Congratulations—you’ve taken the first step towards Hipcamp Host greatness by empowering yourself to drive your own bookings. We couldn’t be more excited to help you along the way, which is why we’ve compiled our top tips for getting your first booking as soon as possible.
How close are you to getting your first booking? Here’s a quick success check!
Keep scrolling to learn more about each item above. Plus, we’ve got bonus self-marketing tips at the bottom of this page!
📸 Upload 5 good photos
Imagine yourself as the camper potentially visiting your land. What would you want to see if you were booking a campsite for the first time? Here are the top 3 photos Hipcampers love:
- Where the Hipcamper will be sleeping — zoomed-out, horizontal shot of the tent spot, cabin, or whatever it may be
- Landscape — views, vegetation, flora, animals or wildlife
- People + activities on the land — petting horses, hiking, swimming, etc.
See our top 4 tips from professional photographers on taking beautiful photos of your land here. And see what we mean by “horizontal shot” with the image below.
📣 Let your community know
Post about your Hipcamp listing on Facebook, in local Facebook groups, Instagram, Twitter, and more. Be sure to tag any friends, family, or friends of friends who might be interested in camping on your land.
How to post on Twitter:
- “Just signed up my [campground/cabin/yurt] on Hipcamp. Come camp with us! [link to your listing]”
- “We have availability for Labor Day at [your campground]. Book on Hipcamp! [link to your listing]”
- “It’s a beautiful time to see fall leaves at [your campground]. Book on Hipcamp! [link to your listing]”
How to post on Facebook:
- “Hey friends! Happy to announce that I just listed my land on Hipcamp, a company that partners with landowners to create new places to camp. I’m excited for my first campers to come! Send any adventurers my way by tagging them in the comments…[Link to your listing].”
- “Looking for a place to camp this Labor Day? We still have campsites available at [your listing]! Tag anyone who loves to camp 🙂 [link to your listing].”
Post in local forums and Facebook groups. Some examples to get you started:
- Tin Can Tourists
- Roadtreking: The Group
- Camping Neighbors
- The Camping Group
- The more local, the better! Look for camping and hiking groups on Facebook in your region.
💵 Price competitively
Is your price competitive compared to nearby public campgrounds and Hipcamp hosts? We’ve learned that it’s best to start on the affordable side to get your first few bookings in, then if you want, move to a higher price as you get the experience dialed in.
Fortunately, we’ve built a smart pricing tool just for you. Visit the pricing section of your Host Dashboard to see the low and high price ranges for listings like yours in your area.
🏆 Bonus tips
Completed everything on the list above? You’re a hosting rock star 🙌. Here are even more ways to get your first booking:
- Opt into First Camper Club in the “booking options” section of your Host Dashboard
- Sign up for Google My Business
- Read our top Search Engine Optimization tips from Hipcamp’s Head of SEO
- Add a booking button to your website
Finished these too? Get in touch with us and we’ll see how we can help!