Wednesday, 30 January 2013

Spelling not preferred

Peterborough strikes again with this ad spotted by Jon C.


After it was all going so well with the plurals and apostrophes.

Monday, 28 January 2013

An L of a typo

I found this on WebProNews.

The Chicago Public Schools system recently sent an email to parents notifying them that CPS was raising the standards when it comes to the Illinois Standards Achievement Test, or ISAT. The new standards for the ISAT are being implemented by the Illinois State Board of Education, or ISBE.

So far so good.

But an unfortunate error at the end of the message which was suggesting parents visit the ISBE website for more information added an extra letter. So the link ended up as ISBEL.com

Oops. It's a 'private invite-only community' with the goal of 'exploring and enriching the modern woman’s sex life and sensuality'.


Of course, CPS apologised.

'As soon as it was brought to our attention, we sent out an updated letter with a corrected link and apologized for any inconvenience it may have caused,' said a spokeswoman.

Unfortunately, she didn't go as far as explaining how the web address ISBEL.com could possibly be confused with isbe.state.il.us

Does it mean that the email writer had Autotype turned on which replaced the correct address with one which had been visited on a previous occasion?

Just a thought.

Friday, 25 January 2013

Flavour of the month

How Angie J came across this I'm not sure.

It's on a Wrigley's Extra display so I assume it's some unidentified country's way of shortening the word Spearmint.

Doesn't really work in English though, does it?


I wouldn't fancy chewing on that, even if it is extra fresh.

And 20 grams?

Surely it comes in 10cc portions.

Wednesday, 23 January 2013

Dear Stalker

A warm welcome and thanks very much to Hil J for sending this one in via Twitter.

It appeared in The Telegraph last April and, even though the article mentions the gloriously-named Visayan Warty Pig, the publication date wasn't the First of April.

Yes, I checked just in case.


Anyway, not surprisingly, The Telegraph was quick to remove all traces of the error.

Or so it thought.

But it doesn't take a Sherlock Holmes to uncover the evidence which remains to this day.

Monday, 21 January 2013

Witch filling?

Here's a very welcome contribution from Chris M who spotted this in Burnley.


Now I'd like to think that, due to Burnley's proximity to Pendle Hill, some plucky entrepreneur has seized a great marketing opportunity.

But no, a quick Google search for 'sandwitch shop' in Burnley (was that a sand-witch hunt?) reveals nothing so it looks as though it's a genuine Burnleyite gaffe.

Shame.

I was quite fancying a toe of frog flour cake and an eye of newt nudger.

Friday, 18 January 2013

Rug rat

Well done CBC News for revealing Lance Armstrong's dirty little secret.

Now we know how he managed to keep his habit hidden for so long.


He simply swept it under the carpet.

Wednesday, 16 January 2013

Colectomy for WVU

As printed by the Weirton Daily Times reporting West Virginia University's loss of the Pinstripe Bowl to Syracuse by 38 points to 14.


The gain of a vowel caused the loss of a bowel.

Monday, 14 January 2013

An unfortunate end

According to its website, Click is the BBC's flagship technology brand.

Flagship technology brand?

Yes, the brand with its eye on the ball; its finger on the pulse.

And its foot in its mouth.


Hmm. Endgadget.

Sounds like something you'd find at Ann Summers.

Friday, 11 January 2013

Gagging for it

Poor Matthew Fort of The Guardian newspaper.

He was so excited about a new section to be launched this Saturday that he couldn't help but blurt out his feelings on Twitter.


Followed in less than a minute by....

Wednesday, 9 January 2013

Beware of Dog

Making an error with the name Doug shouldn't cause any major problems in itself. What's the worst it's going to be?

Dog?

OK. Dog's not so bad.

Wait. What about the surname?


Ouch.

Monday, 7 January 2013

My dear Watson

Many people have trouble with Algebra.

Books like these are excellent for helping them.

For example, if L equals E, then E must be equal to L.


Er, except when it isn't.

No wonder they find it difficult.

Friday, 4 January 2013

Dynofusion: a Marketing master class

One issue with having an online presence is dealing with the daily onslaught of spam. Luckily, we have filters that hide most of it and bury it for ever.

But, occasionally, some slip through the net. The unfortunate truth about this one is that it's been sent with good intentions. (Well, it's a blatant hard-sell but at least it's not malicious.)

Bless him. I can picture the author writing and rewriting his lines for hours, maybe even days, carefully honing them until he comes up with the perfect message. The one you couldn't possibly ignore. The masterpiece that's going to make him his fortune.

email, marketing, Dynofusion, Leeds, James Kingston

It would be laughable but for the fact that the email is all about using email to gain business. Perhaps crying is the more appropriate option.

Please take a second look as I steer you through it.

Hi .

Translation: I don't know who the hell you are but I'm going to send this email to thousands of people using this spammy scattergun technique in the hope that one of them reaches a target.

Please don't use the word Hi when you and I have never spoken to each other, exchanged business cards nor even travelled on the same bus.

It's Dear . to you, James.

And while we're at it, no full point please. It's a salutation, not a sentence.

Well, you've certainly made a good start. 'Hit the ground running' was no doubt the expression that impressed you the most at your Marketing For Dummies evening class. So far, you've made a total of four keystrokes and you've already managed to both alienate me and antagonise me. I'm hardly receptive to your message, even if it predicts the Second Coming.

I think I'm beginning to understand exactly just how effective this email marketing is.

Still, I'll persevere.

Thanks for taking the time yesterday to read my email.

I didn't receive an email from you yesterday. You may have sent me one - along with probably 50,000 others - but it's highly likely that it went directly into my spam folder resulting in instant deletion and oblivion.

But you actually have no idea whether I received it, let alone read it.

As I mentioned,

Correction. As I mentioned, I didn't receive your email yesterday.

make more money & generate more business

Comma after business, please. And you should use the word 'and' rather than an ampersand. It's lazy and tacky.

we have over 1 million industry specific senior decision makers you can utilise to send your email contacts in our database.

Er, pardon?

I know what 1 million industry specific senior decision makers are. I can even picture them in my mind. But why would I want to utilise them to send my email? Seems a little excessive. I'm not sure I've sent more than a few thousand emails. Ever.

I think the decision makers' time would be better spent making decisions, don't you?

And you think it would be a good idea to send my email contacts in your database? Even if I understood what that meant, what good would it do? What would they do there?

-just like yourself!

Firstly, a sentence doesn't start with a hyphen. But it does, at the very least, warrant a capital letter.

Just like myself? You mean that I can send my email contacts in your database too? I thought the 1 million senior decision makers were already doing that.

Or do you mean that I am also an industry specific senior decision maker? How do you know this? I might simply be the guy that intercepts and redirects the email. Moreover, if I am a senior decision maker, then I'm busy, er, making decisions. Not reading this junk.

Oh, I get it. There's an exclamation mark! So it must be an inspirational message. 'Just like yourself!' Well, that's nice as I've been toying with the notion that I'm not a particularly pleasant person recently. Oh, wait. You're agreeing with me, aren't you? You're actually confirming that I'm right, I'm not a nice person at all. Well screw you.

So far, so good. You're one paragraph in and already I want to throttle you.

This method obviously works as we have used it effectively to make contact with you.

Method? What method? This is the first time you've mentioned a method. Or did I miss something?

Obviously works? Yes, obviously.

At this point I'd rather like to make contact with you, actually. Your face. My fist. Should be pretty effective.

Do you have any questions regarding the service?

Yes. I'd like to ask 'What service?' as you've not yet mentioned that before either. What service?

as little as £45 for 20,000 emails per month.

What? 20,000 emails as good as yours? That works out at 0.00225p per email.

Oh, OK. Probably priced about right then.

on our easy to use - email platform.

Another hyphenation misplacement. I think you mean our easy-to-use email platform, don't you?

take a look around, remember - you will be unable to...

Remember should be the start of a new sentence which means you're missing a fullstop and a capital letter too.

And there should be a comma where you've put a hyphen.

Would you like to me schedule a time...?

Whoa. You're turning into Yoda.

You want me to schedule to you? I'm not sure that it's possible to schedule to anyone, or anything for that matter.

discuss things over the phone? If so, please email me...

Wouldn't it be more sensible for me to call you on the phone to discuss things over the phone?

Alternatively - if you have any questions

Look. I've already told you about using hyphens instead of commas. Just stop it, please.

please email me at a different address to this.

No, no, no. It's different from, not different to.

Wait a minute. You're asking me to email you at a different address. But you've quoted exactly the same address.

Yes, I'm right. I've just checked again and it's the same address.

Oh, I get it. You're actually asking me to use a different email address.

So, like what then? I have a couple of suggestions.

How about completenumpty@dynofusion.com or theidiotinchargeofbusinessdevelopment@dynofusion.com?

I'm sure that any address similar to those will find their way straight to you.

Oh, and if you ever see this, James, I'd be interested to learn just how your Business has been Developing.

Wednesday, 2 January 2013

Clean ladies only

Happy New Year, everyone. And a special welcome to all the new MTH readers.

Let's start the year as we mean to go on.

Back to earth. Well, Peterborough.

With a bump, thanks to Jon C.


Fair enough. I suppose clean ladies are preferable to dirty ones.

Oh, wait. On second thoughts...

Anyway, to call them bags. And then to weigh them.

That's just adding insult to injury.

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