When the thirteenth day of any month falls on a Friday, people take notice. Whether they seek shelter from random bad luck, like avoiding cracks in the sidewalk, or chuckle at scary movies, most are aware of the significance of the date and respond according
to their own superstitions.
In marketing, it's important to foresee the potential impact of your message and its timing in conjunction with holidays across local, regional and international customs.
While Friday the 13th may have no real significant effect on your ability to work, there are many people who respond to this day on the calendar by not driving to work, not eating out or not traveling at all. Give some thought to these practices and make sure your business is prepared, both for the superstitious among us and those who are not. Perhaps offer a special incentive to those who brave the day and eat at your restaurant or shop in your retail store. Maybe offer a special discount to customers who shop online instead of walking through your door.
As with everything in life, you can either capitalize on the situation, or be surpassed by someone who does.