Guerilla Marketing @ Dreamforce

Leave the trade show booth behind and get creative. The guerilla marketing at technology shows can be entertaining, memorable and maybe even profitable. Done right, it makes a bigger impact than any brochure, newsletter or keychain giveaway. Look at what SugarCRM did at the Salesforce show!
Written by Brian Sommer, Contributor

What a sweet thing SugarCRM did

If you’re into Marketing, you’ve got to watch the user conferences of HOT software vendors. At those events, you’ll find lots of smaller firms deploying low cost but effective marketing methods. They’ll use the draw and concentrated prospect base of a large, popular vendor to get their message out.

The fun is watching how they do it, how they get away with it and how little it can cost. In a perverse way, I like to see how the big dog reacts to it, too.

This week at Salesforce.com’s Dreamforce conference, I looked around at the guerilla marketing materials that were handed to me on the street, slid under my hotel room door, etc. The winner, in my opinion, was SugarCRM.

SugarCRM was handing out books with a size, artwork and cover color scheme that resembled Benioff’s latest book on the cloud. SugarCRM competes with Salesforce.com’s CRM product. SugarCRM had people handing out copies of their ‘book’ at the various intersections leading to the Moscone Center – the site of Dreamforce.

Can You Pick the REAL CRM/Cloud Book?

Can You Pick the REAL CRM/Cloud Book?

Look at the covers of these two books. Where Benioff used a blurb from Michael Dell, SugarCRM quotes Kim Jong II. You gotta love it. This takes the phrase “imitation is the sincerest form of flattery” to a whole new level.

As it turns out, their ‘book’ has a few bits of SugarCRM editorial and content in the first few pages with the rest of the book available for one to take notes. Personally, I thought it was a great gimmick.

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