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Relationship Marketing and Social Media Projects — Mega Update

This post serves as an update of all I’ve been working on over the past couple of months — I ended up taking an unintentional hiatus from publishing my own blog posts since August. Phew! Not for lack of activity, that’s for sure. 😉 I’ve been keeping all my social channels engaged and current, including activating the Subscribe feature on my Facebook personal profile (now at over 22,000 subscribers – by far the fastest growing social channel I’ve seen), and am keeping my fan page active as well. And, I continue to love Google+ too!

I’m delighted to share that my blogging will get back on track — I have a huge collection of posts to share with you, covering all the latest Facebook changes, Facebook marketing, Google+ how to’s and for business, social media, relationship marketing and more!

And now, the mega updates…

The New Relationship Marketing – New Book!

The New Relationship Marketing - by Mari SmithFirst, I’m super excited about the launch of my latest book – one I’ve been working on since last December. But, in fact, one that I’ve been contemplating for probably the past ten years. See, long before Facebook even existed or social media was such a buzzword (and now an integral part of business today), I called myself a relationship marketing specialist. To me, it’s all about relationships. It’s P2P – People to People. Regardless of which online or offline medium through which you market your business, it’s the degree of authentic engagement and genuine caring that will help you win more sales.

Effective marketing today contains the right mix of “hard skills” and “soft skills.” Hard skills include the plethora of technology, knowing what buttons to push, and how all the platforms function. Soft skills are the people skills which include empathy, compassion, listening, caring, and giving with no agenda. By finding the magic blend that works for you, you can really accelerate all your marketing initiatives.

In my new book, I lay out the basics of relationship marketing in Part I, then walk you through a proven nine-step system for building a large, loyal, and profitable network using the social web. My wonderful friend Guy Kawasaki wrote the foreword!

Guy Kawasaki and Mari Smith

Mari Smith and Guy Kawasaki

The OFFICIAL launch date is Tuesday, October 25th – I will be hosting an all day “virtual book launch party!” Most likely via my Livestream channel. Stay tuned and watch any of my social channels for the location as I’ll be promoting the virtual party heavily. 🙂 Start time is slated for 9:30am Pacific / 12:30pm Eastern. The celebration will include prizes, autographed books, turquoise and bling giveaways, tips, readings from the book, surprise guests and more!

Find out more about my brand new book on the book minisite here where you can:

  • Download a free chapter.
  • Read testimonials and connect with each person’s social profiles — including Harvey Mackay, Keith Ferrazzi, Brian Tracy, Beth Kanter, Ali Brown, Larry Benet, Brian Solis and a whole host of others! Check out the cool display of peeps, just click each avatar for details.
  • Watch the book trailer where I share my very personal journey to becoming a relationship marketing specialist.
  • Order the book from and (also available in Kindle and Nook versions).
  • Leave a Facebook comment.
  • Share with your friends on Twitter.
  • Share with your friends and fans on Facebook.

Four New Social Media Magazines

As if writing and publishing a book wasn’t enough for the summer, I’m part of a leadership team that just launched four brand new social media magazines in a variety of formats including print, online multimedia, and a number of mobile apps! The starting monthly distribution is 13.8 million due to partnerships with Office Depot and EFactor.

Social Media Magazines

NEW Social Media Magazines

Check out the magazines at these links:

Facebook — fb & Business: – I’m delighted to be the executive editor for the Facebook magazine! 
Google — The Big G & Business:
LinkedIn — LI & Business:
Twitter — Tweeting & Business:

The content in each magazine is original and informative. Be sure to sign up for your free subscriptions to each of the magazines. Plus, if you like to write and have great expertise to share, there’s an opportunity to be a guest writer for any of the magazines; see the Contribute button on each site.

This is just the beginning!

Social Media Inner Circle

Mari Smith Inner CircleDue to popular demand, I recently re-opened my monthly social media support program – I’ve been leading this program for over three years now, and had it closed to new members for a while so I could switch webinar platforms. We meet on the first Wednesday of each month at 11am PT / 2pm ET for a dynamic and information-packed social media training + Q&A LIVE webinar. Sessions are always recorded and archived. This program is one of the most affordable ways to stay current with your social media marketing integration and mastery!

PLUS, when you join the Inner Circle, you’ll be invited into our fabulous new Secret Facebook Group – members actively network, share, collaborate and support one another. It’s incredible value. All this for just $27 per month. Register in the month of October and your rate is grandfathered in at just $27 even when the fees increase! Just go to to secure your place.

Mentor With Mari

Since June, I’ve been leading my six-month social media professionals training program with a regular and VIP level. The groups are just fantastic, and I am blessed to be on this journey with such fellow heart-centered entrepreneurs. We meet several times a month by webinar and cover a vast range of social media topics, as well as sessions on running a successful speaking and training businesses, and personal growth topics. It’s a holistic approach to business.

Mentor With Mari - VIP Retreat San Diego

Mentor With Mari – VIP Retreat San Diego

In August, I hosted a 2.5-day special retreat at my home in San Diego for my VIPs and we had an amazing time, including dinner at a local winery; guest experts Mike Stelzner (founder Social Media Examiner), Esperanza Universal (founder the S.O.U.L. Institute), and Ashley Mahaffey (Fitness Strategist); a stretch limo ride to dinner at The Beach House, and a professional photoshoot for everyone!  This blog post by Lani Voivod and this post by Lauren McMullen really sum up the life-changing experience for attendees.

Our current members can be found on this Twitter list. There are also over 60 graduates of this social media training program over the past couple of years. Stay tuned for details of the 2012 program, along with an exciting new development with alums to be revealed shortly!

Other events…

Other projects I’ve been focused on lately include writing version 2 of Facebook Marketing: An Hour A Day with my coauthor, Chris Treadaway – scheduled for release in spring 2012! (Phew, could someone please ask Mark Zuckerberg to slow down with all the changes so Chris and I can finish the manuscript?! J/k.)

Plus, the Facebook Success Summit 2011 has been running the month of October where I lead a couple of sessions and helped to promote with my good friend, Mike Stelzner. You can still catch all the replays… and/or tune in to the #FBSS11 tweets! See also the latest Social Media Examiner TV episodes with yours truly as the host here.

Another exciting event included getting to hang out with one of my favorite spiritual leaders, Don Miguel Ruiz last month – he was a guest speaker at the Association of Transformational Leaders Southern California chapter, of which I’m a founding member. Don Miguel’s most widely known book is The Four Agreements. Highly recommended!

Don Miguel Ruiz Sr and Mari Smith

Don Miguel Ruiz Sr and Mari Smith

And, I’m just back from ten days on the road speaking at my friend Jeff Walker’s Product Launch Formula event in Scottsdale, AZ followed by a week’s working vacation in Hawaii! I was honored to speak at the Hawaii Social Media Summit and also for the Hawaii Social Media Club. (Believe it or not, I actually took the entire summer off from traveling and speaking so I could focus on completing my relationship marketing book and leading my mentorship program! Many folks think I travel non-stop. I like to pace myself!)

Next up – Blog World Expo Los Angeles on November 3rd to 5th!! I hope to see you there, it’s going to be amazing as always. I’m leading a session with my signature talk on The New Relationship Marketing. I’m also speaking at my friend Maria Simone’s Enlightened Entrepreneur Summit in Irvine that same weekend.

In the past couple months, I also had a new photoshoot done, had my website redesigned, and switched to a new dedicated server as my hosting plan was bursting at the seams!

That’s it for now… that’s all I’ve been up to over the past couple months! Lol. 🙂

NOW, it’s time to get my blogging back up to speed and publish the follow up posts I promised on using Google+, along with a bunch of new ones on Facebook and all the myriad changes! But first — let’s celebrate book launch time!!!

Please do leave your questions and comments below – I’d love to hear from you!!

Mari Smith

Often referred to as “the Queen of Facebook,” Mari Smith is widely known as the Premier Facebook Marketing Expert and a top Social Media Thought Leader. Forbes describes Mari as, “… the preeminent Facebook expert. Even Facebook asks for her help.” IBM named Mari as one of seven women that are shaping digital marketing. Mari is an in-demand keynote speaker, corporate social media strategist, dynamic live webcast host, and popular brand ambassador. She is coauthor of Facebook Marketing: An Hour A Day, and author of The New Relationship Marketing.

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  1. Tanisha Adjo on January 23, 2012 at 4:33 pm

    awesome new business model long term relationships, it just makes sense

  2. Tracy Crawford on January 11, 2012 at 10:40 pm

    Mari- Do you know Keith Ferrazzi?  This is one of my first tests of Google “social” search.  I was searching for something on Keith, and decided to follow this result instead as I know you from Google +.  Congrats on your book!

  3. Donna Merrill on December 9, 2011 at 1:17 pm

    Just when I thought I was the busy bee, along comes YOU Mari. I am so happy I FINALLY found your blog.  Your new book is like music to my ears.  Relationships are so important and the backbone of any niche.  I am a long time student/teacher on the subject and truly believe that without relationships and effective communication, there is only a brick wall.  I was just reading an article how the “Big Companies” are FINALLY getting the picture on Relationship Marketing.  Thanks for putting this together.

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  5. MyCollegesandCareers on October 26, 2011 at 3:43 pm

    You are a busy lady, Mari! Saw you excellent interview with Jay Baer about your new book and had to stop by and learn more from the expert. Very excited about the social media & business magazines. Going to check them out now! -Sarah 

  6. Rajsenior on October 25, 2011 at 8:33 pm

    How I wish to meet this great woman
    God bless You Mari

    many thanks for you are giving alot to internet users

    Kind Regards

  7. Charlesamayoh on October 24, 2011 at 3:53 pm

    Mari Smith, you are a special gift to this world. how you are able to balance up your busy schedule with family commitment will remain an inspiration if shared. keep up the good works. i will like enrol in your mentorship program

    Charles Amayoh
    Lagos Nigeria

  8. Mae Loraine Jacobs on October 24, 2011 at 3:47 pm

    It’s good to hear from you once again! And I’m super excited to read your book. Hopefully, I can get a copy very soon. Anyway, I have to commend you on your “hard skills” and “soft skills” point. You basically nailed it! Modern marketers should always keep in mind it takes more than technologies and social media to really succeed in the business. 

  9. Tom Brown on October 24, 2011 at 10:14 am

    All I can say is WOW! And I thought I was busy. I look forward to learning and growing in this wonderful new world and you are a great teacher. Keep up the good work. And don’t forget to relax a bit, I/we would hate to lose you to burn out.

    • Mari Smith on October 24, 2011 at 12:29 pm

      Thank you kindly, Tom! Ya, often my body will give me wake up calls when I don’t listen closely enough to the signs to slow down. Lol. Thankfully, I’m in great shape and all is well. It’s a daily balancing act! 🙂 

  10. Clint A. Butler on October 24, 2011 at 9:00 am

    Wow you are a busy lady, and very inspiring.  Looking forward to reading the book, will get it on the Kindle as soon as its available.

    • Mari Smith on October 24, 2011 at 12:30 pm

      Awesome – thanks, Clint. Kindle version is out already!

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