Facebook Announces Live Events for Small Businesses, Featuring Mari Smith

Super exciting news! Facebook just announced a series of educational events called Boost Your Business, comprised of both half-day and 2-hour pop-up events, across the United States. With more than 40 million active small business Pages on Facebook, these events are designed to help business owners achieve greater success and growth.

I am greatly honored to be hired by Facebook to co-facilitate the four half-day events, contributing my own Facebook marketing expertise and business development knowledge at each event.

Facebook Boost Your Business LIVE Events

The 2015 Boost Your Business half-day events run from June through October this year. The Facebook tour lands in the following cities – I’d love to meet you!

  • San Diego, CA on June 4th
  • Minneapolis, MN on July 30th
  • Nashville, TN on August 27th
  • Boston, MA on October 15th

Each of the four cities features two half-day programs; you can sign up to attend the morning or afternoon session. The fee is only $25. And, you’ll even get twice that amount back as a$50 Facebook ad credit – love that!

Learn more about the BOOST YOUR BUSINESS events across the U.S. and sign up to attend at a city near you here.

Or, find out when the next two-hour Boost Your Business pop-up event is coming to your area.

What to expect

Here’s a quick look at what you’ll learn at each event:

  • How to properly optimize Facebook’s products and tools for your business – Facebook head of SMB North America, Jonathan Czaja, will deliver an information-packed keynote speech
  • Live panel and Q&A session with real local businesses who will share what’s working for them from a business perspective – panel sessions moderated by Facebook expert and author Mari Smith
  • Plus, a chance to schedule a 1:1 consultation with Mari and also meet with Facebook partners
  • A small business networking center with moderated introductions, industry specific meet-ups and “Ask the Panelist” roundtables
  • Facebook will also feature Partner sessions hosted by MailChimp, Shopify, Visa and Zenefits
  • Plus more!

Whatever level you’re currently at with your business development and Facebook marketing knowledge, these events will be invaluable! We’d love to meet you and support you in better understanding the Facebook products and how you can grow your business this year and beyond.

Facebook and small business passion

I’ve been a raving evangelist of the power of Facebook – specifically for business use – since I first joined the platform on May 4th, 2007. My 8th anniversary of being on Facebook (my ‘Faceversary’!) is coming up. This is truly the perfect timing for me to work directly with Facebook to support the deeper education of small and medium sized businesses – something I’m very passionate about, having lead numerous Facebook marketing live and virtual trainings for many years.

As you know, there’s beeninnumerable changes to Facebook’s business pages, ads and News Feed algorithm over the years. What works for businesses in today’s Facebook world is very different to what worked even last year.

I have long believed that the best antidote to lackluster results on Facebook is education. And, not just training on how to use the Facebook (ad) products; but a full-on integrated online marketing approach that includes optimized landing pages, lead generation, email marketing and customer relationship and retention strategies.

My background includes over 12 years in the online marketing world, including business development, information products, email marketing and social media marketing. I’m thrilled to have an opportunity to meet so many wonderful business owners in person around the country this year and offer as much help and guidance as I can.

If you could write anything on the Facebook office wall, what would it be?

Posted by Mari Smith on Friday, March 9, 2012

As author of The New Relationship Marketing and co-author of Facebook Marketing: An Hour A Day, I’m delighted to partner with Facebook and support business owners even further this year.

For more about my personal story of arriving in the United States in 1999 with a mere $50 in my pocket, knowing one person, check out this wonderful interview on Buffer‘s blog.

Help spread the word

Please share this special announcement about the upcoming Facebook events with your friends, colleagues, fans and followers — you can simply use the social share buttons on this post. Thanks heaps!! Or, you can also use this short link to share the Boost Your Business page directly with your peeps: http://fb.me/boost The hashtag to use across various social channels for these events is: #fbboost

Media interviews

I would love to provide a short or in-depth interview for your publication, TV or radio show. 

Please contact us at mari @ marismith.com. Or call 858-215-3001 to leave a voicemail. In addition, feel free to PM me directly on Facebook or DM on Twitter

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Free Facebook resources

Get instant access to my FREE Facebook marketing on-demand webinar where I share the Top Ten Mistakes Businesses Are Making On Facebook… and How To Fix Them!PLUS, you’ll get instant access to my latest Facebook Marketing Guidebook (10-page PDF download) packed with helpful tips on how best to fix the top Facebook marketing mistakes. Click the button below:

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Got questions?

Please leave us a comment below. If you’re not able to attend one of the four U.S.-based live training events, there are other opportunities to learn Facebook marketing directly. I’d love to support you.

FULL DISCLOSURE: Mari Smith is an independent contractor and not an employee of Facebook. Facebook has retained the services of Mari Smith as Emcee and Facebook marketing expert speaker for the Boost Your Business half-day series of events detailed above. 

Mari Smith

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  • Come to Toronto pllleeeaasseee 🙂

  • Congratulations Mari, it’s awesome of Facebook to recognize and involve its top champions in the marketing space. Will spread the word.

  • Are they going to talk about how Facebook deliberately destroyed the very same small businesses they actively campaigned for and helped build? Will they talk about how they’re actively extorting money from those small businesses withholding access to opt-in members who liked their page in order to “Boost” their profits with outrageous ad and “boost post” pricing?

    I doubt it!

  • Clayton Gauthier

    Minneapolis, MN, how did we get so lucky! Count me in.

  • Congrats @MariSmith:disqus.

  • Thank you kindly, @ckarasiewicz:disqus!!!

  • Woohoo, that’s awesome, @clayton_gauthier:disqus!! See you in July!

  • Hi @stephanhov:disqus – truly appreciated, thank you so much!

  • Will these events come to the UK anytime?

  • Woo hoo! Congrats @MariSmith:disqus ! So excited and happy for you. So well deserved.

  • That is awesome, Congrats Mari!!! Hopefully someday in Europe 😉

  • Lisa Ullery

    Congrats Mari! Great news! PS – Tell them to add one in LA 🙂 I’d drive down to Sd, but i’ll be out of town that week 🙁

  • Valerie

    Congrats Mari. Just one thing to note – the Terms & Conditions (yes, I’m one of those odd people who at least scan them) say that the $50 ad credit only applies to NEW Facebook advertisers. I’m sure it’ll still be well worth the $25 entry fee, but I know that you don’t want your advertising to be misleading.

  • kiran kix
  • Hi Valerie — thank you kindly for bringing this point up. I drew it to Facebook’s attention and apparently they are not going to be rigorous in enforcing the ‘new advertising account’ rule! 🙂

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  • Thea Groom

    HOW do you advertise on Facebook when your Page has been unpublished ALL on the say so of a sociopath, WHO for the last 12 years has WITHOUT respite attacked me; bullied; stalked; stole from my business etc. The level of attacks ON me; are a “goal” and “toast” he did at Xmas 2003.

    He took legal action upon us; we defended of course. He has continued to lie, cheat & break EVERY law in the land. Sadly he did work for me, I sacked him in 2003 when I found he was DISHONEST. This IS a sanitised word I use. A psychopath that thought NOTHING of conspiring to murder me also.

    My problem IS that my case should be investigated by Federal Police. But, I’ve had to defend all this in a civil way.

    Back to Facebook. Not ONLY has it unpublished my page IT DENIES or HAS BLOCKED any way to link to my web page. The message reads; this link is broken or is corrupt…

    ALL on a letter his lawyer WROTE to Facebook in July 2014. The first gearing of 1 August 2014. A Federal Court Order was put on the sociopath’s lawyers to write to Facebook & do ALL in their power to have my page PUBLISHED..

    He did send the email THAT DAY by 4pm AS ORDERED. But, next morning I had A NEW TILE on my page:- RED…
    #ALERT
    that I could write and OBJECT to the page being UNPUBLISHED but if j do & they deem it not, they will DELETE MY PAGE… I will have nothing of it,

    It’s a COMMUNITY page also for all the community work I do..

    SADLY on 18 June 2014 – I broke..,

  • Thea Groom

    Especially whilst broken, the hearings continued….

    I broke because I was too strong too long.. Fighting him, his #Trolls; his #minions..

    The Doctor saying “this doesn’t happen, NO ONE walks into the Doctors office & asks for help AFTER they have been in … psychological ABSENSE..”
    I told her I was in “no where land”.. I didn’t know there was a psychological word for it.

    I did NOT suicide BUT from ONE foot in the grave & one foot OUT – I got out & SPOKE ABOUT BULLYING, and how people should be on #SocialMedia, and how up HELP the VICTIM.

  • Thea Groom

    Please TELL ME; #Why is it the victim IS punished so badly by #FaceBook?? And continually PUNISHED??? And for over a year now, I can not refer to my company NOR link to my website??? NOR show the GoogleMaps address of my company??

  • Thea Groom

    When my daughter complained to Facebook that the Page is a fake, and that tge USE of my trademarks is an infringement of my TRADEMARKS;
    Facebook told her to FILE our trademarks WITH FACEBOOK.

    We did that:- all our trademarks were sent to Facebook..

    Then some days later the reply came:

    “We don’t see how this is an infringement of your trademarks. Please show us how.” And the itger reply; “we believe it is JUST some one making a comment”. EVEN THOUGH that Page & what was written DID in FACT break every community rules that FAKE BOOK expect people to DO…

    ?????????!

    Isn’t THAT reply very “personal”.???

    I believe Facebook Sydney IS or takes the “advise” of this particular lawyer..

    BUT WHY does Facebook TAKE the word of one BUT does NOT investigate THE ENTIRE STORY??

  • Thea Groom

    Facebook ACTS LIKE GOD?!!

    Why IS it us victims that get punished?? ALSO, for the record I ALWAYS tell the #Truth..

    Why IS FACEBOOK punishing ME? This case IS in itself well within the Federal Court jurisdiction. AND I am injuncted on,, that IF I breach court orders AND tell the truth again, I will go to JAIL.

    Me, THE quintessential TELLER OF TRUTH. And IF it’s IN the #moral & #ethical BENEFIT or protection of the consumer – I SHALL SAY IT as it is.

    Please speak to Facebook in the USA, for me? I TRULY BELIEVE if IS one individual that intersepts the letter & twists & turn & people DIE. When my daughter complained to Facebook that the Page is a fake, and that tge USE of my trademarks is an infringement of my TRADEMARKS;
    Facebook told her to FILE our trademarks WITH FACEBOOK.

    We did that:- all our trademarks were sent to Facebook..

    Then some days later the reply came:

    “We don’t see how this is an infringement of your trademarks. Please show us how.” And the itger reply; “we believe it is JUST some one making a comment”. EVEN THOUGH that Page & what was written DID in FACT break every community rules that FAKE BOOK expect people to DO…

    ?????????!

    Isn’t THAT reply very “personal”.???

    I believe Facebook Sydney IS or takes the “advise” of this particular lawyer..

    BUT WHY does Facebook TAKE the word of one BUT does NOT investigate THE ENTIRE STORY??

    Why is it playing GOD? And factually IT IS WRONG.

    Admittedly whilst I’m on Interim injunction; they MUST pay my costs of DAMAGES.. But already I AM PREJUDICED against. And it may BE the damages money will really be only a tiny portion of what the REAL DAMAGES ARE.???

    And THIS BEHAVIOUR continues albeit my complaints.

    Please help? And please find out WHY PEOPLE MAY NOT expose a BULLY on social media??

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  • Edmund Oneil

    I liked posts about Facebook! Very interesting! Thanks you! But in our company (Total Marketing Communications Ltd) – we believe that it is important to have a lot of quality and volume in advertising! As you know, advertising is never too much!

  • I enjoyed this event last year! Thanks!