Editor’s Note: The following article outlining the growth of RVillage.com, an RV-specific social networking site, appears in the latest issue of Woodall’s Campground Management. To access the full article click here.
“Wouldn’t you rather be running a village and not just a parking lot?”
That’s a question posed to campground owners in a video about RVillage.com, a social networking site specifically for RVers launched last March. Founder and RVer Curtis Coleman has been getting the word out to consumers about RVillage – it topped 10,000 registered members (“Villagers”) in the first four months – and now he wants to have a word with campground owners.
They’re already on the RVillage campground map, because it’s populated by every park known to exist by online destination directory Allstays, whether or not the owners know RVillage exists. What remains to be done, he said, is for the owners to “claim” their parks – by signing in, they can fill out their profile and access park benefits – so they don’t miss the boat. And that boat is getting closer to yacht-size every day.
The network has already been endorsed by travel groups and industry entities such as Escapees RV Club,Workamper News and RV Daily Report, with Coleman currently “in deep conversations” with representatives at the Family Motor Coach Association (FMCA) and working on creating a presence at the RV/MH Hall of Fame and Museum in Elkhart, Ind.
Chatter and testimonials are also popping up on discussion forums at RV sites, on recreation and owner’s clubs and all over the blogosphere – “Google us and you’ll see 15 pages of blog entries,” Coleman proclaimed – with plugs coming in from personal bloggers as well as Geeks On Tour and Technomadia.Based on the buzz, RVillage is wildly popular and still gaining momentum.
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