Case Study

SoftIron: Driving Visibility for an Open Source Storage Start-up

 

 

With an established portfolio of successful enterprise-ready storage appliances, SoftIron was in the process of securing their second round of funding and were preparing to raise their profile in the marketplace. With a $32.5 million dollar funding round on the horizon, the company was ready to start a rapid growth phase, expanding its presence across North America, Europe, and the APAC region, building its team around the globe.

Soft Iron Logo

Building Messaging and Narrative

As the organization was growing and evolving, so too was their market position and messaging. As a result, SoftIron was in the process of building a compelling and consistent narrative that would resonate with their audiences. OmniScale Media worked with SoftIron’s leadership team to get a deeper understanding of the company’s origins, their offering and the technology with the aim of identifying the immediate potential within key target markets. With their deep background in advanced and emerging technology, coupled with their close attention to the current technology ecosystem, OmniScale helped SoftIron to establish a credible and consistent narrative that would serve as the North Star to their communications efforts.

“It didn’t take very long to see the value of bringing on a specialist marketing communications firm that had a clear understanding of the technology and the trends in the market,” says Camaryn Berry, Marketing Director at SoftIron. “OmniScale came in and started asking us some tough questions that not only demonstrated their knowledge of where the industry was going but prompted us to improve on certain areas of our messaging. Their research, feedback and audience insights were crucial as we considered the go-to-market strategy for the company. OmniScale Media has become a valuable partner helping us to achieve the kind of visibility and consistency in our message that we just didn’t have before.”

Navigating Choppy Waters

Having completed extensive market research to help SoftIron gain its bearings into the nuances of how its competitors were positioning themselves and their solutions, OmniScale Media quickly became valuable advisors, helping the company to identify opportunities to leverage their story, as well as areas that needed refinement. The pace began to pick up as the company’s funding announcement approached – a milestone that would be used to launch the company onto many new media and technology analyst radars. Combined with a new product launch, the SoftIron HyperSwitch™, OmniScale helped SoftIron strategize around how to best leverage these announcements for maximum impact.

With mere days to go before the funding announcement was to go live, worldwide calamity struck as news started to turn to the global COVID-19 pandemic, which was forcing businesses to close and disrupting technology events. As well-laid marketing plans started to evaporate, SoftIron found that they had a partner that they could count on for reliable advice on how to best move forward.

“When the unexpected strikes, experienced hands help keep things on track by being able to look at the world through different eyes and understand what’s happening from differing perspectives,” explains Berry. “Having worked in the technology media world, OmniScale Media has demonstrated a deep understanding of not only the important technology dynamics but also the interpersonal ones that affect the day-to-day inner workings of the people whose attention we’re trying to reach. Their advice and consultation has been a continuing source of strength for our team and its efforts in what has turned out to be a very strange period for everyone. The results that we’ve attained in partnership with OmniScale have continued to impress us.”

After evaluation of the situation, as well as consultation with relationships in the media arena, OmniScale Media advised SoftIron to move forward as planned with some minor alterations to the announcement and outreach plans. SoftIron kept to the plan and received the biggest media month in the company’s history with over 50 media mentions from around the globe. The company had made a splash and they were off to the races.

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"It’s perfectly natural for marketers to take a step back, and reassess their strategies. In many cases, these strategies have spilled all over the floor. Events have been canceled. Outlooks have changed. Budgets have been tightened. None of this, however, changes the need for companies to be seen and have their messages out there. In fact, it’s just the opposite: now is the time to let the market know that you’re still on your game!”

– Isaac Lopez

Building a narrative. Driving the narrative.

Working closely with the SoftIron team to develop a narrative, an informed communication strategy was deployed to build momentum and staying power for the brand within the media. OmniScale Media has helped the company achieve visibility alongside market leaders, and the momentum is growing by the month. SoftIron has received coverage in dozens of publications, has achieved its first awards from a third-party technology analyst firm, and is seeing an increasing understanding of its core technology offering.

Getting Noticed and Driving Awareness

To date, OmniScale Media has helped SoftIron secure over 250 media mentions for its news, including standard news, awards, features and contributed articles, including in the following publications:

ARN
Blocks & Files
Channel Vision
CRN
Channel Futures
Channel e2e
Datanami
Dutch IT Channel
Eweek
EnterpriseAI
Fierce Electronics
Forbes
Gigaom
GCN
HPCwire
InsideHPC
It Europa
ICT Kommunikation
Lemonde Informatique
SDX Central
Silicon
Storage Insider
Storage Magazine
Storage Newsletter
TFIR
SearchStorage
Next Platform
UKTN
Virtualization & Cloud Review
VMBlog

“It’s been great to work with OmniScale Media. They’ve been a proactive and reliable partner, and we’re seeing activity across the board that shows we’re gaining traction. The visibility is helping us in our sales discussions, not to mention our strategic outlook. We’re looking forward to what the future brings with our partnership – we see bright days ahead together.”

Camaryn Berry

Marketing Director, SoftIron

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