Someone Sent Me a Business Email Addressed “Hi Zamunda…”
I am Luvvie everywhere on these interwebs and offline. I am HELLA Google-able and easy to find. My site is called AwesomelyLuvvie.com. I am @Luvvie on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter. LUVVIE LUVVIE LUVVIE.
So… two days ago, I get an email that made me roll my eyes so hard that needed visine to set my pupils back straight. Why? Because they emailed me about promoting a miniseries happening in February. They wanted me to help them amplify it, and the email began with “Hi Zamunda…”
Yes. THEY THOUGHT MY NAME WAS ZAMUNDA! In fact, just see the screenshot below.
COMME DES FACKONS! I have SO many questions but I want to lay the facts out first.
1. My email address is Luvvieblog at gmail.com
b. My name is in my signature, which is at the very bottom of every email I reply to.
iii. My name is Luvvie on the “address” line where it tells you what the person’s name is.
So this man is completely clueless as to what my name is. In spite of ALL of that. Now I wanna ask my questions.
a. Is Google busy? I mean it. Did Google go on lunch break and not come back yet? If he was SO CLUELESS of my name, is Google not one click away?
ii. Did the actors who told him to contact me not tell him my name? Maybe they referred to me as “That Black blogger who is always ranting about some shit and she got the cartoon.” That must be it.
3. Where did he get the idea that my name is ZAMUNDA? The only place it’s referenced is that it’s my Twitter location. Bonus: so there are actually people who’ve never seen “Coming to America” huh? Well the sender of this email wasn’t Black so maybe he hasn’t seen it. Still…
The tea in all this? The miniseries he wants me to help promote is about Black people, and for Black History Month, and he called me Zamunda. I was thinking about possibly watching it too but I’m not so pressed now. If this is someone representing it, and they’re this clueless, what does it say for the rest of the work?
I want to contact the actors that he said sent him my way and let them know that this is the janky way someone is going out to try to get them press. Do they know? I actually like the work of one of them too. I wanna be all “Ma’am, dude gotchu out there bogus.” I need to dig for her contact info, doe.
Ok so after the screenshot above, we had one more exchange.
I wanted to hit him with the Magic Mike “Don’t be sorry, hoe. Be careful.” So… You thought LUVVIE wasn’t my name because it was possibly just an online persona. But ZAMUNDA was more likely what my real name is. You thought that was a safer guess. You’d rather go with the one that is the name of a made up country from a movie.
Oh. At least he didn’t call me Kunta Kinte. I woulda preferred Jaffe Joffer, doe. (-_-)
I get emails addressed wrongly ALL the time (*side-eye* to PR people who don’t do any research). Folks be outchea calling me everything but Awesomely Luvvie. I’ma start changing my name weekly. Diabolically Luvvie. Amazingly Luvvie. Shadefully Luvvie. I got quoted on Yahoo earlier this week as “Awesomely Lovely.” But THIS? This is a new level of fail and I need people to get it together.
The moral of this story is:
please hire proven professionals to represent you. Everyone CANNOT do PR. If you want/need my help with something, get my name right.
Update: He sent me an email saying he sees that I’m “trolling” on social media. Sir, I’m not trolling you. I’m DRAGGING you. There’s a difference. Bless his heart. But at least he got my name right this time.
He told me that he’s foreign and he didn’t know my name (although Google comes in all languages but ok). I told him that it reflects poorly on those he represents that he didn’t even know my name. I accepted his apology, doe. He just gotta do better next time. Dassall.