How To Piss Off People On Your Email List

So today I had the bright idea of sending an email on a real hot button issue in the US.  I thought that since Donald Trump has people that either love him or really don’t like him at all, I would send out and email that was meant to be funny, but apparently it wasn’t.  I got some hate mail from a couple lovely gentlemen and I thought, “man I didn’t even take a side on Trump and I’m getting blasted by people who are clear Trump supporters.”  Then I thought, hey why not post a couple examples of what people say when they don’t like your emails.  So here goes.

First here’s my email.  I admit it might have been a tad inappropriate but I wanted to see what kind of response I would get.  I also added in my patent pending spelling mistake but that didn’t even get any response on this one.  (I sometimes add in spelling errors because the grammar and spell check police LOVE to point it out when you make a mistake).  (Oh and sometiems I do JUST make a mistake and don’t double check).  (See what I did there?).  Anyhow here’s my email:

my-emailIf you note that I even admitted I don’t really have a right to say much about it because I’m not in ‘Merica.  I’m just a lowly Canadian boy with bad judgement I guess?  I also didn’t take sides or say whether I was for or against the Donald.  I just said people either love him or don’t like him much.  I guess in reading it again it could be taken to read like I don’t like Trump, but honestly I don’t care either way really.  As the first hate mail dude pointed out, Canadians have no right to comment on anything:

angry-email-2Uh huh.  I wasn’t aware the politics could not be discussed by a Canadian.  Good to know, I will keep that in mind.  I mean we are just simpletons who have no clue about anything going in the world.  We live in our own frosty bubbles up here sipping on Maple syrup and saying “eh” after every sentence.  Now that one did hurt my Canadian feelings but not as much as this one:

angry-email-1This was straight to the point and well put.  I guess I deserved that.  Now I immediately went to google and tried to find witty responses.  Things like: “I appreciate the fact that you think it could reach.” or “Believe me, I’ve tried.” or “Sure, but let me finish with your mom first” or “I was going to but your wife/mom/sister/girlfriend/boyfriend already did it for me.”  Then I thought, no way that would be way too rude and what if that person doesn’t have a mom anymore?  That would be very cruel, so there’s no way in hell I would ever respond like that to them.  Plus responding to something like that is going to be pointless.  I have pretty thick skin after working online since 2004, so I just let it roll off my back without responding.  The next one was better because at least the guy put some thought into it:

angry-email-3He’s right, I attempted political humor, (humour in Canadian) and failed.  I don’t think I was being very outspoken about my personal political beliefs.  My goal was to help people out with a simple Facebook search trick, but I kind of forgot that saying a headline like I did to people who might be Trump supporters would be a bad idea.  I mean IF I were American and loved the Donald, I’d be annoyed too if I got an email like that.  So I can see their point, but it really was in jest only.  Again no response was sent to this fella because why bother eh?

The next one was my favorite, (favourite in Canadian):

angry-email-4It is against the law for people in the US to move to Canada?  I did not know that.  I’ve got a cousin who moved to the US and is now a police officer there without any problems.  I didn’t know that Americans would really move it Trump were elected.  That would be pretty extreme.  But that said we have a lot in common with Americans, we look like them, walk upright like them and wear clothes like them.  There’s a couple big differences though too, we say “sorry” way too much and we love hockey more then our spouses sometimes.  (Well not me personally I love basketball more than hockey but I’m not a normal Canadian boy).

So why on earth would I ever make a post on my blog like this?  Simple I like people to learn from my mistakes.  I probably made a mistake in sending out that email.  I thought it was a good idea but was it?  A good coach will allow you to learn from their mistakes.  That way you don’t have to make them on your own.  This saves time and money.  Did I mention I opened up some 1on1 coaching spots?  See more information on my 1on1 coaching here.  Even if you think my judgement was off in sending that email, was it really?  Humor, (humour CDN), is a good thing.  If we can’t laugh with each other, then what’s the point?

Do you think I was dumb for sending that email?  I am open to hearing your opinions.  I know I’m probably going to get raked over the coals but hey it wouldn’t be the first time.  For the record, I am neither for nor against Donald Trump.  One nice person also asked why I didn’t send an email saying the same thing but with Hillary Clinton?  (That’s not a bad idea and might help people see I’m not for or against any of them).  It’s really none of my business.  I’ll stick to paid traffic and keep my nose out of American politics, I mean my Canadian opinions are not welcomed anyway.  🙂


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