Case Study

Brainstorm Uses Inbound Marketing to
Help Cloud Services Provider Stand Out

The Challenge

After their parent company Data Storage Corporation (DTST) went public on NASDAQ, CloudFirst needed to demonstrate significant growth by raising brand awareness and increasing revenue for their subscription-based cloud services to keep shareholders happy.

The problem was two-fold: First, not every company is ready to migrate IT services to the cloud; some decision-makers are reluctant due to data security and performance concerns, making every lead more valuable. Second, cloud services is a highly competitive market for with several big players such as Amazon and Google dominating the industry. But CloudFirst had a niche in the IBM Power Systems market that was the center of its go-to-market strategy, content, and website that was not being fully exploited.

The Solution

Brainstorm planned and executed an inbound marketing program, supplemented by highly relevant content in the form of blogs, guides, white papers, videos, and webinars to drive qualified prospects to CloudFirst's website and help educate visitors on the unique benefits of its cloud-based solutions to resolve any hesitancy about safely migrating to the cloud

The content, developed by Brainstorm technical writers in partnership with CloudFirst subject matter experts, specifically addressed the pain points organizations often experienced with IT services and proven examples of how CloudFirst's solutions have helped others. The content was carefully coordinated with SEO keyword research to maximize organic search traffic, while also driving traffic with paid Google and LinkedIn ads.

Top-of-the-funnel content such as blogs were made available for immediate download on the website, while gated content offers (in-depth white papers, webinars, and guides) were used to capture contact information for qualified leads.

All contacts were stored in CloudFirst's HubSpot CRM and graded using a customized lead scoring system so they could be prioritized for appropriate follow-up by the CloudFirst team. Marketing qualified leads (MQLs) were nurtured with a series of emails to move prospects along, while Sales qualified leads (SQLs) were quickly elevated to the sales team to schedule meetings and provide quotes. All campaigns and activities were managed with HubSpot software and synced with the clients' Salesforce CRM.

Services Provided

  • Inbound Marketing
  • Content Creation
  • Marketing Automation
  • HubSpot to SalesForce Integration
  • Social Media
  • Paid Search
  • Website Development

Data Storage Corporation

The Results

The inbound marketing program has proven to be so successful in delivering highly qualified and cost-effective leads that CloudFirst has seen a 400% return on investment (ROI) for five straight years (2017 to 2022).

Today, the inbound marketing campaign and associated content continue to evolve to maintain relevancy in the face of the latest trends and threats to the IT community. In the first half of 2022, Leads continue to increase, up 21% compared to the prior year. The program continues to be a major part of CloudFirst’s growth strategy going forward, along with an emphasis on recruiting channel partners and expanding their geographical footprint.



Increase in Leads

More Sales


Decrease in Lead Cost

More Conversions


Return on Investment

Brocade Communication Systems

Brocade Communication Systems


Brocade, a global IT networking solutions company, came to Brainstorm in need of a compelling video that would effectively position the brand as a viable source for networking technology for the healthcare sector. Previous attempts at videos for this sector hadn’t properly positioned the brand.

Healthcare Video Production


After in-depth discussions with the client, we scripted a narrative for the video that elevated the human level while highlighting Brocade’s unique business value. With sign-off from the client, our video team brought the script to life, marrying dynamic motion graphics with imagery from Brocade’s extensive iconographic library. The finished video was completed on schedule for display on the corporate website and at trade shows.

Healthcare Video Marketing


Working on a tight deadline, Brainstorm delivered a video that came in on time, on budget, and beyond expectations. The client said that no vendor had ever been as successful in picking up their visual language so quickly, utilizing their brand in a creative way to impactfully deliver their message. Services provided included:

  • Scripting
  • Storyboarding
  • Audio casting and recording
  • Creative production
  • Animation
  • Sound design

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