It’s no secret that one of the most important parts of any PR campaign is relevance. Why is it so crucial?
The question is, how can you create relevant campaigns that gain the attention of high-quality publications? One way you can do this is by using specific events as a hook. In doing so, you can execute timely campaigns that cut through the noise of competitors and generate coverage.
With so many events, awareness days and national holidays to celebrate, this list is by no means exhaustive but let’s take a look at some of the key dates you can add to your proactive or reactive Digital PR strategy in 2024.
Happy New Year! January marks the start of an exciting new year, with many people in the UK making resolutions and setting goals for 2024. Don’t forget to keep an eye out for reactive opportunities in January, particularly around cold weather, snow and dark nights!
Some of the key dates in January include:
Pancakes, pets and romance… February might be our favourite month of the year. 2024 is a leap year which means we get a whole extra day in February to create cracking campaigns that secure high-quality backlinks, how exciting!
March marks the start of Spring, lighter evenings and *hopefully* warmer weather. There are plenty of fantastic reactive and proactive opportunities for March, from World Book Day to Mother’s Day. With a couple of bank holidays in March, ensure you prepare your campaign in advance to avoid being short on time.
April is a gardener’s delight, with Community Garden Week and National Gardening Week taking place this month. Also, school half-term holidays across the UK run between the end of March and mid-April which could provide some fantastic reactive opportunities for your brand or client.
Films, TV shows and music can be a brilliant source for reactive and proactive PR, just look at 2023’s Barbie! Keep an eye out for highly anticipated releases throughout the year such as Bridgerton season 3, and take note of any trends that appear off the back of them.
It’s officially Summer! June marks the start of an incredible Summer of sport, with the Euros - do you think it’s coming home? As we head into the Summer, keep an eye out for reactive opportunities relating to heatwaves (or unseasonal rain which we hope won’t happen).
July is the perfect month for securing high-quality PR coverage if you’re a fitness or leisure brand as the Euros and Olympics are set to take over. With schools also breaking up for the Summer, travel and lifestyle brands will also find plenty of opportunities for reactive PR!
Much like July, August is one of the best months for securing coverage if you’re a travel or lifestyle brand, or work in the education sector. Our top tip? Get ahead of competitors by executing Results Day/Back to School campaigns in mid-August rather than waiting.
Pumpkin Spiced Latte season! With September marking the official start of Autumn, there are reactive and proactive PR opportunities around every corner, particularly around lifestyle (e.g. homes and gardens). If you’re planning big Christmas PR campaigns, now is the time to get prepared as you’ll be facing tough competition come December.
Crunchy Autumn leaves, cosy evenings and cooler weather, October is a beautiful month. It’s also a key time for securing coverage with Halloween at the end of it. Leverage these dates for a spooktacular October filled with high-quality backlinks!
November is a fantastic time of year for securing coverage if you’re an eCommerce brand, as many national publications cover Black Friday and start putting out gift ideas for Christmas. You’ll also find some Christmas ads start being released in November, which may provide opportunities for reactive comments.
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! ‘Tis the season for securing high-quality coverage, with plenty of opportunities to provide expert comments, gift idea round-ups, festive campaigns and more. Remember, a lot of journalists will take time off around Christmas so don’t leave it too late to secure your Christmas coverage.
2024 is shaping up to be a fantastic year! When executing your Digital PR strategy, keep the following in mind:
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Wordsmith Morgan joined the Reflect Digital team fresh out of University and is learning about the world of digital marketing while supporting the SEO team with highly engaging content. With a background in website administration and social media, she also brings a broader perspective to her clients.More about Morgan