A few weeks ago I had a tweet from someone I know asking if there’s a way to unsend a Mailchimp campaign. Evidently there had been an incorrect name used in their campaign, making the event about someone else. Whoops. Typos are the worst. So, I emailed to check in and see if I could help. I had 3 recommendations…
- Depending on the response from people I’d say you can send out another email apologizing/correcting the issue. BUT if you didn’t get much response to it then I’d say leave it – you’re only drawing attention to it.
- You can always do a social media face palm correction. That way people see you caught the error, BUT it doesn’t go out to everyone in a second email.
- Get a second set of eyes – this is why I always make sure my clients approve their newsletter before I schedule it. That way multiple people are looking at it.
The good news is that only a couple of folks responded to the email noting the error, and they were all very kind and gracious about it. People: This is almost always the case! Your employee or client or good friend may say “dude, that’s not the right person.” But RARELY does someone get up in arms. Even when they’re hiding behind a computer. I promise.
Then two weeks ago I had a client issue where I screwed up the merge tag so instead of “Hi Norm,” it said “Hi <insert name here>” GOLD STAR ME. And that’s an error that you wouldn’t necessarily catch in a test email. AND the link I had used wasn’t working correctly. So in that case we sent out a resend noting the incorrect link.
Once you hit the send button your email is out in the universe and in everyones inbox. You can’t take it back. Sometimes you should send out a correction email. Sometimes you have to remember you’re human (as my client said “we’re still badass women”) and the occasional typo isn’t why that client is going to hire or fire you. I promise.