Marc Benioff, CEO of Salesforce.com, is a brilliant marketing exec. In this short, punchy interview in Forbes, he shares his secrets, which I found interesting. A sampling:
- Always pitch the bigger picture. Salesforce.com was about "the end of software," not customer relationship management software or software as a service.
- Before you start talking to the media, get ahold of your metaphor. This isn’t a sound bite. It is a metaphor that is easy to understand. Salesforce.com’s AppExchange is the eBay of enterprise software; AppStore is the iTunes. Early on, Salesforce.com was Amazon.com meets Siebel Systems.
- But back then [the 90’s], if you didn’t throw a party, you were a no one. It was not a strategy. It is, though, an example of how tactics do dictate strategy. A successful tactic executed a number of different ways becomes a great strategy.
- For our big event, Dreamforce, I’ll get my messaging together over several months. I do dry runs in front of eight to 10 customers. I don’t just get on stage and start shooting. I’ve edited my ideas again and again.
- We realized that companies had gone entirely digital with media kits. So we decided to do the opposite. We started mailing our press kits and throwing in a bonus. The football, the potato head. Everyone loves chocolate, so we mailed out chocolate–and the good stuff, not junk. People open our press kits for free chocolate.