Go RVing Coalition and the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) were in Philadelphia from June 29 through July 1 to promote RV travel and camping to family bloggers with a mock campsite at the Digital Family Summit.
The Digital Family Summit is a conference for family bloggers that offered workshops and activities to help bloggers enhance their skills and network. As one of the event sponsors, Go RVing set up an outdoor camping display featuring a Winnebago Via motorhome and a Jayco travel trailer, provided by Fretz RV in Souderton, Pa.
Event attendees toured the RVs, multiple times in some cases, and learned about the freedom, fun, flexibility and affordability offered to families by RV travel.
The event was an excellent venue for RVIA’s public relations team to demonstrate the benefits of RV travel to family bloggers, who have considerable credibility with their readers. In addition, RVIA began discussions with influential “mom bloggers” with large followings about possible stories and promotions in the future.
Prior to the kickoff of the Digital Family Summit, the Winnebago Via was featured in a live RVing segment on Philadelphia’s FOX affiliate, which also included an interview with RVIA’s Kevin Broom about the popularity of RV travel.
Go RVing’s new “AWAY” iAd, launched on June 29, is helping drive exposure for RV travel and camping to millions on Apple’s proprietary ad network.
According to a press release, Go RVing’s iAd reaches Apple iPhone and iTouch users from within their favorite app. When a Go RVing ad pops up, Apple users can play a custom Go RVing game without ever leaving the ad. Branded similarly to Go RVing’s mobile site, the Go RVing iAd features a large “Find a Dealer” option at the top of each game screen that takes users to GoRVing.com with one click.
Early results from Apple indicate the Go RVing iAd is performing very effectively, outperforming the average benchmarks for all iAd metrics. The Tap Through Rate (TTR), which measures how many people see the banner unit and then actually tap it to reach the ad unit/game, is 0.75%. This is higher than the iAd TTR benchmark of 0.60%. The time spent by the user in the ad unit/game is 93 seconds on average, 33 seconds greater than the 60-second benchmark.
The new iAd is Go RVing’s latest effort to boost the RV industry’s presence in the growing digital marketplace, joining the mobile site launched earlier this year in conjunction with the debut of the redesigned GoRVing.com.
The Go RVing mobile site quickly and easily allows visitors to be introduced to the website’s full array of information, including searching for an RV dealer or campground. More than 152,000 web visitors have come through the mobile site with nearly another 13,000 having used their smartphones to scan the QR codes in the “AWAY” print ads to reach the mobile site.
“The iAd and our mobile site provide consumers with the ability to conveniently and easily access RVing information from their mobile device,” said RVIA Vice President of Public Relations and Advertising James Ashurst. “Having these resources in place is hugely important as more and more consumers are using smartphones and mobile devices for web searches and information gathering.”
A California couple who travel across the country in an RV will be stopping by Hannibal, Mo., this weekend.
Author Brad Herzog and his wife, Amy, have traversed the country for 13 consecutive years, and he has written three memoirs from these travels.
Herzog spoke to The Quincy (Ill.) Herald-Whig earlier this week from the parking lot of the Clinton Presidential Library in Little Rock, Ark., as the couple makes their way to the area. Other locations the couple has traveled to this summer included the Great Sand Dunes in Colorado, the Grand Canyon and the Oklahoma City National Memorial.
“It’s like a big-screen movie of America is playing in front of you, and anytime you want, you can stop the film and enter the picture,” he said. “That’s a really cool feeling.”
The Herzogs should arrive in Hannibal this weekend just in time for the national fence painting contests on Sunday (July 8) at the National Tom Sawyer Days.
Herzog said he is expects to spend a lot of time in Hannibal, which excites him because it was home to Mark Twain.
“As a traveling author, it’s inevitable that I would be a Mark Twain fan,” he said. “So we’re going to take a riverboat on the river, visit the museum and (Twain’s) boyhood home and that sort of thing.”
Herzog boasts the benefits of traveling in an RV, instead of air travel.
“With an RV trip, you’re not going from point A to point Z,” Herzog said. “You’re hitting all the points in between, and it helps immerse you in a sense of place. It makes the destination that much satisfying.”
A RV vacation also could save families money when planning vacations.
A study prepared for the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) found that RV travel is 23% to 59% less expensive than other types of vacations for a family of four.
“The money that we save not having to pay for hotel rooms, by not having to eat three meals a day in a restaurant, by not having to deal with airlines and all the lack of control you have there, it really adds to the whole experience,” Herzog said. “The affordability is one part, and there is the flexibility. I love the fact that in an RV, you’re in control. You’re traveling at your own pace and on your own terms, and to me that is how a vacation should feel.”
The family sees many different towns and locations along the way to their destination. The treks last usually last six to eight weeks every summer, and most times they travel with their two sons. However, they are both at summer camp.
“It started in the summer of 2000,” he said. “The first summer it was my wife Amy and I, and she was pregnant with our first child.”
The Herzogs have since logged more than 100,000 miles crossing the 48 states in the continental U.S.
Herzog’s latest book, “Turn Left at the Trojan Horse: A Would-be Hero’s American Odyssey,” explores classically named towns throughout America. He focuses on small towns in America in his writing.
“Hannibal and Quincy are humongous compared to what I write about,” he said. “I pick the tiniest dots on the map, and I sort of develop a theme for an overarching concept I would like to explore in each book. Then I craft an itinerary that’s going to take me through tiny little towns with names that match that theme.”
The Go RVing Coalition received a positive report on the progress of the industry’s Go RVing marketing campaign at its Monday afternoon (June 11) meeting at the Willard InterContinental Hotel in Washington, D.C.
Go RVing’s “Find your AWAY” ads hit the marketplace this spring, setting the stage for a reenergized effort for the program, which is owned by both the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) and the Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA).
The new “Away” theme of the campaign, designed to expand the market, represents a return to a use of softer outdoor “lifestyle” imagery not unlike that used in the earlier years of the 16-year-old, all-industry campaign.
“I think it went very well,” reports Coalition Co-Chairman Tom Stinnett, president of Tom Stinnett Derby City RV, Clarksville, Ind., and a partner in Clarksville-based Equine Motorcoach. “I think that the results speak for themselves. There’s positive increases in almost everything we’re doing. There’s very interesting digital marketing improvements and a lot more feedback from our customers in that area where we’re currently expanding. I think, overall, it was a very good meeting.”
“The headline I’d put on it is: ‘How Does Go RVing Continue to Do It?’” remarked the other co-chairman, Bob Olson, the recently retired chairman of Iowa-based Winnebago Industries Inc. “I think it was a very positive meeting. You look at the strategy change that we did last year, and getting more in to the social media part of advertising platform, I think, is going to pay dividends beyond any of our wildest dreams.
“And I think that what really encouraged me most was the fact that we’re already talking about things that we’re going to move into next year and the year after that, which gives me confidence that the people that we’ve got in place right now on the RVIA side and the consulting group that we’re utilizing really know their stuff when it comes to the best way to get to that consumer.”
Among the high points in Monday’s presentations by RVIA staff, which administers the national campaign, and The Richards Group, the Dallas agency with whom the coalition has worked for several years:
• Visits to GoRVing.com have grown 16% versus 2011.
• Unique views are up 14%, page views by 34%.
• Of the visitors to GoRVing.com, more than 115,000 arrived via a mobile device, and of those, roughly 10% came via the QR code in Go RVing’s print ads.
• Total leads are up 79%.
• The Great American Country and Outdoor Channel partnerships generated more than 811,000 entries as part of the coalition’s sweepstakes. These entries also yielded more than 46,000 new leads from entrants who opted in to receive additional information from GoRVing dealers, manufacturers and campgrounds.
• The coalition is seeing a 53% increase in consumers arriving at the GoRVing.com website via digital routes.
Go RVing, meanwhile, expects 2.9 billion media impressions in 2012 from its overall advertising campaign – print, digital and otherwise, according to James Ashurst, vice president of public relations and advertising for RVIA.
“I think the new creative was the stimulus for a lot of the positive numbers that we’re seeing, along with a lot of the other interactive efforts that we’re pursuing,” observed Stinnett.
“The coverage that we’re getting across the board, whether it’s ‘Fox and Friends’ or Major League Baseball is behind the good report,” added Olson. “I think it speaks volumes for the acceptance of the RV lifestyle. And, you know, as long as we’ve got that, I think we’re going to continue to grow as an industry.”
Go RVing’s new “AWAY” campaign is off to a strong start with leads up 70% over last year, and the effort’s new mobile site is proving to be an effective tool in providing interested consumers with RVing information from their mobile device.
According to a press release, the mobile site launched earlier this year with the introduction of the redesigned GoRVing.com. More than 93,000 web visitors have come through the mobile site and nearly another 10,000 have used their smartphones to scan the QR codes in the “AWAY” print ads to reach the mobile site.
“Having an attractive, appealing mobile site is crucial for success in the digital marketplace,” said RVIA Vice President of Public Relations and Advertising James Ashurst. “Research shows there are more than 107 million smartphone users in the U.S. today and an anticipated 50% of all web searches will be done on a mobile device by 2014.”
Go RVing is also introducing a new promotion to capitalize on the other big draw of smartphones – game playing. Digital games continue to increase in popularity and with 39% of mothers admitting they hand over their smartphones to their children for entertainment while on car trips, Go RVing teamed with the Game Show Network’s GSN.com to produce digital versions of some favorite road trip games, including “United States of Bingo,” “Funny Fill-Ins,” Destination Alphabet,” and “Drive and Spy.” The new GetAWAY Games are available as Android and IPhone apps or can be played along with other custom-created games on the branded Go RVing game hub on GSN.com.
The Go RVing and MLB Network’s “Home and Away Tour” Jayco Seneca Class C motorhome stopped by Jayco Inc.’s headquarters in Middlebury, Ind., Wednesday (May 30) on its way from a St. Louis Cardinals’ game to the Tigers’ stadium in Detroit.
Wilbur Bontrager, CEO of Jayco Inc., and Derald Bontrager, president of Jayco, were there to greet James Ashurst, vice president of public relations and advertising for the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA), and Stephen Connors, director of Midwest Advertising Sales for the MLB, as the Seneca rolled into the parking lot.
“We’re always happy to help promote Go RVing’s message and this opportunity was a fun way for us to participate.” said Derald Bontrager. “It was a win for Go RVing, the industry and Jayco.”
Since April 12, the Jayco Seneca 37RB Class C motorhome has been visiting the nation’s ballparks as a touring studio broadcasting features during the MLB Network’s Game of the Week. The Jayco Seneca was used inside and outside for on-air reports and interviews with players during the On Deck Circle, the network’s signature show featuring major league baseball highlights and analysis.
There were also teasers and promotional mentions of Go RVing and the “Home and Away Tour” on The Run Down and the MLB Network Game of the Week. This special promotion was inserted as a value-added element to Go RVing’s 2012 agreement with the MLB Network.
The Jayco Seneca, wrapped with visuals from the new Go RVing “Away” national advertising campaign as well as logos for GoRVing.com, MLB Network and Jayco, will end its tour at the Detroit Tigers’ game this Friday against the Yankees.
Go RVing’s first-ever national RV giveaways, conducted in partnership with Great American Country Network (GAC) and Outdoor Channel this spring, generated significant consumer interest while also providing impressive results for the national advertising campaign.
According to a press release, the two sweepstakes combined to draw more than 811,000 entries and yielded 46,329 leads for the Go RVing effort from entrants who opted into receiving information from participating Go RVing dealers, manufacturers and campgrounds.
“The Ultimate Country Music RV Giveaway” sweepstakes with GAC offered entrants the chance to win a 2012 Lance Camper Ultralight 1685 travel trailer as the grand prize along with two VIP tickets and backstage access to the CMA Festival in Nashville in June. Running from March 1-April 16, it drew 646,714 entrants, of which 122,376 were unique entries, and generated 23,156 opt-in leads. According to GAC, these results represent “a huge success for a custom sweepstakes.”
As part of the GAC partnership, two 60-second vignettes featuring country music artist Chuck Wicks enjoying RV getaways in the prize model Lance travel trailer aired on GAC. Go RVing also has a branded “On-The-Road-Guide to Summer Hot Spots” special section in the June People Country magazine (available on newsstand now). Featuring a country-music theme, the six-page custom section promoted the sweepstakes and RV travel. Details about the sweepstakes, Go RVing interactive banner ads, information on RVing, and the Chuck Wicks vignettes were featured on GACTV.com.
Go RVing’s “Spring Fever” sweepstakes with the Outdoor Channel attracted 165,000 total entrants, of which 31,217 were unique entries, and accounted for 23,173 opt-in leads. This contest ran through April and featured a Columbia Northwest 2012 Somerset OR12SD off-road folding camping trailer as the grand prize.
The promotion included four custom RVing vignettes featuring Outdoor Channel talent Pat Reeve and Nicole Jones, host of the hunting show Driven, and Mark Zona, host of Zona’s Awesome Fishing Show. Outdoor Channel also promoted the sweepstakes and the benefits of RV travel to audiences through outdoorchannel.com, their social media outlets, and targeted emails.
“We were very pleased with the success of our first national RV giveaway sweepstakes,” said RVIA Vice President of Public Relations and Advertising James Ashurst. “These two promotions were popular with the public and helped spread our key messages about RVing with receptive audiences. The amount of leads created by the sweepstakes was particularly encouraging.”
Lance Camper Manufacturing Corp. and Columbia Northwest Inc./Aliner were selected to provide the grand prize RVs through a lottery in January of RVIA members who offered a unit for the two sweepstakes.
The Go RVing and MLB Network “Home and Away Tour” is on the road with a specially-wrapped Jayco Inc. motorhome serving as a touring studio broadcasting features during the MLB Network Game of the Week from ballparks across the nation, according to a press release.
Through this special promotion, negotiated as a value-added element to Go RVing’s 2012 media buy with MLB Network, there will be on-air reports and interviews with players conducted both inside and outside the motorhome over the next two months on the popular On Deck Circle, the networks signature show featuring major league baseball highlights and analysis.
There will also be teasers and promotional mentions of Go RVing and the “Home and Away Tour” on The Run Down and the MLB Network Game of the Week. Video highlights showing the exposure being generated by the promotion can be seen by clicking here.
The “Home and Away Tour” motorhome is a Jayco Seneca 37RB Class C motorhome, which the company provided in response to an RVIA-member lottery invitation. It is wrapped with visuals from the new Go RVing “Away” national advertising campaign as well as logos for Go RVing.com, MLB Network and Jayco. The tour kicked off earlier this month with the motorhome appearing at the Florida Marlins vs. Philadelphia Phillies on April 12 and at the Texas Rangers vs. Boston Red Sox on April 17.
Go RVing’s new “AWAY” campaign is helping generate awareness of RV travel among consumers during the busy selling and travel season as illustrated by the increased activity on GoRVing.com since the campaign’s launch in February.
According to a press release, from Jan. 1 through April 9, total web visits were up 13% from 284,292 in 2011 to 321,342 in 2012 while page views were up 24%, rising to nearly 2 million this year from 1.6 million in 2011. The number of unique visitors has also jumped from 241,761 in 2011 to 289,394 in 2012, a 20% rise.
Go RVing’s “AWAY” campaign drives consumers to the all-new GoRVing.com website, which is designed to be a comprehensive information source to guide prospective buyers through the purchase process and travel experience. The website features new interactive tools to help visitors explore RVs, choose the best type for them, compare typical family vacation costs, watch new videos featuring real RVers and sign up for more information from participating Go RVing dealers, manufacturers, show promoters and campgrounds. Consumers who opt in to be contacted are posted on the Go RVing leads database in the industry-only area of the site, ranked by likelihood to buy.
The Go RVing “AWAY” effort is the first all-new industry advertising campaign since 2005. Built upon the evocative concept of “AWAY,” the new ads return to the emotion-driven family focus of past campaigns, along with continued emphasis on the affordability and accessibility of RV ownership for multigenerational families.
Go RVing’s first-ever national RV giveaways are in full-swing with “consumer interest running high” in the two sweepstakes conducted in partnership with Great American Country Network and the Outdoor Channel.
“We were very excited to add these national sweepstakes to the Go RVing campaign this year,” said Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) Vice President of Public Relations and Advertising James Ashurst in a press release. “They bring tremendous added value to our advertising efforts and help spread our messages with receptive audiences.”
Running through April 16, “The Ultimate Country Music RV Giveaway” sweepstakes with Great American Country (GAC) offers entrants the chance to win a 2012 Ultralight 1685 travel trailer from Lance Camper Mfg. Corp. as the grand prize along with two VIP tickets and backstage access to the CMA Festival in Nashville in June. To date, over 400,000 entries have been received.
As part of the partnership, two 60-second vignettes featuring country music artist Chuck Wicks enjoying RV getaways in the Lance travel trailer are airing on GAC. Go RVing also has a branded “On-The-Road-Guide to Summer Hot Spots” special section in the June People Country magazine (available on newsstand now). Featuring a country-music theme, the six-page custom section promotes RV travel and the sweepstakes. Visitors to GACTV.com will also see Go RVing interactive banner ads, information on RVing, the Chuck Wicks vignettes and details about the sweepstakes.
Go RVing’s “Spring Fever” sweepstakes with the Outdoor Channel features a Columbia Northwest Inc./Aliner 2012 Somerset OR12SD off-road folding camping trailer as the grand prize. In just the first week of the promotion, 13,000 entries have been received. This sweepstakes runs April 1-30.
Included in the promotion are four custom vignettes featuring Outdoor Channel talent Pat Reeve and Nicole Jones, host of the hunting show Driven, and Mark Zona, host of Zona’s Awesome Fishing Show. Outdoor Channel will also promote the sweepstakes and the benefits of RV travel to audiences through outdoorchannel.com, their social media outlets, and targeted emails.
Go RVing sweepstakes entrants are encouraged to opt-in for information from participating Go RVing dealers, manufacturers and campgrounds.
Lance Campers and Columbia Northwest were selected to provide the grand prize RVs through a lottery in January of RVIA members who offered a unit for the two sweepstakes.