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For Your Editorial Calendar: March Engagement Themes PLUS Hashtags

Mark these events on your March editorial calendar — there’s lots to tweet here!  Folks are already tweeting about this content, so when appropriate, use these themes in your Facebook updates and blogs, tying to your branded content in ways that make sense.

Using popular themes and topics that people are talking about can help increase your Facebook Page’s Edge Rank, get more views for blog posts, and score more retweets.  Contact us if you’d like help you with your social media outreach.

Thursday, March 1: The National Park Service makes their highly anticipated Cherry Blossom “Bloom Watch” predictions today.  Follow them on Twitter @NatlParkService and use Hashtag: #blossompic or #bloomwatch

Saturday, March 3: The St. Patrick’s Day Parade takes place in Old Town Alexandria, VA today.  Lots of dogs, lots of step dancers, and LOTS of bag pipes!  King Street will be closed until 12 noon.  Follow the parade organizers, the Ballyshaners, on Facebook.

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Friday, March 9: Today is the first day of the Washington Home and Garden Show, taking place at the Walter E. Washington Convention CenterFollow the organizers @HomeShows

Sunday, March 11: The St. Patrick’s Day Parade takes place in downtown DC today.  It’s a hoot!

Sunday, March 11: The 67 games of March Madness begin with Selection Sunday today.  Follow the official NCAA basketball Twitter account @marchmadness

Sunday, March 11: Daylight Savings Time begins — “Spring forward.”  This is a good time to remind people to change the batteries in their home smoke detectors.

Wednesday, March 15: Elephants, horses, cowboys, and clowns from Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus will parade through downtown DC near the National Mall this afternoon.  Follow @RinglingTweets on Twitter.

Thursday, March 15: The DC Ad Club presents the ADDY Awards tonight.  At this event, you’ll see a display of the best advertising examples in DC.  This is a good night for networking and maybe even finding an advertising agency for your business or nonprofit organization.  Follow @dcadclub – Hashtag: #DCADDYS

Friday, March 16: It’s my birthday!  Wish me a happy birthday on Twitter – follow @MaryFletchJones – Hashtag: #HBMaryFletcher (hey, why not? 😉 )

Saturday, March 17: It’s St. Patrick’s Day and everyone is Irish today.  Talk about how your business is going green while wearing green!  Video and photo opportunities abound today — post them on your company Facebook Page.

Tuesday, March 20: Today is the first day of the Cherry Blossom Festival, a very special time for DC.  The festival runs through April 27.  Follow the official Twitter account @CherryBlossFest and use Hashtag: #blossompic

Tuesday, March 20: Today is the first day of Spring.  Check out Free Digital Photos Net for free spring images for blog posts and Facebook Page updates.

Monday, March 26:  College students will be coming home for Spring Break soon.  Schedule interviews with potential summer interns to help you with your marketing efforts.

Tuesday, March 27: Network-and-Lunch at Teaism with Fletcher Prince.  The March event is sold out but please join us for the April event at Jaleo in Bethesda.  Follow @FletcherPrince and use Hashtag: #networkandlunch

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Communicators, mark your calendars for these March events

Tuesday, March 1

Today is National Pancake Day, but Fletcher Prince will still be open.  Free pancakes (suggested donation) at IHOP.

Wednesday, March 2

Join Women in Film and Video for an evening panel discussion on how to use documentaries to attract the attention of policy makers.  Chuck Conconi is one of the speakers.

Thursday March 3

Learn how to conduct PR research on a small budget at the monthly IPRA luncheon at the Embassy Suites in Tysons Corner. Good food, great people.

On the same day, WWPR offers a luncheon presentation, this one at the National Press Club, with Keith Blackman — the topic is media training. You may have to join WWPR to go, because this is a members-only thing, but it will be worth it.

Saturday, March 5

Alexandria’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade is today, and it’s a doozy.  Yeah, I think it’s a little early for it, too, but there you go.  Dig out your green clothes!

Tuesday, March 8

Happy Mardi Gras!  Laissez les bons temps rouler!  And don’t phone too early tomorrow.

Wednesday, March 9

A half-day of presentations with area PR consultants will be offered to area nonprofits for a bargain fee by PRSA-NCC.

Saturday, March 12

Join Richard Harrington and the DC Podcaster Alliance for a free presentation on compressing audio and video for the web.  Bring a snack to share.

Tuesday, March 15

Happy Birthday, Fletcher Prince Facebook fan, Ami Neiberger-Miller!  You rock!

Remember Father Guido Sarducci?  This year, he’s hosting the DC ADDY Awards Gala. Seriously, I’m not kidding.  The real McCoy.  The event also showcases the best in creative advertising in Washington, DC, and will entertain and inspire you.

Wednesday, March 16

Happy Birthday to Mary Fletcher Jones!  Flowers and cards over here, thank you.

Join PRSA-NCC and the GW School of Management at Fleishman Hilliard today for an afternoon seminar on leadership skills for PR managersJeff Ghannam is presenting.

Thursday, March 17

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

The Irish are known for their gift of gab, and suitably, WWPR is offering a lunchtime seminar on the art of storytelling, with three branding experts.

Sunday, March 20

Today is the first day of spring, and not a day too soon!  Cherry blossoms, any day now!

Happy Birthday, Fletcher Prince!  Our fourth year in business. We should get a cake, or something.

Saturday, March 26

First day of the National Cherry Blossom Festival.  The Smithsonian Kite Festival is also today.  Great day to take pictures.

Thursday, March 31

Opening day for The Washington Nationals.  Play ball!

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