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Decemberitis Prep, Snow Promotions and More Tips for December

It’s December!

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18 It’s hard to believe that when the movie YOU’VE GOT MAIL was released on this date in 1998, people actually looked forward to opening their inbox. Today, the average office worker receives 125 emails per day, most of which are poorly written or even useless. To bring back that rom-com joy, set strict times for inbox maintenance (it’s not the first thing you have to do in the morning), experiment with email scanning services, and learn best practices (bold text is way better than all caps to emphasize something).

01 Let your staff know that you’re aware of DECEMBERITIS — that this month is king when it comes to phony absences as employees juggle work, shopping, holiday tasks and family obligations. Have staff sign off on schedules well in advance.

21 Tempt your customers to take a bet with your own snow promotion: a percentage point discount for every inch that falls in the week before Christmas.

31 NEW YEAR’S EVE means “Auld Lang Syne,” well-deserved toasts to your hard work this year and resolutions for 2019. Think big (Best Year Evah!) and think small (eat more fish oil, floss daily, join INSTORE’S Brain Squad). It’s going to be a terrific year.

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Ideas for Thanksgiving, Small Business Saturday and More Important Dates for November

A few key dates to mark in the month ahead.

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22 Thanksgiving means it’s time to show appreciation. But this year, aim to make it last all year. Start with the obvious things — your family’s good health and work that keeps you engaged. Then start looking outward until you get to those truly insignificant trifles — the smell of fall in the air, the fragment of a nostalgic song. The psychologist Martin Seligman suggests a routine of writing two short emails each morning to friends, family or colleagues, thanking them for what they do.

13 Celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of John Montague, the Earl of Sandwich, who invented the sandwich to save time on eating during a gambling binge. Take inspiration: create a potluck schedule to ensure you and your staff are eating well throughout the holiday season.

24 For Small Business Saturday, print a T-shirt emblazoned with the Small Business Saturday logo. Take a picture of yourself wearing it. Post on social media.

25 30 days to go until Christmas. Launch a holiday countdown on the home page of your website. Highlight a “gift of the day.”

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World Smile Day, A Halloween Promotion and More Important Dates for October

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A century ago, a lifeguard at Coney Island kicked sand in the face of 97-pound weakling Angelo Siciliano and walked off with his girlfriend. In so doing, he inspired one of the greatest marketing campaigns of the 20th century. On the 125th ANNIVERSARY OF CHARLES ATLAS’ BIRTHDAY, stick with a clear marketing message (think seven decades of that same comic-strip ad) that promises a benefit instead of a feature, and the world will be your beach ball. 

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On WORLD SMILE DAY, make a bold promise — guarantee your jewelry will bring a smile to the recipient’s face or their money back. You won’t lose.

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During AMERICAN CRAFT WEEK, join in this celebration of handmade American products (especially jewelry) and the craftspeople who make them.

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Siegel’s Jewelry in Paso Robles, CA, typically hands out more than 3,000 pieces of candy during its annual HALLOWEEN event, with some of the gift bags containing special prizes. You should, too.

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What to Do for National Hunting and Fishing Day, Google’s Founding and Other September Dates

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On this day in 1998, a strange sounding company was incorporated in Menlo Park, CA. On the anniversary of GOOGLE’S FOUNDING, spend a few hours investigating the Internet giant’s many free marketing tools — everything from mobile-friendliness tests to keyword planners to analytics. Here’s a good list of tools to start: instr.us/google.

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On LABOR DAY, assess whether you’re leveraging the experiences and backgrounds of a diverse workforce to best match the demands of your bridal customers.

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WIFE APPRECIATION DAY. True, there are 365 days that should be used to show appreciation, but for something special, it should be a jeweler. (Just do better than Uber, which, last year in India, urged husbands to “let your wife take a day off from the kitchen.”)

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In honor of NATIONAL HUNTING AND FISHING DAY, offer a hunting or fishing trip to couples who buy an engagement ring on that day.

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