everything works out for you. But as difficult as all of this has been (and continues to be!), we have to move forward. We owe it to our staff, campers, customer fami…

How My Camp Formed a Partnership with Delta Airlines and You Can Too

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As many of you know, I'm a big fan of getting other people to do my marketing for me and signing up lots of kids at once rather than one at a time. It's a much more efficient way to market a camp, or any business or organization for that matter.

The way you do this is forming partnerships, joint ventures and strategic alliances with like-minded organizations who share the same customer base as you, but with whom you don't compete. Then you each market to each others' customer and prospect bases so everyone wins.

It's the easiest way to reach a ton of new campers quickly and all at the same time.

I'm Not Just Blowing Smoke

I hope you know I'm not just another one of those marketing guys -- frankly, frauds -- who always tell you what to do, but don't have the first clue how to do it themselves. I practice what I preach.

Just to give you an idea for how to get started, I suggest reaching out to an association, employer, membership club, or some other organ…

How to Market Your Summer Camp for Free

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One of the number one ways to get new campers into your program is to offer a coupon, discount or special promotion.

Some camp directors feel offering a discount "cheapens" your program. I disagree 100%.

The truth is, you need to give parents, kids and families a reason to try your camp over another. Offering a coupon is a smart marketing move. It gives people an incentive to sign up with you especially when money is tight and other camps are not offering the same special deal families can get from you.

The initial cost of offering a coupon is nothing compared to the money you'll make on the back end assuming the camper stays with you for a couple of years.

And by the way, you don't have to offer a financial discount. A coupon often works just as well if you offer a free t-shirt, camp sweatshirt, or something else from your camp store.

The reason I'm mentioning this is because I have just launched (actually, relaunched) my CampCoupons.com website where you can p…