Wow. That came around quickly. Dreamforce 2016 is already upon on us. Starting Tuesday October 4th, the likes of U2, Billie Jean King, and Patricia Arquette (yes, it’s a crazy combo) will join 170,000 business people at the biggest SaaS and sales event on the planet.

If you’re heading out to San Francisco for Dreamforce 2016, it’s vital that you do your preparation now. With more than 2,000 sessions to attend and thousands of products to check out, it’s easy to get overwhelmed and find yourself crouched in a dark corner sobbing. Even if you didn’t manage to get in, there are plenty of ways to follow the event and gain valuable insight into how sales software and cloud technology can propel your sales team into hyperdrive.

Thankfully, there are plenty of resources out there to help you get the most out of the show, regardless of whether you’re a small, medium, or large company.

We’ll start with a few sites to bookmark to get you through, then outline some handy software to take with you to the event, before rounding up with the top people to follow on Twitter for Dreamforce 2016.

5 unmissable web sites to help you win at Dreamforce 2016

The official Dreamforce 2016 site – This is the most comprehensive guide to Dreamforce you’ll find anywhere online, detailing the entire schedule, keynote speakers, sessions, and exhibitor information.

Dreamforce 2016: Highlights, hacks and rumors – Head here for a roundup of some of the top sessions to look forward to, plus some helpful “hacks” to help you make the most of your visit.

How to win at Dreamforce 2016 – Capterra’s Andrew Marder provides a rundown of essential considerations for anyone attending Dreamforce 2016.

Dreamforce 2016 party calendar – If you like to party, you won’t be stuck for a good time at Dreamforce 2016. Find out where the cool kids are hanging out with Apptus’ excellent guide to Dreamforce 2016 parties.

Dreamforce YouTube channel – The official Dreamforce YouTube channel is great for both attendees and those who can’t make it. Start getting excited by checking out The Road to Dreamforce ‘16 videos, find out how to make the best of your trip with pro tips, and watch highlights from the keynotes.

Top tools to take to Dreamforce 2016

If you’re going to Dreamforce 2016, you better make sure you go armed. There are thousands of potential clients out there on the floor, attending events, and hitting the after parties. Couple that with the sheer amount of information you’ll be bombarded with, and you’ll be desperately trying to keep up with everything. This is why it’s important to make sure that you have the right tools installed on the devices that you’re taking.

Here are some suggestions of the best tools to arm yourself with:

Mobile CRM

A CRM with mobile capabilities is a must if you’re prospecting at Dreamforce 2016, whether you’re exhibiting or walking around the show, so make sure to install the mobile client of your CRM provider. If your CRM doesn’t currently have adequate mobile capabilities, perhaps it’s time you switched (although admittedly, this might have to wait until after Dreamforce 2016). The CRM solutions with the best mobile capabilities according to GetApp’s CRM Category Leaders ranking are:

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Salesforce comes up trumps in GetApp’s Category Leaders ranking for mobile support.

Collaboration apps

Staying in touch with your team at Dreamforce 2016 will be much easier with the right collaboration tools installed on your mobile device or laptop. Software such as Slack, Trello, Basecamp, or Wrike can help you manage your attendance more easily and collaborate on the floor. For a full run-down of the top collaboration tools, check out our Category Leader ranking.

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Slack can help your team keep on top of tasks and projects at Dreamforce.

Partyforce app

Want to know the best places to schmooze with potential clients and rub shoulders with influencers in your market? Install the Partyforce app on your iOS or Android device and stay on top of all the Dreamforce 2016 parties and social events. The free app helps you discover parties, plan your social schedules, and meet people via the activity feed. The Partyforce application is ‘gamified’, with the ability to earn points and badges to climb the leaderboard.

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Find out where the party’s at with Partyforce.

Social networking tools

Twitter, LinkedIn, and to a lesser extent, Facebook, will be ablaze during Dreamforce 2016. To keep up with all the action, make sure that at the very least you have the official apps installed for each of these social networks. Better still, use a social media marketing tool to help you stay abreast of the conversation and manage your marketing team’s interactions. Top apps, according to GetApp’s independent social media marketing software ranking, include Hootsuite, Buffer, and Oktopost.

Category Leader social media marketing ranking

Social media management is a must at Dreamforce 2016. GetApp’s Category Leader ranking shows you the top apps for the job.

Business card scanner

If you’re going to Dreamforce 2016, prepare to have thousands of business cards thrusted on you. Unless you want your pockets to look like sacks of potatoes, it’s worth installing a business card reader on your mobile device. Apps such as Business Card Reader Pro (available for iOS and Android), and ABBY Business Card Reader (also for iOS and Android) allow you to quickly scan business cards and import contact information into your phone’s contacts. Look for a solution that integrates with your CRM software (which the aforementioned apps do).

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Snap business cards on the fly with a tool like ABBYY Business Card Reader

Dreamforce mobile app

A must-have download available for both iOS and Android, the official Salesforce Events ‘16 app helps you make the most of your experience via a personalized agenda, information and scheduling for all sessions, and exhibitor profiles. Maps and walking directions will help you minimize how sore your legs get.

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Salesforce’s official events app should help you make the most of your experience.

10 people to follow during Dreamforce 2016

Who will be sounding off the most at Dreamforce 2016? Here are some of the top people to follow on Twitter during the event. The official hashtag for the event is #DF16.

  1. Mark Benioff @Benioff – CEO of Salesforce
  2. R Ray Wang @rwang0 – CEO of Silicon Valley research firm, Constellation R
  3. Dan Darcy @dandarcy – SVP Sales Productivity and enablement, Salesforce
  4. Jeff Grosse @CRMFYI – Salesforce MVP and self-styled “Service Cloud egghead”
  5. Peter Coffee @petercoffee – VP for Strategic Research, Salesforce
  6. Ann Handley @MarketingProfs – Head of Content, MarketingProfs
  7. Charlie Isaacs @charlieisaacs – Salesforce CTO for Customer Connection
  8. Parker Harris @parkerharris – Co-Founder of Salesforce
  9. Mike Gerholdt @MikeGerholdt – Salesforce admin evangelist
  10. Erica Kuhl @ericakuhl – Vice President, Community, Salesforce

What to do next:

If you’re going to Dreamforce 2016, make sure to check out our sister site Capterra’s booth, where you can earn prizes and be entered into giveaways for writing reviews.

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