Advertising & Marketing

15 Fun Holidays in November to Inspire Your Next Promotion

Thanksgiving is a big promotional holiday for many companies, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t more fun to be had this month. There are all sorts of unique and fun holidays in November ranging from food celebrations to family appreciation to bust-out-the-fireworks fun. If you’re looking for something unique to help you stand out from the crowd with your November marketing, check out these national and international treasures! 

How to Promote Your Business With Weird Holiday Marketing

Funny national holidays like National Jelly-Filled Donut Day may seem like just something to fill a calendar, but these holidays are a great opportunity to engage with your customers and get them excited about your brand. Here are just a few ways businesses are using weird, silly, inspirational, and international holidays to create fun and tasteful marketing content. 

  • Inspired Sales: Find the weird national holidays that connect to your industry and use them to inspire exciting deals for your customers. For example, auto shops can urge customers to come in for checkups and tune-ups with a free wiper replacement on National Check Your Wipers Day.
  • Contests: Just like many businesses offer prizes for costume contests on Halloween, you can offer promotional merch as prizes for contests like “best bread recipe” on Homemade Bread Day.
  • Social Media Content: Get customers engaged with your social media pages by asking how they’ll celebrate your favorite November social media holidays, and share images of how you’re celebrating, too!
  • Create Local Traditions: Found a holiday that jives perfectly with your brand? Do something big to celebrate every year and get people coming to your door! Decorate, host an event, offer free samples, or even create your own branded giveaways to commemorate what you will make into a new local tradition.
  • Coordinate With Another Business: Is a holiday not particularly relevant to your industry? Find another small business who can help you create an engaging promotion that both of you benefit from!

Pro tip: While November has quite a few religious holidays like Dia de Los Muertos, you don’t want to use these holidays purely for promotional reasons. It’s good to acknowledge the holidays of major religions but using them to promote your business when you have no inherent connection is in poor taste and will offend more customers than it excites. Be tasteful and respectful whenever you address cultural or religious celebrations. 

15 Weird, Funny, and Inspiring November Holidays

1. National Cook for Your Pets Day

November 1

If pets are your prime customers, don’t let this day pass you by! Run your own promotion with branded pet treats or encourage customers to share their favorite pet-friendly recipes on your social media. 

2. Cookie Monster’s Birthday

November 2

There’s no better day to sell bulk cookies like the birthday of Cookie Monster himself! You can also host cookie eating contests, create a montage of customers eating Cookie Monster style, or sell Cookie Monster decorated treats. 

3. Men Make Dinner Day

November 3

It’s time for men to flaunt their culinary talents in the kitchen! Whether that means finding exciting recipes on your social media or ordering out from your online menu, this is a great tongue-in-cheek holiday for the food industry to connect with customers. 

4. Zero-Tasking Day

The first Sunday of November 

Forget multi-tasking, this day is all about giving yourself permission to be less productive. Encourage your customers to put aside their phones and be in the moment with a relaxing dinner out, a movie as a family, or enjoy other activities in the real world. 

5. World Science Day for Peace and Development

November 10 

For this UN celebration, businesses of all kinds can show off how they use technology in their industry. This is also the perfect day to flaunt your efforts for going green, helping your community, or other save-the-world endeavors. 

6. Sadie Hawkins Day

November 13 

Ready to market to women in the romance industry? Flower shops, romantic restaurants, theaters, and more can benefit by encouraging women to take matters into their own hands and ask someone out. You can even offer discounts for those willing to share their special moment with your customers on your social media! 

7. Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day

November 15 

Everyone needs a reminder to clean out their refrigerator, but what will customers do once theirs is empty? Grocers, take the opportunity to bring customers back to stock up for Thanksgiving and fill those empty refrigerator shelves. 

8. National Philanthropy Day

November 16 

Don’t just be grateful this November, give back! This day is the perfect opportunity to make community connections and raise people higher with fundraisers, charitable donations, and coupon incentives to encourage customers to better their community. 

9. Take a Hike Day

November 17 

Tell your customers to take a hike (in a good way!) with this outdoor-loving holiday. Perfect for sports shops and those in the outdoor recreation industry, this holiday encourages customers to take advantage of the last of the fall weather before things get snow-bound. 

10. Women’s Entrepreneurship Day

November 19 

Are you a women-owned business? This day is all about you! Share your story and encourage other women entrepreneurs on your social media.  

11. National Absurdity Day

November 20 

Let’s get weird! If you’ve been dying to break out your craziest and silliest campaign, this weird November holiday is for you. Get crazy with nonsensical ads, random in-shop décor, and sales that are absurdly good! 

12. World Hello Day

November 21 

Communication companies, let’s celebrate how you bring the world together with internet connections, phones, computers, and all the other amazing technology that lets us say “hello” to people all around the world. 

13. St. Catherine’s Day

November 25 

St. Catherine is the patron saint of all the single ladies, lace makers, and seamstresses. This makes her day the perfect day for clothing stores to encourage customers to dress up for themselves. New Orleans even throws a hat parade every year for St. Catherine the week before Thanksgiving. 

14. National Flossing Day

November 26 

If you’ve finished your Halloween candy already, you may be looking for a dentist! National Flossing Day is all about oral health, giving dental companies an excuse to check in and bring customers back for a much needed post-candy correction. 

15. Stay Home Because You’re Well Day

November 30 

Saving the best savings for last? There’s no better day for a late Cyber-Monday sale than a day that’s all about staying home. This day encourages everyone to stay home and enjoy being healthy (while they can, it’s flu season!) So post your sales and ask customers what they’re doing on their staycation day. 

Didn’t find a holiday that suits you? These are just a few of the many fun holidays in November that can inspire your next promotion. Next time you’re feeling at a loss for social media content or promotional themes, check out the silly holidays of the month to help get your customers engaged with your brand and social media. 

Katie Yelisetti

From marketing tips to product recommendations, I’m here to help small businesses be their best.

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