Did you know that there’s a celebration called National Unplugging Day? Yes, you’ve read it right. This day actually exists. It’s an annual 24hour digital detox from technology and is celebrated on the second Friday in March.
It’s a project of Reboot, an organisation that affirms the value of Jewish traditions and creates new ways for people to make them their own.
Believe it or not, you can benefit from this affair. Take advantage of it because you can use it to get your clients or even employees closer to you.
So how can you use this 24-hour global respite from technology to your advantage? Easy peasy! Send your intended recipients a letter of invitation to relax and unplug from technology. Tell them how much you value their health and wellbeing.
But of course, a letter isn’t enough. Give them a list of non-tech activities that they can do instead of plugging on their gadgets. It also makes sense to include an imprinted gift inside your snail mail to help them enjoy the National Unplugging Day.
Thrilled about pledging to unplug? Invite other people to join the movement, too. Show the whole world that you value global events like this.
Here’s a list of tech-free activities that anyone can freely do on the 9th of March. We’ve also shared corresponding promo gifts that match each non-tech activity.
Let’s get started!
1. Enjoy a Bike Ride
These days, spending number of hours on computers, laptops, mobile phones, and gadgets has become a norm. People lose most of their precious time just because they’re plugged into the technology.
Don’t let them lose real connections. Don’t let them be confined to the four corners of their room. Inspire them to go out, enjoy a bike ride and sweat a little.
Unlike gaming and social media browsing, cycling improves your fitness level. It helps increase cardiovascular fitness, muscle strength and flexibility.
Bonus Idea: You wouldn’t want your recipient to be harmed while bike riding. Yes, he has unplugged for a day but an injury for more than a day, not very impressive. Give him bike accessories and other promo gifts to ensure that he is safe while having a digital detox.
2. Have a Good Sleep
Since the National Unplugging Day falls on a Friday, why not share with your employees the importance of having a good sleep?
Send them an email that says have a good sleep when you go home. You can also add some lines like don’t look down but lie down, turn off your phone and take a rest.
Doing this will tickle their hearts because you’ve thought of their wellbeing and not their deadlines or daily tasks.
Bonus Idea: People nowadays can get caught up with social media. Enthuse them to tune out from their technological devices through sleeping. To make this possible, gift them something that will convince them to shut their eyes. Custom eye patch and pillow work as promo gifts.
3. Cook a Delish Meal
There’s a lot of reasons why everyone should consider unplugging. On top of them is having more time for themselves.
Digital detox doesn’t only allow a person to take a break from the screen but also allows him to value time alone and with loved ones.
Speaking of enjoying time without gadgets, there’s one activity that does this perfectly: cooking. What’s ideal about this is that it can be a family bonding experience.
Bonus Idea:The National Unplugging Day is the perfect time to revive family ties. So use it to convince your staffs to reconnect with their families through cooking. Don’t forget to give them promo gifts like an apron, oven gloves and other cooking items.
4. Do Volunteer Works
Besides cooking, doing volunteer works also suffice as one of the best and fulfilling non-tech activities. It’s a great way to go gadget free while at the same time reconnecting with other people.
Guess what? This can actually suffice as a marketing campaign. Ask your entire team to plan a volunteer program on the 9th of March.
You can either organise a 1-day lecture to out of school youth, a feeding program to the needy or donate blankets to a homeless shelter.
Bonus Idea:This promotional idea will make no sense if you fail to use imprinted gifts. Make sure that you bring promo gifts with you to leave a piece of remembrance to your chosen community. You can capitalise on plush toys, custom Tees, writing instruments, and the like.
5. Get Out the Craft Box
The National Unplugging Day also suggests an individual to enjoy alone time without having a gadget or phone in his hands.
Since the day aims everyone to be gadget-free, why not invite them to hold something as essential as their digital devices.
Remind them that there’s a lot of things that their hands can do besides texting or chatting. Among these things include knitting, drawing, painting, stitching and many other craft projects.
Bonus Idea:Persuade them to discover new hobbies. But that’s not enough. Stay with them as they found out new points of interests. Make this happen by giving them promo gifts that have a versatile use. A pen, for example, makes a great gift choice because they can use it for drawing or sketching.
6. Hang Out with Friends
Some people find alone time boring. They prefer having a good time with friends and enjoying each other company.
There’s no problem on this. In fact, this idea works on National Unplugging Day. However, there’s still a slight chance of using mobile devices.
So how can you help them unplug when out? Advise them to pick a destination that has no Wi-Fi connection or signal. This way, they will focus more on the bonding experience than their phones.
Bonus Idea: Outdoor trips require refreshments and food. Vacationers will feel hungry and thirsty after doing activities at the beach, park or gym. Meaning, you have to give them promo gifts that will keep them hydrated and energized.
7. Make Homemade Snacks
Another great bonding experience for families in the National Unplugging Day is baking. This one’s perfect for the moms and their children.
Such child-parent bonding offers a fun way of tuning out from technological devices. It engages real conversation and not the usual virtual ones.
It likewise allows kids to work more with their hands, brings out their creativity, and teaches them about patience.
Bonus Idea:With just simple ingredients, they can come up with scrumptious cookies and biscuits. If you’re up for this unplugging day, make sure that your brand stays with them. Send your intended recipients a recipe book, apron, or measuring cups.
8. Take the Dog for a Walk
Most people own a pet dog. They love taking their canine friends for a stroll to keep themselves moving and motivated.
Since daily dog walks have become an integral part of human’s life, why not tell your staff to do it on National Unplugging Day?
Imagine this. They don’t just join the gadget-free movement but also find a simple way to achieve a healthy body and heart.
Bonus Idea: Do you want to get your logo seen when people decide to take their dogs for a walk? Then, give them dog accessories like ID tags or dog collars. These promo gifts will surely spread the word about your name.
9. Play a Family Board Game
Playing mind and board games are yet another way for families to unplug from technology and reconnect with one another.
The fact that it sharpens the mind, gives kids something to look forward to. Also to mention that this activity is super fun, too!
Advise your dear clients to do it by sending them an email. They will certainly welcome this idea on National Unplugging Day.
Bonus Idea: Speaking of your clients. They probably went through a busy week, making them lose time for their little ones. Help them get closer to their children, again! Deliver simple board games to their doors with a special note “Have fun with your kids.”
10. Learn to Play an Instrument
What’s another fun way to unplug while having fun? Your employees might love this idea: learn to play an instrument.
Sway them to discover a new talent like playing a guitar, piano or drums. Not only does it help ditch their phones but also makes them do something productive.
Ask them to invite a friend who knows how to play one rather than checking tutorials on YouTube. Remember, it’s National Unplugging Day. It’s useless if they plug in.
Bonus Idea: Make them pledge to unplug through learning to play musical instruments. Enthuse them to do so by sending them free music classes and tutorials. Tell your loyal customers that they will receive these freebies if they attained a specific amount of purchase.
Go Gadget Free this National Unplugging Day!
The National Unplugging Day is happening on March 9. Use the few remaining days to plan for a marketing idea that will inspire your customers, clients, and employees to unplug and reconnect with others.
We hope this list of non-tech free activities will help you jump on the trend and connect with your target audience.
Invite them to go cycling, take a nap or sleep, cook a delish meal or do volunteer work. You might also want to convince them to squeeze their creative juices or hang out with their friends.
Of course, family activities likewise deserves a try. Tell them to bake goodies with their kids or play board games with the whole family.
You can also ask them to take their dogs for a walk or learn a new musical instrument. The decision is still yours, we’re just here to guide you.
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