Confession: I feel a little guilty writing this post. Why? Because the original creator of Mother’s Day, Anna Jarvis, became disgusted with the holiday for its becoming so commercialized—yes even back in 1920—that she dedicated much of her life legally campaigning against the holiday.
And here I am, writing a post about Mother’s Day marketing ideas. But I think AJ (Yes? No? Only close friends and fam?) will approve of these, since they’re less about selling and more about connecting with your audience—and not just mothers—in meaningful ways.
So maybe you could give it a read and let me know what you think?
Okay AJ, here goes nothin’.
First and foremost, remember that Mother’s Day isn’t a happy day for everyone. It can be a struggle for women who have lost a child, for mothers who have lost a mother, for children who don’t have a mother. Consider providing your audience with an opt-out for Mother’s Day material or adjusting your messaging to recognize these groups.
Another option in the name of compassion and inclusivity would be to donate a portion of your proceeds to a nonprofit such as for pregnancy loss or orphans. This will raise awareness while also helping your customers feel good about their Mother’s Day purchases.
Here are some lists of nonprofits dedicated to:
Here’s yet another unique way to commemorate this holiday. Mother Earth, Mother Nature, however you refer to her—she needs some love too! You might:
Okay so Anna probably wouldn’t like this one that much, but the reality is, people buy gifts for mothers on Mother’s Day and that’s not going to change. And they don’t want to give a single carnation. They want to be unique. Creative. Personal.
So why not compile a Mother’s Day gift guide for those in your audience. It doesn’t have to be of products or services you offer. In fact, if you don’t offer anything relevant, it can consist entirely of others’ products/services. Content marketing is about adding value for your audience, sometimes purely altruistically.
You can also use this guide as a way to send referral business to fellow local businesses, partners, or potential new partners.
Use these Mother’s Day slogans to promote your gift guide.
As a way to avoid the generic, commercialized nature of Mother’s Day marketing, simply start a conversation on Facebook. Share your personal reflections, experiences, or memories and ask your followers to share theirs. Include the happy, the sad, and everything in between.
Social media marketing is a two-way street. Your followers want to feel heard and they’ll also appreciate your transparency.
There are a number of free and easy events you can put on for your customers on or before Mother’s Day with attractions like:
Mother’s Day is an important gift-giving holiday, so what better way to attract customers than by offering a Mother’s Day discount or promotion? A few ways to do that could be to:
Run an Instagram giveaway before Mother’s Day for a chance to win a gift for mom (or yourself, if you are a mom). To help you get more followers and expand your reach, contestants can enter by using a branded hashtag and/or tagging a friend.
For (lots) more, LocaliQ has you covered with these Mother’s Day social media post ideas, tips, and templates.
Similar to creating a gift guide, get some local marketing into the mix by writing an email or blog post about things to do in your area on Mother’s Day. Once again, this is a good opportunity to build trust with your audience and also potential partnerships with the businesses you refer tem to.
Here’s a creative Instagram Story idea: share your Instagram creds with a handful of mothers on your team and give them each a day or hour of the day to cover. They can share a day in the life of a mother for their family type, culture, and lifestyle. This is an easy way to celebrate diversity and humanize your brand.
If you have a small client base, consider sending a personal greeting card or gift to your mom clients. It can be something simple, like a candle, a succulent, flowers, or a growable planter gift. Simply letting them know you’re thinking of them can go a long way in establishing strong client relationships.
Instead of the traditional floral, heart, and pink imagery we see everywhere in Mother’s Day marketing collateral, go for something more creative or abstract. Take a page out of Coca Cola’s book, for example:
Whether you’re looking for Facebook post ideas, an Instagram Story to create, a physical postcard, or website graphic, Canva has a number of Mother’s Day templates that can save you time and polish off your look.
And for the uninitiated, here’s our tutorial on how to use Canva.
There are a few different approaches you can take with your Mother’s Day email.
Anna wouldn’t approve of this one either, I don’t think. But urgency in marketing is key. Create a countdown for your customers so they know when your promotion or offer expires. Or simply remind them of how much time they have in your social posts.
No, Mother’s Day will never be the simple single-white-carnation-wearing day Anna wanted it to be, but there are plenty of simple ways your business can recognize the holiday in such a manner that prioritizes virtues over sales. And those simple Mother’s Day marketing ideas include:
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.
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