One Business's Love-Hate Relationship with Facebook

Warren Meyer, CEO of Recreation Resource Management Editor's Note: The following opinion piece appears in Forbes magazine and was written by Warren Meyer, CEO of Recreation Resource Management.  Two weeks ago, on the exact same day, I took two seemingly contradictory actions: I held a conference call of all my company’s managers discussing our new Facebook-led social media strategy, and I called my brokerage company to see if there was any way to borrow shares and sell the new Facebook IPO... Read more

Schmarder Named Huffington Post Small Business Blogger

Evanne Schmarder Evanne Schmarder, principle of Roadabode Productions, founder of the Digital Marketing Workshop, and co-author of "Unconventional Wisdom Works: 25 Marketing Strategies to Build Your Outdoor Recreation Business Today" has been tapped to contribute to the Small Business page on the extremely popular Huffington Post. “Elevating the exposure of the outdoor recreation industry and bringing awareness of the pleasures and benefits of an active outdoor vacation have been and... Read more

RV Park and Campground Briefs

MONTANA From the Helena Independent Record: Authorities Wednesday (May 30) responded to a call of a suicidal man at the Log Gulch campground who had put a handgun to his head and then told campers if they called law enforcement, he would have the officers shoot him. Sheriff’s deputies later located the man, who had driven off, and took him into protective custody and to the hospital for evaluation, according to Lewis and Clark County Sheriff Leo Dutton. Dutton said the 66-year-old man, who lives... Read more

NPR Interview Chronicles West Coast RV Trek

Click here to listen to a 17-minute interview conducted for National Public Radio (NPR) by NPR's Neal Conan with Andy Isaacson about his trek through the RV world, and the interesting people he met along the way. Freelance writer and photographer Andy Isaacson rented a 19-foot motor home in the summer of 2011. He enlisted two friends, and together they spent eight days traveling from California to Oregon and back. With a bathroom, kitchen and beds on board they found the freedom to roam without... Read more

RV Park One Year After Deadly Tornado

The storm that hit Springfield and Brimfield, Mass. on June 1, 2011, left a trail of devastation, the Cable News Network reported. One of the places heavily damaged was the Village Green Family Campground, where one person was killed, and 95 of the 97 trailers on the property were destroyed. Now, new trailers line the plots where piles of debris once stood. It's not only the trailers – there's a brand new pavilion close to being done. But in front, twisted metal and debris from inside... Read more

Hilton Head Resort Launches New Brand, Marketing Campaign

The pond at Hilton Head Motorcoach Resort Representatives from Hilton Head Island Motorcoach Resort in Hilton Head, S.C., announced the successful launch of their new brand and national marketing campaign. The kickoff officially took place over the Memorial Day weekend with record-breaking crowds and activities on the resort. The festivities celebrate not only the new brand but also a national marketing effort called Come Back to the Island, according to a news release. “We’re so excited to kick... Read more

Kochs: Louisville Theme Park May Not Reopen Until 2014

The new partners who are working toward reopening the former Kentucky Kingdom amusement park said the facility is in bad condition and may not reopen until 2014. The Louisville Courier-Journal cited a development plan submitted to Louisville officials in reporting that the Koch family, which operates Holiday World theme park in Santa Claus, Ind., said all or most of the park's attractions "need to be completely refurbished to ensure safety." The Koch family signed a 50-year lease earlier... Read more

Marketing Guru Pens Foreword to Pelland/Schmarder Book

Book due out soon. The "father of guerrilla marketing" and international bestselling author Jay Conrad Levinson, whose books have sold more than 21 million copies worldwide, will provide the foreword to Evanne Schmarder and Peter Pelland’s upcoming book "Unconventional Wisdom Works: 25 Marketing Strategies to Build Your Outdoor Recreation Business Today." Levinson and his wife, Jeannie, are avid RVers and traveled fulltime, for a number of years, in their Gulfstream motorhome.... Read more

RV Park and Campground Briefs

COLORADO From the Estes Park Trail-Gazette: A 24-year-old Thornton man was killed in the early hours of Memorial Day at a campground north of Allenspark, authorities say. The name of the man is not being released pending positive identification and notification of family members, said Sgt. Jason Oehlkers, spokesman for the Boulder County Sheriff's Office. The man was camping and shooting guns with friends and acquaintances at the Olive Ridge Campground northwest of Boulder near the 14,000 block... Read more

TACO Names Color Visual Concepts Vendor of the Year

For the second time in five years, the Texas Association of Campground Owners (TACO) has given its Vendor of the Year award to Color Visual Concepts Inc., a family owned and operated printing company headquartered in Granbury, Texas. As TACO noted in a news release, Color Visual Concepts Inc. was co-founded over 10 years ago by Peter Klingenberg and Amy Lane, who have run the business with their daughter, Jennifer McCann. They employ six full-time employees, including three graphic designers and... Read more

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