Marketing calendar 2024: Dates you shouldn’t miss this year
Want to get a head start on planning your 2024 marketing calendar? Check out our can't-miss dates and tips to engage with your consumers.
We finally got through 2023 (phew!) and Q1 is just around the corner. It’s time for you to start scribbling down your New Year’s Resolutions to make sure we start the year with a bang. If you’ve found your way here, we’re guessing that’s because creating a winning marketing strategy is probably one of your goals for 2024. Good for you – you’re in the right place!
To help you with that, we've decided to recap all relevant dates for 2024 in one blog post so you can strategize for the year ahead. Read on and find out which dates you should include in your marketing strategy and get our free 2024 Marketing Calendar. Time to get the diary out.
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Preparing your marketing strategy and marketing plan
Finding the right marketing channels
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Why is it important to have a marketing calendar for 2024?
Some people think that implementing a marketing strategy is the longest part of the process. Well, they’re wrong. The implementation itself is actually one of the easier steps at the end of the process.
The real work comes before when you have to set goals and establish priorities. The earlier you start planning through every step of the strategy, the fewer problems you’ll run into down the line.
To do that in the best way possible, we’ve created a marketing calendar with all the key dates you’ll need to remember in 2024:
These last few years have shown us that unpredictable circumstances require brands to be able to adapt their communication strategies to engage with their target audience and make the most out of their marketing efforts.
The next few years are also poised to be tumultuous as we enter a new recession cycle that will definitely impact your marketing strategy.
Preparing your marketing strategy and marketing plan
Before you start, ask yourself these questions:
What do you want to achieve and how can you get there?
What are your unique selling points (USPs)? Why should people buy your products or services?
What sales promotions can you offer (special deals, freebies, discounts…)?
What distribution channels are best to achieve your goals?
Keep in mind that a year has so many special dates, holidays, and marketing moments – planning is a must in business and in life!
It is important to decide which promotions (like special deals or key product sales) you want to plan your marketing activities around. This decision should be based on the goals you established for yourself when you mapped out your marketing strategy. Focusing on the wrong promotional strategy can easily ruin your KPIs, and nobody wants that!
When thinking about your holiday or special day marketing campaigns, remember to plan out your promotions in different stages:
Before the actual date: Let your customers know about what’s coming ahead of time and how they can benefit.
During the day itself: Make your big sales push via email and leverage any social media buzz.
After the main event: Don’t forget to follow up with those that converted to obtain their feedback on the process or offer additional products or services.
Finding the right marketing channels
Once you have decided what the right marketing strategy is and what kind of sales promotions you’re going to offer, you’ll need to focus on getting your marketing messages out to your audience.
For marketing promotions around special dates, like the ones we’ve added to our 2024 Marketing Calendar, the best strategy is to go omnichannel. Marketing campaigns that combine different channels (for example, in-store, online, social media, or email marketing) allow you to engage with your audience in a different way and also provide many upselling and cross-selling opportunities.
There is a range of channels for you to leverage, but that doesn’t mean you should try to use them all just to tick those boxes. While something like TikTok might be a bit of a stretch if you’re trying to sell dental implants, there are a few must-haves that will apply to most businesses.
Most marketers already take a multichannel approach to reaching customers: social media marketing, digital ads, and messaging apps to name a few. Omnichannel marketing ties all these channels together in one place for a continuous, cohesive conversation with customers. Our ebook, The omnichannel hero’s journey, explains it all – get it now!
One of those channels is email (yeah, you probably guessed that…). Email continues to be the best marketing channel for ROI at $35 and $40 for every $1 spent, as it allows you to personalize, segment, and optimize your email campaigns with detailed stats. Another big plus is that your marketing messages will stay in your contacts’ inboxes for them to use that promo code or find your store’s address when the time comes.
Use tools to organize your marketing calendar
No marketer can possibly remember every single date on the calendar. Use organizational and project management tools to free up that much needed headspace:
Remember your marketing goals and KPIs to ensure every campaign is providing value to the company. Track these metrics in your ESP’s campaign statistics dashboard.
Powerful tools like Asana have functionality to ensure you won’t miss any marketing milestones and allows you to collaborate with the entire team in real-time and organize your content marketing calendar.
To plan and schedule your email campaigns right on time, let’s have a closer look at 2024 dates to keep in mind.
A day in the life of an email marketer.
Key dates in the 2024 Marketing Calendar
Looking for a 2024 marketing calendar to guide your marketing strategy for the new year? We’ve got you covered. We’ve listed all the key dates below and paired them up with great resources to help you plan the best campaigns in 2024.
January is all about New Year’s resolutions, goal setting, and mourning the loss of the holiday season.
Start off by wishing your users a Happy New Year, and use this month to offer special deals on products or services that might come in handy when they start working on those New Year’s resolutions.
Other special dates in January include the traditional Winter Sales in European countries, Blue Monday, and the Chinese New Year, so think about what you can do to make your users’ days a bit warmer!
Dates you shouldn’t miss in January:
January 1: New Year’s Day
January 14: Australian Open
January 15: Blue Monday
January 28: Data Protection Day
Resources to plan your January marketing campaigns:
The excitement of the new year might be gone for some, but February has its own share of special dates for marketers to celebrate!
In fact, February has three of the biggest moments of the year: Black History Month, Valentine’s Day, and the Super Bowl.
According to the National Retail Federation, US Valentine's Day gift-givers spent a record-breaking $26 billion in 2023, and around $16.5 billion on food, decorations, and team apparel for Super Bowl 2023, with each person spending an average of $86.5.
Looking at these figures, February is definitely a month to keep in mind when it comes to planning your marketing efforts.
Dates you shouldn’t miss in February:
February 1: LGBT History Month
February 1: Black History Month (US)
February 4: Groundhog Day
February 4: World Cancer Day
February 10: Chinese New Year
February 11: Super Bowl LVIII
February 13: Mardi Gras
February 14: Valentine’s Day
Resources to plan your February marketing campaigns:
March is all about women, but it’s also a key period for the Islamic faith.
Starting March 1, we celebrate Women’s History Month with International Women’s Day taking place on March 8th. Use this opportunity to share stories from the women in your company and how you support equality in the workplace.
Ramadan starts a month earlier than last year and marks the start of the most important dates in a Muslim’s calendar. With 1.9B followers worldwide, Muslims make up a quarter of the world’s population. Like any religious event, Ramadan is to be celebrated and respected.
Other special dates in March in our 2024 Marketing Calendar include World Wildlife Day, International Transgender Day of Visibility, Mother’s Day in the UK, and a fan-favorite… St. Patrick’s Day!
Dates you shouldn’t miss in March:
March 1: Women’s History Month
March 3: World Wildlife Day
March 8: International Women's Day
March 10: Start of Ramadan
March 10: Mother’s Day (UK)
March 14: National Pi Day
March 17: St. Patrick's Day
March 29: Easter Friday
March 31: International Transgender Day of Visibility
March 31: Easter Sunday
Resources to plan your March marketing campaigns:
With Easter starting in April this year, you can look forward to longer and warmer days for your easter egg hunts! Fun fact – Easter takes place on the first full moon after the spring equinox.
For some, Easter is all about tradition, be it religious or not. For others, it’s more about the chocolate rabbits and egg hunts. So why not hide an Easter Egg in your marketing campaigns to increase engagement this April?
Other special dates include Earth Day and April Fools’ Day, so it’s a great excuse to send a serious message about climate change or have some fun with your email marketing calendar.
Dates you shouldn’t miss in April:
April 1: April Fools' Day
April 1: Easter Monday
April 7: World Health Day
April 10: End of Ramadan
April 11: National Pet Day
April 22: Earth Day
April 23: World Book Day
Resources to plan your April marketing campaign calendar:
There are a few important dates in May, but is there any more important than Star Wars Day? Whether you’re a fan or not, there’s no denying that this is a BIG date on social media, so make sure you leverage it. May the 4th be with you.
Many countries also celebrate Mother’s Day in May. This is a time for many to show appreciation towards their mother(s) and mother figures. This day (and of course the other 364 days in the year) is perfect for lavishing mothers with lots of love, flowers, and chocolate. But be mindful, many people have lost their mothers or never had a mother to begin with – consider sending an optional opt-out to your subscribers before your Mother’s Day campaign.
Other special dates for May in our 2024 Marketing Calendar include the Eurovision Song Contest and May Day (International Workers' Day).
Dates you shouldn’t miss in May:
May 1: May Day (International Workers’ Day)
May 4: Star Wars Day
May 5: Cinco de Mayo
May 11: Eurovision Song Contest
May 12: Mother's Day (US)
May 20: Roland-Garros (French Open)
May 27: Memorial Day
Resources to plan your May marketing campaigns:
It’s getting warmer and warmer outside, and that means it’s time for summer fun.
For many companies, the summer means a slump in sales. Instead of (online) shopping, events like vacations and other outdoor activities are in people’s minds. So, don’t be surprised if your marketing performance starts to decline rather than grow during the next few weeks.
Does this mean you should interrupt your email marketing campaigns? Absolutely not!
In fact, the summer might be the best time of year to stand out from your competitors and get in touch with your contacts. Make sure you start working on adjusting your email marketing strategy for the next couple of months.
June 1 also marks the start of Pride Month. Other important dates include Father’s Day (in the US and other countries) and the start of the Wimbledon tennis competition.
Dates you shouldn’t miss in June:
June 1: Pride Month
June 5: World Environment Day
June 14: UEFA Euro 2024 begins
June 16: Neurodiversity Pride Day
June 16: Father's Day (US)
June 20: Summer Solstice
June 21: World Music Day
June 21: National Selfie Day
June 29: Tour de France
Resources to plan your June moment marketing campaigns:
The holiday season is finally here! And even though we warned you to plan ahead in June, you might be finding it quite challenging to keep your users engaged during the summer.
However, this summer comes packed with great sports events, including the UEFA Euro 2024, the Wimbledon final and of course, the Summer Olympic Games.
Other special dates in July include the Fourth of July (obviously!) and Emoji Day!
Dates you shouldn’t miss in July:
July 1: Canada Day
July 1: Wimbledon
July 4: Independence Day
July 7: World Chocolate Day
July 14: Bastille Day - French National Holiday
July 14: UEFA Euro 2024 ends
July 17: Emoji Day
July 25: National Intern Day
July 26: Summer Olympics begins
Resources to plan your July moment marketing campaigns:
August is generally a slow month in many countries. The summer is in full swing, but as the weeks pass, more and more people start coming home from their vacation. So, it’s the perfect time to target them with any offers or promotions they might’ve missed.
How do you do this effectively you ask? Well, with email segmentation, of course!
With email segmentation, you can filter contacts based on their past behavior (for example, anyone that hasn’t opened an email since a certain date) and resend them any special summer offers they might have missed.
Dates you shouldn’t miss in August:
August 2: International Beer Day
August 11: Summer Olympics ends
August 13: International Left-Handers Day
August 19: World Photography Day
August 21: World Senior Citizen’s Day
August 26: Women’s Equality Day
Resources to plan your August moment marketing campaigns:
September is here and it’s back-to-school season…and not just for kids!
In fact, September sometimes feels like a second January. Some might hate it, some might love it, but we all feel it. New goals, new projects, and new marketing opportunities. Children (and adults!) can’t wait to buy new school bags, pens, pencils, and planners for the new school year.
Keep that in mind and use your marketing plan calendar to create some campaigns to re-engage your customers after the summer with incentives like special promotions, sweepstakes, and exclusive offers.
And don’t forget to target people who left goods and services in their online cart.
Dates you shouldn’t miss in September:
September 2: Labor Day (US)
September 15: Start of Hispanic Heritage Month
September 21: Oktoberfest
September 21: International Day of Peace
September 25: National Daughter’s Day
September 28: National Son’s Day
Resources to plan your September marketing campaigns:
The scariest month of the year has finally arrived!
Autumn is officially here, and so is Halloween! This means that, offline as well as online, monsters and other creatures could be just around the corner, waiting to scare people.
For marketers, October marks the start of Q4 and the holiday season, a huge period for brands everywhere. With big dates coming up, it is the time to start planning what your holiday strategy will look like, and it is also the moment to let your creative juices flow and start getting festive.
Dates you shouldn’t miss in October:
October 10: World Mental Health Day
October 14: Columbus Day
October 14: Thanksgiving (Canada)
October 15: Endo of Hispanic Heritage Month
October 16: World Food Day
October 31: Halloween
October 31: Diwali
Resources to plan your October marketing campaigns:
November is the strongest time of the year for B2C sales, and it’s the official month for buying our holiday gifts. Immediately after Thanksgiving come dates like Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday, so it’s time to kick it into high gear.
In other words: You should definitely have these dates marked in red on your marketing calendar for 2024 so you can send special promotions and offers.
We know you won’t forget, but just in case, we’ve already marked them for you on our downloadable 2024 Marketing Calendar.
Dates you shouldn’t miss in November:
November 1: World Vegan Day
November 11: Veteran’s Day
November 20: Transgender Day of Remembrance
November 23: National Espresso Day
November 28: Thanksgiving
November 29: Black Friday
November 30: Small Business Saturday
Resources to plan your November marketing campaigns:
PS: Have you checked out our new Black Friday and Cyber Monday email templates yet?
The best comes last: It’s finally Christmas!
It’s cold outside, the streets are covered with snow, and there are festive decorations and lights everywhere! While some prefer to go outside, those that stay in might do a lot of online shopping for those last-minute Christmas presents. This is your chance to give Q4 a final push with special holiday campaigns and offers.
But December is not just about selling – it’s also about joining in on the festive atmosphere and thanking your contacts for spending the year with you.
You can get creative and run a little Christmas competition on social media (best Christmas tree or craziest holiday decorations) where your customers can win coupons or goodies, or film your team singing Christmas carols for an original Merry Christmas newsletter.
As you can see, it doesn’t get more creative than December to end the year successfully.
Dates you shouldn’t miss in December:
December 2: Cyber Monday
December 7: Start of Hanukkah
December 15: End of Hanukkah
December 24: Christmas Eve
December 25: Christmas Day
December 26: Boxing Day (UK)
December 31: New Year’s Eve
Resources to plan your December marketing campaigns:
How to build your own marketing calendar for 2024
Building an effective marketing calendar requires more than just plotting dates on a chart: It requires thoughtful consideration of long-term business objectives, your target audience, and different product releases. For some, the idea of pulling all that together can seem a little overwhelming.
So, we’ve decided to help out and outline the key steps you need to follow below:
Timeline: First off, you need to decide how long you want to plan for. Typically, a year gives you a holistic overview of the key campaigns and promotions of your business.
Software: Which software will you use to program your calendar? It needs to be something simple, easy-to-use, and collaborative across the entire organization for better cross-team alignment.
Goals: Whether it's increasing brand awareness, driving sales, or launching a new product, having well-defined goals will shape your marketing calendar.
Channels: You need to define which channels you’ll be leveraging across the team for each campaign and marketing action.
Team members: Consider which team members are going to be involved in executing those campaigns.
Content: Outline the themes, topics, and types of content you'll be creating for each campaign. This includes blog posts, social media content, email newsletters, etc. Our 2024 Marketing Calendar is a great starting point for planning those campaigns.
Flexibility: While it's important to plan ahead, make sure you leave room for flexibility. Markets can change, unexpected opportunities may arise, and adjustments might be necessary.
Creating a marketing calendar for the new year is a great way to work ahead and get aligned over the campaigns you want to run in 2024.
Download the 2024 Marketing Calendar
We've saved the dates you can’t forget and given you all the resources you need to make 2024 your best marketing year yet. Now, it’s up to you to work on your campaigns and increase engagement with offers, promotions, or competitions.
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This is an updated version of the article “Marketing Calendar 2022: Dates you shouldn’t miss this year“ and published on the Mailjet blog on October 31, 2022.
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