Who else likes to proofread marketing emails at 6:00 a.m. just for fun? When trying to awake this morning, I scanned my email and stumbled on this gem – the ‘Greatest Country Music 5k Ever Created’. Of course I had to open it. And then, I was assaulted by spelling/punctuation/consistency/formatting issues.
Here is the email in question and my subsequent response to them. How many errors can you find?
Copyright © 20XX. All Rights Reserved.
My email response:
There are several spelling errors in this email.
I can proofread it for you:
- Country doesn’t need to be capitalized mid sentence (country music)
- Too, not to. (Ice cold beer too)
- Early, not ealry
- March 15, 2015 (comma, not period)
- Is the promo code facebook or Facebook? You have two versions listed; capitalized or lowercase?
- No exclamation point before a comma
- Comma after October 12 (not October 12 2014)
- Copyright 20XX should be 2014
I like the concept of the race and I’m interested. Can I get a bigger discount for proofreading? 😉 I know you are trying to appeal to country lovers, but spelling and punctuation, attention to detail is still important.
Would you run the Greatest Country Music 5k Ever Created? Would you run in cowboy boots? Of course I would; country costumes, beer, music, dancing…cornhole! Maybe there will even be moonshine! I can guarantee there won’t be any spelling bees, however, which is a shame, because you know I would totally win.
UPDATE: I received a response from the race promoter (after they sent out the same email again and I replied): “I am so sorry, we have been on the road for events. I know that’s not an excuse, but we will fix it before the next one, I promise!” Needless to say, I asked again for a race entry for compensation for my proofreading. I’m intrigued by this race!