Fireclay Tile Transforms for Growth and Delivers an Enterprise-Class Customer Experience with Salesforce

Leading U.S. recycled tile manufacturer achieves transformational 400 percent new lead growth with customized Sales Cloud web-to-lead and e-mail marketing features

Achieves 95 percent customer satisfaction rating, and anticipates 15 percent year over year growth using Salesforce with custom applications built on Force.com

Salesforce helps Fireclay Tile make a big-company impression by delivering an enterprise-class customer experience

SAN FRANCISCO – April 20, 2011 - Salesforce.com [NYSE: CRM], the enterprise cloud computing (http://www.salesforce.com/cloudcomputing/) company, today announced the success of Fireclay Tile in using Salesforce to transform and run its entire business in the cloud. The leading ceramic tile company, which uses recycled materials and sustainable manufacturing practices, has increased sales, reduced costs and provided an enterprise-class experience for its customers with the Sales Cloud, Chatter and the Force.com platform, leading to improved performance visibility and higher profitability and customer satisfaction.

Investing in the Cloud to Grow During the Economic Downturn
Anticipating a business slowdown due to the downturn that hit the housing and construction industry especially hard, Fireclay Tile seized the opportunity to free up resources by replacing its on-premise enterprise software deployment and move to the cloud with Salesforce. The company consolidated its operations to salesforce.com’s Cloud 2 technologies to support multiple functions from sales to manufacturing, shipping, and customer service. Its goals were to gain end-to-end visibility across the business, improve customer service, increase productivity and reduce overall IT costs. The visibility into its pipeline Fireclay gained from Salesforce enabled it to hire three additional people during the recent recession while most other businesses were entrenching, either laying off workers or instituting hiring freezes.

Fireclay Tile migrated a database of more than 3,000 products to the Sales Cloud and integrated it with an order management system, making it easy for employees to choose the right product, color, and materials and maintain consistency across the entire organization.
Fireclay deployed four AppExchange apps including Vertical Response for AppExchange, ExactShip's ShipCRM for UPS, Employee Manager, and Datasynch for QuickBooks & Salesforce. Fireclay also deployed Google Apps integrated with Salesforce for e-mail and calendar functionality, built two custom apps on Force.com, and used Visualforce to develop a customized user interface as well as custom order templates and invoices. Fireclay used Force.com Siteforce technology to create real-time websites that let customers find current details on dealers in their area. These apps, built on the Force.com platform’s open architecture, enable Fireclay to present a customer experience of a company many times its actual size.
Custom apps include:
• A production-management app that tracks orders in a centralized location gives everyone access to the most up-to-date information; and
• A sample-management app that tracks which leads have received samples and automatically reminds salespeople to follow up to ensure nothing is missed and also provide exceptional service levels.
Tangible Results: Reduced Costs, Increased Customer Satisfaction, and Rapid Growth
Fireclay Tile’s salesforce.com deployment delivered immediate cost savings by providing an entirely new level of insight into the company’s pipeline and overhead that enabled it to adjust its business along with external factors. Fireclay Tile reduced costs with Salesforce as sales decreased, and then positioned itself for the renewed growth it has experienced over the past year. In addition to the aforementioned business results, Fireclay Tile has:
• Achieved 400 percent new lead growth using custom web-to-lead and e-mail automation directly through Salesforce;
• Doubled the completion rate for on-time orders within several months using a custom order management app built on Force.com;
• Reduced accounting overhead by 85 percent by integrating its existing accounting system with Salesforce;
• Realized a dramatic increase in customer satisfaction, rising from measureable ratings of average to excellent on overall customer experience within eight months; and
• Automated manual fulfillment processes with custom sample app, cutting the administrative time spent on each order by 50 percent.
Comments on the News:
• “What I love about Salesforce is that as a small, 27-person company, I truly believe I can be, or appear to be, as phenomenal a company as the Amazons, the Zappos’ of the world,” said Eric Edelson, vice president/owner, Fireclay Tile. “We use Salesforce for pretty much every aspect of our business, and it was an instantaneous cash flow improvement for us. Salesforce will transform your business, it will transform your business opportunities, it will make business a lot more fun than it was before.”

Additional Resources:
• For more information, including a video about Fireclay Tile’s success with salesforce.com and a demo of Salesforce narrated by Fireclay VP/Owner Eric Edelson, visit: http://www.salesforce.com/fireclay
• For a detailed snapshot of Fireclay Tile’s results with salesforce.com, visit: http://www.salesforce.com/customers/manufacturing/fireclaytile.jsp
• For more information about the Sales Cloud, visit: http://www.salesforce.com/crm/sales-force-automation/
• For more information about the Force.com platform, visit: http://www.salesforce.com/platform/
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About Fireclay Tile
Founded in 1986 by its Chief Ceramicist, Paul Burns, Fireclay Tile (www.fireclaytile.com) makes the highest quality, most durable and aesthetic hand-made ceramic and glass tile that is unique, affordable, and “green.” The company is based in San Jose, CA where it manufactures and sells its products including Debris Series Recycled Tile, Crush Recycled Glass Tile, Vitrail Series Handmade Tile, Claymonde Ceramic Sheets, and its Express Series Quickship Tile. Since inception, the company has been at the forefront of innovation in the ceramic industry, and today the company is proud to be sold nationally in over 130 tile and eco-friendly showrooms and be used by some of the most well respected brands including Whole Foods Markets. In addition, all products are LEED compliant and contribute to LEED's construction credits. Fireclay Tile’s manufacturing efforts are also being supported by a grant awarded by the California Department of Conservation. Fireclay Tile aims to be a triple-bottom line company and ensure we take the environment into account in every decision we make and offer all of our employees a fair wage and benefits. To learn more about Fireclay Tile, please visit the company at www.fireclaytile.com.

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