How to Recognize National Truck Driver Appreciation Week on Social Media
This year, the country will recognize National Truck Driver Appreciation Week (NTDAW) September 11-17, 2022. While those of us in the transportation and logistics industry know how essential truck drivers are year-round, this recognition week gives us marketers the chance to shine a light on these indispensable workers and show our stakeholders why they deserve our appreciation.
In 1998, the American Trucking Association founded NTDAW to create an official week to honor the 3.6 million truck drivers across the country that deliver our goods and keep our highways safe. From NTDAW gifts to truck driver fact sheets, the American Trucking Association’s NTDAW toolkit provides many resources to help individuals, companies, and even government organizations recognize truck drivers. Government agencies have shared proclamations, media outlets have shared the many ways that transportation and logistics companies celebrate, and companies have turned to social media to amplify these efforts.
NTDAW Gets Social
There are many ways that your organization and employees can get involved with NTDAW on social media. Here are some of our favorites:
- Feature your drivers. Get creative here! You can share a day in the life video from one of your drivers to highlight the trucking profession on social media, or simply share a photo recognizing a driver.
- Share interesting statistics about the transportation industry. This is a great way to show the significance of this recognition week. For example, did you know that trucking accounts for 1 out of every 21 jobs in Florida?
- Showcase the ways that you’re celebrating NTDAW at your organization. Whether you’re hosting appreciation events or providing your drivers with gifts, document the occasion and celebrate with your stakeholders on social media like Women In Trucking.
- Say “Thank You” on social media. Compile a video of employees saying “thank you” to your organization’s drivers. Encourage personal stories to make the video unique to your organization.
As you start to think about ways that you can recognize and celebrate National Truck Driver Appreciation Week on social media, remember to be authentic and true to your company values. While social media is a great way to amplify your organization’s appreciation for drivers, it’s important that your drivers are actually appreciated and recognized for their contributions. At the end of the day, a social media post won’t make up for poor treatment of drivers. As an industry, we should show support for drivers year-round!
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