Meryl is a Creative Director/Designer/Web Designer and copy-composer, who runs her own studio in NYC that creates profitable creative materials for direct, email and online marketers. Some of her clients past and present include Condé Nast Publications, Crain’s Communications, Martha Stewart Living and The Wildlife Conservation Society. You can find her on the web at merylrandman.com.
By Meryl on 04/04/2013
People look quickly at their inboxes, and scan subject lines. Therefore just a subject line can bring in sales.
By Meryl on 02/13/2013
By Meryl on 01/23/2013
The artist and organizer in me is always looking for ways to make things attractive and neat. But if there is one thing that I learned over my years as a Creative Director specializing in direct mail, pretty and organized is not always what gets the highest response. Years ago when I worked at Time‘s [...]
By Meryl on 01/08/2013
Beginning this month there are new rules from the USPS for Folded Self-Mailers (FSMs), which mail without envelopes. The changes are: 1. SIZE Acceptable sizes for FSMs are 4-1/4” x 6” up to 6-1/8” x 10-1/2”. Previously, the largest dimension was 11-1/2”. 2. SETUP All FSMs must open at the top and fold at the bottom. [...]
By Meryl on 07/18/2011
Here’s a piece I designed for Newsweek. Very basic, but take note of the barcodes that I circled in red. They are an important design element of the piece. It makes the form worth something more. It’s saying this is a special access form, and your so lucky to have received it. BTW, the barcodes [...]
By Meryl on 04/28/2011
Here are two emails, both with the images off. If you were to click “images on” (show content), the email on the bottom is “prettier”. This fits perfectly into my argument that good design is not always the prettier designed. I would say that the one on top is the better design. The message is [...]
By Meryl on 04/20/2011
The Post Office was retiring the Postnet barcode in May 2011, replacing it with Intelligent Mail barcode. They are now relaxing some of the requirements. Postnet barcode will still be allowed for Business Reply Mail, Automation Discounts and Confirm Service. To learn more go to: http://goo.gl/96KFs
By Meryl on 03/27/2011
Coupons are effective. Consider these points from http://smallbusinessbonfire.com/blog: 1. Coupons are time-based and encourage fast action. 2. Coupons offer an immediate benefit. 3. Coupons can push on-the-fence purchasers toward making a purchase. 4. Coupons can give previous purchasers a reason to purchase again. 5. The success of your coupons can [...]
By Meryl on 03/02/2011
See Kit Hinrichs do 50 folds in 120 seconds to the tune of the William Tell Overture. Click here.
By Meryl on 02/10/2011
Are mailing oversize postcards worth the additional expense? Oversize postcards stand out more in the mailbox. But are they really more effective than smaller postcards? Read more about this here.
By Meryl on 02/03/2011
Forms are an integral part of business communication but “…if a form is too complicated, confusing or obscure, it can become a barrier to clear communication, wasting time and money and potentially harming the publics perception of a business or brand.” Here is a book that proves to be an invaluable resource for creating clear, [...]
By Meryl on 01/21/2011
Fun! This comic strip, created by Brad Colbow reflects how people will feel if they receive too many emails from a specific company. To see more of Brad’s work go to http://bradcolbow.com/archive/ .