March 2009 Marketing Ideas

Here are some notable “holiday” observances for March 2009 that you can use to build marketing campaigns around:

Monthly
Adopt A Rescued Guinea Pig Month – google “guinea pig rescue” for plenty of options
American Red Cross Month – sponsor a blood drive
Honor Society Awareness Month – free gift to honor society member
International Mirth Month – tell a joke, get a discount
Irish-American Heritage Month – discount to anyone wearing a “kiss me i’m irish” pin
National Craft Month – craft store offer a discount
National Frozen Food Month – sale on all frozen food
National Nutrition Month
National Social Work Month – discount to social workers
National Umbrella Month – show us your coolest umbrella get a discount
Optimism Month
Play The Recorder Month – play us a toon, get a free ice cream cone
Spiritual Wellness Month
Workplace Eye Health and Safety Month
Youth Art Month – draw a picture and the best one will get a prize

Weekly
National Write A Letter of Appreciation Week: 1-7 – send a letter/post card/email to your customers
Celebrate Your Name Week: 1-7 – hand out “Hello. My name is” tags to everyone who stops in your store
National Cheerleading Week: 2-8 – discount to anyone in a cheerleader uniform
National Procrastination Week: 2-8
World’s Rattlesnake Roundup Week: 13-15
YoYo and Skill Toys Week: 13-22 – show us your best yoyo trick
National Agriculture Week: 15-21 – discount to farmers
Pediatric Nurse Practitioners Week: 15-21 – discount to pediatric nurses
Act Happy Week: 16-22 – offer a happy discount
National Spring Fever Week: 16-22 – spring fever after hours party
American Chocolate Week: 17-22
National Bubble (blowers) Week: 20-26 – show us your best bubble
National Cleaning Week: 22-28 – sale on cleaning supplies

Daily
I Want You To Be Happy Day: 3 – hand out smiley face stickers to all customers
National Anthem Day: 3 – sing the anthem get a free t-shirt
Unique Names Day: 3 – tell us your name
What If Cats and Dogs Had Opposable Thumbs? Day: 3 – love this one
International Scrapbooking Industry Day: 4 – sale on scrapbooking supplies
Nametag Day: 5 – discount to anyone wearing a nametag
Check Your Batteries Day: 8 – come in, we’ll check your battery for you
Barbie Day: 9 – show us your favorite barbie, or discount to anyone named barbara/barb/barbie
Get Over It Day: 9
Panic Day: 9
Mario Day: 10 – anyone named Mario
Salvation Army Day: 10 – offer to take donations for the salvation army
Organize Your Home Office Day: 10 – sale on organization supplies
Johnny Appleseed Day: 11 – free/discount on apples, applesauce, anything apple
Registered Dietician Day: 11 – discount for dieticians
Girl Scout Day: 12 – show us your girl scout uniform
Earmuffs Day: 13 – show us you coolest pair of earmuffs
National Open An Umbrella Indoors Day: 13 – need I say more?
International Fanny Pack Day: 14 (2nd Saturday) – show us your fanny pack
St. Patrick’s Day: 17
National Chocolate Caramel Day: 19
Operation Iraqi Freedom Day: 19 – discount to Iraqi war veterans
Absolutely Incredible Kid Day: 19 – have customers nominate kids and give a prize
Great American Meat Out Day: 20 – sale on veggie burgers, soy dogs, and veggie sausage
Corn Dog Day: 21  – hire a vendor to hand out free Corn Dogs (and fliers about your business)
Maple Syrup Day: 21 – free (small) bottle of maple syrup with your order
Memory Day: 21 – I forget?
National Quilting Day: 21 – sale on quilting supplies
As Young As You Feel Day: 22 – free gift, super discount to anyone over 60
International Goof-off Day: 22
Spring Fairy Fun Day: 22
National Puppy Day: 23 – show us your new puppy
Kick Butts Day: 25
Pecan Day: 25
Legal Assistants Day: 26 – legal assistants get a discount
Quirky Country Music Song Titles Day: 27 – vote for your favorite song title
Viagra Day: 27 – need I say more?
Eggsibit (Decorating Egg Shells) Day: 28-29 – show us your creation
National Mom & Pop Business Owner’s Day: 29
Doctors Day: 30 – discount to doctors
Pencil Day: 30 – show us your coolest pencil

That should be a good start. Creative gifts and discounts keep your business memorable and keep your customers coming back.

As always, this list is courtesy of the great folks at Brownie Locks and the 3 Bears:
http://www.brownielocks.com/march.html

Have any other cool ideas for “holiday” promotions? Drop a comment below!

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