ecommerce marketing calendarMarketing calendars give online businesses a good idea of how to organize sales throughout the year by listing holidays and other important sales dates. It allows you to plan your marketing campaigns in advance, ensuring that you are ready for all the extra sales you’ll get. Mark your calendar with these important dates:

 

Quarter 1

By the end of 2021, close out any old sales and make way for the new year. You have the potential to start out strong during the first quarter.

 

January

New Year’s Day (January 1st): The new year gives online retailers an opportunity to turn 2021 holiday shoppers into repeat customers. Customers with gift cards or Christmas money will be on the lookout for great deals to spend them on. Beginning the year with a post-holiday season sale can increase customer loyalty as well.

Other Important Dates:

1st-31st: Dry January

17th: Martin Luther King Jr. Day

 

February

Valentine’s Day (February 14th): A day for love and lovers alike, Valentine’s Day is a holiday associated with shopping, so it has the potential to greatly boost first quarter sales. Make sure you start your promotions early, so you’re ready for Valentine’s orders.

Other Important Dates:

1st-28th: Black History Month

20th: Love Your Pet Day

 

March

St. Patrick’s Day (March 17th): While St. Patrick’s Day is mainly known for indulging in green beverages , consumers still spend billions of dollars on decorations, green clothing, and fun accessories during this popular Irish celebration. In fact, the National Retail Federation estimated that there would be consumer spending of $5.14 billion for St. Patrick’s Day in 2021. Be sure to give customers time to place orders and consider adding a pop of green to the St. Patrick’s Day section of your site or your marketing materials.

Other Important Dates:

2nd: Ash Wednesday

4th: World Book Day

8th: International Women’s Day

20th: First Day of Spring

25th: International Waffle Day

 

Quarter 2

The first quarter has passed, Spring has sprung, and Summer is fast approaching.

 

April

April Fool’s Day (April 1st): April Fool’s Day is all about pranks, which makes it the perfect time to roll out deals that may seem too good to be true. Marketing during the holiday is also very important as many companies see April Fool’s Day as a way to joke with consumers and reach new audiences.

Easter Sunday (April 17th): Ecommerce businesses can market to consumers around Easter by creating an ‘Easter Egg Hunt’ on their site. When shoppers find strategically placed eggs, they get promo codes or other discounts on their purchase.

Other Important Dates:

10th: Siblings Day

11th: National Pet Day

15th: Good Friday

22nd: Earth Day

 

May

Women’s Health Month: For businesses looking to promote sales all month long, Women’s Health Month is a great event to capitalize on. Consider bundling women’s items together with special pricing.

Star Wars Day (May 4th): Do you sell products that are out of this world? Promote your brand to Star Wars fans on  May 4th.  After a customer purchases your product online, instead of saying thank you, replace it with “May The 4th Be With You. Clever huh!?

Cinco De Mayo (May 5th): This summer holiday celebrates the day in 1862 on which the Mexican army repelled the French in battle despite being outnumbered and outgunned. Over time, the holiday came to represent more, becoming a day to celebrate Mexican culture all over the world. Ecommerce businesses can make the most of Cinco De Mayo by focusing sales on the number 5. 5% off, $5 off, and buy 4 get the 5th free sales all do well on this holiday.

Mother’s Day (May 8th): Mother’s Day is another important holiday in Q2. Gift giving isn’t limited to Mom, in fact, data shows that consumers purchase gifts for their grandparents, sisters, wives, and daughters during Mother’s Day sales.

Other Important Dates:

11th: National Eat What You Want Day

17th: World Baking Day

20th: World Bee Day

30th: Memorial Day

 

June

Pride Month: June is LGBTQ+ pride month. Studies show that approximately 1 in 4 online customers are more likely to buy from a brand with LGBTQ+ representation in their advertising. On the other hand, about one-half of internet users see rolling out Pride merchandise as just a marketing ploy, so be cautious and remain sincere.

Father’s Day (June 19th): While Father’s Day may not reach Mother’s Day sales, many people still celebrate the holiday. In fact, 75% of men in the US are expected to celebrate Father’s Day this year. The top three categories for spending on Father’s Day are: gifts, food and drink, and cards/gift wrap supplies.

Other Important Dates:

1st: Global Parent’s Day

21st: First Day of Summer

21st: Summer Solstice

 

Quarter 3

As we cross into the second half of 2022, summer sales take over. With kids out of school, more families are spending time together.

 

July

Independence Day (July 4th): The 4th of July is widely celebrated throughout the US. Customers are looking for patriotic clothing and accessories as well as cookout and pool party products to enjoy with family.

Amazon Prime Day (July ?): While we don’t know yet when 2022’s Prime Day will happen, based on previous years, July is a fairly safe bet. The last two years the event was held in other months (October in 2020 and June in 2021) due to the pandemic, but all signs point to a return to a July date for 2022. In 2021, Prime Day sales reached $11.19 billion worldwide with over 250 million items sold.

Other Important Dates:

7th: World Chocolate Day

31st: National Avocado Day

 

August

While there may not be a big holiday in the month of August, customers are still looking to shop online. Not only is summer in full swing, there are also a number of smaller holidays in August that ecommerce businesses can take advantage of. Consider starting back to school sales around this time.

Other Important Dates:

8th: International Cat Day

9th: Book Lover’s Day

19th: World Photo Day

26th: National Dog Day

 

September

Back to school season continues in September. While schools start at different times, the earlier in the month marketing begins, the better.

Other Important Dates:

5th: Labor Day

12th: National Chocolate Milkshake Day

27th: World Tourism Day

 

Quarter 4

Make sure you end the year on a high note. Quarter 4 is a particularly busy time of year for retailers and it gives Ecommerce businesses a chance to reach their sales goals.

 

October

Halloween (October 31st): Seen as one of the less expensive holidays, consumers are spending their money primarily on candy, costumes, and decor. Halloween is also the time customers begin their shopping for the busy holiday season that’s coming up.

Other Important Dates:

1st: International Coffee Day

10th: World Mental Health Day

16th: World Food Day

 

November

Men’s Health Month: The counterpart to Women’s Health Month in May, retailers should consider bundling men’s products together.

Thanksgiving (November 24th): In 2020, Thanksgiving Day shoppers spent $6.10 billion to kick off the holiday shopping season, which was a 21% increase over 2019 due to COVID-19 lockdowns and quarantines. With the pandemic still affecting many Americans, 2022 will likely continue to see an increase in online shopping. At this time of year, free shipping is a great incentive for customers to complete their orders.

Black Friday (November 25th): Before the coronavirus, brick-and-mortar stores typically saw the highest number of sales. However, in 2020, Black Friday sales surpassed all previous records with $9 billion in sales, up from $7.4 billion in 2019 and $6.2 billion in 2018.

Cyber Monday (November 29th): Another big event immediately following Black Friday is Cyber Monday. Cyber Monday is typically the biggest sales day for online retailers of the year. Discounting products, making limited-time offers, and bundling complementary items are great ways to make the most of Cyber Monday.

Other Important Dates:

1st: World Vegan Day

 

December

Christmas (December 25th): Sales during the Christmas season are expected to be about $859 billion this year, with most consumers spending over $1,000 on gifts, food, and other seasonal supplies. Luckily for online retailers, it’s expected that 85% of the 2021 Christmas season shopping will be done online.

New Year’s Eve (December 31st): Try creating a sense of urgency for your customers this New Year’s Eve. Mark items down with a sale that ends at midnight on New Year’s Eve, before rolling out your beginning of the year sales the next morning.

Other Important Dates:

4th: National Cookie Day

21st: Winter Solstice

 

Which Holidays Will You Add to Your Calendar in 2022?

There’s a holiday for every day of the year and some have more than one- national rubber ducky day and clean off your desk day both fall on January 13th. You have unlimited opportunities to promote your brand, all you have to do is plan, schedule, and execute!  Fill up your calendar with the holidays you want to focus on, and then start planning marketing strategies for each one.

 

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