When variable data attacks!

Not that you asked, but every day at work, I look forward to getting the mail. When 1:30 rolls around, I find myself glancing out our wall of windows here in the beating heart of Matthews, NC hoping to spy our cranky mail carrier in her beat-up white truck. I anticipate getting the latest Communication Arts or HOW magazine to see the latest work from some of the most talented creatives around the globe. (And then there are the checks! Sweet, glorious checks!)

But today, we got neither trade publications nor timely payments from our dear clients. We got stock image coupons. Two coupons in fact, from Shutterstock. At first, I was like, “Hey, cool! We got two coupons for money off images!” It just so happens that we will be buying some photos for folks in the near future so they may come in handy.

Then I looked a little closer.

One of them was addressed to me, Derick, and the other to our company “Opus 59 Creative Grp”. That’s a common thing, really, as different companies parse and target customers differently.

But the kicker was: the card addressed to our “Grp” said we could “Save 20% Today” — but the one addressed to ME said I could “Save 30% Today”. IMHO — to use a texting shorthand like the cool kids — this just makes Shutterstock look kinda silly.

So, be honest: am I overreacting? You know what, on second thought, just agree with me and my feigned outrage.