Mary Lister


Mary is a content writer/strategist at Starry, Inc. and an enthusiast of all things Internet. When she's not writing words for work, you can find her eating extra-cheesy pizza while planning her next trip.

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June 15th, 2021

As the summer gets into full swing and Q3 approaches, the familiar lead generation slump hits. We’ve all been there: people start taking vacations, stop answering their phones, and your sales team starts getting antsy for more SQLs. Oh, and there's also the whole cookieless internet thing, where first-party data collection on websites is more important than ever.  


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May 18th, 2021

I’m a content marketer. I’ve been working as a content marketer, in one capacity or another, for eight years. When coworkers, friends, or family ask me, “What do you do? Like, actually do?” I say that I create content—I’m a content writer—and then I leverage that content in marketing campaigns.

Okay, sure, that makes sense.

But content marketing is constantly evolving...

April 27th, 2021

First, it was Instagram adding IG Stories. Then Facebook did it. Now...LinkedIn Stories? For why?!

Well, because why not? The more ways to share what you or your organization is doing in a fun and engaging way, the better.

The most popular professionals on LinkedIn regularly speak to best practices in the workplace, like hiring the right people, tackling scheduling challenges,...

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November 9th, 2020

You’ve probably heard of CRM software—used it in the past, gotten sales calls about adopting one, wistfully wished your customer data was nicely organized inside one. But if you haven't, don't worry. I myself was once a wet-behind-the-ears college intern throwing acronyms around like candy without any clear idea what the letters stood for.

CRM stands for customer relationship management...

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September 1st, 2020

I have a confession. I *very* strongly dislike the phrase, “she wears a lot of hats.” It’s overused, like “these are unprecedented times” or “move fast and break things.” But if you’ve been the sole marketing person (or the sole everything person) at a company, the phrase probably fits.

And if the phrases (and hats) fit, then your to-do list is a foot long: come up...

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August 26th, 2020

One of the best purchases I ever made was signing up for Spotify Premium in college. I even remember when it happened, in March 2014. I had just signed a job offer for after graduation and Spotify released premium pricing for students. It was beautifully serendipitous and we’ve been in a committed, monthly-fee relationship everx since. In fact, now I pay for a family plan and have gotten all...

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August 3rd, 2020

If you are the proud owner of a new cloth mask, maybe you bought that mask from a seller on Etsy. And you’re in good company; I bought mine on Etsy, too! And maybe when you were scrolling through an endless supply of masks—tie-dye, sports-themed, silly mouths, and inspirational slogans—you stumbled upon some other cool merch. I’m a sucker for the vintage jewelry and needlepoint from Etsy...

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July 22nd, 2020

If you haven’t taken up TikTok during quarantine, power to you. I was a doubter for some time, but let me tell you: This platform is addictive in all the right ways. Not only is there something for everyone (dance Tiktok, activist TikTok, beauty TikTok, beans TikTok), you will inevitably learn new skills and songs. Oh, the songs! It’s also basically a free comedy show for as long as you can...

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July 9th, 2020

If you’re anything like me, you’ve been revisiting Pinterest a lot more recently for quarantine cooking recipes, home DIY projects, decorating updates, arts and crafts—the list goes on and on. In the midst of my recipe dive, I saw tons of Pinterest video ads, and I realized how effective this format is for the platform.

Personally, if I were running social advertising for a...

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June 24th, 2020

While social media is a key marketing channel for any business, consumer-focused community management just seems, well, fun. In fact, unless you’re a social media strategist for a B2B company, I’d bet that most of the brands you follow on social are not your software companies (eek), or financial firms, or office management apps. However, as a social strategist, I follow tons of brands that I’...