The secret to getting more bookings
You could use a number of platforms to advertise your school holiday program, but many can be daunting (and expensive). The key is to motivate your customers to take action, and one of the most effective ways to do that is through email.
Having a clear email structure in place can make a huge difference in boosting your program bookings from the outset. By planning in advance and sending emails at selected intervals, you’ll inspire more customers to take action sooner.
Swim schools that have followed this email structure have seen bookings increase by up to 400.
The graph below clearly indicates success; the red shows bookings from an earlier school holiday program that lacked email structure, while the blue was a later program that had a clear email strategy in place.
These stats were obtained through the 'booking statistics by course' report in Udio.
The school holiday program checklist
We've developed a quick checklist to help you plan and implement your own email strategy. Here are our top recommendations to boost your program bookings:
- Set a booking release date to drive demand and create a sense of urgency
- Create your program and classes in Udio
- Send a pre-release email to let customers know exactly when programs will be available to book
- Prepare three emails reminding customers to book in
- Send you emails at set intervals as per your schedule
Best practices when creating your email strategy
The great thing about this email and checklist combo is that you can repurpose it for every school holiday program moving forward. Here are some top email tips to consider including:
Use your brand colours to strengthen your brand identity (and inspire familiarity among customers)
Emojis are optional but when used sparingly are visually appealing to the reader; you can add them to the subject line and body of the email in Udio
Emphasise that spaces are limited to create demand and prompt customers to book now
Include a couple of links to the booking page (including 1-2 at the start) so that people have plenty of options as they scroll through your email
If you have any testimonials from previous holiday programs, include a couple - if you don’t, consider asking customers after they’ve completed the program for feedback so you can include quotes in your email next time
Get your holiday program off to the best start
Since COVID, there has been an increased demand for local activities which means marketing your holiday program to your entire audience base is crucial to creating FOMO (fear of missing out).