Thanks for all your help Mari Smith

Yesterday I wrote about the two biggest words in marketing right now, Thank You. Today I need your help thanking one of the biggest influences of my online career, Mari Smith.

In this post I’m going to show you exactly why she’s been such a big influence, but first I need your help getting this message to her. All you have to do is hit one of those share buttons (Facebook, Twitter, or both) on the upper right hand side of this post.

A couple of weeks ago I saw this tweet come through my feed from Mari:

When I read that tweet it reminded me of how big an impact she’s had on me.  I immediately started researching my history with Mari and found some really cool things.

Mari Smith helped create the Official Real Estate Referral Group…. sort of.

First I have to thank Mari for helping me create The Official Real Estate Referral Group (indirectly.)  In September of 2008 she wrote a post on How to Create and Promote Your Facebook Page.  When you read that post, don’t forget to scroll down the comments – comment #32 is me (before I was the Real-TechGuy.)

Yep, the page I built got 600 fans in the first week and then went viral.  I took what I learned from Mari plus what I learned in practice to create the Facebook Communities Blueprint.

She also helped save the page and the community when I lost it.

Back in July 2010 Facebook Shut Down The Official Real Estate Referral Group.  At that point the community had grown to 47,000 members.  Luckily some a of my good friends – Chris Smith (@TechSavvyAgent) & Naomi Trower (@NaomiTrower) helped get word out to the interwebs about this travesty.

Mari got hold of the story and personally got involved to help get my community back, the community she inspired me to create two years earlier.

Thank you Mari Smith for helping me be the leader I am today.

PS- Don’t forget to help me get this “Thank You” to Mari Smith by sharing this post on Facebook and Twitter.  I’d also like to thank you for reading this and even bigger thanks for sharing it!

  • Hey Jonathan! I love your new header design! Very sheek! 🙂 You can add me to the list of people to say Thank You to Mari! She has given me so much great advice online and even on a 1 on 1 phone call. It was funny at Blog World, my 6’6″ husband (who hadn’t officially met her yet but knew who she was) went up to her to said, “I have a bone to pick with you! Because of you my wife is attached to her PC & cell loving social media!” It was funny because Mari had this scared look on her face as to say, “What did I do? Not reply to his tweet?” We all had a good laugh..So thanks for the mention and remembering to thank our leaders.

  • Thanks- I guess it’s been a while since you’ve visited. Mari is great – but I really want to thank you again for getting this story to her, that’s the reason she ended up helping out 😉

  • Jonathan, I’m truly honored by your kind words. Thank you!! You are indeed a leader and I admire all you’ve accomplished. Keep up the great work and here’s to an incredible 2011!!!

  • heheeee, Naomi, that was a very funny moment indeed!!! You and your hubby are a delightful couple! 🙂

  • I’ve seen your new logo, I just haven’t seen the new header! 🙂 You are very welcome!

  • Truly a funny moment! 🙂 Thanks for the compliment.

  • I’ve learned so much from you – you continue to be one of my “trusted sources” of information. Thanks for putting in the ground work for all of us 😉

    …and yes, I suspect 2011 is going to be a terrific year for all of us.