Your Marketing Coach Newsletter – January 2, 2023

January 2, 2023

Happy New Year!
The new year always brings so much hope… 
so much resolution… 
so much opportunity to make new mistakes.
You know it’s true! But that’s not a bad thing either.
Today, we’re going to talk about one of the most underused secrets in marketing:
The “mistake” email.
After all, didn’t Brittany make us look twice when she came out with her smash hit?

So grab that Monday mojo, your cup of caffeine, and let’s go!

Let me tell you a story. Funny thing happened once when I sent out an email with mistakes. Lots of them. In fact, I created the mistakes on purpose. To prospect.
Imagine that!
And guess what? It worked like magic!
“Mistakes” catch people’s eye. Here’s how I use a mistake email to catch prospects’ attention.
“Hey [NAME] this is Alex Branning checking in period new paragraph

It’s been about a week since I emailed you last comma just wanted to circle back around and make sure you had your questions answered I would love to work with you exclamation mark

You can reply to this email or schedule a call at

Have a great day exclamation mark“
The response was overwhelming. It was one of my highest performing emails.
The truth is, it incited several psychological triggers that work well.
 1. Humanity. Mistakes are Human.
We’re all human. We all have dictation trouble. And we all make mistakes. I mean, we all have dictated an email or two, right? And Siri still doesn’t always get it right. Right?

 2. Humor.
Admit it – it’s funny! I mean, I wrote it, and even I can’t keep from laughing!

 3. Curiosity.
It’s a bit of a puzzle. You have to unravel it. As the reader, you’re probably wondering – “How is Alex going to fix this flub?”

 4. Engagement.
Most people want to help (or correct) errors. So what do they do? They hit reply and engage with me. That means we’re back in contact, and through self-deprecation, too.

So, how can you use this?

Well, you’re welcome to steal my template above and adapt it for your own business. Use it as a script. 
  1. Throw in one or two typos in an email or in a caption of a social media post. Just don’t make it offensive!
  2. Misquote a famous quote. 
Now the bottom line is to increase engagement and have some fun. Not to be manipulative, conniving or underhanded. Keep it light and engaging. And definitely don’t overuse it. You’ll just be seen as the kid that flunked high school English class!
Great! OnWORDS and upwards! 🤣

Because it’s only the 2nd day of 2023, let’s keep our focus where it should be… with our new goals! 
So today, here is what you can post (or email) as a question to your audience:
What’s one BIG goal you have for 2023?
I love this question because people have goals in so many different areas! Some are focused on their health, others on the business or finances, some on making more memories… and so even on how many books they are going to read!
While you’re at it, not only should you also share what your one BIG goal is with your audience… but go ahead and hit reply and tell me yours also!
I can’t wait to hear about it!

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And that’s a wrap!

Make some mistakes, set some goals for this new year, and stay tuned for another idea next week!
Alex Branning
Branning Group

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