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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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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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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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