Donut Day’s of the Year

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Every Day’s a Celebration!

Today (6/7/19) is National Donut Day! Earlier this week, the Salvation Army and Regal Donuts stopped the 4 radio stations with over 82 donuts for the Dj’s and staff.  We did some interviews. Pre recorded them and played them on National Donut Day.  The Salvation Army and Regal Donuts received some nice promotional time on 4 great radio station morning shows.

Doing National Donut day here at the radio stations, reminded me of how easy it is to go to the Days of the Year website to get idea starters, do some tie ins or just to get something to post on my social media each day.  It’s a super easy way to get ideas flowing or to make money for you or your clients!

Here is the best site, I’ve found for the list of Days and Dates and even has extra info on each of the fun & festive days of the year! Did you know that the Salvation Army is the founder of National Donut Day!

Every Day of the year, is a special day and if it’s not a special day already, make up a new one!

Here’s some ways to utilize these days for fun, exposure and extra dollars for you or your clients:

  • Social Media Content:  You can instantly take almost any day of the year and use it for your social media content.  Today is Donut Day, yet it’s also Fish & Chips Day and Chocolate Ice Cream Day. That’s 3 food related idea starters for your social media all in one Day! Throughout the year, take lots of pictures, just scrolling thru your photos, you’re bound to find something that fits the day. Keep your eye out all year for pictures you can use on these special days of the year.  Or, you could easily take a few boxes of donuts out to Police, Fire departments, schools or non-profits, give them some free Donuts and get some great pictures for your Social Media Content.

 

  • Special offers: If you sell something that matches the day, give special offers, discounts or free offers. Today, you could give free donuts, fish or even easier chips/fries, or ice cream free or with a purchase.  For Donut Day, many places are doing both, free donuts just for walking in or buy a beverage/coffee and get a Donut free.

 

  • Brainstorming Meeting:  Do you have a brainstorming meeting coming up? Bring in the list of days, mention them, post them on the wall. It’s a really easy way to get the ideas rolling in a brainstorming meeting. And it’s sure to make your meeting more fun! Today, bring the list, but don’t forget the free donuts!

 

  • Pick a Day/Make it your Own: Monthly or quarterly:  Look at all the many days, pick out the one’s that match you best. and Own them.  You could bring free food of the day to the those in need.  Discounts on the various items of the Day.  Tie in a Non profit with portion of all sales this week going to the charity of your choice. Cross promote with a neighbor store down the street. They may have food and you may have clothes, help each other out on the various days. June is Guitars on the Beach Month. You could do a meet up with musicians, do a picnic with free food and drinks.  Get Guitar Center involved or local bands could make a surprise visit and do a free on-site mini concert or tutorial.

 

  • Make up Your Own Day:  Look at all the days that already exist, then find something unique to call your own. Submit it to the Days of the Year folks. Or just start doing it, make it an annual event. Each year, getting bigger and bigger. Promote it on social Media, advertise on radio, TV, Print or Outdoor.  Maybe in 3-5 years, many other people will be doing it as the special day of the year.  Many of the days started small at the grass roots level and have grown year after year.
  • Take a Day/Any Day/and Do something Fun:  Today, I will randomly pick June 23rd.  It’s Let it Go Day.  Here’s just a few things you could do:  Play the Frozen Movie in the park, beach or waterpark. Do it free, with a discount or giveaway tickets in May and June tying it in as a Gift with Purchase (GWP).  Do the City’s Largest Garage Sale.  Get people to Let Go of their clothes, shoes, etc.  Rent out a parking stall for $50. Rent out all the stalls at the mall, let the people keep their share of the earnings, after costs, give a portion of each of the $50 fees to a charity. A Let it Go Singing competition. We all know many people who’ve memorized all the words perfectly for this song.  Do a singing comp at the mall, in front of a bank, at a Fair or Amusement Park…anywhere really.  Get some prize sponsors & some free shave ice and the crooners + crowds will be there. Do an Instagram promo: Have people list what they want to Let Go and why, get the longest list of things to let go. Maybe pick one or two and give them some prizes. Make it a Let it Go Month of June. Have people come to your store locations and Let Go their slightly used shoes or sneakers, give them a Coupon for 25% off.  Take their pictures for social Media, post their pix in your store, give the shoes and sneakers to those that need them. Maybe for Job interviews or a High School sports team or 2. June 22nd is the Great American Backyard Campout Day.  You could piggy back on this and have a giant camp-out on June 22 and 23. On the 23rd you play the movie Frozen! You could also do the song competition on this day. Or even build in a Let it Go Rummage sale. Oh, so many things you can do with just one day.  Have fun!

Hope this may spark some ideas for you and your favorite upcoming special day.  Let me know if you want any additional ideas. If you do, just email me here.

Have a Great Day!  On whatever day you may read this blog posting.  🙂

February is…

Monthly  & Daily Promotion Idea Starters

February starts off Big with the Super Bowl, Valentine’s Day & The Hawaii Pacific Health Great Aloha Run! I have no idea how we ever fit the Pro Bowl in. But we did for 20+ years!

Have fun using these as idea starters.  I made some comments next to some, not all.  Have a nice Week!

All Month Long

Hot Breakfast Month
National Chocolate Lovers Month
National Grapefruit Month
National Potato Lovers Month
American Heart Month
Library Lovers Month

Days

1 – National Baked Alaska Day-If you don’t know what this is, it’s sponge cake and ice cream in a meringue covering, cooked for a very short time.
1 – Decorating With Candy Day
1 – National Dark Chocolate Day=Eat as much as you like, they say it’s great for your Heart.
2 – National Tater Tot Day-Yum. One of my favorite meals, Sloppy Joe’s and Tater Tots.  Used to cook this on Sunday nights. Now, Tater Tots can be the entire meal with all the fun things people put on top and into them.
2 – National Crepe Day-Have a make your own crepe station set up at your restaurant.  A stack of Crepes, whip creme, stawberries, brown sugar, powdered sugar, maple syrup, chocolate drizzle, melted butter, and more.  Then have a camera at the end of the table, people will take pix of their creation and you will post em’ on line. Or go Ol School and have people take the pix with their phone and upload them to Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. Hashtag #Delish or #Mycrepe or #DIYcrepe or #Crepecreation or #CrepeHI/NY/LA  Just make sure it’s easy.  Use one simple hashtag and no @ signs or other hoops to jump through.
2 – Groundhog Day-Not a big deal in Hawaii.  LOL.
2 – National Wear Red Day-You’d think this would be closer to February 14th.
3 – National Carrot Cake Day
3 – Ice Cream For Breakfast Day
4 – Super Bowl Sunday-This should be a Holiday…on Monday.
4 – National Homemade Soup Day
4 – National Stuffed Mushroom Day
4 – Thank A Mailman Day
5 – National Chocolate Fondue Day
5 – World Nutella Day-Do a Nutella Recipe contest. A Nutella Art or sculpture contest. Or an easy Social Media contest, like What do you Nutella with? (Nutella and Fill in the Blank).
5 – National Weatherperson’s Day
6 – National Frozen Yogurt Day
7 – National Fettuccine Alfredo Day
7 – Send A Card To A Friend Day-Do this.  Not many people get mail other than bills in 2018. So, you will stand out and make someone’s day.
8 – National Potato Lover’s Day
8 – National Molasses Bar Day
8 – Boy Scout Day
8 – Kite Flying Day
8 – Opera Day
9 – National Pizza Day-Usually some good deals on Pizza on this day.  See what you can find.
9 – National Bagels & Lox Day-I like to eat this in NY or Chicago, the portions are 2-3x bigger than in Hawaii.  And they give 5x the amount of capers in Chicago!

Lox-&-Capers
10 – National Cream Cheese Brownie Day
10 – National Have a Brownie Day
10 – Umbrella Day
11 – National Peppermint Patty Day
11 – Don’t Cry Over Spilled Milk Day
11 – Get Out Your Guitar Day-Or Bring Back Guitar Hero, that was always fun to play at remotes.
11 – Make a Friend Day-Say “Hi” to your fellow elevator passengers.  Try and say Hi to at least 5 people today.
11 – Satisfied Staying Single Day
12 – National Plum Pudding Day-Wonder how this ended up in February. We eat this for Good-Luck on December 25.  No one really likes it much, they fuss all over it, but it does bring Good Luck to all who partake.
13 – Mardi Gras-Good we have a few days notice on this one. It seems to come up out of nowhere every year.
13 – National Tortellini Day
13 – National Italian Food Day-Spaghetti Eating Contests! Sometimes I go to Buca De Pepo and get the giant Spaghetti and eat it for 3 days. Saves on cooking for a bit. Cafe Sustina and Macaroni Grill my fav’s to eat at in HI.  Little Italy or the place near Union Square if I’m in NY.  The place near Union Square has the best food in the world. Little Italy is super fun to hang at, food is secondary, although still good.
13 – Madly In Love With Me Day
14 – Valentine’s Day-Concerts, Candy, Flowers, Hotels, etc. Couple of my Favorite Promotions.  Singles Night at the Supermarket. And The Nuts and Bolts Booze Cruise.  All the Nuts need to find the Bolts to match.  Can also do with famous names taped to the backs of the participants.
14 – National Cream-Filled Chocolates Day
14 – International Book Giving Day-Nothing says I Love You more than a book. Hmm
15 – National Gumdrop Day-If you can find these, have fun.
15 – Singles Awareness Day
15 – Hippo Day
16 – National Almond Day
16 – Do A Grouch A Favor Day
17 – National Cafe’ Au Lait Day
17 – My Way Day
17 – World Human Spirit Day
17 – Random Acts of Kindness Day-Start on this one now. So easy to do & doesn’t cost a dime.
18 – National Crab-Stuffed Flounder Day
18 – National Drink Wine Day
18 – World Whale Day-Giveaway trips to Maui to see the Whales.
19 – National Chocolate Mint Day
19 – Presidents Day-Also the Great Aloha Run.
20 – National Cherry Pie Day-Pie Eating Contest Time. The trick to winning a pie or especially a watermelon eating contest. Smash your face directly into the middle.
20 – Love Your Pet Day
21 – National Sticky Bun Day
22 – National Chili Day-A good day to start a Chili Cook-Off event.
22 – National Cook A Sweet Potato Day
22 – National Margarita Day-Straight up or Blended. With Salt or Without.
22 – Be Humble Day
23 – National Banana Bread Day-With Nuts or Without?
23 – Play Tennis Day
24 – National Tortilla Chip Day
24 – Open That Bottle Night
25 – National Clam Chowder Day
25 – National Chocolate Covered Peanuts Day
26 – National Pistachio Day-Guess how many Pistachio’s are in the Jar to win $$.
26 – Tell A Fairy Tale Day
27 – National Kahlua Day
27 – National Strawberry Day
27 – No Brainer Day
27 – Polar Bear Day-My favorite animal at the Zoo. I can watch Polar bears for hours.
28 – National Chocolate Souffle Day-Better order it now, so it’s  ready by the time dinner is done.