Mari Smith is an internationally renowned, seasoned public speaker with deep expertise on social media marketing, and a particular focus on Facebook marketing. She has spoken to audiences from 30 to 3,000 around the world. With her six feet stature, Scottish-Canadian-Californian accent, sense of humor, and unique style of simplifying the complex, Mari is frequently one of the top rated speakers at major conferences both online and offline.
Audience members receive many “aha’s” as well as practical strategies and tactics they can implement right away. Mari is a “no fluff” type of speaker; she consistently delivers incredible value to her audiences and is always committed that everyone leaves with not only much more social media knowledge but that everyone also feels better about him/herself, more empowered, more confident. Mari is gracious, kind and professional before, during and after each of her speaking engagements. She is not the type of speaker to rush in and out without taking time to truly connect with attendees. Mari frequently arrives early and stays for the duration of the event, to ensure that conference attendees have as much access to her as possible. Mari is truly passionate about making a difference on the planet through sharing her breadth and depth of online marketing, social media marketing and business building skills.
Please review the information on this page, then complete this form if you’d like to hire Mari to speak at your next event.
- Sample Talks
- Mari’s Bio
- Sample Interview Questions (for radio, TV, teleseminars)
- Rave Reviews
See below for an outline of the various types of speaking and training about which Mari is most experienced and passionate. Her calendar gets booked up fast. Mari’s speaking fees range from $15,000 to $50,000, depending on complexity, duration and proximity of the engagement.
Example keynote session: Association of Golf Merchandisers, Orlando, FL
By way of example, review Mari’s presentation for the Association of Golf Merchandisers below:
Example keynote session – Gulltaggen, Norway
And, click here to watch Mari’s presentation at Gulltaggen, the premier Nordic Tech conference. Other speakers included Gary Vaynerchuk, Chris Brogan, and Bryan Eisenberg.
Example webinar opening keynote: Facebook Success Summit 2012
For a sense of Mari’s popular webinar trainings, see this opening keynote session at Social Media Examiner’s Facebook Success Summit 2012:
Mari is the author of The New Relationship Marketing and co-author of Facebook Marketing: An Hour A Day as well as a contributing author to several other titles.
Though her knowledge, expertise and experience covers most all of social media marketing, she is most known for her Facebook passion and is often asked to speak exclusively on Facebook Marketing. She also speaks on optimizing both Facebook and Twitter as well as how to integrate social media marketing into traditional marketing, best practices, social media policies, social media management systems, relationship marketing, personal branding, and more.
For Mari’s 2013 and 2012 calendar of events, visit this page.
Browse Mari’s past speaking engagements from 2009-2011 here.
If you’re interested in having Mari speak at your next event, please fill out this form that covers the following key pieces of information:
- Type of speaking engagement: paid keynote, breakout session, panel, multiple speakers with offers, paid training, other
- Speaker fee/budget
- Theme & title of event
- Date & location of event
- Audience demographics & size
- List of other speakers
- Indication of past results
- 60-90 minute keynote
- 60-120 minute multi-speaker event
- Half-day training
- Full-day Social Media Immersion Day
- 2-3 day on-site Social Media Immersion
- 7 Step Formula for Profitable Facebook Marketing
- How To Design A Powerful Social Media Strategy Using The Right Tools For Your Business
- Five Keys To Developing A Raving Fanbase
- How To Build A Large, Loyal, Profitable Network Using The Social Web
- Proven Ways To Optimize Your Online Network With Offline Events
- Facebook News Feed Optimization: How to Dramatically Increase Your Visibility and Engagement
- How to Create a Stampede of Local Customers Via Your Facebook Page, Places and Deals
- From Fans to Superfans: How To Turbo-Boost Your Facebook Engagement
- Facebook Fortunes: How To Strategically Grow Your Business Using the Top Online Social Network
Facebook has significant implications for business owners, marketers, and entrepreneurs. This highly successful online social networking platform currently boasts over 900 million active members. Over half of all active members log in daily for an average session time of 55 minutes – that’s a huge captive audience!
Twitter is also a wildly popular social network with hundreds of millions of members. Yet, even with its 140-character simplicity, Twitter can be infinitely more complex than Facebook to understand how to use effectively. There’s a right way and a wrong way and you need to know the difference.
Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, and other social media sites are extremely powerful marketing mediums you can use to exponentially grow your business.
During this information-rich session, Mari will share proven strategies for generating significant online profits using social media, including [NOTE - these are *sample* benefits, not all would be included in a one-hour talk, for example]:
- How to design a powerful social media strategy using the right tools for your business.
- The most effective ways to establish yourself as a thought leader in your industry.
- Simple strategies to powerfully leverage your visibility and brand.
- How to drive a flood of traffic to your website and blog.
- The top two secrets for getting rapid high search engine ranking.
- Proven ways to identify and attract your top paying clients.
- How to build a team of lucrative Joint Venture partnerships.
- How to use Facebook in just five minutes a day and still yield huge, measurable results.
- How to build a targeted, responsive following rapidly on Twitter.
- The do’s and dont’s of “tweeting.”
- Secrets to leveraging, automating and delegating to get maximum results from your social networking.
Mari has extensive expertise in speaking to business owners, entrepreneurs, independent professionals, coaches, speakers, authors and trainers. She also loves to lead in-house customized immersion days for companies of all sizes.
Mari is comfortable speaking in front of audiences as few as five and as many as 5,000, or more.
Mari Smith is a renowned Social Media Thought Leader and one of the world’s foremost experts on Facebook marketing. She is author of The New Relationship Marketing and coauthor of Facebook Marketing: An Hour A Day, both published by Wiley.
Fast Company describes Mari as, “A veritable engine of personal branding, a relationship marketing whiz and the Pied Piper of the Online World.” Both Dun & Bradstreet Credibility and Forbes named Mari one of the Top Ten Influencers in Social Media.
Through her consulting and training business, Mari helps businesses to accelerate their profits by integrating proven social media marketing strategies. She also travels the United States and internationally to share her wisdom and provide social media keynotes and in-depth training. Plus, Mari mentors up and coming social media professionals in a variety of specializations. One hundred graduates have gone through Mari’s intense social media professionals training since 2009 and many continue to be under her mentorship.
With her popular blog and her large, loyal following on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ Mari is considered one of the top resources and thought leaders in the world of marketing. She regularly appears in media locally and nationally in publications such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Inc., Forbes, Fortune, and Success Magazine.
Mari is Scottish-Canadian and resides in San Diego, California.
Sample Interview Questions – Facebook/Social Media
- Tell us about your journey to becoming such a strong leader in the world of social media, especially with such expertise on Facebook…
- How does Facebook differ from the likes of Twitter and LinkedIn… and is it important for businesses to be on social networks other than Facebook?
- Do you think businesses today are missing out if they’re not on Facebook?
- What’s the difference between a Facebook Group and Facebook Fan Page?
- With all the competing demands for consumers’ attention, how can a business ensure their Facebook Fan Page is compelling and engaging?
- What’s important to track, monitor and measure on a Facebook Fan Page?
- It is worth it to buy Facebook ads?
- Does it work better to advertise an outside website or your Facebook Fan Page or Event, say, with Facebook ads?
- Let’s talk about these new Community Pages – what are they and what purpose do they serve?
- Privacy is a major issue on Facebook – how can users ensure their information is protected?
- Facebook is so complex and changes constantly; how can businesses ensure they’re really optimizing all that Facebook offers?
- What are some pitfalls to avoid when using Facebook for marketing?
- How can best businesses integrate Twitter into their marketing?
- What are the most effective types of content to tweet about?
- Is there a right way and a wrong way to use Twitter for business?
- I know you’re really passionate about inspiring others to make a positive impact on the world – say more about your concept of “Conscious Social Media”…
- You recently released “Facebook Marketing: An Hour A Day” – who should read this book and how will they benefit most?
Sample Interview Questions - The New Relationship Marketing
1. Tell us about your journey to becoming such a strong leader in the world of social media…
2. What’s your definition of relationship marketing, and what is new about this type of marketing?
3. You talk about certain soft skills as “the new business skills everyone needs” – what are some of these skills we need to develop as marketers and why?
4. What are some of the most common fears that prevent individuals and businesses from fully embracing social technologies?
5. How do you suggest people make the most of social media, without it becoming all-consuming?
6. In your book, you dedicated an entire chapter to the importance of surrounding yourself with the right support team and staff – say more about how this impacts relationship marketing…
7. On the subject of the right people, you describe “the five contact circles” in your book (intimates, friends, key contacts, acquaintances and community at large). Which of these groups is the most critical for relationship marketing and how do we expand that group?
8. In terms of building a loyal network, just how important is it to build loyalty? And what are some ways to do so?
9. How can someone become a center of influence in his or her network?
10. So much advice out there focuses on using online social networking in your marketing plans; but in your book you really emphasize the importance of blending online with offline – can you share some tips to do this effectively?
11. What are some of the biggest mistakes businesses make today regards social technologies online and offline?
12. Do you have any tips on how businesses can best handle negative comments, trolls, and spammers?
13. Do you think businesses today are missing out if they’re not nurturing relationships on all the major social platforms, e.g. Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and now Google+?
14. With all the competing demands for consumers’ attention, how can business owners ensure they stand out?
15. Let’s talk about building a profitable network – what are some tips you can share about how businesses can turn all this networking into an increase in the bottom line?
16. I know you’re really passionate about inspiring others to make a positive impact on the world – say more about your concept of “Conscious Social Media”…
17. What is the future of relationship marketing as technology continues to rapidly evolve?
18. If you were to “press the reset button” and start all over again, what would you do differently?
19. Who should read your new book and how will they benefit?
20. How can people find out more about your new book?
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“You were excellent as usual. Love the way you cover the basics so well but always weave in some power moves for the experienced.”
“This was a phenomenal class. Ideal for anyone who wants to find out how to get going on Facebook.”
“I absolutely ADORE your work. I find that you are so inspirational to entrepreneurs and women in particular! You are a true marketing professional .”
“Thank you for such an informative and fun session at Ali’s OSBW. Your passion is inspiring! I can’t wait to put all your great Facebook tips into practice!!”
~Annemarie Segaric Garcia
“I just wanted to thank you for the info at the Social Media Show. I am tripling my Facebook conversion with just one of your shared tactics!”
“Loved your Facebook class. It was the most informative class I have ever been on and it helped me feel so much more comfortable using Facebook.”
“Just so you know, you are one of my heros here [on Twitter]. You have been so kind and helpful. I am such a newbie and you are always there to give and share.”
“I found you by way of the interview you did with Patsi and Denise. Excellent information. One of the best interviews I have heard in a long time.”
Contact Mari Smith’s team today for your social media training, workshop, seminar, immersion day or multi-speaker event! Rate sheet available upon request.