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Free Mother’s Day Graphic

Mother’s Day is coming up on May 10th, a time to celebrate all the great things that Moms do and what makes them special. Honor these wonderful women with a free Mother’s Day graphic!

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June Targeting List

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Holidays
14 Flag Day
21 Father’s Day

Day Events
1 Go Barefoot Day
2 Rocky Road Ice Cream Day
3 Running Day
4 Tailors Day
4 Hug Your Cat Day
5 National Donut Day
5 World Environment Day
5 Hot Air Balloon Day
6 Drawing Day
6 Gardening Exercise Day
7 National Cancer Survivors Day
7 Chocolate Ice Cream Day
8 World Ocean’s Day
8 Best Friends Day
10 Iced Tea Day
12 Red Rose Day
12 Loving Day
12 Peanut Butter Cookie Day
13 Gin Day
13 Sewing Machine Day
13 World Doll Day
14 World Blood Donor Day
15 Nature Photography Day
15 Smile Power Day
16 Cherry Tart Day
16 Fresh Veggies Day
16 Fudge Day
17 Apple Strudel Day
17 Eat Your Vegetables Day
18 Go Fishing Day
18 International Picnic Day
18 International Sushi Day
19 Sauntering Day
19 Martini Day
20 Ice Cream Soda Day
20 American Eagle Day
20 World Juggling Day
20 World Productivity Day
21 Make Music Day
21 Go Skateboarding Day
21 National Daylight Appreciation Day
21 First Day of Summer
21 World Music Day
22 Eclair Day
22 Onion Rings Day
23 Pink Day
23 Public Service Day
24 Pralines Day
24 Swim a Lap Day
25 Strawberry Parfait Day
25 Catfish Day
26 Take Your Dog to Work Day
26 Canoe Day
26 Chocolate Pudding Day
26 Beautician’s Day
27 Industrial Workers of the World Day
27 Sunglasses Day
29 Please Take My Children to Work Day
29 Camera Day

Weekly Celebrations
1-7 Migraine Awareness Week
7-14 Pet Appreciation Week
8-14 National Flag Week
11-18 National Nursing Assistants Week
15-21 
US Open (Golf) Championship
14-21 Men’s Health Awareness Week
21-27 Meet A Mate Week

Month
LGBT Pride Month
National Candy Month
National Iced Tea Month
National Soul Food Month
Great Outdoors Month
Camping Month

How “Generation Z” Will Change Advertising

The Millennial generation (born between the early 1980s and the late 1990s) are almost grown up, and advertisers have begun to focus on the newest upcoming generation: Generation Z, or, the Pluralist Generation. The estimated birth years for this generation fall roughly between the early 2000s up until the present and are the most in-tune when it comes to media multitasking. Although much of this generation is still fairly young, there’s a lot we can predict based on the environment that they’re growing up in. Here, we’ll take a peek at what changes this generation may bring, and how we can prepare for them.

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Who are they?

There are roughly 72 million Plurals in America , all of them being born into a digital world. This differs from the Millennials, where they have learned to embrace the rise of the digital age. Plurals are less likely to believe in the “American Dream,” and try to make their own success. Pluralists challenge the norm, and go forth in life with a sense of purpose. They are much more open-minded and enjoy expressing their individuality.

Plurals are the most culturally diverse out of all of the living generations. They have the most diverse friend groups, are more positive about ethnic diversity, and are experiencing more blurred gender roles in their households.

However, Gen-Z teenagers have often been stereotyped (much like the Millennial generation) as being lazy, unaware, and unprepared for the real world. Their saturation in media like video games, social media, television, and internet have dubbed them as being the laziest, and are more likely to prioritize time on their phone or computer over focusing on what’s going on in the rest of the world.

How they view the world.

Racial, social, and gender equality, same sex marriage, and even recreational drug use are just a few of the social causes that will become part of the status quo for Generation Z. In addition, Gen-Z will be more likely to question social structures like marriage, college, and religion. In fact, researchers have seen a 27% decrease in the importance of religion to kids between the ages of 12 and 15.

When a Gen-Zer wants, a Gen-Zer gets… immediately. This generation can’t stand the thought of waiting, and craves instant gratification when it comes to consuming media and buying products. Many Plurals live in constant fear of missing out on the latest news, trends, and updates. They constantly want to stay in the loop, which may explain why they are so fond of mobile and social media.

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How they use social media.

Move over, Facebook. Snapchat and Instagram are noted as being some of the most widely used social media outlets among Gen-Z kids. They use various social media outlets like Vine, Snapchat, Instagram, and Tumblr for their varying shares and often use them as an outlet for socialization. For them, Facebook is a social media for the “older” generations to post images of their children and grandchildren. Plurals like quick medias like Snapchat and Vine, where messages and videos last under 10 seconds. This generation rarely stays unplugged from media outlets, spending a lot of their time posting experiences across social media. In fact, all are reported to being online for more than one hour a day, with almost half spending over ten hours online daily.

How this changes marketing and advertising. 

Although Generations Y and Z may have their similarities, advertising to Gen-Z is much different. Plurals are born digital natives, so your brand experience should arch over digital, internet and mobile mediums. Advertisements should be visual, engaging and innovative so that they don’t blend with the clutter of ads that Plurals are exposed to daily. In fact, Generation Z is much more tolerant of digital ads than Generation Y. This generation will also be very familiar with online shopping, so any brick-and-mortar business should consider being a click-and-mortar if they want to reach this generation.

Some brands have started recruiting social media influencers, a different type of native advertising. Social “Influencers” are popular icons on media outlets like Instagram and SnapChat that use these platforms to promote a brand in their own unique way. Influencer marketing often has a huge response from Generation Z kids because it’s reaching them on outlets that they spend a lot of their time on, the messages are brief, and it allows them the option to respond to the messages.

Remember, Generation Z is still growing up, and there is still so much more to learn about them. Understanding the environment they will be growing up in will keep you more prepared for the most digitally-obsessed consumers in the market.

Free Gardener Graphic

In honor of April being Lawn and Garden Month, enjoy a free gardener graphic and show off your green thumb! Gardening is an excellent way to give back to the environment, and can be incredibly rewarding. What kind of seeds will you be planting this month?

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5 Excellent Non-Traditional Advertising Ideas

Non-traditional mediums of advertising are becoming more common as advertisers fight for the attention of consumers. In order to stand out among the thousands of advertisements that the average person is exposed to daily, advertisers are thinking outside of television, print, and radio advertisements. Sometimes called guerrilla marketing, these ads works for the sole purpose of gaining as much exposure as possible while using incredibly unconventional advertising schemes. If the designer in you is looking for some new ideas, check out these companies using alternative advertising tactics to get your creativity gears going.

 1. Bounty conquers big spills.

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This campaign generated a lot of buzz in 2009 when Bounty paper towels dropped a larger-than-life Popsicle and cup of coffee onto the sidewalks of Los Angeles and New York, respectively. These large messes were accompanied by a sign that read, “Makes small work of BIG spills.” Many passers-by stopped to take a snapshot with these oddities, further increasing ad exposure.

2. Folgers wakes up New York City.

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Folgers Coffee stamps an ad onto a manhole in New York City to disguise it as a steaming cup of coffee. The ad addresses the people of the Big Apple directly with this unusually creative advertisement. It definitely caught the eye of NYC residents as they walked the busy city streets.

3. The Samaritans get personal.

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The Samaritans, a 24-hour emotional support service, set out to create advertisements on a low budget and came up with a unique campaign of their own. They strategically placed bookmarks in places like supermarkets, libraries, and convenience stores as a more discreet tactic of capturing audience attention. The result was a much more personable advertising campaign. This is a great example that shows that you can create effective non-traditional advertisements with little to no budget!

4. Subaru lends a hand.

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After a snowstorm in Montreal, Canada, car company Subaru decided to leave a surprise for non-Subaru drivers. The company stuck free snow shovels next to 500 cars, knowing that the weather would make it difficult for drivers to get around. Each shovel donned the Subaru logo and a message saying, “While waiting for your all-wheel drive.” That kind gesture had to have done wonders for Subaru’s brand image.

5. Guinness

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Guinness targeted the bar scene in this guerrilla marketing tactic. The beer company decided to place stickers at the end of pool cues with the Guinness logo on it, with the placement almost resembling a foam-capped glass of their famous brew. Although these ads were particularly small, their placement served as a perfect reminder for bar-goers to grab a cold one during their game.

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How Newspapers Can Generate More Readership

It is without a doubt that social media has become a very integrated part of daily life. In fact, a lot of social media users rely on Facebook and Twitter for sources of news, thus contributing greatly to more readership for newspapers. Many Americans seek news on multiple platforms daily, so it’s important that news publications transition into multi-platform companies. Here are a few ways that newspapers can utilize their social media platforms as tools to generate more readers.

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Interact with readers.

Many people like to give their thoughts about an article, therefore newspapers can use the real-time convenience of social media to engage with their readers by finding out what they think. Social media also allows users to “share” or “like” favorite articles, which increases activity and reach for the newspaper. In fact, about half of social media users have shared a news article or discussed an article or event.

Share contests.

Involve readers and allow them to generate content for print newspapers by sharing contests for photos, essays or anything that plays into current events. Newspapers can allow submissions and voting through social media and announce the winners. The printed publications will become keepsakes for the winners of these contests.

Help readers discover news.

Social media has been a great tool for exposing users to new media, with Twitter and Facebook being two of the most popular sources. The Pew Research Center found that 49% of social media users regularly see four different types of news stories on social media: entertainment, politics, community news and sports. Stories related to human-interest, natural disasters, crime and local news tend to be the most intriguing stories, according to Media Life Magazine.

Don’t forget about Tumblr and Pinterest.

These blog-like media sites can be a great tool for generating news that otherwise wouldn’t be as suitable for other media. For example, USA Today has its own Tumblr account that is used for sharing beautiful images, animated videos and pop culture references. Pinterest is more engaging for people who enjoy viewing news, as opposed to reading it. The New York Times has their own Pinterest page where they have dozens of varying pin boards related to recipes, beauty tips, exercise tips and more. These sites allow newspapers to have more creativity, flexibility and innovation. With so much negative news out there, this can really uplift the spirits of your readers.