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8 Clever Thanksgiving Promotions for Small Businesses

Thanksgiving is about more than turkey and family and watching the Detroit Lions lose. It’s about getting your hair cut and your car fixed and your clothes cleaned and finding somewhere to eat turkey and watch the Lions lose other than with your family. That’s why small businesses are around, to give people the options they need to get those things done quickly before the holidays.

Thanksgiving promotions are pretty much required if you run a small business, but you want to stand out. And here’s eight great ideas that will keep your business top of mind.

 

Do something for a different holiday

Sure, anybody can put some canned pumpkin filling on special and call it a “Thanksgiving Blowout.” But do you know anybody else who has a special for National Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day (November 15)? Or False Confession Day (November 21)? As long as you don’t get carried away with that second one and start telling customers you sold their credit card numbers to a Nigerian clearing house, you’ll be the first hit of the holiday season.

Other notable November dates:

19th: Have a Bad Day Day

26th: Shopping Reminder Day

29th: Buy Nothing Day

30th: Stay at Home Because You Are Well Day

 

Have a not-so-happy holiday contest

Stuck splitting an air mattress with your morbidly obese teenage cousin who hasn’t started using deodorant when you stay at grandma’s for the holidays? Springhill Suites by Marriott feels your pain and told holiday travelers to make a video talking about the worst part of their holidays. Then, make a case for why they need free hotel rooms for a chance to win a free stay during their holiday vacation. And, while your business may not be able to offer quite THAT much, an auto shop might ask what the worst part of holiday road trips are, or a restaurant can ask customers to make videos about how bad their holiday food is. We don’t need to explain to you what a bar can do.

 

Host a scavenger hunt

Since hunting wild turkeys is, well, probably illegal within 100 miles of your business, hosting an ACTUAL turkey hunt may prove logistically difficult. However a fake turkey hunt with adorable cutout turkeys at each stop around several small businesses in your area will attract crowds to every location involved. Each can offer different promotions, or you all can chip in to buy Thanksgiving Dinner for the winner.

 

Send a pre-Thanksgiving thank you card

Once you start getting 15 holiday cards a day, the one from your dry cleaner just gets lost in the shuffle. Sad, but true. But if you can be the first kid on the block to mail one out – possibly even for Have a Bad Day Day – and include a small gift card for your or another local business –  people WILL remember. If cost is a consideration, limit the gift cards to your best customers. But make sure everybody who’s given you regular business over the past year is getting something.

 

Come to work in unusual outfits

This doesn’t mean wear orange velvet puffy shirts to your weekly sales meeting or anything. Make them Thanksgiving-themed, and not the usual pilgrim, Indian and turkey. Like, someone could dress up as cranberry sauce or a stranded traveler at DFW. Or a perpetually-fumbling quarterback.

 

Create a fun infographic

And it better be shaped like a turkey. Even if it’s not, dig up some fun facts like how Americans ate 736 million pounds of turkey last year, at an estimated cost of $857 million. Or maybe something more relevant to your business, like tying those turkey figures into pre-New Year’s resolution gym memberships. Then put that infographic on your social media channels and wait for viral Internet fame to come knocking at your door.

 

Have a week-long Black Friday sale

Black Friday is usually the domain of businesses large enough to employ security teams and a YouTube channel. Small Business Saturday is probably more your niche. But what’ll really get people excited is the chance to save ALL WEEK LONG. Mark-down Mondays? Two-fer Tuesdays? Come-keep-us-company-at-the-store-because-we’re-still-open Thursdays? Whatever you can imagine, your customers will buy into.

 

Create promotional items made of turkey

No, not just like giving away a turkey. But like a promotional flyer or coupon MADE of turkey. Like printable turkey jerky. Hey, if Patrick Bateman can do it, so can you.

Wow, It’s November Already

This year is going by so fast.  Halloween has come and gone, and Thanksgiving will be close at hand.  The Holiday Season will have arrived again.  Those two months of the year that will set the stage for next year.

(Those of you who have been part of our VitaMist family for many years will probably read this and feel “I heard all this before”.  But it’s SO  imperative that I reiterate this message for all of our new members and even for all of you, who have read this before.)

A lot of people use the Holidays as an excuse!  In fact, I have already started to hear those excuses this year and it seems as if I have heard more excuses than ever before.   I urge all of you not to let “The Holiday Season” be another excuse and ruin what you have been building with VitaMist over the past few months.

The Holidays are the time when we see more people than any other time of year. In some reports, I’ve seen it quoted that you will see up to 3 times more people than any other time. So Remember! This is when you can give the gift of health and hand out your business cards along with your holiday greetings, good wishes and smiles.

Please enjoy yourselves This Holiday Season,  But please, please, don’t allow all your hard work to be undone.  I urge every one of you, every single member of our family, to believe in yourselves and be everything you can be.  Rather than look for reasons why you can’t, please find reasons why you CAN!  This is one of the reasons that “DO IT” has become somewhat of the mantra for the leaders of VitaMist.

 

Take a moment to reflect on the poem that follows. 

“Happy Holidays!”

 

How to observe Thanksgiving

Count your blessing instead of your crosses;

Count your gains instead of your losses.

Count your joys instead of your woes;

Count your friends instead of your foes.

Count your smiles instead of your tears;

Count your courage instead of your fears.

Count your full years instead of your lean;

Count your kind deeds instead of your mean.

Count your health instead of your wealth;

Count on God instead of yourself.

 

~Author Unknown.~

 

From My Heart With LOV – Sari

9 Simple Ways to Avoid Overeating on Thanksgiving

Do you struggle with post-Thanksgiving food guilt? Are you already worried about the number of calories you will consume over the holidays? If the turkey is too tempting and the mashed potatoes and gravy sound too delectable to ignore, there are ways you can fight the urge to overeat, but still enjoy a great Thanksgiving.

Here are a few basic mindful eating tips to help you on Thanksgiving.

Take Home Leftovers

Bring your own Tupperware. If you overeat because you enjoy good food, come equipped with your own doggie bag. No need to eat mindlessly if you know that you can savor it again later.

Learn How to Handle Leftovers

Other than the massive meal you will be forced to face, there always comes the dilemma of when to eat those leftovers.

“One of the biggest problems that comes from our desire to overeat at Thanksgiving is the stack of leftovers in our fridge,” says Christy Shatlock, MS/RD, and one of the lead dietitians for bistroMD. “Eating leftovers every day after Thanksgiving can make sticking to your diet difficult; more of the wrong foods in the wrong portions.”

If you still want to eat leftovers after Turkey Day, there is a way to do it that won’t mess up your diet.

“When Thanksgiving is over, take your leftovers, and portion them out for the rest of the week using several different sizes of containers or Tupperware,” says Christy. “For your main protein, (the turkey), put in several medium size containers and label them on the days you are going to eat them. Do the same with your sides; portion them out and label for each day.”

If this seems like too much work, just use a small plate the next time you need to reheat. Eating these leftovers on a smaller plate will tell your brain that you’ve eaten enough, so you won’t eat too much!

Also, think of new, healthier ways to enjoy your leftovers. Slice up some of your leftover turkey, and put it on a salad the next day. You could also make a great soup with a lot of your leftovers. Just freeze it, reheat, and enjoy it later in the holiday season.

Don’t Skip Meals, and Chew Your Food Slowly!

On Thanksgiving, most people make the mistake of rushing through their meal. However, if you are trying NOT to overeat this holiday, it’s important that you chew your food slowly.

“When you chew your food slowly, this makes your meal more satisfying, and can actually help you feel fuller, longer,” says Christy. “Even with all of those different foods being passed your way, don’t take a serving of something else, if you haven’t finished what’s on your plate. This will also help keep your portion sizes under control.”

Also, don’t starve yourself the day before or on the actual day. Make sure to eat a good protein-based breakfast, and make sure to have good protein-based snacks during the day.

Thanksgiving is also about family time, so make sure you put your fork down every once and a while, and join in on the conversation. This will also help control your urge to eat more.

You can’t exactly have a conversation with food in your mouth, right?

Stick with Tradition, but Give it a Makeover

“Most people tend to overeat at Thanksgiving, simply because they don’t want to give up the traditional foods,” says Christy. “There are healthier alternatives to some of your traditional meals; foods that will leave you feeling satisfied, but will help you avoid the temptation to overeat.”

When it comes to the turkey and the potatoes, you can make a great-tasting Thanksgiving dinner that is still traditional, but also tasty.

“There are traditional turkey recipes that are healthy, you just have to do your research,” says Christy. “There are also traditional sides, like Parmesan mashed red potatoes that have half the calories and regular fat than typical recipes.”

If you are going to Thanksgiving at a friend or family’s house, choose wisely when it comes time to dine. Choose white meat over dark, roasted sweet potatoes over candied yams, and eat your vegetables. For dessert, a small slice of pumpkin pie is okay, just avoid the whipped topping.

Also, avoid finger foods. These tend to be the highest in calories and fat.

Sit Down

It sounds simple enough. But, how many of us take a plate of food and nibble on it until you’ve found a seat? It’s hard to really enjoy food when you are standing up, balancing a plate. Don’t take a bite unless you are sitting down.

State Out Loud Three of Your Favorite Thanksgiving Foods

It’s likely that you named foods you only get once a year like cranberry dressing, Aunt Beth’s sweet potato pie or turkey. Consider what it is about these foods that give you pleasure. The texture? Taste? Smell? Focus on the foods you really love. Savor them. Consider whether you really enjoy filler foods like rolls, things you can get all year. Stick to what you know you love.

Take a Game or Photos

When food is the only event at Thanksgiving, it makes it too easy to mindlessly overeat. Bring your favorite board game or cards. Or, tote along photos from the year to ooh and ah over.

Find Ways to Soothe and Comfort Yourself

Holidays are exciting and stressful. Find ways to calm and soothe yourself so you don’t turn to calories for comfort. You might want to check out our new product, Dial the New You. It may be just the thing to help you.

Rethink Thanksgiving

Perhaps we need to change our perception of the holiday before we can change our behavior. In many ways, Thanksgiving is just like any other meal. When isn’t there an abundance of food? So, think of this meal like any others. Seeing Thanksgiving as “different” or “special” seems to imply that there is a different way we eat. Yes, it is a holiday, but Thanksgiving is about spending time with those you care about, not eating everything in sight. Remember, mindful eating is not a diet. You don’t have to avoid good food. It just means eating it slowly, with full awareness.

Mindless Triggers

It’s likely that you can pinpoint some of your most common mindless eating triggers. Do you tend to pick mindlessly at food when it is sitting directly in front of you? Does eating next to an annoying relative lead you to stress eat? Make a list of things that sabotage your mindful eating and strategize around how to address them. For example, pick your favorite person to sit next to and grab the seat. If you tend to pick at food, commit to passing food out of arm’s reach as soon as you sit down.

Best wishes on Thanksgiving!
Eat, Drink and have fun

Can you believe it’s November?

I certainly can’t!

Dear VitaMist Family,

By the time you read this month’s VitaMist Newsletter, Halloween will have passed, the election will be over, and Thanksgiving will be close at hand.  The Holiday Season has arrived again.  Two months of the year that will set the stage for the rest of your life.

Excuses!  Excuses!  Everyone always has Excuses.  This year I have heard more excuses than ever before.  I urge all of you not to let “The Holiday Season” become another excuse, and ruin what you have been building with VitaMist over the past few months.

At the end of the summer I wrote on a similar theme, and I received so many positive responses telling me that my comments had really hit home and helped everyone out of their summer vacation daze. So, is it time to sit back and relax again?  Not if you want to achieve the success you believe you are due.

This Holiday Season, please enjoy yourselves.  But please, please, don’t allow all your hard work to be undone.  I urge every one of you, every single member of our family, to believe in yourselves and to be everything you can be.  Rather than look for reasons why you can’t, please look for reasons why you CAN!  In this way, “DO IT” has become something of a mantra for the true leaders of VitaMist.

Have an Amazing November, and HAPPY THANKSGIVING!.

From My Heart With
LOV

Sari

Being Thankful In Difficult Times

I remember a remark by American poet Ralph Waldo Emerson: “I awoke this morning with devout thanksgiving for my friends, the old and new.”

Thanksgiving will be here shortly and we should all remember that Thanksgiving is more than just giving thanks on that one day.  Those expressions of thanks promote health and happiness and give optimism and energy to the downtrodden. Thanksgiving is an opportunity to realize that we have much for which we can be thankful. This truly American holiday allows us to focus on our blessings and the freedoms we enjoy. It’s inspiring to see so many VitaMist family members and groups working to help make the world a better place. Thanks to everyone for your contributions to the community we call the VitaMist family.

Have you ever experienced times a when being thankful was really hard?  I have.  I’ve gone through difficult times when it’s hard to think about anybody but myself.  One thing that helps me, though, is recognizing that I’m not alone and others have gone and are going through similar difficulties.  In fact, many have gone through far worse than I.

“A person cannot be “Depressed” and “Thankful” at the same time.”

I believe I’ve told this story before but I want to share it again with all of you.  I was thinking about something my husband Joe did back in the 80’s when we were first starting out.  He had a collection of some very old WIDE – LOUD – ties.  We were working some very long and hard hours to do the research and get VitaMist up and going.  He got this crazy idea that each week at a staff meeting where we talked about the project we were working on, we would have a Plaque made with one of Joe’s TIES mounted on it.  He would give it to the person who had done the most that week.  It started out as just fun and shortly became a contest, because everybody wanted one of Joe’s tie plaques.  It was a way of saying “Thank You”.  We celebrated when the products were finally finished and launched.  Everyone who received a plaque was invited.  That meant that everyone celebrated because when all was said and done everyone in the Company ended up with one of Joe’s Tie plaques.

You will find it surprising what those two little words “Thank You” will do for a person.

Thanksgiving is also about forgiving and letting go – to give thanks to oneself for being the person that they are – and what they have become – to give forgiveness to oneself and let go of those thoughts, feelings and ideas that have made things difficult  – to give thanks to those who have stood by us during turmoil and difficult times.

Please also remember how hard you have all worked this year.  There is no excuse not to keep working hard over this holiday season.  Remember the bills that magically seem to appear after the first of the year.  So I urge all of you not to let “The Holiday Season” be another excuse and ruin what you have been building with VitaMist over the past year. Rather than looking for reasons why you can’t, this holiday season, please look for reasons why you CAN!  So just “DO IT”!!!

Bill, Irma and I along with the entire VitaMist staff wish each of you a joyous and peaceful Thanksgiving. Please enjoy the company of your loved ones, think about the importance of old and new friends, be safe and take time to reflect on our many blessings.

HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO MY AMAZING VITAMIST FAMILY!

From My Heart With LOV

– Sari

Counting our Blessings!

Dear VitaMist Family,

We are Counting our Blessings! During my favorite time of the year.

By the time you read this month’s VitaMist® Newsletter, Halloween will have passed, the election will be over, and Thanksgiving will be close at hand.

The Holiday Season has arrived again.  Two months of the year that will set the stage for the rest of your life.

 Excuses, excuses.  Everyone always has an excuse.  And this year I have heard more excuses than ever before.  I urge all of you not to let “The Holiday Season” be another excuse and ruin what you have been building with VitaMist® over the past few months.

 At the end of the summer I wrote on a similar theme and I received so many positive responses telling me that my comments had really hit home.  To help everyone out of the summer vacation daze, so, is it time to sit back and relax again?  Not if you want to achieve the success you believe is due to you.

 This Holiday Season, please enjoy yourselves.  But please, please, don’t take allow all your hard work to be undone.  I urge every one of you, every single member of our family, to believe in yourselves and be everything you can be.  Rather than look for reasons why you can’t, please look for reasons why you CAN!  This is one of the reasons that “DO IT” has become something the mantra of the true leaders of VitaMist®.

 Take a moment to reflect on the poem that follows.  Happy Holidays,

Sari.

How to observe Thanksgiving

Count your blessing instead of your crosses;

Count your gains instead of your losses.

Count your joys instead of your woes;

Count your friends instead of your foes.

Count your smiles instead of your tears;

Count your courage instead of your fears.

Count your full years instead of your lean;

Count your kind deeds instead of your mean.

Count your health instead of your wealth;

Count on God instead of yourself.

~Author Unknown.~