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What are the key marketing dates for December 2023?

01 December 2023

With the festive season officially upon us and Christmas just around the corner, we're ready to dive Santa hats-first into the festivities, celebrating everything merry and bright (although our decs have been up since mid-November, so we've been doing this for a while.)

However, the build-up to Christmas isn't just about counting down the days and seeing how many mince pies can be consumed, it's a strategic journey for marketers to tap into the joy and generosity that characterises this time of year. In this blog, we'll delve into some of the key marketing dates that present opportunities for businesses to connect with consumers during this festive period. 

So, what are some of the key dates leading up to the final chapter of 2023? 

International Volunteers Day (5th December)

Celebrated on December 5th, International Volunteers Day is a heartfelt recognition of the individuals who dedicate their time and energy to making a positive impact on communities. This day also serves as a tribute to the invaluable contributions of volunteers, acknowledging their commitment to various causes. 

While December is renowned for being the season of giving, this date provides the perfect opportunity for companies to boost their brand awareness by showcasing their commitment to social responsibility. 

So, how can companies utilise this date? 

By sharing stories of employees volunteering, organising charity events, or tying promotions to charitable donations, companies can enhance their image while building stronger connections with socially conscious consumers. This day also offers a unique opportunity for businesses to demonstrate a genuine commitment to community well-being, helping to develop positive relationships and showcasing CSR (corporate social responsibility.)

Here are some of the most relevant hashtags to use for International Volunteers Day:

  • #InternationalVolunteersDay
  • #VolunteerRecognition
  • #VolunteerImpact
  • #CommunityService
  • #MakingADifference
  • #ThankYouVolunteers
Christmas Jumper Day (December 7th)

Organised each year by the charity ‘Save the Children’, Christmas Jumper Day is an annual festive event that combines Christmas cheer with charitable spirit. On this occasion, people across the globe dig out their most festive jumpers in order to raise funds for children in need. 

Whether you're jazzing up your virtual meetings or turning heads in the supermarket, Christmas Jumper Day really does inject that magical feeling this festive season presents into everyday life - proving that a little bit of fun can go a long way in making a meaningful difference to the lives of children around the world.

So, how can companies utilise this date?

This occasion offers companies an opportunity to connect with their audience in a lighthearted yet purposeful way. 

By encouraging employees to wear a jolly jumper and share images on social media, businesses can humanise their brand and showcase a playful corporate culture. Incorporating Christmas Jumper Day into marketing campaigns through special promotions, limited-edition products and charity partnerships not only engages customers but also aligns the brand with a worthy cause. 

With over 24,000 workplaces partaking in this event in 2022, will you be joining them this year?

To find out more on how to take part, click here.

Winter Solstice (December 22nd) 

The Winter Solstice is a celestial phenomenon that captivates cultures worldwide. This event marks the shortest day and longest night of the year, symbolising the turning point when daylight begins to gradually reclaim its dominance. 

Rooted in ancient traditions and often celebrated with various rituals, the Winter Solstice holds cultural significance as a moment of rebirth, and the triumph of light over darkness. It's a time when communities come together to embrace the promise of lengthening days ahead. 

So, how can companies utilise this date?

The Winter Solstice, marking the shortest day and longest night of the year, provides a unique opportunity for businesses to weave into their marketing strategies. Companies can tap into the symbolism of this event, emphasising themes of renewal, reflection, and the gradual return of light. 

Businesses can align their messaging with themes of gratitude and the promise of brighter days ahead, fostering a sense of shared experience with their audience. Special offers, themed content, or embracing the winter ambience in their visuals, can help brands leverage the winter solstice in marketing, allowing them to infuse their campaigns with a touch of celestial magic and connect with customers on a deeper level.

Fun fact: there are actually two winter solstices in a year!

Christmas Day! (we all know this date, we hope)

Christmas Day is the absolute pinnacle of the festive season. From the excitement of unwrapping gifts to the comforting aroma of mulled wine filling the air, the day presents itself as a joyous occasion, bringing loved ones together.

So, how can companies utilise this date?

While Christmas Day may not be the most active for marketing, businesses can utilise the holiday season's build-up in the days ahead. Crafting marketing campaigns that emphasise the spirit of giving, festive celebrations, and thoughtful gift-giving can create a positive association with the brand. Offering special promotions, creating Christmas-themed content, and leveraging the sentimental aspects of the event in advertising can enhance customer engagement. 

Businesses can also look to social media to share behind-the-scenes glimpses of their own celebrations, express gratitude to customers, and participate in online conversations about the occasion. While direct sales may not be the primary focus on Christmas Day, creating a sense of connection and celebration can contribute to long-term customer loyalty and boost brand reputation during this festive season. 

We have to admit, we’re suckers for an emotional Christmas advert, and we think it’s safe to say that year after year, John Lewis manages to pull on our heartstrings. Take a look at their Christmas advert for 2023.

To conclude: 

December is undeniably a busy month, filled with various fun and festivities. However, it’s important to recognise some of the key events leading up to the big day to ensure your marketing strategy is able to capture the attention of your audience ahead of the chaos Christmas brings. 

Whether you want to create an emotional response from your audience or simply shout about what you’re doing for charity this season, these key dates are likely to boost your digital presence.

While we’ve highlighted some of the key marketing dates in December, there are PLENTY more which could be incorporated into your strategy, see here!

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