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Inspirational Instagram posts say August is the Sunday of summer (cursive font over a summerscape photo).
Someecards says August is a whole month of Sunday nights.
We say August is 31 days of opportunities for creative marketing. And we have over 70 creative August marketing ideas to prove it—for blog posts, social media, events, promotions, and more—plus real examples to inspire you. Let’s get into it.
Black Business Month was founded by John William Templeton and Frederick E. Jordan in 2004. Use this as an opportunity not to just support the Black-owned businesses, but to get into the habit of doing it year-round.
Women’s Equality Day occurs every August 26 to reflect the date women were granted the right to vote in the U.S. in 1920. However, there are many other hurdles women have overcome, and are still fighting, today. Have your business take part in honoring this day with these ideas:
Highlight all the superstar women who make your business come to life. Share the stories of what the women in your business do that make them great. This will build your employer branding strategy as you show your customers you truly care about the women within your organization.
Even now, women on average earn 82 cents to every $1 men make. While we work to close that gap, your female customers are sure to appreciate an extra discount tossed their way. Make up the difference by offering 18% off your products or service while raising awareness for gender pay equality.
Partner up with nearby attractions and offer coupons.
Share a blog post or email newsletter roundup of your favorite family-friendly spots in town.
If your target audience is parents: Write a post on how to actually have family fun month in the depressing last days of summer when your kids are at each others’ throats and you’ve had no alone time in weeks (emotional marketing opp?).
Team up with other local businesses in town and run a family fun night. Photographers can offer family portraits (before little Jane gets a butterfly plastered to her face), restaurants can provide the food (and coupons to get them through their doors), and other businesses (like preschools) can set up informational (but fun) tables.
Clothing companies, run a series of sales each week for men, women, babies, and tweens.
Back to School Month
Back to school season and January are friends. Go wild with all the fresh-start, back-in-gear, goal-setting themes you used in your January marketing (repurposing opp?)
Salons, offer special deals on back-to-school haircuts.
Spas, invite parents in for a much-needed massage after a long summer.
Schools and after-school programs, offer early bird registration deals.
Personal trainers or fitness centers, offer discount packages.
Dentists or nutritionists can encourage appointments or give healthy tips.
Run a re-engagement campaign to bring back any customers who went quiet over the summer.
According to Amazon, “seeking simpler living” is the latest trend in consumer behavior. As a business owner, take this time to clean out clutter (virtual and physical), and organize your mind and workplace before the September storm hits.
This day gives a good excuse for promoting referral programs and running BOGO sales promotions. You might also use catchy taglines like “You never know how many friends you have until you own [the product you provide].”
National Dollar Day (Aug 8)
On this day in 1786, the US monetary system was established. A nice history lesson, but also a great marketing opportunity.
Use a money-saving-themed blog post to teach your audience how to save a dollar (or hundreds).
Take a dollar off your (low-priced) products.
Offer something for just $1.
National Book Lovers Day (Aug 9)
There are readers in every audience. Share a post on social media recommending your favorite reads, top industry influencer authors, or asking for recommendations from your followers. Your audience likes opportunities to share their input, you like post engagement, everyone wins.
National Relaxation Day (August 15)
It is National Wellness Month, after all. Ideas:
Spas and salons can offer discounts, or even volunteer to visit a local office and give short chair massages.
Restaurants can promote signature drinks as a way to kick back and relax.
Yoga instructors can run free sessions for offices.
YOU can close up shop early to allow employees to enjoy some hard-earned rest.
National Spirit of ’45 Day (second Sunday in August)
On August 14, 1945, President Truman announced the end of WWII. The national pride, can-do spirit, and eagerness to step up and play their part is not only what made this victory possible but also that which laid the groundwork for future generations. The Spirit of ‘45 is a great platform for inspirational blog posts, emails, and social media posts.
World Humanitarian Day (August 19)
On World Humanitarian Day, we recognize those who lost their lives working for humanitarian causes. Incorporate this into your marketing by:
Donating proceeds to a humanitarian organization near you.
Encouraging your audience to do something good.
Sharing quotes from modern-day humanitarians like Eddie Aijuka.
This modern-day humanitarian is tackling Africa’s electricity crisis. (Source)
There’s nothing wrong with a Mother Theresa or Gandhi quote, but featuring newer individuals provides an opportunity for both you and your audience to learn about the current crises the world is facing.
Senior Citizens Day (August 21)
Even though these folks get year-round senior discounts, why not throw an extra one in the mix on this day?
Senior living communities, host an open house barbeque on this day to honor your residents and give potential residents (or their adult children) a chance to check you out.
Local businesses, contact local senior centers to see if you can sponsor or cater an event, or even stop by with free manicures to brighten up someone’s day.
Secondhand Wardrobe Day (August 25)
Many local secondhand stores are part of nonprofits that fund needs in the community or even worldwide. Consider running a clothing drive to give your audience the opportunity to make a difference while cleaning out their wardrobe (perhaps to simplify their lives…see #4).
Or, for businesses NOT in the clothing industry, publish mission-statement-friendly posts like these:
National WebMistress Day (August 26)
This holiday recognizes women in web development. Recognize #womenwhocode, do an employee spotlight on a female developer, or donate to learnerships like GirlCode.
Inspire your audience to do a random act of kindness. Just because.
Run a giveaway that not only ramps up engagement but sparks an inspirational comment thread your followers will enjoy.
Write a post on X (inspirational) things to do just because.
Even more August marketing ideas
You don’t need a specific August social media holiday or monthly observance to market your business this month! Here are some additional August marketing ideas:
Plan for state/county fairs
Many state fairs happen in the fall, so plan ahead and see if you can get on the list!
Be a web sponsor—get your logo on their website (good for a backlink).
Be a vendor—food, tables, bouncy houses, and more.
Donate an auction or raffle item.
Lean into the summer weather
August can be a coin toss when it comes to weather. Odds are, your customers are either trying to beat the heat and getting excited about cooler weather, or they’re enjoying their last few warm, sunny summer days. You could frame your August summer marketing promotions around either angle. Whether you share tips for soaking in those last few summer days, or get your audience excited for the upcoming cooler temps, this August marketing idea is sure to be effective.
Whether you’re heading into fall with gusto or dragging your feet, your marketing needs to stay consistent and strong! Use these ideas to engage your audience, attract more customers, and stand out above your competitors.
Ready for more monthly marketing ideas? We have a post for that.
Kristen is the Senior Managing Editor at WordStream, where she helps businesses to make sense of their online marketing and advertising. She specializes in SEO and copywriting and finds life to be exponentially more delightful on a bicycle.