So you’ve got the logistics of setting up your glamping site locked down with everything from the name, structures, soft furnishings and welcome pack all ready to go. Now what?
Aside from finding the all-important circular walk that takes in at least four picture perfect country pubs, you’ll need to start getting technical. Here are some questions to get you thinking and some top tips for your first steps into social media for your glamping business:
- Do you have a website?
- Do you need one?
- Have you looked into booking systems or is Airbnb your starting block?
- Which social media platforms are best for beginners?
- Do you have time to keep the social media momentum going?
- Is it time to panic yet?
It’s never time to panic! Let’s break down those social media questions that are at the tip of your tongue and the likely cause of those heart palpitations and nightmares…
No, but also yes. It’s your business and your time so no one can say you *have* to do anything. Always remember that. But if fear is the only thing stopping you then you should push through that barrier.
Social media is a ‘free’ marketing resource for your glamping business; a direct link to both current and potential customers and an easy route to creating new business relationships.
It’s also the single best free way to drive traffic (traffic = potential customers) through to your website.
I STILL DON’T UNDERSTAND WHY I NEED TO USE SOCIAL MEDIA.
Without using the word strategy, you do need to think strategically about why you’re going to be using social media for your glamping business and what you want to achieve from it.
HOW MUCH TIME WILL IT TAKE ME?
You’re coming at this question all wrong – bring back some sunshine to your thinking!
Used correctly, social media will become the backbone of your business. It’s everything gorgeous about shouting loud about how much you love what you do and sharing all that reciprocal love you receive from your customers.
Approach the time question like this; How much time can I realistically dedicate to social media each day/week/month?
Once you’ve figured out why you’re using social media and what you want to achieve, there are free online tools that will help you make the most of your precious time.
WHICH SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORMS ARE BEST FOR BEGINNERS?
In order of effectiveness, ease of use and general fuzzy enjoyment: Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter.
Start by looking at the social media platforms you are already familiar with and how you can use this as a base to get your glamping business on to social media.
Facebook: With 2.19 billion monthly global users, most people will already have a personal Facebook account up and running.
If you’re not ready to start a Facebook business page you can use your current personal account to get involved in the glamping/camping/outdoors/small business etc Facebook groups that are already out there. If you’ve not already ventured into using Facebook Groups then there’s an exciting world of information and friends for you to explore!
Instagram: Instagram is a picture sharing platform. It’s addictive and glorious. Glamping and life outdoors is the perfect match for Instagram and it’s worth considering how ‘grammable’ your glamping site is!
Pinterest: An inspirational platform, Pinterest is proven as a hugely effective tool to drive traffic to your website.
Twitter: Fast-paced and short – only 280 characters per tweet- this takes some getting used to but is worth it for great business connections.
CAN I PANIC YET?
Still no. Stay cool and work slowly through this blog. Look at what your competitiors and brands you love are doing on social media and see how you could apply some of their techniques to your own platforms.