How to squeeze every last drop from your Dreamforce experience
6 essential tips to making the most of Dreamforce 2018
August 15, 2018
Dreamforce 2018 promises to be bigger, better and more memorable than ever before.
Come September 25th hundreds of thousands of Salesforce customers, partners and prospects will descend on the Moscone Convention Center for this year’s Dreamforce extravaganza.
So what can you expect?
For starters, an unforgettable experience packed to the brim with exceptional speakers and thousands of solutions. Not to mention a unique opportunity to spend 4 days learning, networking and having a great time.
But, whether you’re a seasoned attendee or visiting Dreamforce for the first time, the sheer scale of the event never fails to be overwhelming. The huge scope of the talks, events and workshops that have characterized and popularized Dreamforce can also make it difficult to know how to best spend your time.
To help you prioritize during Dreamforce 2018 we’ve put together our 6 essential tips to help you squeeze every last drop from the experience.
1. Recap on 2017
To identify what you want to get from Dreamforce 2018, it’s worth taking stock of last year’s event.
Our highlights included the positively buzzing Customer Success Expo, Michelle Obama’s inspiring talk and the mind-boggling IoT Smart Lego City, powered by myIoT.
The keynote brought Salesforce and Marc Benioff’s grand vision to life, with the Fourth Industrial Revolution and the ease of customizing the likes of myEinstein at the forefront of the conversation.
And, while there were none of the earth-shattering announcements we’ve come to expect from previous years, it was still a watershed year for Dreamforce for different reasons.
It was a year when organizations transitioned from merely talking about the importance of customer-centric transformation, to delivering on it (and then sharing the results).
You can discover unique insights into the challenges, key takeaways and outcomes of some these customer-centric digital transformations here.
2. Build your plan
With endless speakers, breakout sessions, events, meetings and a whole lot more to pack in – fail to plan and much of what Dreamforce has to offer will pass you by.
We can guarantee that when you enter the Moscone Center on day 1 you certainly won’t regret having spent 15 minutes create a plan.
Start by roughly define your key goals for Dreamforce. With these at the top of your mind, prioritize any opportunities that will help you reach these aims.
Whether you have your heart set on being inspired by speakers like Al Gore, attending certain industry-specific events or checking out relevant solutions, if you plan well enough and you can do it all and more.
3. Download the Salesforce Events app
The app puts all the event’s need-to-know info at your fingertips. From the maps and directions you’ll need to get from one session to another – to session schedules and exhibitor profiles, it’s your essential Dreamforce companion.
You can filter sessions based on your interests and create your own personalized agenda, ensuring you won’t miss a minute of what’s important to you.
The app is well worth downloading to plan your week and make the most of Dreamforce.
4. Explore the Customer Success Expo
The Customer Success Expo remains the bustling epicenter of Dreamforce. It’s the heart of the show, where you’ll see the full extent of the thriving Salesforce ecosystem.
Wander around the Expo and you’ll find new products, discover impressive demos and meet people with an unrivalled knowledge of Salesforce.
Whether you’re just starting out, or you know exactly what you need to extend your Salesforce platform – this is the place you’ll find partners who will empower you to make the most of Salesforce.
As always, we’ll be there.
Join our experts at Booth 701 to discuss how CloudSense’s category-defining intelligent commerce platform will empower you to redefine the way you sell and deliver for your customers. Book some time with our team to see a demo or just drop by when you’re free.
5. Learn from relevant sessions
Dreamforce is a gathering of industry experts, thought leaders and leading Salesforce partners, with the entire community there to share best practices.
With sessions from experts, customers and partners, there’s a broad array of industries, subjects and angles to choose from – and a whole lot to learn.
As a result, it doesn’t matter why you’re attending Dreamforce, there’s a sessions for you. Head to the Dreamforce sessions page, choose your industry or role and you’ll be given a list of relevant learning sessions.
Just think, attending a customer session could inspire you to take a better approach to your digital transformation, or showcase a Salesforce partner you’ve never considered that has exactly the capabilities your organization is looking for.
6. Dive into events, networking and parties
Dreamforce can be a blur. This means you’ll get plenty of advice telling you to get an early night and pace yourself.
We agree it’s smart to follow practical advice like wearing comfortable shoes and taking a water bottle. And we don’t advocate burning the candle too heavily at both ends.
But, you’ll kick yourself if you miss out on the array of evening networking events and parties – so dive right in.
How often do you get a chance to pack so much work, networking and plenty of fun into a week?
Dreamforce is an unrivalled opportunity to meet new people and talk to peers. You can pick up ideas that could transform your organization, and even your career, just by making a new contact and getting some sage advice.
Then there’s partner parties and the likes of Dreamfest to enjoy. As always, the key is finding the right balance – but don’t forget you always have the weekend to catch up on sleep!