This time of year means many things to many people, of course. From conjuring up childhood memories to making to new memories with family and friends and so on. It's a time to slow down and enjoy the festive festivities, if you will.
But who's to say the holidays can't be a learning time for we marketers?
So without further adieu, I give you 47 Things To Make You a Better Marketer Over the Holidays:
- Write a blog post explaining what an ugly sweater and data driven marketing have in common.
- Figure out what exactly is in a fruit cake. Tell no one.
- Go to a retail store and just watch. And listen. Take note of the experiences around you. Then apply those learnings accordingly.
- Build a snowman. Unless of course you live in a warm climate in which case build a virtual one.
- Gather with friends and family around a roaring fire and run an A/B test using real wood vs. fake wood.
- Make a list of everyone who used the phrase “content is king” during the past year and immediately unfriend them on Facebook.
- Make sure your drink is more “nog” than “egg.”
- And speaking of that find out just what “nog” is exactly. Tell no one.
- Interview Santa Claus and ask him how he uses marketing automation and what’s that meant for the elf economy.
- Play a board game with your children. An old school board game with a board and dice and pieces and cards.
- Catch up on your reading - marketing related or otherwise.
- Binge watch anything you feel like.
- Volunteer at a local charity.
- Call your friend bob and go sledding. See what we did there?
- Use a lead scoring model to determine who gets what presents this year.
- Go skiing.
- Watch your favorite holiday movie.
- Elf yourself.
- Visit someone in person you have not spoken to face to face for a while. No texting. No Snapchatting. Just old school face to face.
- Listen to podcasts.
- Clean out your in-box.
- Try a new restaurant.
- Read a newspaper. A real one. Not a digital version.
- Bake something.
- Take a trip to someplace you’ve never been to before.
- Make a list of everyone who used the phrase “this is the year of mobile” during the past year and immediately unfriend them on Facebook.
- Unplug everything. Literally.
- Host a party.
- Establish KPIs that must be met by all partygoers. Ok, you can ignore that one.
- Make and send a holiday card for someone in the military.
- Make a New Year’s resolution.
- Sleep in.
- Sing a holiday song.
- Write a list of everything you are grateful for.
- Spend a day in your pajamas.
- Make a gingerbread house.
- Make a plan for the marketing events you want to attend in 2017.
- Adopt a family in need.
- Go out on a drive to see holiday lights.
- Start a new holiday tradition.
- Change the lyrics to Blue Christmas from “I’ll have a Blue Christmas without you” to “I’ll have a Blue Christmas without account based marketing.”
- Put a CTA on all gift tags.
- Learn something new. Yes, anything. See #2.
- Make a list of everyone who used the phrase “run it up the flagpole” during the past year and immediately unfriend them on Facebook.
- Go see a movie or show.
- Breathe. Yes, breathe. Just take it all in. Live in the moment. Don't take everything so seriously.
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