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The Second Biggest Holiday

Halloween is set to hit a record this year, according to the National Retail Federation. Spending on costumes, candy and cards is expected to top $9 billion.chartoftheday_6479_halloween_spending_spree_n

Halloween is for all ages. Kids rank high, but more and more adults are finding Halloween a great holiday to party. Halloween decorations are rivaling Christmas in number and sales. Pumpkin sales have climbed from $74 million in 2001 to more than $185 million last year.

Halloween offers more than just a good time for car dealers to offer “Spooktacular Savings.” It is a safe holiday for building culture and fun into an organization — and for building a monthlong marketing effort into your planning.

If you are not including Halloween in your marketing plans, the Great Pumpkin will not visit your pumpkin patch.

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Mark wrote his first direct-mail fundraising letter in 1981 for the University of Iowa Center for Advancement. The effort raised a few million dollars in undiscovered wills and legacy gifts. From that day forward Mark discovered a love of the big idea that moves the needle. After 12 years at KWWL, Mark became a business owner as a co-founder of ME&V — rebranded as AMPERAGE in 2015. After 25 years of leading creative teams in video production, graphic design, PR, writing and web development, Mark transitioned out of ownership in 2021. Today he serves in an employee role as special projects consultant. He is creatively ambidextrous — son of an artist and engineer — and famous for distilling complex ideas down to a few words and a few visuals. Mark is a writer. When he found that many nonprofits struggled with complex branding puzzles, he wrote the book, “NonProfit-NonMarketing .” He also wrote a novel called “Reenactment.” Mark is an active blogger OneMinuteMarketer® with nearly 1,000 readers each week on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter. One of his most popular YouTube videos is on “How to Look Good on Zoom.” One of Mark’s fondest business memories was being named to INC 500 two times and attending the INC 500 conference with other winners. Mark is considered by some a Civil War expert (and that explains his novel). Mark also served as an adjunct professor in the business and in the communications departments at Wartburg College. Mark is a graduate of the University of Iowa and is currently vice president of the University of Iowa Journalism and Mass Communications Advisory Board. Mark is married to state Sen. Liz Mathis, and the two love to travel, even when it means being trapped by a volcano in the Czech Republic for three weeks.