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Get Big-Game Ready – The Super Bowl Is Approaching, and More Important Dates for February

It’s a leap year – that means one more marketing opportunity.

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2 The Super Bowl these days is as much a test of a business’s marketing acumen as a sporting event. “Most Valuable” promotions, offers to return the purchase price if a certain point spread is met, men’s events with a former player, Souper Bowl charity drives … the options are almost endless. Make sure you’re game-ready too. America is watching.

2 OK, here we go again (and again, and again … ).It’s GROUNDHOG DAY, and that celebrated meteorologist Punxsutawney Phil will emerge. Offer a discount at 2015 prices if he sees his own shadow.

10 The handwritten-envelope please, and the invitation, and the canapes, and your red carpet commentary … Yes, the OSCARS are tonight. You know the drill.

29 LEAP YEAR DAY only comes every four years, so jump on this sweet little marketing op. Hoppy Hour, anyone?

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Strike a Pose for Sisterhood (it’s International Women’s Day), and Other Important Dates for March

And tag, you’re it on National Proposal Day.

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8 International Women’s Day is a chance to demonstrate solidarity with your sisters around the world. Ask your staff to join you in striking a pose for gender equality (this year’s theme is #EachforEqual; see photo for proper pose). “Show your younger clients that you are paying attention to causes that matter to them,” says Kathleen Cutler of Kathleen Cutler Strategy, adding that you should submit the image to the local newspaper for some extra press.

1 National Procrastination Week. That thing you’ve been putting off? Just do it … even if only for five minutes in the beginning.

20 National Proposal Day. He got the ring (from you), he’s got the idea … Make sure he doesn’t forget to tag your social media accounts when it comes to the big moment.

29 On National Mom and Pop Business Owners Day, revisit your marketing to see how you’re playing up to being local, independent and service-minded.

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Make the Most of Blue Monday and More Important Dates for January

It’s 2020, so make sure your vision is clear.

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20 Combine post-holiday depression with seeing our New Year’s resolutions fall by the wayside, and we arrive at a date in the third week of January that has come to be known as BLUE MONDAY, when — according to various media accounts — we are at our most miserable. Fight this annual nadir with a Blues Bash on social media or in-store, featuring your sapphires and other blue jewelry. It could also be a good way to introduce Pantone’s color of 2020 — “Classic Blue”.

1 As we open the year 20/20, take time to give serious thought to your vision. What one bold thing does your business stand for? How clear is it to everyone?

15 On GET TO KNOW YOUR CUSTOMER DAY, give your sales associates an allowance to take a customer out to lunch. Their goal should be to learn about them, not to sell them.

28 Celebrate FUN AT WORK DAY by rolling out a ceremony to celebrate big sales or a fun new spiff. And don’t forget to tell customers how much fun you had serving them.

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Cyber Monday, Tick Tock Day and More Important December Dates for Jewelers

Be ready with the right questions on Christmas Eve.

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24 Jewelry: a gift that communicates thoughtful reflection, even when it’s bought at 6:55 p.m. on CHRISTMAS EVE. A certain kind of man knows this. He’s the Last-Minute Man, and there are a lot of them (21 percent of men don’t even start their shopping until the Saturday before Christmas). Coupled with their tardiness, they tend to be clueless. Coach your employees to ask about the colors that spouses or partners wear, whether they prefer gold or silver, and if they favor big or small earrings.

2 CYBER MONDAY is the No. 2 shopping day, reaching $7.9 billion in sales last year. Be sure to highlight a few specials on your website. Shoppers will be looking for them.

4 ROCKEFELLER CENTER HITS THE SWITCH on its landmark Christmas tree today. You should too. Customers want to see lights, decorations and reindeer carved from ice.

29 Today is TICK TOCK DAY as 2019 winds down. Quickly knock off one or two of those important but not urgent things that have been loitering on your to-do list.

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