Medical researcher Julius Comroe once defined serendipity as “looking for a needle in a haystack and getting out of it with the farmer’s daughter.” On SERENDIPITY DAY, the idea of “happy accidents” sounds like a great theme for a sales event — either with surprise giveaways, or as an excuse to try something like a marketing exercise you’ve never done before. You never know.

  • August 4 On Single Working Women Day, hold a “Bring a Friend Event” to celebrate their contributions to society.
  • August 28 The U.S. Open Tennis Tournament gets under way today. Mark Chris Evert’s accidental launch 30 years ago of a jewelry tradition with a display devoted to “tennis bracelets.”
  • August 28 Ninety-five years ago, a Long Island station broadcast The First Radio Commercial. It cost $100 and dragged on for 10 minutes. Today you can get short spots for less than that — especially at this time of year when things are slow. Shop around. 

This article originally appeared in the August 2017 edition of INSTORE.