About Mari

About Mari

Business HeadshotsMari Smith is one of the world’s leading social media thought leaders, widely recognized for her Facebook marketing expertise. She is author of The New Relationship Marketing and coauthor of Facebook Marketing: An Hour A Day.

Fast Company described Mari as, “A veritable engine of personal branding, a relationship marketing whiz and the Pied Piper of the Online World.” Forbes named Mari as one of the top ten Social Media Influencers three years in a row, and Dun & Bradstreet Credibility named Mari one of the top ten Most Influential Small Business People on Twitter.

Mari Smith’s background includes over twelve years in the fields of relationships, marketing and Internet technology. As a passionate social media leader since 2007, Mari travels the United States and internationally to provide engaging social media keynotes and in-depth training to entrepreneurs and corporations.

She frequently shares the stage with notable leaders and celebrities; previous co-presenters have included Sir Richard Branson, the Dalai Lama, Tony Robbins, Guy Kawasaki, and Paula Abdul.

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[L-R: Mari with Arianna Huffington, Sir Richard Branson, Guy Kawasaki, Steadman Graham, Suze Orman, Jack Canfield, Eckhart Tolle]

Through her consulting and training agency, Mari teaches and consults with businesses and brands to become a true social business, with measurable profits from integrating proven social media marketing strategies. After applying Mari’s methods, her clients typically achieve significant increases in traffic, subscribers, lead generation and conversion, client growth, affiliates, lucrative strategic alliances and targeted media attention.

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Mari Smith and her team have mentored countless social media departments and individual social media professionals in a variety of specializations. Tens of thousands have gone through the ‘Mari Smith’ intense social media training over the past several years.

With her popular blog at MariSmith.com, and her large, loyal following on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Google Plus, 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 TimesThe Wall Street Journal, Inc.ForbesFortuneChicago Tribune, and Success Magazine.

On a personal note, Mari is Scottish-Canadian; she was born in Ontario, Canada, then lived in Scotland for two decades before moving to San Diego, California in 1999.

If you’d like to hire Mari to provide social media marketing consulting and training for your business and/or to speak at your next event, please visit this page.

Meet Team Mari!

Mari feels blessed to work with a wonderful team of local and global professionals. Meet the team here.



  1. Melissa Guthrie on October 18, 2008 at 2:35 am

    Hi Mari,

    I am new to the social media networking, specifically facebook. I’ve been looking for the experts who can provide the “know how” of social networking and until today I’ve not found who I felt was the right teacher for me. Through the Law of Attraction, I came across your name today. A friend, Amy Grant, had posted on her Facebook site that she was studying your material. I immediately wrote your name down. As I’ve browsed your site, I am delighted to have found you and look forward to learning from you. Thank you for all you do.

    Melissa Guthrie

  2. Mari Smith on October 24, 2008 at 5:52 am

    @Melissa – Wowee, thank you SO much for your very kind feedback. I’m delighted to connect with you!! 😉

  3. Richard on November 16, 2008 at 10:25 pm

    Mari, I was hoping to be on the conference call that you did for WTPowers recently – but I was out of town. I would like to learn about Facebook, etc., and would like to know if there is a way to contact you to get questions answered. I have heard of this, but have no clue as to what it is, and if it is something that would even make sense for me to utiliuze. The things I have read about it really tell me NOTHING of value.

  4. Riaan Labuschagne on November 24, 2008 at 6:50 pm

    Dear Mari,

    I am in the process of putting togother a Social network marketing short course for a prominent university in South Africa. I need to know how we can partner on this project.

    Kindly contact me urgently as teh course must start running in February 2009.

  5. Hervé Ndayi on May 19, 2009 at 8:06 pm

    Hi Mari,

    I am sorry, my english is not good. My mother tongue is french.
    I found your name from “PEAK POTENTIALS TRAINING” I registed for the 3 days training next month Juin 2009 in Toronto. I realy want to learn from you how to use facebook and twitter to promote my business.
    God bless you

    Thank you


  6. Aissa on September 20, 2009 at 10:36 am

    Hi Mari,
    I am glad to join your circle business particularly in Calgary.I am wondering to manage my businness with you
    and your comity of marketing.
    Enjoy your days,

  7. Devada Rammell on November 12, 2009 at 5:31 am

    Wow, Mari, I met you today at a women’s network luncheon meeting and was so inspired that I purchased your Social Media Kit. Rushed home this evening and couldn’t wait to get started. Look for me soon on Facebook and Twitter!

    To your health,

    Devada Rammell, HHP
    La Vida Sana Wellness

    P.S. I was stoked to learn that we live in the same hometown and we’re both Scottish…very cool!

  8. Ana Lucia Novak on November 22, 2009 at 12:30 am

    Hi Mari, I am a member of ISMA and signed up or your Facebook 2 day online workshop. I am looking forward to learning from you ! When you have a moment, please forward me the link and dial in number for Monday and Tuesday’s Facebook Page training! Thank you!

  9. Michelle on December 14, 2009 at 2:33 pm

    Hi Mari,
    I am really looking forward to your free talk tonight – any chance of a virtual drink after?
    Kind regards

  10. Michael in the UK on February 15, 2010 at 2:47 pm

    Hiya Mari…
    I just love the media names people like yourself end up with. Yours being the Pied Piper, so i looked it up in the dictionary.
    “Named after the Pied Piper of Hamelin, title and hero of a poem by Robert Browning d. 1889, English poet.
    The poem recounts a German folk tale about a piper who first rids the town of hamelin (Hameln near Hanover) of rats, and then, when payment for this services is refused, leads away the children of the town to a nearby hill, where they disappear through a door never to be seen again”.
    I am completely new to the social media thing but i do find it absolutely facinating. the idea that you can connect with so many people aroung the world.
    You yourself have a very strong presence and style about you.
    I also saw one of your video clips on youtube, the Blue Light-Up Pen one. I would like one PLEASE.
    How does one tweet you?
    All the best for 2010……

  11. Michael in the UK on February 15, 2010 at 3:00 pm

    ……the power of that “folk tale” for good.
    Connecting with people and empowering them to realise their passion and potential – then doing the same for other people.


  12. Diane Sellers on March 18, 2010 at 8:00 am

    Hi Mari,
    I attended your talk at the Seattle NW Women’s Show; very informative. At the show you said if we need help just to ask you so here I am asking. Marlene’s Market & Deli was on FaceBook and we were recently pulled off without any notice. We did not think we had anything offensive, we are a natural and organic food store. Would you have any idea why we were pulled off. We have sent a message to the FaceBook people but have had no response.
    Can you help us solve this mystery.

    Thank you.

    Diane Sellers

  13. Alan Stransman on May 5, 2010 at 5:45 am

    You found the right gal, Melissa.

  14. Monico Perez on June 8, 2010 at 6:29 pm

    I look forward to seeing you and an upcoming SANG convention!

  15. Don on October 15, 2010 at 10:01 pm

    I am thrilled to join you in developing contact in the social media. The future is unlimited in what we will be able to do here. The money people make in selling their products and services is just part of the total picture. My ultimate goal is to connect the world with each other so that we can truly understand other cultures and bring world peace to this planet. What we fear is what we don't know or who we believe to be our enemies. Only governments make enemies. People make friends.

  16. Susan on April 4, 2011 at 1:35 am

    You are inspiring! My sister and I have started a new online Virtual Assistant business helping local companies brand with social media tools and a great website and blog (BlogSite). There is a wealth of information out there – it is hard to keep up. Watching your videos at Social Media Examiner and your online webinars have helped to keep me in focus. Thank you! Susan – elSue

  17. Steven G. Howard on April 17, 2011 at 4:17 am

    After reading this blog, I’ve found that Mari Smith is energetic and intriguing – refreshingly mentally stimulating! She brings her vigor and extensive experience in showing you how you, too, can attain the level of success you desire. You GO, girl! Best Wishes Always, Steven G. Howard

  18. Beth Blair on April 23, 2011 at 10:04 pm

    Lovely video interview, Mari. I found you via your insightful feature in Success Magazine. Keep up the inspirational work!

  19. stan nesi on June 20, 2011 at 10:25 pm

    Wow!!! she’s awesome!!! cool!!

  20. Jeanette on July 21, 2011 at 11:45 pm

    Wow! You are very inspiring and encouraging!  I love when you said, “God did not put a dream in your heart that you cannot manifest”.  That is so awesome and has really resonated with me, as I presently working on that dream he has put in my heart.

    I wish you continued success!Jeanette

  21. Harleena Singh on September 1, 2011 at 6:18 am

    It’s so nice to hear about you Marie, as I only got to know more about you, after I circled you on Google+ !
    You do inspire and motivate all of us 🙂

    Thanks for sharing a part of your life with us 🙂

  22. Todd on September 13, 2011 at 12:22 am

    Dear Mari,

    You mentioned using webinar technology.  I use Skype, and it is okay.  What are you using?


    Todd Liles

  23. Alexis Jay on December 23, 2011 at 9:02 pm

    Thank you for giving me a blueprint on how to start a career in social media. I love connecting with people and found you from looking for a image to share on my site http://www.alexisjay.com. It would be a true joy to work with you and learn the business from a professional. 

  24. Hosted Ecommerce Software on January 31, 2012 at 2:44 am

    really Nice meeting u Ms.Mari These days, social media has become the best way in improving the online business even just like online stores.

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