Casino Queen Offers Unique Urban RVing

Sunset offers a great view of the St. Louis skyline across the river. If there’s a stereotypical image of camping, it revolves around being in the Great Outdoors surrounded by family, friends — and wilderness, perhaps even in the shadow of, say, the majestic Tetons. It’s a nice picture — but it’s not always possible to get away for the weeks one might need to travel to such locales. For many guests the lure of camping is balanced by the requirement of being back at work Monday morning.... Read more

Columnist: FTC Weighs In On Social Media

The following Modern Marketing Column by Evanne Schmarder appears in November's Woodall's Campground Management. What if a glass of juice could help you “cheat death”? Would you buy a sneaker that helps you slim down and tone your derriere just by wearing the shoe? Who wouldn’t love intelligent virtual assistant software that “understands what you say and knows what you mean?” In the world of creative advertising anything is possible. That is until the U.S. Federal Trade Commission... Read more

Signs Point To A Good 2016 For RV Parks

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Justin Leighty The following column from Editor Justin Leighty appears in November's Woodall's Campground Management. As we move from the shoulder season into convention season and, now, into the winter and snowbird season, all indicators suggest that 2016 has the potential to be another solid growth year for camping and RVing across North America. The future, judging by most everything we can gather, indeed looks good for the whole outdoor recreation sector. From record summer growth at... Read more

November's WCM Now Available Online

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The November edition of Woodall's Campground Management is now available online, either in the right-hand column or by clicking here. In addition to campground-related news from across North America, you'll find details on United RV Parks, the Michigan Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds, Southeast Publications and RV Park Reviews. Our expert columnists offer insight into what new Federal Trade Commission rules could mean for U.S. campgrounds, a look at various trends in the campground... Read more

Guest Wi-Fi Importance Keeps Growing

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If it’s been more than five years since you installed a Wi-Fi (wireless local area network) system at your property, you’re basically working with Stone Age tools, according to the experts in the field. Well, maybe it’s not so extreme as that, but many Wi-Fi vendors Woodall's Campground Management spoke with from coast to coast said that recent leaps in cell phone and computer streaming technology have dramatically changed the Wi-Fi landscape and may be contributing to frustration among... Read more

Should RV Parks Charge Guests For Wi-Fi?

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While park operators increasingly realize they need to improve the quality of their Wi-Fi systems to keep up with guest demands, many do not have the financial ability to pay for the necessary improvements all at once, even with the recent drop in costs. In these situations, it’s imperative that park operators communicate their systems’ capabilities and limitations as much as possible — through their print advertising, brochures, handouts, websites and verbally at check in — so that guests... Read more

Tengo Introduces ISP Brokerage Service

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While it can be expensive to provide high quality Wi-Fi service, there are ways to minimize the costs. TengoInternet also now offers a service to help parks obtain the lowest priced Internet data plans. Instead of simply having parks contact AT&T, Verizon, Time Warner or other major broadband service providers, TengoInternet contracts with Englewood, Colo.-based Serviam LLC to find the Internet Service Providers (ISPs) that can provide the best deals for its clients. This is a valuable service... Read more

This Park Cut The Cable In Favor Of Wi-Fi

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At the turn of the century, Carolyn Strong closed Sundermeier RV Park in St. Charles, Mo. and installed cable television lines to every RV site. But if Strong were building a new park today, she wouldn’t bother to install cable television lines. Instead, she’d invest the money in a better Wi-Fi system. Why? Because technology changes, and Wi-Fi technology has evolved to the point where it can now deliver television programming, bypassing the need for costly underground cable lines to every RV... Read more

Meet The Family Behind Sky High's Success

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The following campground profile by Greg Gerber appears in the October issue of Woodall's Campground Management. The Anderson family (from left) Stian, Lars, Eric, Barbara and Hanne. You could say Eric Anderson grew up at Sky High Camping Resort in Portage, Wis. Situated on a bluff overlooking the Wisconsin River valley, the property was a farm until 1963 when the owner, John Forster, converted part of it into a campground. Anderson’s mother, Darlene, worked with the sister of the owner at... Read more

Kohls: CRM Manages Guests' Experiences

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The following Hospitality Tech column appears in October's issue of Woodall's Campground Management. What are you doing to manage guest experience? Do you have a regular process and tool for collecting guest information? I’m not talking about your reservation system. Challenge question: If you had more information about your guest that you could easily tap into can you imagine ways to increase revenue through upselling, added services or activities? Do you know how to target customers... Read more

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