2012 Pizza Industry Promotion Calendar

Please help me build a really great 2012 Pizza Industry Promotion Calendar. I’m listing below all the dates I have thought of so far, but hope that I am just getting started. Are there any special promotional dates I’m overlooking? Are there any special industry events or promotional ideas you’d like to see on the calendar? The calendar will be published in PMQ and also featured on the PMQ website. Thanks so much.

Mark Date Calendar Dates
Sun 1/1/2012 New Years Day
Mon 1/2/2012 New Years Day (Federal Observed)
Fri 1/13/2012 Government Checks Impact Weekend
Mon 1/16/2012 Marting Luther King Birthday Observed
Sun 1/29/2012 NAPICS Columbus OH
Mon 1/30/2012 NAPICS Columbus OH
Thu 2/2/2012 Ground Hogs Day
Fri 2/3/2012 Government Checks Impact Weekend
Sun 2/5/2012 Superbowl
Sun 2/12/2012 Lincoln’s Birthday
Tue 2/14/2012 Valentines Day
Fri 2/17/2012 Government Checks Impact Weekend
Mon 2/20/2012 Washingtons Birthday Observed
Sun 3/4/2012 International Restaurant Show of NY
Mon 3/5/2012 International Restaurant Show of NY
Tue 3/6/2012 International Restaurant Show of NY
Sun 3/11/2012 Daylight Savings Time Begins
Tue 3/13/2012 Pizza Expo Las Vegas
Wed 3/14/2012 Pizza Expo Las Vegas
Thu 3/15/2012 Pizza Expo Las Vegas
Fri 3/16/2012 Government Checks Impact Weekend
Sat 3/17/2012 St. Patricks Day
Fri 3/30/2012 Government Checks Impact Weekend
Sun 4/1/2012 April Fools Day
Sun 4/8/2012 Easter
Fri 4/13/2012 Government Checks Impact Weekend
Mon 4/16/2012 Federal Income Tax Due
Sun 4/22/2012 Earth Day
Fri 5/4/2012 Government Checks Impact Weekend
Sat 5/5/2012 National Restaurant Show Chicago
Sun 5/6/2012 National Restaurant Show Chicago
Mon 5/7/2012 National Restaurant Show Chicago
Tue 5/8/2012 National Restaurant Show Chicago
Sun 5/13/2012 Mothers Day
Fri 5/18/2012 Government Checks Impact Weekend
Sat 5/19/2012 Armed Forces Day
Mon 5/28/2012 Memorial Day
Fri 6/1/2012 Government Checks Impact Weekend
Thu 6/14/2012 Flag Day
Fri 6/15/2012 Government Checks Impact Weekend
Sun 6/17/2012 Fathers Day
Fri 6/29/2012 Government Checks Impact Weekend
Wed 7/4/2012 Independence Day
Fri 7/13/2012 Government Checks Impact Weekend
Fri 7/27/2012 Olympic Games Begin London
Fri 8/3/2012 Government Checks Impact Weekend
Sun 8/12/2012 Olympic Games End
Fri 8/17/2012 Government Checks Impact Weekend
Fri 8/31/2012 Government Checks Impact Weekend
Mon 9/3/2012 Labor Day
Fri 9/14/2012 Government Checks Impact Weekend
Sun 9/23/2012 Florida Restaurant and Lodging Show
Mon 9/24/2012 Florida Restaurant and Lodging Show
Tue 9/25/2012 Florida Restaurant and Lodging Show
Mon 10/1/2012 National Pizza Month Begins
Fri 10/5/2012 Government Checks Impact Weekend
Mon 10/8/2012 Columbus Day Observed
Fri 10/19/2012 Government Checks Impact Weekend
Wed 10/31/2012 Halloween
Fri 11/2/2012 Government Checks Impact Weekend
Sun 11/4/2012 Daylight Savings Time Ends
Tue 11/6/2012 Election Day
Mon 11/12/2012 Veterans Day Observed
Fri 11/16/2012 Government Checks Impact Weekend
Tue 11/20/2012 Queen Margherita Born 1851
Thu 11/22/2012 Thanksgiving Day
Fri 11/30/2012 Government Checks Impact Weekend
Fri 12/14/2012 Government Checks Impact Weekend
Tue 12/25/2012 Christmas Day
Fri 12/28/2012 Government Checks Impact Weekend
Mon 12/31/2012 New Years Eve

My hope is that the calendar will be useful to our pizza business readers by getting them to plan further ahead and consider a wider range of pizza selling events AND to encourage a pizza marketing vendors to create more and higher quality marketing services for our readers.

Thanks for your input,
Steve Green PMQ Publisher

10/10/2012 Independent Pizzeria Day

Maybe it’s just beacause I’m in a college town but the BCS national Championship game and the final four games are big days for us.

As an industry calendar that is a great list (With Daddio’s addition of 10-10) As a promo calendar there is a lot of fluff in there. Industry trade shows are not promotional opportunities. Also, I can see how they might be some markets, but I find government check day to be tedious and somewhat cynical. I would use President’s Day as a holiday rather than Lincoln or Washington. That is how the public knows it. Lincoln and Washington’s birthdays are not holidays.

In terms of business promotion opportunities, there are some possible gaps in opportunity. took me 15 minutes to find these to suggest for addition:

2nd Week of January National Pizza week http://www.tfdutch.com/foodh.htm
January National Bllod Donor Month
January 20 National Cheese Lover Day
January 23 Chinese New Year
March National Nutrition Month
March 14th PI DAY
4th week of april American Beer Week
May 25th National Wine Day
May National Beef Month
June 4 National Cheese Day
June 14 World Blood Donor Day
July 20 to August 20 Ramadan
September National Food Safety Education Month
September National Coupon Month
September 5 National Cheese Pizza Day
September 19 INTERNATIONAL TALK LIKE A PIRATE DAY
October National Pizza Month
October National Restaurant Month
October National Pork Month
October 1st Week National Customer Service Week
October 7-13National Fire Prevention Week
October 11 National Sausage Pizza Day
November Good Nutrition Month
2nd Week of December Lager Beer Week
Dec 10 National Lager Day

April PASSOVER
December Hannukah . . . Kwannza . . .

Revised 2012 Pizza Industry Promotion Calendar

Thank you Daddio, Nick, Paul and all for some great additions to our marketing calendar. Here is the new modified list. I’m going to need any final ideas by Tuesday to make it into our December issue of PMQ. Thanks again for your help. Ideas still wanted…

Day Date Sales Occasion
Sun 1/1/2012 New Years Day
Mon 1/2/2012 Rose Bowl…Fiesta Bowl
Tue 1/3/2012 Sugar Bowl
Sun 1/8/2012 National Pizza Week Begins
Mon 1/9/2012 BCS National Championship
Mon 1/16/2012 Marting Luther King Birthday Observed
Mon 1/23/2012 Chinese New Year
Sun 1/29/2012 NAPICS Columbus OH
Monday 1/30/2012 NAPICS Columbus OH
Mon 1/30/2012 National Cheese Lovers Day
Thu 2/2/2012 Ground Hogs Day
Sun 2/5/2012 Superbowl
Sun 2/5/2012 National Nutella Day
Sun 2/12/2012 Lincoln’s Birthday
Tue 2/14/2012 Valentines Day
Mon 2/20/2012 Washingtons Birthday (President’s Day)
March National Nutrition Month
Sun 3/4/2012 International Restaurant Show of NY
Mon 3/5/2012 International Restaurant Show of NY
Tue 3/6/2012 International Restaurant Show of NY
Sun 3/11/2012 Daylight Savings Time Begins
Tue 3/13/2012 Pizza Expo Las Vegas
Wed 3/14/2012 Pizza Expo Las Vegas
Wed 3/14/2012 National PI Day (3.14)
Thu 3/15/2012 Pizza Expo Las Vegas
Sat 3/17/2012 St. Patricks Day
Sat 3/31/2012 NCAA Basketball Final Four
Sun 4/1/2012 April Fools Day
Mon 4/2/2012 NCAA Basketball Championship Game
Sun 4/8/2012 Easter
Mon 4/16/2012 Federal Income Tax Due
Sat 4/22/2012 American Beer Week Begins
Sun 4/22/2012 Earth Day
Sat 5/5/2012 National Restaurant Show Chicago
Sun 5/6/2012 National Restaurant Show Chicago
Mon 5/7/2012 National Restaurant Show Chicago
Tue 5/8/2012 National Restaurant Show Chicago
Sun 5/13/2012 Mothers Day
Sat 5/19/2012 Armed Forces Day
Fri 5/25/2012 National Wine Day
Mon 5/28/2012 Memorial Day
Mon 6/4/2012 National Cheese Day
Thu 6/14/2012 Flag Day
Thu 6/14/2012 World Blood Donor Day
Sun 6/17/2012 Fathers Day
Wed 7/4/2012 Independence Day
Fri 7/20/2012 Ramadan Begins
Fri 7/27/2012 Olympic Games Begin London
Sun 8/12/2012 Olympic Games End
Mon 8/20/2012 Ramadan Ends
September Food Safety Education Month
Mon 9/3/2012 Labor Day
Wed 9/19/2012 Talk Like A Pirate Day
Sun 9/23/2012 Florida Restaurant and Lodging Show
Mon 9/24/2012 Florida Restaurant and Lodging Show
Tue 9/25/2012 Florida Restaurant and Lodging Show
October National Pizza Month
Sun 10/7/2012 National Fire Prevention Week Begins
Mon 10/8/2012 Columbus Day Observed
Wed 10/10/2012 Independent Pizza Day
Thu 10/11/2012 National Sausage Pizza Day
Wed 10/31/2012 Halloween
November Good Nutrition Month
Sun 11/4/2012 Daylight Savings Time Ends
Tue 11/6/2012 Election Day
Mon 11/12/2012 Veterans Day Observed
Tue 11/20/2012 Queen Margherita Born 1851
Thu 11/22/2012 Thanksgiving Day
Tue 12/25/2012 Christmas Day
Mon 12/31/2012 New Years Eve

If this is supposed to be a promotional calendar, take all that industry trade show stuff out of there. It has nothing to do with the topic.

OK… “Talk like a pirate day” ??? Really… I want too add the FFAD. Freddie for a Day…on Sept 5th. It is the tribute day for Freddie Mercury of Queen when you are suppos to dress like him for the day. :stuck_out_tongue:

Really. In Georgia, it is a big deal in the more populated areas, like metro-atlanta. there are parades some years, parties, eatery themes, all sorts of stuff. You could be the 1st in your market to come up with a fun special event . . . . . .

“What’s a pirate’s favorite topping? ARRRteechoke HARRRts”

Oh my! :roll: I can see Nick with his wooden leg and eye patch already!!!