Your company’s February 2021 content marketing could cover the obvious, such as Valentine’s Day, and the obscure, such as Ice Cream for Breakfast Day.
Content marketing is the act of creating, publishing, and promoting content with the goal of attracting, engaging, and retaining customers. Your business’s content could fuel email campaigns, boost search engine optimization, and drive social media marketing.
Here are five content marketing ideas for February 2021.
1. Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas
In 2020, just before the coronavirus shut down the country, Americans spent a record $27.4 billion on Valentine’s Day gifts, according to the National Retail Federation. The average gift-giver spent nearly $200.
Surprisingly, only about half of that total ($14.1 billion) was spent on spouses and lovers, with the balance going toward gifts for other family members, friends, classmates, and even $1.7 billion for pets.
All of this spending occurred even as some in the industry estimate that not everyone celebrates the holiday. The NRF, for example, estimated that about 55 percent of U.S. consumers purchased a Valentine’s Day gift last year.
For your store’s February content marketing, publish a gift guide suggesting the products your business sells. Here are a few inspiring examples.
- Good Housekeeping: “50 Romantic Valentine’s Day Gifts for Her That Are More Unique Than Flowers“
- Country Living: “76 Best Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas Your Partner Will Love,”
- Esquire: “The 51 Most Romantic Gifts for Women on Valentine’s Day (Or Any Day)“
- BuzzFeed: “63 Valentine’s Day Gifts That’ll Put Their Ex To Shame“
- The Oprah Magazine: “55 Creative Valentine’s Day Gifts for Him“
- House Beautiful: “43 Totally Sweet Valentine’s Day Gifts for Her“
- Petful: “10 Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas for Your Pet“
- TINYpulse: “5 Non-Creepy Employee Recognition Ideas for Valentine’s Day”
As you create your content for Valentine’s Day gift ideas, remember to make it shareable and consider reaching out to publishers and influencers to learn if your products could be included in their lists too.
2. Recognize Black History Month
History.com has a clear and succinct description of February’s Black History Month.
“Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing the central role of blacks in U.S. history. Also known as African American History Month, the event grew out of ‘Negro History Week,’ the brainchild of noted historian Carter G. Woodson and other prominent African Americans. Since 1976, every U.S. president has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month. Other countries around the world, including Canada and the United Kingdom, also devote a month to celebrating black history.”
For your company’s content marketing, Black History Month is an opportunity to profile the African Americans who have influenced and impacted your industry segment.
For example, an online music store could publish a series of articles highlighting the most influential black musicians from each decade of the 20th century. The 1940s, for example, could feature Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, and Charlie Parker, to name a few.
Whatever your shop sells — from apparel to power equipment — there are black innovators who have helped advance the industry and deserve recognition.
3. Ice Cream for Breakfast Day
Aside from being every small child’s dream, Ice Cream for Breakfast Day may be a content marketing opportunity for your business.
There are, perhaps, three sorts of content your company could create for Ice Cream for Breakfast Day, which is celebrated on the first Saturday of each February, which is the 6th in 2021.
First, focus on ice cream recipes, such as making ice cream, building a better sundae, or even making ice cream and waffles. Here are a few examples of ice-cream-related recipes.
- The Happy Pear: “The BEST Vegan Ice Cream | Chocolate Hazelnut Cereal Milk” on YouTube
- Mona Vand (Pharmacist): “Nice Cream – Healthy Vegan Ice Cream Recipe” on YouTube
- Delish: “18 Spectacular Ice Cream Sundaes“
- Brit+Co: “The 21 Best EVER Ice Cream Sundae Recipe Ideas“
- Deliciously Organic: “Waffles and Ice Cream“
Second, create content about ice cream statistics, facts, or history. Try to relate ice cream to the products your store sells. Here are a few examples of data-oriented ice cream content.
- Tastessence: “Hilarious and Bizarre Facts About Ice Cream You Weren’t Aware Of“
- Ben & Jerry’s: “15 Completely Useless Facts About Ice Cream“
- PBS: “Explore The Delicious History of Ice Cream“
Finally, create ice cream content that is specific to your store’s customers. Here are a few possible titles.
- Power tool store: “A Construction Worker’s Guide to Packing Ice Cream for the Job Site”
- Fitness equipment retailer: “How and When to Include Ice Cream in Your Clean Diet”
- Apparel shop: “Remove Ice Cream Stains with Ease”
4. Conversational Product Interviews
Videos and conversational interviews are both content marketing trends. So why not combine them as a way to feature the products your online store sells?
Think first of well-known talk shows. If you’re old enough, Larry King or Charlie Rose may come to mind.
Now combine that thought with product-focused videos you’ve seen on YouTube or Facebook. Matthew McConaughey talking about Wild Turkey Bourbon and the GORUCK Official Challenge video from 2013. The aim is to tell a story about your store’s products in a video by interviewing customers and staff.
5. Profile Suppliers and Their Products
Consider publishing written articles about your online store’s suppliers and their specific products.
The idea is to tell a brand or product story and relate it to your shop and your customers.
For example, men’s apparel retailer Mr Porter has several posts that profile brands and products on its excellent blog, The Journal. Here are three.