How do you use your content calendar? Do you have one at all? Are you getting the most out of your content marketing efforts? If your answer to the last question was no, May might be an excellent month!
When it comes to content marketing, it’s important to take advantage of every opportunity you can find to publish fresh and exciting pieces about your business and its products. If you don’t set aside time in your schedule to publish regularly and in the appropriate seasons, you might end up with months of dead air on your site that discourages visitors from returning or customers from purchasing from you.
If you want to be on top of the content marketing game, it’s important to map out your month in advance to stay organized and make sure you hit your goals without getting overwhelmed by all of the moving parts that go into producing great content.
Here are some important days to add to your May Content Calendar that will help you make sure your brand gets the attention it deserves while staying organized and focused.
Add these important dates and holidays to your content calendar:
|1st May||Labor Day/ Maharashtra Day/ Gujarat Day/ Laughter Day|
|2nd May||Eid al Fitr|
|3rd May||Ramzan End|
|7th May||World Athletics Day|
|8th May||Mother’s Day|
|9th May||GuruRabindranath’s Birthday|
|11th May||National Technology Day|
|12th May||International Nurses Day|
|16th May||Buddha Purnima|
|17th May||World Telecommunication Day / Hypertension Day|
|18th May||World AIDS Vaccine Day|
|21st May||National Anti-Terrorism Day / Armed Forces Day|
|22nd May||International Day of Biological Diversity|
|30th May||National Memorial Day|
|31st May||World No Tobacco Day|
Monday, May 2 – Eid al Fitr and Ramzan
Eid al Fitr is considered a holiday for Muslims, and it marks a time when they celebrate their main religious festival. It’s called Eid al Fitr, and it lasts from sundown on Tuesday (May 3).
The holy month of Ramadan ends with Eid al Fitr, so it’s an important day for fasting Muslims around the world. The end of Ramadan is also known as Eid Mubarak, which means blessed celebration. During Ramadan, Muslim communities gather at mosques for breakfast with prayers and food before returning home to enjoy a feast with family members.
This is also an excellent time to raise awareness about Islamic holidays. This can be used as an opportunity to discuss your products or services by providing discounts or special offers during your content marketing efforts.
This could also be an opportunity to offer How-to advice about holidays that may not be well known among your target audience. This would be a great way to attract new followers interested in other religions but are open-minded enough to appreciate others and learn more about them.
Brands can celebrate and leverage Eid al Fitr by creating content that shows their support for Muslim communities. For example, a brand could create a video featuring its employees wishing Muslims a happy Eid Mubarak or share an infographic about what Ramadan is and how it impacts Muslims worldwide.
This holiday can be an excellent opportunity for your business to reach out to a new audience or bring attention to important causes. If you’re looking for a way to connect with your Muslim audience deeper, post something about how your business can help them spend time with their loved ones during Ramadan.
On this day, Muslims end their Ramadan fast at sunset and gather for a celebratory meal called Iftar.
Take a look at some brand campaigns around Eid al Fitr and Ramzan.
Ramadan Kareem 2021 #CelebratingGoodness with Tata Motors #NekiHiDariya
Monday, May 8 – Mother’s Day
The Mother’s Day celebration is for motherhood and the contribution of mothers to society.
Mother’s Day was first celebrated in 1908 in the US by a peace activist, Anna Reese Jarvis’ daughter, Anna Jarvis. Anna wanted to honor her mother as she believed mothers do for their children what nobody else could ever match or do.
Mother’s Day is a day when love, respect, and honor are expressed toward mothers in different parts of the world.
The day is observed internationally on the second Sunday in May every year.
#MyFirstLove – Mother’s Day 2021 | Shoppers Stop
Monday, May 9 – Guru Rabindranath’s Birthday
Rabindranath Tagore is an Indian poet, writer, painter, playwright, composer, and philosopher. He became a littérateur of considerable repute within his lifetime, winning numerous awards such as The Nobel Prize for Literature and becoming Bengal’s foremost cultural figure and becoming known as Gurudev.
On his birth anniversary, you can write about how you can take Guru Rabindranath’s message forward by honoring his teachings through your content marketing efforts.
Brands can share their quotes on their social media channels to reach out to their audiences. Some brands even organize events on social media where they invite their followers to post about Rabindranath Tagore’s poems or songs on their profiles.
To leverage social media, brands can use popular hashtags like #RabindraNiwasDivas or #rabindranathtagore and get their content out there.
Take a look at the following brand tweet about Guru Rabindranath’s Birthday.
So deep#mindsjournal #themindsjournal #rabindranathtagore #inspirational pic.twitter.com/LJ6ehgGnWq
— The Minds Journal (@TheMindsJournal) January 9, 2022
Wednesday, May 11 – National Technology Day
The National Technology Day was first observed on May 11, 1999, when India gained recognition as one of the countries with nuclear weapons. This day commemorates the achievements of scientists, engineers, researchers, and everyone involved in the field of science and technology.
To give a brief history, it was on 11 May 1998 that India successfully performed three nuclear tests at Pokhran, Rajasthan, the Indian Army’s Test Range, under operation Shakti. These were followed by two more nuclear tests conducted on May 13. The tests were dexterously led by Mr. A P J Abdul Kalam.
Take a look at how brands leverage this day for their marketing campaigns.
Thursday, May 12 – International Nurses Day
Nurses play a vital role in helping patients recover from illness or injury and ensuring that they have everything they need during their stay in the hospital. International Nurses Day is a day to appreciate these hardworking individuals and all they do to make our lives better. This year’s theme is Nurses: The Heart of Healthcare.
To celebrate, you could write a post on how you work with nurses and what you can do to make them feel appreciated. You could also write about some of your favorite nurse quotes or stories from people who nurses have helped. Or share a list of ways to help improve working conditions for nurses across different countries to continue doing their best work.
Take a look at some brand tweets around International Nurses Day.
Monday, May 16 – Buddha Purnima
The celebrations mark Buddha’s birth, enlightenment, death, and entry into Nirvana.
It is also known as Vesak Day or Buddha Jayanti. It is a public holiday in several countries such as India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, and Thailand.
The day commemorates various events in Buddha’s life, including his birth, enlightenment, and death. Theravada Buddhist countries following the Buddhist calendar mark Gautama Buddha’s birth, enlightenment, and Parinirvana. In Mahayana Buddhist countries following lunisolar calendars (such as China), it usually marks only his birthday.
Brands can observe Buddha Purnima by sharing their views on social media and participating in social causes. They can also use it to interact with customers and provide information about their products.
Buddha Purnima is an opportune time for brands to spread awareness about their products and increase sales. Brands can leverage social media marketing strategies, like paid social media campaigns or influencer marketing, to increase reach and engagement with new audiences.
Take a look at some brand tweets around Budh Purnima:
Tuesday, May 31 – World No Tobacco Day
The World No Tobacco Day, held on May 31 each year, is a day where countries worldwide celebrate a smoke-free lifestyle. On this day, organizations encourage people to take that next step and quit smoking. It’s also an opportunity for governments to raise awareness about tobacco use. It’s not only a good idea for your organization to promote quitting smoking, but it’s also an opportunity for you to create content marketing campaigns surrounding it as well.
For example, if you’re an IT company, you can create educational content on how your technology can help smokers quit using their products or services. Or, if you’re a healthcare provider, perhaps offer information on different treatment methods available at your facility. The possibilities are endless!
Use social media to spread awareness about your company’s commitment to health and wellness. Use hashtags like #QuitSmoking #HealthyLiving #NoTobaccoDay.
Take a look at how brands leverage this day for their marketing campaign.
We live in a time where technology is rapidly evolving, and while it can be challenging to keep up with everything, one crucial thing that remains constant is content marketing. There are many ways you can approach your content marketing strategy—and there are also many channels you can use to get your message out there—but what’s most important is that you remain consistent.
By using tools like Google Calendar or Trello, you’ll always know what needs to be done; when and how long each task will take to stay on track without falling behind. A content calendar can help streamline your efforts even further by giving you a place to list all of your content ideas for an entire month at once. By generating content ideas throughout the year, you won’t have to scramble come summertime; instead, you can simply choose from a list of topics that have already been thoroughly researched and vetted.
The content calendar will also give you an idea of which days are best for publishing certain types of content; for example, Mondays tend to work well for infographics. Once your content has been published, make sure to share it across social media and other online platforms such as LinkedIn, Twitter, or Slideshare.