Mary Lister

Biography

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.

how to sell on etsy
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...

TikTok advertising example
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...

Pinterest feed example
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...

social media image
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’...

social media copy graphs
March 3rd, 2020

So your company decided that it’s about time to start engaging with an audience on social media. That probably means you’re going to run some social advertising (Facebook Ads, anyone?) and establish a brand presence on Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and maybe even some other social media networks.

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out of home advertising goodyear
February 26th, 2020

Out-of-home advertising, or OOH, can seem intimidating. And expensive. And confusing. Because how in the world do you figure out how to reserve a park bench or bus stop to advertise your business? And how much does it cost? What do you even design to place there? And, more importantly, does OOH even work?

Whew, let’s take a breath.

OOH may seem old school, but that doesn’t mean...

marketing copy example from Mailchimp
January 22nd, 2020

If you’ve ever googled something and immediately scrolled through anything with an “ad” tag without stopping, it probably means the copywriters need to up their game. Alternatively—and I do this constantly—if you’re walking down the street and see some posters and do a double-take? Bravo, copywriter.

The most recent stop-and-stare that made me do a double-...

Starry internet landing page example
January 15th, 2020

If you’re in marketing, you’re no stranger to landing pages. We’ve all clicked through an interesting ad looking for more information and abandoned the landing page because it was too confusing or didn’t hold enough information. And if we’re paying attention, we usually take note of what not to do with our own landing pages.

But what about what we need to do to keep...

SMX east event landing page example
October 8th, 2019

Picture it: Your boss just gave you permission to go to a conference in, say, Hawaii. Amazing! What a dream come true that your company will pay for your flights and hotel to paradise. So you google the event and try to find where to sign up—and when it's happening again and which hotel they recommend booking. But instead of finding a one-stop shop full of answers, you have to click and click...