Next week I’ll partake in the world’s largest migration of the Salesforce CRM ecosystem. Destination, as always, is San Francisco. For four days, the city will be over-taken by more than 120,000 visitors clamoring to attend any of the 1250 sessions, an expanded Cloud Expo offering more than 350 exhibitors, and a smorgasbord of parties, after-parties, and after-after-parties.

If you want free tickets to the Dreamforce keynote and the Expo, all you have to do is register here.  If you want to attend the sessions you’ll need to buy a ticket. You can save $300 if you buy your ticket by Nov 17th instead of waiting to buy it on-site.

Since I’m all about Tools, it makes sense for me to focus this blog on the exhibitors I consider to be must-see, or don’t-miss tools. There’s no way anyone can attend sessions, network, check email, eat meals, get to and from sessions, AND talk to all the exhibitors during the 4 day event. So it’s critical to get your exhibitor plan in place before you get there. And I’ve done the work for you.

Get a print out of the maps at the top of this blog. It includes both the North and the West Hall of Moscone Center, the location of the must-see vendors, and the optimized order. Head to these booths first so you can make sure you get to speak to someone and see a personal demo.

In addition to this handy map of Must-See Tools vendors, consider stopping by LuLu’s when you need a break from the maddening crowd. Folks from KnowledgeTree, one of our Top 40 Sales Tools, are making a lounge and DreamCharge station available from 1-5 on Tuesday-Thursday. Skip the lines at Starbucks, go to LuLu’s to relax, refuel, and recharge courtesy of KnowledgeTree.

Lulus map2

Also, be sure to have a nice leisurely breakfast and then join me Wednesday morning at 9:30 at the InterContinental (look for the Telegraph Hill room) for a special session called “Accelerate Your Sales Strategy with Mobile.” I’ll be presenting with Shirley Foster, SVP at ThisMoment and Nilay Patel, Founder and CEO of Selligy. The folks at Selligy are giving away an iPad Air 32GB LTE to a lucky audience member.

Intercontinental hotel

badge-print1With all the people walking around the Dreamforce campus, keep a look-out for people that are wearing this button:

It means they’ve been selected as one of our Top 40 Sales Tools of 2013. There will be about 500 people from these companies proudly sporting the button.

And finally, for those of you that won’t be attending this year’s event, watch this space. We’ll be publishing a synopsis of the event including handy links to announcements, sessions, and recordings. In the meantime, you can follow my experiences via Twitter @sellingtools. Drop a comment below if you want to arrange to connect at the show, or if you have a special event you think people should know about.

Hope to see you there!

Nancy Nardin is the foremost expert increasing sales productivity through the use of tools. As President of Smart Selling Tools, she consults with many of the top sales productivity software vendors as well as end-user organizations looking to select the right tools. Click to get Nancy’s What & When weekly digest with invitations to complimentary webinars and informative publications. Follow Nancy on Twitter @sellingtools or subscribe to her Sales Productivity blog. Nancy can be reached at 916-596-3035. To schedule a free 30 minute consultation click here.