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How to create a Holiday Calendar in Actimo 🎄🎅🏻
How to create a Holiday Calendar in Actimo 🎄🎅🏻

In this article we will share how to build a Holiday Calendar in Actimo.

Written by Heidi Larsen
Updated over a week ago

Want to boost activation in the run up to the holidays? Why not try setting up a holiday calendar? This is a fantastic way to engage your contacts in the run up to the holidays and has proven to be a fun and easy way to boost activation.

You can use this guide to set this up for yourself or alternatively you can reach out to your Customer Success Manager for assistance. In the bottom of this article we have added som calendar designs and content ideas for 24 days - easy for you to download and start building your Holiday Calendar.

In this scenario we will build a 24 day Christmas Advent Calendar. This is the most advanced type of holiday calendar and you can set it up with fewer days. For example, a weekly advent calendar with one box for each week.

You will need to create a frontpage for the whole calendar, and a landing page for each day.

This will allow you to create content for each day of the calendar counting down towards Christmas.

Follow these four steps below to create your calendar in Actimo:

Step 1: Create a Landing page for the your Calendar Frontpage

The first thing that you need to do is to create a landing page with a grid for the whole calendar. In this case, we will base this on an advent calendar where the placement of each day is chosen at random. For the calendar frontpage, you can use a grid module with 24 tiles where each tile navigates to each day.

  • Create a message and add a grid module with 3 tiles per row and add 24 tiles

  • Create a graphic to use as a background for the entire grid that includes a tile for each day. Please note the following dimensions:

    • Single tile 300x300 px minimum (recommend 600x600 px)

    • 3x1 tiles 900x300 px minimum (recommend 1800x600 px)

    • Minimum 900x2400 px for the full background image for 24 tiles, or minimum 600x600 px for the full background image for 4 tiles if you are doing a weekly calendar.

Here are some examples with and without numbers, daily and weekly:

  • Upload a graphic as a background Image for the entire grid. You can include numbers on each tile in the background image itself, or exclude them and add the numbers as titles in the grid instead.

  • If you have uploaded a background image with no numbers, name the tiles “8”, “14”, “1” etc. until you have named all 24 tiles:

  • Click save

Add a grid module with 3 tiles per row and add 24 tiles, and upload background image for the module:

Step 2: Create landing pages and content for each day

Next, you need to create a landing page for each day, and a ‘Coming soon’ landing page.

Create a landing page for each day.

The landing pages for each day can be formatted however you like. Each landing page will need to be created as a new message.

The idea is to keep the content light and fun, but you can also make it informative. Here are some ideas for content:

  • A quiz where everyone with the highest scores are entered into a prize draw

  • A social feed where you ask people a fun question to kick things off like ‘what is the WORST Christmas gift you’ve ever received?’

  • A video or pictures from a holiday themed event.

  • A brief academy about Holiday traditions around the world

Here is an example of a simple landing page for the first day that includes a quiz:

On page one we have an introduction text module, a Gif added in an image module, and a button that links to page two of the message:

Page two includes a text module, a quiz, and a button that links back to the calendar landing page:

To set this up:

  • Create a new message

  • Add an text module and add your introductory text

  • Add an image module and upload the GIF or image that you would like to use.

  • Add a button at the bottom of the message (add your text to the button, but do not add an action yet.

  • Add a second page by clicking on the ‘+’ button at the bottom of the message editor.

  • Add a text module to introduce the quiz

  • Add and create the quiz

  • Add a button that redirects to the Calendar Front Page.

  • Go back to page one, edit the button and create an action that redirects to the second page.

You can find instructions about how to add text, image, and quiz modules here:

To set up the buttons you simply add the text that you want to appear on the button and add an action that directs either to the page with the quiz, or the calendar homepage:

You can find further instructions about how to add a button here.

Create 24 messages, one for each day of the calendar.

'Coming soon' landing page

It’s important to note that the messages should be unlocked each day, but prior to them being unlocked you will need to use a placeholder landing page. Here is an example:

Here is how to make that message:

  • Create a new message

  • Name it something like ‘Coming soon’

  • Add a fun GIF or image using the image module (or a video using the video)

  • Add a text module saying that it’s not time yet

  • Add a button directing back to the Calendar homepage

    • Add text to the button: ‘Go back to Calendar’

    • Add an action to the button and select ‘Go to message’

    • Select the Holiday Calendar landing page message.

  • Click Save

Add a Button module directing back to the Calendar front page:

Step 3: Connecting the Calendar front page to each message.

Now that the Calendar front page and the landing pages for each day are set up, we can connect it all together. When you launch the calendar, you would typically have the landing page for December 1st connected to the tile for the first day on the front page. All of the other days would be connected to the ‘Coming Soon’ message.

When you get to December 2nd, you simply go in and change the action to redirect to the message for that day and publish the message with your desired notifications.

Pro tip!

If you do not want to send notifications over a weekend, you can change those settings under Notifications & Reminders in the publish section. Here, you can schedule messages notifications for Monday, allowing you to publish ahead of time and not notify people over the weekend.

  • Go to Calendar Front Page message

  • Edit the Grid Module

  • Find the tile for the first day of the calendar. (If you have chosen a background image that includes numbers, you will need to count the tiles from left to right to find the correct tile while editing).

  • Click the settings icon for that tile

  • Click add an action

  • Select Go to Message

  • Select the message for December 1st.

  • For all other tiles, follow the same process but select the ‘Coming Soon’ Message.

  • Click Save

  • Go to the December 1st Message and publish it without any notifications

  • Go to the Coming Soon message and publish it without any notifications

  • Go back to the Calendar Front Page message and publish with the desired notifications and messaging.

When you come to the next day:

  • Go to the Calendar Front Page message and edit the grid module

  • Locate the tile for December 2nd, and replace the Coming Soon message in the action with the December 2nd message and click Save

  • Go to the December 2nd message and publish it with your desired notifications.

Repeat the previous three steps to unlock the content for each new day.

Congratulations! You have now set up your holiday calendar 🎄🎅🏻🎉

Content for building your Holiday Calendar

We know that it takes a lot of ressources to build a Holiday Calendar - but we don't think that this should stop you from creating a fun and engaging Holiday Calendar for your employees.

Therefore we have prepared an early christmas gift for you - a couple of Calendar designs and content for a 24 day Holiday Calendar - easy for you to download and get started building your Holiday Calendar!

Merry Christmas 🎄🎅🏻💫

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