Hook, Line & Sinker: The Campground Owners Guide to Abandon Cart Campaigns

Guide to abandon campaign campaigns for campgrounds.

Hook, Line, and Sinker: Your Guide to Winning Back Lost Bookings

Hey there, campground owners! It’s Martrek Digital, back at it again to help you navigate the often-tangled forest of campground marketing. Our mission today? Being your guide on the adventure of crafting an effective Abandoned Cart Campaign.

“Abandoned what now?” you may ask. Picture this: a potential camper has found your website, picked the perfect site, maybe even chosen their dates. But then, they get distracted – maybe the dog knocked over a vase, or their kid drew on the wall – and they click away, leaving their booking incomplete. In marketing terms, they’ve “abandoned their cart”.

Now, you may feel like you need to call in a search and rescue team, but fear not! Your abandoned cart campaign will be the trusty park ranger, leading those lost campers back to the promised land of booking confirmation. It’s like the North Star of your marketing efforts. And, it can eventually, or quickly, be automated so you don’t have to think about it. 

Ready to get your bearings? Grab your compass, and let’s hit the trail with these beginner-friendly steps:

Step 1: Spotting the Abandoned Cart

In the digital wilderness, an ‘abandoned cart’ is a booking that a visitor started but didn’t finish. Most modern booking systems can help you identify these stray campers. If yours doesn’t, it may be time to consider an upgrade. After all, even a seasoned camper appreciates a good piece of gear!

Step 2: Prepare Your Rescue Mission

Plan out when you’ll send your abandoned cart emails. Typically, the first email should be sent within 1-3 hours of cart abandonment, but you may want to tweak this depending on your typical customer behaviors. Remember, even in the digital woods, timing is everything!

Step 3: Set the Bait

Time to craft a message that’s more alluring than a perfectly grilled s’more. Keep it friendly, light, and personal. Jog their memory about what they’re missing and perhaps offer a small incentive – a complementary firewood bundle, maybe? This is where you can really make the special “ness” of your campground shine, don’t be shy and highlight all the great reasons why they should book at your site! 

Step 4: Tracking the Lost Camper

This is where analytics come in handy. You need to track how many wayward customers your emails are guiding back to the checkout. Are they being opened? And, more importantly, are they being clicked on. The CTA (call to action, i.e. book now!) is critical here.  Are people returning to finalize their booking? If not, it might be time to tweak your tactics. After all, even the best trail maps need updating now and then.

Step 5: Persistence is Key

If the first email doesn’t get them to bite, don’t fret. A follow-up email can serve as a gentle nudge, reminding them of the great experience that awaits at your campground.

And there you have it!  With these steps, you’re well on your way to luring back those almost-bookings and becoming the ultimate campground marketing ranger.

As we pack up this blog post and stow it in our digital backpack, we hope this guide serves you well on your marketing journey as a campground owner. Happy trails, and remember, the path to campground success, like any good hike, is all about enjoying the journey!

P.S. – Don’t have a booking system yet? Abandon cart is almost impossible to do without this. Read our blog post about campground reservation systems for more information here, or contact us!

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