Marketing Ideas for March 2021

Today we’re looking at notable marketing dates in March. Having this information three months out will help to plan your campaigns, write your copy, and most importantly to schedule your posts. This way instead of scrambling at the beginning of  the month you can now focus on any immediate problems or be planning more strategies for later in the year.

As always we’ve included a printable cheat sheet version. Pick and choose the dates that are right for your business.

2nd – National Read Across America Day (Dr. Seuss Day)

  • An event created by the National Education Association, it is designed to encourage children to read.

3rd – World Wildlife Day

  • Started in 2013 by the UN, World Wildlife Day is a take on the international protections of Wild Fauna and Flora in 1973. This day is more encompassing by using the theme, “Sustaining all Life on Earth” This is a good day to prepare for Earth Day in April (22nd). By setting up a month long donation or tournament series that concludes on Earth Day can be a great marketing campaign that can do some good for the Earth.

4th – National Pound Cake Day

5th – National Day of Unplugging

  • This day is all about unplugging from digital devices and reflecting on yourself. This is a great day to advertise board games or unplugged events. Hosting an event or gatherings that involve unplugging such as collectible card games, board games, puzzles, or even wargaming are all great choices. 

5th – National Employee Appreciation Day

  • Take this day to take a moment and show appreciation to your staff. It can be as simple or complex as you wish with appreciating them. Hosting an inhouse party to sit down and thanking every staff member in person will go a long way. 

6th – Oreo Cookie Day

  • Oreos are great. Most bulk stores have oreos available for resale. This is a great way to include an inexpensive item as a give away with sale, or to feature an Oreo dessert. Don’t forget to include photos to your social media with hashtags.

8th – International Women’s Day

  • This day is to celebrate the social, economic and political achievements of women from around the world.

9th – National Barbie Day

  • Happy Birthday Barbie! Introduced in 1959 at the American International Toy Fair in New York (now known as the New York Toy Fair) Ken was introduced two years later at the same fair.

9th – National Meatball Day

  • Meatballs have a long history and style depending on geographic location. Created from Beef, Pork, Veal, Chicken, and can even be made Vegan, they are a versatile main stay to the dinner table. While non-restaurant stores may skip this day, any restaurant style store may want to feature a high profit, high margin classic, spaghetti and meatballs dinner. 

10th – MAR10 DAY

  • All hail the original King of video games. Mario has been a wildly popular and successful character, brand, and franchese of Nintendo since 1985. Nintendo officially started to recognize this holiday in 2016. This is a great day to feature Nintendo and specifically anything Mario. Sales, tournaments, stream the original game? All great ideas. There is no limit on the creative marketing and branding to this.

12th – National Plant a Flower Day

  • Spring is around the corner and depending on where your business is located, you may already be feeling some of the fresh warm air. This day can be a focal point of a month long campaign for Earth Day or as a stand alone community service. This is a key reminder also as warm weather is coming and people begin to start thinking about spring activities and vacation planning.

14th – National PI day

  • Not to be confused with Pie day, (we will eat pies anyway) this is a fun day to celebrate the math constant value in math of 3.14159. There is a lot of creative marketing and events that could be done. Having a slice of pi? Pizza or Pie. Trivia, pie eating contest, or even a spot it game of every instance of pi seen throughout a day.

14th – National Potato Chip Day

  • America’s #1 snack food.

14th – Daylight Savings

  • Easy rhyme to remember this; Spring Ahead, Fall Back. Our clocks go ahead by one hour in March. RIP Sleep. 

17th – St. Patrick’s Day

  • Green Beer, Parades, celebration of Irish heritage and culture. This day is generally more of a rowdy day than a celebration. St. Patrick’s day is also celebrated by more counties in the world than any other single day celebration or festival. Don’t forget to wear green today.

18th – National Sloppy Joe Day

  • The sloppy joe is a childhood staple and continues to be a favorite. The base ingredients are often ground beef, onions, tomato sauce, brown sugar, sola, and sometimes maple syrup and served on a hamburger bun. Over the years it has begun to be made with turkey or buffalo. 

19th – Let’s Laugh Day

  • 24 hour jokes. Adorable baby laugh ringtones. Anything that adds humor to your day and social media reach. Ask for jokes, tell jokes, or share from your favorite comedians.

19th – National Poultry Day

  • Any poultry sales or menu specials would be ideal. I’m sure there is some crossover in telling bad jokes and being tarred and feathered too. 

20th – First day of Spring

  • Welcome Spring!

24th – National Cheesesteak Day

  • Hello Philadelphia. While it’s roots are in Philly, Cheesesteaks are virtually everywhere. 

25th – Tolkien Reading Day

  • The day that Frodo destroyed the Ring. This day is dedicated to Tolkien and his work. There is plenty of marketing and events that can be held on this day. From a book reading to War Gaming with Middle-Earth by Games-Workshop  

27th – Scribble Day (Not Scrabble Day)

  • Celebrate our youngest artists or those of us who can’t draw a straight line with a ruler. Our beloved scribblers. By adding eyes to any scribble, you make a simple scribble come to life. This link is an example of sticker eyes. We do not have any stake or receive any monetary deposit from this link. We are not affiliated with Amazon or the seller of this product.

27th – Happy Birthday Quentin Tarantino!

31st – National Crayon Day

  • Celebrating a day dedicated to crayons and the impact of their importance to art and creativity. Introduced in 1903 by Binny & Smith as a cheaper alternative to expensive art supplies to now, where 12 million crayons are produced daily. If you sell crayons, this is a great day to feature them. If not, it’s still a great day to bring some in and host an event. Here is a link to Crayola with some free print at home sheets.

31st – World Backup Day

  • While this isn’t a day to market or brand with. It is a great day to actually back up your sales data. Depending on when you file your taxes, your accountant or bookkeeper will very much love you if you keep a backup of your records in case of a hard drive failure. While cloud storage is all the rage and mostly secure, most of them are behind a paywall. Physical hard drive prices are very inexpensive and I recommend keeping a back up in a cloud service and an additional backup on an expensive hard drive, just in case. Talk to your legal council for advice on what specifically you should keep beyond basic accounting transactions. 

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