Did you know that today is National Talk Like a Pirate Day, as well as International Eat an Apple Day? Yesterday was National Cheeseburger Day and tomorrow is Wife Appreciation Day. According to sites dedicated to documenting wacky and unofficial holidays (such as nationaldaycalendar.com), every day is a holiday.
Recently I’ve noticed a surge in brands taking advantage of these “holidays.” Whether it’s a promotional email offer or a social media hashtag, brands are expanding promotions beyond official calendar holidays to show customers their lighter side and present them with timely, relevant offers or content.
Red Tricycle, a popular online city guide for parents, joined this trend by sending an email on August 24 with the subject line “What’s That Sound? It’s Strange Music Day.” The message cleverly highlighted children’s activities centered around music to incorporate the Strange Music Day theme.
Subject Line: What’s That Sound? It’s Strange Music Day
Hush Puppies promoted National Dog Day on August 26 by asking subscribers to share pictures of their dogs on social media using a special hashtag.
Subject Line: It’s National Dog Day!
This trend is probably most popular with restaurants and food chains, as many of the “holidays” are food-related—and who doesn’t love an excuse to indulge? Both Dunkin Donuts and Starbucks promoted National Iced Tea Day in early June as a way to incentivize subscribers to take a desired action. Dunkin Donuts offered email subscribers a free iced tea if they signed up for the DD Perks loyalty program while Starbucks offered their reward members extra bonus points with their purchase.
Subject Line: Celebrate National Iced Tea Day!
Subject Line: Celebrate Tea
Panera used Administrative Professionals’ Day in April to send email subscribers a timely reminder about the upcoming day and some potential gift ideas.
Subject Line: Don’t forget Administrative Professionals’ Day.
So when planning your upcoming email content strategy and calendar, consider giving this tactic a try while keeping the following in mind: