We Made a Beer! { FINAL PROOF }

What does a blend of creative juices, fresh hops, and heart & soul taste like?

As a longtime supporter of Wisconsin’s craft beer industry, Element has always offered our clients fresh brew on tap as well as bottles from our well-stocked D.B.F. (Dedicated Beer Fridge). However, we’ve now upped our “beer geek” cred a few levels higher—we brewed a unique Element beer!

Final Proof is Element’s statement beverage; an experimental beer that uses uncommon ingredients to match how we push limits to help our clients succeed. Never known as an agency to create something expected, we envisioned a beer with lemongrass, ginger, and fresh hops grown on Element’s back deck.

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Copywriter/Asst. Creative Director
Eric’s been doing this copy thing for a while; over 25 years now. He understands that proofreading, like any skill, requires focus and practice. Eric’s been knocking out creative copy with few errors (nobody’s perfect) at Element since 2009. And, he feels somewhat uncomfortable writing in the third person.

The Great Typo Hunt (or “How Not To Sound Like A Idiot”)

So, did you catch it? Yes, I deliberately threw a typographical error in this article’s headline. Oh, I’m sooooo crazy. Yet, as silly as this potentially misunderstood stunt is, it’s still cringe-worthy for any writer. I’m not sleeping well tonight.

Words can be powerful weapons. Likewise, mistakes can be A-bombs that explode in your face. Assumptions are instantly made. Characters are judged. Intellect is challenged. Lawsuits are filed. And, good judgment is questioned, especially when the typo appears immediately before the word “idiot.”

So, does your copy mirror how you want to be perceived? Does your product or service come across as smart, confident, and capable? Odds are you’re falling short if your work contains typos. People can’t help it; they have trouble trusting copy that sounds like a fourth grader wrote it (unless it’s your fourth grader who wrote it).

It’s a simple fact: your butt is on the line every time you share any words that are written. Whether they appear in printed collateral, in a digital ad, or even in a casual email. They’re all reflections of you and your brand.

So, now you’re completely paranoid. Apologies for that. I can at least offer a couple pointers to help you tighten your copy and catch these unsightly critters. So, other than the obvious (spellcheck, read slowly, have someone else review it), here are …

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Copywriter/Asst. Creative Director
Eric’s been doing this copy thing for a while; over 25 years now. He understands that proofreading, like any skill, requires focus and practice. Eric’s been knocking out creative copy with few errors (nobody’s perfect) at Element since 2009. And, he feels somewhat uncomfortable writing in the third person.