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I’m Meryl K. Evans, Digital Marketing Pro, speaker, and author of Brilliant Outlook Pocketbook and the co-author of Adapting to Web Standards: CSS and Ajax for Big Sites.
Since starting this digital marketing and writing business in 2000, I’ve written and edited for “Billiards Digest,” “The Dallas Morning News,” MarketingProfs, “PC Today,” O’Reilly, Pearson, Sams, Wiley, and WROX.
I achieve marketing goals for accessibility and B2B clients with content marketing, web content, social media, email marketing, and project management.
Past jobs include two Fortune 500 telecom companies, the federal government in Washington, D.C., and IT consulting. A native Texan, I live a heartbeat north of Dallas in Plano, Texas with my husband. We have three human kiddos and two fur babies where one thinks she’s human and the other thinks she’s a cat.
People call me the accessibility marketer because I educate people on the importance of accessibility. And besides, accessibility is everyone’s responsibility.
How your business benefits: Your businesses will build and maintain relationships with your clients and prospects using digital marketing tactics such as email marketing, landing pages, blogs, articles, and video. Whatever your digital marketing goals, you’ll achieve them with my experience and advice.
Why work with me? I have a reputation for providing high-quality digital marketing services and deliverables on time (usually early) that matches your company’s requirements. Most clients work with me again, some come back even after changing companies. Here are client testimonials.
Email me to discuss what you need.
- December 7, 2021: Curiosity Tank
- December 2, 2021: WordPress Accessibility Meetup Group: How to Create Accessible Captioned Videos for WordPress Sites and Beyond
- December 2-3, 2021: National Ability Summit
- November 30, 2021: A11yTalks: Shattering Misconceptions About Deafness
- November 2021: XR Association Limitless Future Conference: Value of Inclusive Design in XR-based Training
- October 2021: A11yTO Conf: What Y’all Need to Know About Captioned Videos on Social Media, Eh?
- October 2021: AccessibilityPlus: Early Adopters: How Embracing Assistive Technology Can Help Any Business panel with Gavin Neate, Andrew Houghton, and Andrea Mocellin
- September 2021: Content Marketing World: “Accessibility Is Everyone’s Job — Marketing Included”
- September 2021: #ID24: Deaf Tech: Travel Through Time from Past to Future
- July 2021: WordCamp Santa Clarita Valley: OMG! WTH Do I Start with A11y?
- July 2021: A11yNYC: I Heart CC: Why and How to Caption Videos Folks Love
- May 2021: Accessibility Camp Bay: Get the FAQ About Captions
- May 2021: AccessU: How to Caption Like a Rock Star and How to Create Accessible Social Media and Website Content
- May 2021: UW Husky Hackathon Panel: Busting Myths About People with Disabilities
- April 2021: TechAccess Oklahoma: How to Create Accessible Content for Social Media and Websites
- March 2021: Bay Area Disability Inclusion Network: Why and How to Create Accessible Social Media and Website Content
- March 2021: Accessibility in Hearing Technology Q&A with Mimi
- February 2021: A11yATX: Much Ado About Captioning Videos
- November 2020: Shattering Assumptions About Deafness
- October 2020: Through the Eyes of a Deaf Person with Equal Entry
- October 2020: WordCamp Los Angeles: Much Ado About Captioning Videos for WordPress and Beyond
- October 2020: WordPress Accessibility Day: Much Ado About Captioning Videos for WordPress and Beyond
- July 2020: WordPress San Fernando Valley Meetup: Much Ado About Captioning Videos
- May 2020: AccessU: No Autocraptions Allowed: Why and How to Caption Videos
- May 2020: A. Miroe Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD): What’s Next in Digital Inclusion and Accessibility?
In the News and Around the Web
- November 2021: Using Microsoft Azure and its AI capabilities, Peloton develops live subtitles for members who are deaf or hard of hearing via Microsoft
- November 2021: How Hollywood Can Make Change to Attract More People with Disabilities via Diamond
- November 2021: Why You Need to Do User Testing with Deaf and Hard of Hearing People via Fable
- October 2021: Let’s Talk About Social Media Accessibility via Link in Bio
- October 2021: Article 19 Podcast via Tamman Inc.
- October 2021: B2B Lead Generation And Demand Generation Strategies For 2022 via InfuseMedia
- October 2021: A11y Rules Podcast
- September 2021: Deaf Awareness Month: an opportunity to learn via Plano Magazine
- September 2021: Accessible Virtual Reality: Advice from a Deaf Person on How to Make It Better via Equal Entry
- September 2021: Accessibility Matters Video Interview via Accessibility.com
- September 2021: 28 Ideas for Better Virtual, In-Person, and Hybrid Event Content and Experiences via Content Marketing Institute
- September 2021: 22 Content Marketers Share Their Take on TikTok, Clubhouse, and Trendy Social Spaces via Content Marketing Institute
- August 2021: How to Keep Calm and Carry on When Captions Disappear During a Live Video via Diamond
- August 2021: Are They Feeling It? 22 Expert Ideas for Connecting With Your Audience via Content Marketing Institute
- August 2021: 26 Eye-Opening Ideas for Putting an End to Digital Content Fatigue via Content Marketing Institute
- July 2021: How to Ensure Telehealth is Accessible for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing via Diamond
- July 2021: Twitter Adds Captions for Voice Tweets After Criticism via Wall Street Journal
- June 2021: Meryl Evans Is Leading the Charge to Caption the Internet via InclusionHub
- May 2021: Making technology accessible for people with disabilities will end up making life easier for everyone via Dallas Morning News OpEd
- April 2021: TikTok Adds Automated Captions, Making Platform More Open to Deaf People via Wall Street Journal
- April 2021: What We’ve Learned from Hosting VR Meetups in Mozilla Hubs for One Year via Equal Entry
- April 2021: Should I Add Closed Captions to All of My Videos? via KeystoneClick
- April 2021: What It’s Like for a Deaf Person at a Captioned VR Presentation via Equal Entry
- March 2021: How to Mitigate Accessibility & Digital Inclusion Obstacles for the d/Deaf Community via InclusionHub
- March 2021: Exercising with Hearing Loss: 4 Smart Strategies via HearingTracker
- February 2021: Concentration Fatigue via DeafBlind UK
- January 2021: Press This Podcast: Creating Captivating Video Captions
- December 2020: Web Histories
- November 2020: Planning a Virtual Thanksgiving? 5 Ways to Boost Communication at Hearing Tracker
- October 2020: Q&A with Meryl Evans, Digital Marketing Expert at Equal Entry
- September 2020: Share This with Coach Deb — “Reach Millions More People with These Accessibility Apps”
- August 2020: Captions 101: How Do Captions Work on Videos? at Accessly
- August 2020: Podcast: Make It Real with Trisha Lewis
- May 2019: Interview with Meryl, a digital marketer, and master of home office organization
- April 2019: How to Caption Your Instagram Stories to Make Them More Accessible
- March 2019: Podcast: Part of Me with Esi Hardy
- August 2018: Bringing Your Remote Workforce Into the Fold
- June 2018: The Art of Working Remotely Spotlight
- May 2018: Dallas Morning News — Deaf and Music
- February 2018: Your daily workout posts are driving your friends crazy
- February 2018: Work-At-Home Experts Share Their Perfect Work At Home Office Set Ups
- October 2017: Almost Famous: From “Average Joe” to Influencer Through a Focused Content Marketing Strategy
- March 2017: 38 Small Business Marketing Tips from the Experts
- January 2017: 11 Words and Phrases You Had No Idea You Were Using Incorrectly via Bustle
- December 2016: 43 Expert Tips on How to Future-Proof Your Content Strategy
- October 2016: 42 Experts Tips for Creating Stand-Out Visual Content
- September 2016: 25 Content Marketing Influencers You Should Be Following
- August 2016: 45 Marketing Experts Share Their Authority Building Strategies
- July 2016: 35 Digital Marketing Tips for Lead Generation
- June 2016: 25 Content Marketing Experts You Should Follow on Twitter
- June 2016: Fitness Profile: Meryl Evans
- February 2016: 9 Expert Tips To Achieving Great Success with Content
- January 2016: 46 Expert Tips For Creating Addictive Content
- July 2015: 14 Real First Dates That Resulted in Marriage
- March 2015: SeeDepth Masters interview
- September 2010: The Invisible Mentor Interview (Part One) (Part Two)
- December 2009: How to Listen at HungryPeople
- December 2009: Gadget Gifts for Geek Girls: 15 Creative Ideas at IT World
- November 2009: Blogger for Hire: Get Paid to Blog at WOW: Women on Writing
- October 2009: How to use Twitter to save cash at BankRate.com
- September 2009: How to Succeed in Today’s Publishing Industry at WritersDigest.com
- August 2009: Should kids have cell phones? for SheKnows
- July 2009: #smallbizchat guest and interview with Melinda Emerson.
- July 2009: Featured Wild Web Woman Positive Role Model: WMT Interviews Meryl K. Evans For a Healthy Dose of Web Marketing Inspiration
- April 2009: Career Apple Interview
- February 2009: Blogger for Hire: Get Paid to Blog
- September 2007: Smashing Magazine 50 Designers x 6 Questions
- August 2007: Inkwell Editorial Interview (pdf)
- April 2007: People in the Know Interview
- May 2006: How to be a better blogger — and still keep your day job
- November 2005: McVille.net Interview
- May 2005: BBS: The Documentary
- April 2005: Passing The Acid2 Test
- May 2002: BBS: The Documentary video interview.
- January 2002: LemurZone interview
In Books (as an editor, contributor, or researcher)
- Enchantment: The Art of Changing Hearts, Minds, and Actions: Contributed personal story
- 102 Ways to Earn Money Writing 1,500 Words or Less: Story on page 208.
- The Well-Fed Writer: Story
- Adapting to Web Standards: CSS and Ajax for Big Sites: Co-author
- Brilliant Outlook Pocketbook: Author
- Blog Schmog: The Truth About What Blogs Can (and Can’t) Do for Your Business: Resource
- The Secret Power of Blogging: How to Promote and Market Your Business, Organization, or Cause With Free Blogs: Interviewee and contributor
- CSS Cookbook: 2nd Edition: Contributor
- What No One Ever Tells You About Blogging and Podcasting: Real-Life Advice from 101 People Who Successfully Leverage the Power of the Blogosphere: Contributor
- The Corporate Blogging Book: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know to Get It Right: Researcher
- The Well-Fed Self-Publisher: How to Turn One Book into a Full-Time Living: Resource
- Weekend Entrepreneur: 101 Great Ways to Earn Extra Cash: Interviewee
- Make a Real Living as a Freelance Writer: Acknowledgments
- The Well-Fed Writer: Back For Seconds A Second Helping Of “How-To” For Any Writer Dreaming of Great Bucks and Exceptional Quality of Life: Resource
- Stories of Strength: Contributor
- Sams Teach Yourself Movable Type in 24 Hours: Tech editor
- Words You Thought You Knew: 1001 Commonly Misused and Misunderstood Words and Phrases: Contributor
- Beginning Dreamweaver MX: Tech editor
Meryl first joined the Internet pre-revolution in 1992 with Internet in a Box.
Why the name meryl.net?
I racked my brain to come up with a name that would stick. Alas, nothing came. Ironically, I love to read about names and the meanings behind them. I’m even a professional namer! Yet, I couldn’t name this electronic baby.
I never had a nickname, a big hobby or a way for making up a creative name using my name. For example: If your last name was Boot, then a good Web name would be “Reboot.” Although I had a handle from my BBS (pre-Internet) days, I was embarrassed for ever having used it. Considering “meryl” is so uncommon considering the lifetime of misspellings and mispronunciations, I used it thinking a better name would come later. No brilliant idea ever came. So, meryl.net stuck.
Bio: The cool version
I’ve been hanging out on the pre-Internet aka BBS since 1986. (I appear in BBS: The Documentary, which landed me my own IMDB.com page. Color me shocked.) I met the Internet in 1993. In digital years, that would be the 1800s. I fell in love with it at first text.
I’ve written for anything and everything relating to Web design, technology, content marketing, writing, automotive and buffaloes (not kidding).
I’m the president, CEO, CIO, CMO, CFO and founder of meryl.net, writing, editing, digital marketing, content marketing, email marketing, social media, tech fixer-upper, and all that extra stuff services.
I’ve blogged about living life as a deaf person. You can find this southpaw in the Lone Star State … not wearing 10-gallon hats.
- Sign: Cap-Aquarius (some say Capricorn and some say water bearer).
- Birthday: January 20 – Inauguration Day.
- Myers-Briggs: ISTJ, ISTJ, ISTJ. (Every single time since taking the first one in ’90.)
- Birth order: Da youngest, but practically only child.