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2022 Text Messaging Calendar: Important Dates & Actionable Tips

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Jan 11, 2022
Written by
Caroline Cushner
Caroline is a Content Marketing Strategist on the Content Marketing team. She spends her logged off hours trying new recipes, hiking, and watching classic films.

Plan ahead by adding these 111 key dates and strategies to your marketing calendar now (your future self will thank you). 

We get asked a lot about what dates and holidays provide the best opportunities to text your subscribers with timely offers or educational content. Our easy-to-reference 2022 text messaging calendar is full of actionable tips and ideas for each marketing “holiday”, so you can engage, inspire, and drive revenue with timely text messages (if you're just getting started with SMS Marketing, check out some best practices to keep in mind).

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Check out our top SMS tips and strategies for each key marketing date of 2022:

January 2022 Holidays

January 1: New Year’s Day

Curate a seasonal lookbook for your SMS subscribers, and inspire them to step confidently into the New Year.

January 3: Festival of Sleep Day 

Share a helpful sleeping tip and your most relaxing products to help subscribers recharge from the holidays and start the year refreshed.

January 12: National Take the Stairs Day

Drive traffic to your stores with BOPIS deals, encouraging subscribers to step up and get active. 

January 14: Dress up Your Pet Day 

Give your subscribers another reason to embrace their furry friends’ fashion by offering 10% off pet clothing and accessories. 

January 16: National Nothing Day 

Sit back and allow your Journeys—like browse and cart abandonment—to drive incremental revenue for you.

January 19: National Popcorn Day 

Get your subscribers to pop over to your website with a 15% discount on salty snacks—and a movie recommendation.

January 25: Opposite Day 

Embrace this childhood holiday by sending non-promotional tips for family-fun activities and DIY projects.

January 26: Spouse’s Day 

Help your SMS subscribers show appreciation for their other half while treating themselves with a BOGO offer on small gifts and products.

January 29: National Puzzle Day 

Share a puzzling riddle using Attentive’s Two-Way Journeys™, and automatically reward those who respond correctly with an exclusive offer.

February 2022 Holidays

February 1: Lunar New Year

Share a lucky dollar-off discount code and wish your subscribers roaring success for the Year of the Tiger.

February 2: Groundhog Day 

On this day full of anticipation, try using an A/B test, where one segment receives an “Early Spring” prize and the other gets a “Late Winter” discount.  

February 4: Start of the Winter Olympics 

Kick off the events with a gold medal discount, encouraging subscribers to shop your mobile website during commercial breaks.

February 9: National Pizza Day 

Use Attentive’s Two-Way Journeys™ to give personalized product recommendations based on the subscriber’s favorite pizza toppings.

February 11: Make a Friend Day 

Promote your loyalty programs and customer communities so engaged subscribers can build a stronger relationship with your brand and like-minded customers.

February 13: Super Bowl 

Tackle game day engagement by having your subscribers reply with which team they’re rooting for. Then, reward them with either a winning offer or a consolation discount after the game.

February 14: Valentines Day 

Win over the hearts (and wallets) of your last-minute shoppers with free 2-day shipping and “gifts of experience” recommendations

February 17: Random Acts of Kindness Day 

Launch a “buy one, give one” deal to support a cause that’s important to your brand.

February 21: President’s Day 

Send a patriotic-themed text message, and share a three-day discount to encourage subscribers to take advantage of the sale over their long weekend.

February 26: Tell a Fairy Tale Day 

Tell your brand’s story in the form of a classic fairy tale to amuse your SMS audience while growing brand awareness.

March 2022 Holidays

National Nutrition Month

If you’re a health-related brand, educate subscribers on nutrition tips and healthy habits by sharing a helpful blog post or video.

March 8: International Women’s Day 

Give your subscribers a behind-the-scenes look into your brand by spotlighting the strong women behind it and their stories.

March 12: Plant a Flower Day 

Create a bundle offer of your spring bestsellers as a “bouquet” for your SMS subscribers.

March 13: Start of Daylight Savings 

Use geo-targeting based on time zones to encourage SMS subscribers to “spring forward” and use their extra daylight to shop in-store.

March 17: St. Patrick's Day 

Using Attentive’s Two-Way Journeys™, have subscribers reply with their “luckiest” keyword (“HORSESHOE,” “CLOVER,” etc.) to receive a surprise offer.

March 20: First Day of Spring 

Motivate your subscribers to start their spring cleaning with tips and product recommendations to create a soothing space.

March 21: National Poetry Day 

Embrace your inner poet in your messaging to switch-up your usual engagement and grab subscribers’ attention.

March 27: Academy Awards 

Nominate your products for custom awards—like a Best Actor award with a complimentary item as Best Supporting Actor—to drive product discovery.

April 2022 Holidays

April 1: April Fool’s Day

Forgo the pranks of this holiday, and celebrate the day by sending a playful GIF promoting a 24-hour flash sale. 

April 2: National Peanut Butter & Jelly Day

Bundle products that fit just as well as this classic pairing. Try using nostalgic imagery!.

April 7: World Health Day 

Celebrate healthcare heroes and encourage subscribers to shop by letting them know you’ll donate a percentage of every purchase to a charity.

April 10: National Siblings Day 

Send subscribers curated gift guides to help them find the perfect gifts for their loved ones. 

April 11: National Pet Day 

Share top reviews from animal lovers to help your subscribers find the perfect item to spoil their pets. 

April 14: National Gardening Day 

Embrace this holiday by sharing an SMS-exclusive offer for your green-thumbed subscribers, from hand cream to sun hats. 

April 17: Easter 

Offer your SMS audience the convenience of free gift wrapping to stand out from other spring holiday sales and encourage subscribers to convert.

April 18: Tax Day 

Send subscribers a reminder to submit their taxes—and to celebrate with an exclusive 18% off promotion to mark the date. 

April 22: Earth Day 

Encourage your subscribers to shop green and spend time in nature by sharing deals on sustainable items and outdoor equipment. 

April 29: Arbor Day 

Help subscribers get involved and drive sales by donating a percentage of their purchase to a conservation charity. 

May 2022 Holidays

Mental Health Awareness Month 

Help your subscribers take some time to focus on themselves, with self care tips and product recommendations.

May 3: Teacher’s Day 

Share a curated gift guide to help subscribers say "thank you" to the teachers in their life. 

May 8: Mother’s Day 

Send subscribers a helpful shipping deadline reminder to ensure their purchases arrive before the holiday. If your subscribers are last-minute shoppers, let them know about BOPIS or gift card options. 

May 13: National Apple Pie Day

Share something sweet by offering subscribers a free dessert with any purchase. 

May 20: National Rescue Dog Day 

Give subscribers another reason to spoil their pups by sending a BOGO deal on pet toys. 

May 24: National Scavenger Hunt Day 

Celebrate the day by letting subscribers know they can find a hidden offer—like free shipping—on your site for one day only. 

May 25: Geek Pride Day 

Geek out with your SMS subscribers! Use conversational messaging to find what they’re passionate about, and recommend gadgets they may enjoy.

May 27: National Sunscreen Day 

Send suncare tips to help subscribers soak up the sun safely. Include an exclusive offer so they can stock up on sun-blocking items, from sun hats to sunscreen. 

May 30: National Creativity Day 

Tap into your subscribers’ creativity and share user-generated content highlighting your most popular items.

May 30: Memorial Day 

Mark the unofficial start of summer by giving subscribers 24 hours to shop the weekend-long sale before anyone else. Include a holiday-themed GIF to catch subscribers' attention. 

June 2022 Holidays

June 1: Global Running Day 

Share a curated collection of items to help runners hit the road—including gear, fitness equipment, and products for post-run recoveries.

June 4: National Cheese Day 

Embrace this playful holiday by offering subscribers 20% off cheesy snacks.

June 8: National Best Friends Day 

Send SMS subscribers a BOGO offer to pick something special to treat their bestie—and themselves.

June 12: National Children’s Day 

Offer subscribers 10% off so they can stock up on summer essentials for kids, including apparel, beach toys, and outdoor play equipment. 

June 19: Juneteenth 

Share a list of organizations your brand supports to encourage subscribers to engage in anti-racism work through volunteering and donations. 

June 19: Father’s Day

Help subscribers celebrate the father figures in their life by sharing a gift guide with recommendations for every type of dad.  

June 21: Summer Solstice 

Celebrate the official start of summer by sending a summer-themed GIF promoting a 24-hour flash sale. 

June 27: National Sunglasses Day 

Send subscribers a text highlighting your best-selling shades, and include a GIF previewing each pair. 

Bonus tip: if you offer virtual try-on, let subscribers know how easy it is to see how the frames look. 

June 30: National Social Media Day

Invite subscribers to tag your brand on Instagram in their photos with your products for a chance to win an e-gift card and be featured on your grid. 

July 2022 Holidays

July 1: International Joke Day 

Lighten up your SMS channel with a punny message or meme related to your products to delight subscribers and drive revenue.

July 4: Independence Day 

Celebrate with a seasonal GIF highlighting a 24-hour flash sale. So between the cookouts and fireworks, subscribers can shop and save!

July 5: National Bikini Day 

Help subscribers find their perfect fit by sharing product reviews for your top-selling swimwear and accessories.

July 13: National French Fry Day 

Offer subscribers free fries with every online and in-store order above a given dollar amount.

July 15: National Clean Beauty Day 

Give subscribers a sneak peek into the benefits of your most popular clean beauty products, or educate them on the importance of clean beauty. 

July 17: World Emoji Day 

Diversify your campaign messages by telling your brand’s story using only emojis—following up with a quick “translation” to grow brand awareness.

July 24: Parents’ Day 

Help subscribers celebrate their parental figures by sending a gift guide with recommendations for every interest. 

July 29: National Lipstick Day 

Embrace this holiday by sharing an SMS-exclusive offer for makeup lovers to find their new favorite shade. if you offer virtual try-on, let subscribers know how easy it is to see how the shades will look on them. 

August 2022 Holidays

National Family Fun Month

Throughout the month, recommend activities that are fun for the whole family and centered around your products.

August 4: National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day 

Sweeten your subscribers’ day by offering them a free dessert with any purchase. 

August 7: Sisters Day 

Help subscribers celebrate their loved ones by highlighting your best-selling gift sets (so they can take part in the fun, too). 

August 8: International Cat Day 

Help subscribers give their feline friends the VIP treatment by sending a BOGO deal on pet toys and treats.

August 12: International Youth Day 

Highlight the young voices making a difference in the world, and let subscribers know you’ll donate a portion of every sale to the organizations these leaders support. 

August 15: National Relaxation Day 

Offer subscribers 15% off items that will help them achieve zen, including face masks, loungewear, and home linens. 

August 17: National Non-Profit Day 

Share the organizations your brand supports, and help subscribers give back by donating a portion of your sales on this day. 

August 26: Women’s Equality Day 

Women earn 84% of what men are paid in the United States, on average. Share what your brand is doing behind the scenes to promote women’s equality—from highlighting women leaders to your company’s mentorship programs. 

August 30: National Beach Day 

Offer subscribers 10% off to stock up on beach essentials before the end of the summer, like swimwear, sunscreen, and sunglasses. Remind shoppers of their shipping options so they can get their items in time for Labor Day. 

September 2022 Holidays

September 4: National Wildlife Day 

Educate subscribers about the measures your brand is taking to be more eco-friendly—from the impact of your sustainable products to giving back to conservation organizations. 

September 5: Labor Day 

Give subscribers early access to your Labor Day sale so they can shop their favorite items before anyone else. Include a GIF highlighting the limited-time nature of the sale.   

September 6: Read a Book Day

If your brand doesn’t sell books, share recommendations to help subscribers achieve their optimum reading environment—from comfy pillows to bubble bath supplies. 

Bonus tip: if you’re an apparel brand, recommend products inspired by your subscriber’s favorite literary characters (think: Daphne Bridgerton). 

September 11: National Make Your Bed Day 

Send a GIF featuring inspirational bedroom spaces and offer subscribers 10% off bedding. As an added bonus, invite subscribers to tag your brand in their Instagram pics once they’ve received their items.  

September 11: Grandparents’ Day 

Let subscribers know about your personalization and gift-wrapping options so they can surprise loved ones with gifts.  

September 13: Fortune Cookie Day 

Ask your subscribers about their favorite of your products and automatically share a relevant fortune using Attentive’s Two-Way Journeys™.

September 21: International Day of Peace

Share the values and causes that matter to your brand, including how subscribers can get involved. 

September 21: Gratitude Day

Consider offering subscribers 10% off as a “thank you” for being a part of your brand’s SMS program. 

September 22: First Day of Fall 

Help subscribers get ready for chillier weather by highlighting new seasonal items like sweaters, boots, earth-toned cosmetics, and fall decor. 

September 25: National Cooking Day 

Send subscribers a recipe to try out, and link to the items they’ll need to enjoy their meal—from groceries to cookware and table settings. 

October 2022 Holidays

October 1: International Coffee Day 

Offer subscribers a “perk,” like free shipping or a gift with purchase. 

October 4: National Taco Day 

Celebrate this tasty holiday by sharing a BOGO offer for tacos that subscribers can redeem in-store or with their delivery order. 

October 10: Indigenous Peoples’ Day 

Highlight Indigenous communities that are making a difference, and let subscribers know you’ll donate a portion of every sale to organizations supporting and celebrating their work. 

October 14: National Dessert Day 

Help subscribers indulge their sweet tooth by offering a free dessert to enjoy with their next online or in-store order. If you’re not a food brand, try “treating” subscribers to sweet steals like a free gift with purchase.

October 16: Sweetest Day 

Send subscribers an inspirational gift guide so they can share something sweet with their loved ones.

October 25: National Art Day 

Text subscribers a GIF highlighting art pieces that speak to a range of tastes. Consider offering subscribers a dollar or percentage off to encourage them to add to their collection. 

October 28: National First Responders Day 

Celebrate frontline workers and encourage subscribers to shop by donating a percentage of every purchase to a charity that supports them.

October 31: Halloween 

Share a special “treat” with your subscribers via text messaging by offering a percentage or dollar amount off to help them celebrate.

November 2022 Holidays

November 3: National Sandwich Day 

Offer subscribers a free side with their next order of a sandwich online or in-store. 

November 6: End of Daylight Savings 

As the clocks fall back, invite your subscribers to shop a playful “25-hour flash sale.” Highlight seasonal clearance items and encourage them to shop before they’re gone. 

November 11: Singles Day 

Remind subscribers to embrace the single life and treat themselves with self-care product recommendations and a fun, empowering GIF.

November 12: National Happy Hour Day 

Share a recipe for a good time, recommending products subscribers can enjoy during their next happy hour—from glassware to cocktail attire. 

November 17: National Hiking Day 

Share an SMS-exclusive offer for your outdoorsy subscribers to use on anything from hiking apparel to sunscreen. 

November 24: Thanksgiving 

Thank subscribers with an exclusive offer for free shipping, or a dollar-off discount they can redeem in-store. 

November 25: Black Friday 

Build excitement ahead of your Black Friday sale by giving subscribers early access to your Black Friday deals. Include a secret code they can redeem at checkout.  

November 26: Small Business Saturday 

If you’re a small business—or if your brand carries products from small businesses—highlight popular items in a virtual gift guide. Include a link to a landing page so subscribers can easily shop the featured items.

November 28: Cyber Monday 

Text subscribers announcing a 24-hour flash sale, and include a GIF highlighting best-selling products they can shop. Send a “final hours” reminder to subscribers who have clicked but not purchased to drive last-minute revenue

November 29: Giving Tuesday 

Share the organizations and causes your brand supports. Let subscribers know how they can give back—whether it’s purchasing items from a collaboration or donating directly to a partner organization. 

December 2022 Holidays

December 1: World AIDS Day 

Share a list of organizations your brand supports and encourage subscribers to volunteer or join you in making donations.

December 3: International Day of Persons With Disabilities 

Tell the stories of the individuals and organizations who are making a difference in the world. Share how your brand is getting involved, and include a link for subscribers to learn more. 

December 7: National Letter Writing Day 

Offer subscribers a dollar or percentage off on their next order of cards or stationery. If your brand offers personalization options, let subscribers know how they can put their own touch on their items. 

December 12: Green Monday 

Inspire last-minute shoppers with a digital gift guide highlighting your best-selling items.  

December 14: National Free Shipping Day 

Remind subscribers of upcoming shipping deadlines, and offer them free shipping for 24 hours so they can get their last-minute gifts in time for the holidays.  

December 15: National Cupcake Day 

Treat subscribers to free shipping or delivery on their next order. 

December 16: National Ugly Sweater Day 

Recommend your most popular accessories subscribers can use to uplevel their ugly sweaters, from earrings to seasonal scarves. 

December 17: Super Saturday 

Help last-minute shoppers complete their lists by suggesting e-gift cards. 

December 21: Winter Solstice 

Highlight buy online, pick up in-store (BOPIS), curbside pick-up, expedited shipping, or e-gift card options. Or incentivize shoppers with a winter solstice promotion, offering a small gift card with every purchase.

December 26: Boxing Day 

Invite your subscribers to “unwrap” a mystery offer by clicking on the link to reveal the deal.

December 31: New Year’s Eve 

Treat subscribers like VIPs with an SMS-exclusive New Year promotion. Include a holiday-themed GIF to immediately catch their attention. 

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