Go RVing Study Details Online Habits of New RVers

Go RVing recently published a detailed report examining how the RV consumer of the future will use technology so that Go RVing could pinpoint the best ways to reach out to those potential customers.

They called upon Influential, a company that uses IBM’s WATSON to join machine learning and natural language processing (NLP) to analyze the last 22,000-plus words used by a brand or influencer, in this case, Go RVing, on social media.

Camping on Arizona's Lake Pleasant with all the toys. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Camping on Arizona’s Lake Pleasant with all the toys. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

According to a news release, Influential’s report suggests some new and exciting ways for GoRving to best tap into the current RV conversations in the social space and reach emerging audiences—Millennials, African Americans, and Hispanics—in an authentic way.

The survey’s results are not only important for Go RVing to note, but they are also relevant to sellers and marketers of RVs who can incorporate the action points into their own sales and marketing procedures.

Camping at Arizona's Lost Dutchman State Park. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Camping at Arizona’s Lost Dutchman State Park. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Some key findings of the report focus on how three emerging groups of future buyers of RVs have different expectations when they consider the outdoor lifestyle and what they would enjoy about RVing.

Millennials, for example, are young but more established than believed, and are driven by a need for freedom found in the great outdoors.

Millennials are enjoying the outdoor lifestyle in record numbers and are contributing to the overall industry growth. They comprise 31 percent of the adult population but account for 38 percent of campers. Forty three percent of millennials say access to mobile technology allows them to do their jobs remotely and spend more time camping.

Camping at Georgia's Laura S. Walker State Park. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Camping at Georgia’s Laura S. Walker State Park. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

According to KOA’s North American Camping Report, campers say technology allows them to spend more time camping and take an average of two additional vacation days for camping.

Hispanics are price-sensitive and fiercely independent, and are focused on self-expression and creating experiences. They also respond to the DIY nature of road trips.

And African Americans, most of whom are city dwellers, value family escapes to the country, spending time with loved ones, and enjoying the outdoors.

Camping at South Carolina's Hunting Island State Park. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Camping at South Carolina’s Hunting Island State Park. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Some of the survey’s key takeaways and action points:

  • California, Texas, and Florida had the highest amounts of conversation
  • Find events to entice locals to come out and get to know RVing better
  • Content about RVing does best on Instagram and Twitter across all audience segments
  • Hashtags are widely used by the RVing community on social media
  • Combine relevant RV and non-RV hashtags to start connecting non-RV audiences with RV activity
  • Create touch points in another perspective

Upgrading and maintaining RVs is a point of pride for owners, providing an opportunity to activate influencers who like to enhance their lives by trying new things.

One Florida RV dealership is on the front lines serving these younger buyers. Their specialty is selling a pre-owned RV for about $15,000—half its original value—and then adding for an extra $5,000-to-$10,000 customized extras.

Camping at South Dakota's Badlands National Park. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Camping at South Dakota’s Badlands National Park. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Here are some of them:

  • Special accommodations for pets and extra room for kids or friends
  •  Recreation storage, with room for bicycles, surf boards, or kayaksThese are the same kids who stopped RVing with their parents as 16-year-olds.

Most of GoRVing’s current social content focused on the benefits of RV travel, while very little content aimed to address the barriers preventing people from purchasing—or renting—an RV.

Camping at Mississippi's Buccaneer State Park. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Camping at Mississippi’s Buccaneer State Park. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

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