Drunk Chatting with Clients Bad for SEO Business

Oct 19, 2011   //   by Chris Help   //   blogging, Copywriting, SEO, SEO Blog  //  14 Comments

We’ve all done it. Went out for a few drinks and a few laughs, and the next thing you know—wasted. And as long as you aren’t getting behind the wheel, no harm no foul, right?

Enter technology.

Let’s be real for a second. Who doesn’t think it’s the best idea to text/Facebook/Gchat someone after a few too many? For whatever reason, it seems like the best idea at the time. Of course, if it really was a good idea, there wouldn’t be sites like www.textsfromlastnight.com.

Bad idea.

I’d even argue that drunk dialing is the best option if you are going to insist on communicating with people who aren’t right there with you when you’re inebriated. Why? Because there is no record of it. But when you text or anything like that, you leave a paper trail that often won’t disappear.

When Drunken Use of Technology Collides with Your Business

It’s one thing to drunk text your ex or accidentally call your mom. But imagine if you accidentally got a hold of one of your clients. Talk about a nightmare.

Well that’s exactly what happened to a friend of mine recently who runs his own SEO article writing business. The other night I was awaken by a text that said, “check your email now.” Here’s what I found. Names have been changed to protect the innocent:

“My drunk ass was trying to Gchat Jason and accidentally clicked on a client. The following is what took place:



Rob: ?

11:46 PM me: hahaha. oh my gosh. i was trying to click on my friend’s name. he played a prank on me in my apartment, and i was going to give him a hard time.

wow. embarrassed.

11:49 PM Rob: who is this?

oh Anthony…blogger

no worries man

I’ve done something like this many of times

11:50 PM honestly, pretend it never happened because I think it’s funny

done worse myself


dear God

11:51 PM happy hour beers


 Rob: luckily it was a guy and not a girl

imagine IMing a girl


and trying to explain that one

me: hahahahah, literal lol’ing

thank God you’re cool about it


 Rob: haha yeah man I could care less

anyone who would get mad about that sucks

and needs to loosen up”

Okay. So any part of me that was pissed for being up in the middle of a work night reading my email was long gone by now. I was literally LOLing my butt off. True story.

What We Can Learn from This


Anthony got lucky. He made a colossal mistake that could have cost him a pretty important client. In his intoxicated state he accidentally clicked on the wrong name and proceeded to cuss at a paying customer. And not only that, but let’s face it, there’s no way the guy bought the “my friend played a prank on me and I was giving him a hard time” thing. Obviously, Anthony was bombed.

Luckily, his client seemed to be a kindred drunken spirit. But it’s safe to say that not all clients would take it this well. In fact, this sort of behavior could make you appear untrustworthy, incompetent, and downright unprofessional.

So what can we do to make sure this sort of thing doesn’t happen? Stop drinking.

I literally LOLed again.

So that solution is out. Now what? Well, perhaps separating our business contacts from personal? Or better yet—keep a separate business email address and don’t add business contacts to your Gchat!

Of course, that won’t keep you from accidentally texting them.

Best bet? Don’t hit the technology when you’ve been drinking. Instead, go home and go to bed.

Have you ever done something similar? How’d you handle it?

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  • David Y

    Your friend really got lucky there. Lucky with all the wonderful new phones and apps coming up hopefully this issue, along with a little control on part as humans will prevent or aide with this particular problem area.

  • David

    No need for a breathalizer. Now there’s the faceBookalizer and the Emailalizer and the Textingalizer.

  • Marbella says:

    You never sit at your computer when you are drunk; this is a typical example of what has happened to many people. I have a buddy who destroyed a lot of important emails were unanswered from clients who he thought was answered in his drunken state.

  • Brian

    I don’t drink anymore. Actually, the last time I drank, there was no technology. Praise God for that. I can still remember some of the dumb things I did while drinking. If there’d been technology back then, I can just think of the trouble I’d been to myself and to others.

  • Satrap

    Hey Chris,

    That client of your friend is what I call “a cool person”! People who are easy going and can understand that everybody is going to get off the road once in a while.

    But, seriously, that is just not professional. Thank fully I don’t drink any more, so I dont have that problem, unfortunately I dont have to be drunk to do silly things!

  • Ileane

    I stopped drinking over 7 years ago so it’s hard for me to relate to this post at this point. Years ago I’m sure I would have found it hilarious – especially if I was holding a cocktail at the time 🙂

  • Mitz

    I am not very good at drinking so I only need one or two and I am off! So I had a few one night and came home and jumped on the computer…oh no… Anyway I went and commented on someones guest post on Comluv.com and tore strips off them..

    I looked at it the next day and it was pretty good stuff but I would not have had the guts to say all that usually..the guy thought he was a hot shot and didn’t care for anyones opinion but his own and that is my pet hate..

    Anyway the guy hates me now..well that is what I feel over the internet world..He talks to me but only to be polite.. I still think he needed a blast though..:)

  • Dennis says:

    LOL! Your friend should stay away from technology when he’s drinking. Easy access to technology is number one reason to blame. From personal life to professional life we should stay away from technology to avoid problems and trouble.

  • Alex says:

    Hey Chris

    i think its so true. Its funny to have a Drink. But its not good for Business.

    So i have my own Business and i think you so right.

  • martin says:

    I have a personal rule. before getting drunk turn off phone and facebook. I cannot imagin trying to talk business when drunk