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Forward Thinking Web Solutions is about helping you ATTRACT, CONNECT and KEEP your customers through using online tools. The purpose of this blog is to help provide ideas for being effective online and using your time and money wisely.

I enjoy working with Small Businesses including small campgrounds.  I am a past member of Camping in Ontario, a workshop speaker at Regional Meetings and the 2015 Convention. I am a three time winner of the the Camping in Ontario "Website of the Year Award". 

Should My Campground use Google+?

Should My Campground use Google+?
Google+ has been in the news lots lately.  Some think it is dead a a social platform.  I disagree.  I've spent the year learning and using Google+ which included becoming a Local Google Business Consultant through Plus My Business.  I've also had the opportunity to speak at 5 Camping in Ontario (Ontario Private Campgro...
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Campground Booking/Reservation Software

If you're looking for a campground booking/reservation software, I highly encourage you to look at the option available from RMS.  Although the company is based in Australia, the North American support is phenomenal.  In fact, they are continuing to grow their business on the continent with a cloud based product that will simplify your customer booking. Last fall I spent several days researching campground booking software and settled on RMS for several reasons:

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3 FREE Time-Saving Social Media Tools

3 FREE Time-Saving Social Media Tools
“97% of Marketers currently use social media— 85% of users aren’t sure what social media tools are the best to use.” (Social Media Examiner - 2014 Social Media Marketing Industry Report) As a small business owner you juggle many roles on a daily basis. You oversee marketing, sales, maintenance, ...
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Don't Give Up: You Can Make Twitter Work

Don't Give Up: You Can Make Twitter Work
 “Studies show that 60% of people who try Twitter quit after the 1st week.” Mark W. Schaefer (@markwschaefer) I love being on Twitter! Daily, I enjoy learning, interacting, meeting new people and sharing with others on the micro-blogging social media platform.  I strongly believe that as a...
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Case Study: Trillium Woods Campground

Case Study: Trillium Woods Campground

Imagine letting your campground website do your marketing work for you, saving you money on your advertising needs as Trillium Woods Campground in Oliphant, Ontario has done.

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Case Study: Mountain Trout Camp

Case Study: Mountain Trout Camp

Mountain Trout Camp is the recipient of Two Camping in Ontario Awards for Website of the Year (2010, 2012).  The easy to find website has enabled the campground to reduce off-site advertising costs.

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Case Study: Bass Lake Park

Case Study: Bass Lake Park

With over 44,000 pageviews in a 6 month period, the Bass Lake Park Website was a Key to filling the Campground during the summer of 2013.

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6 Steps to Help Improve Your Campground Website

6 Steps to Help Improve Your Campground Website
1. Review Current Analytics Data - If you currently have an analytics program like Google Analytics installed on your website you have a head start.  Login into your Google Analytics account and mine the data that you currently have. See how visitors are finding your website, how long...
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