International Business and Technology Blog

Videos: it's all about platform(s)

Posted by John Worthington on Tue, Aug 08, 2017

Want your videos to deliver global sales, brand and business growth? Then make sure you got the right platform! Online video platforms (OVPs) have come a long way, in terms of commercial communications and business functionality, in the last 10 years. Today, we have real choice, with multitudes of OVPs vying for space in what is currently the fastest growing trend of our digital era.

OVPs essentially propose three measurable services: hosting, publishing, managing and sharing. Depending on your communication and business objectives, there are choices to be made as you seek to optimize the success and hence the return on investment of your video marketing. Do check out our IBT Online  Video: the only way is up!  blog on the subject Read More

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Video: the only way is up, mobile and international

Posted by John Worthington on Thu, Jul 06, 2017

The only way is up!  But, don’t hold on. Get video centric now! Globally, IP video traffic is expected to grow threefold between 2016 and 2021, a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 26% and representing 82% of all consumer internet traffic by 2021. Read that twice and contemplate. Successful businesses are driving the internet video explosion. Reports on the ‘state of video’ abound, from those that carry the bytes (example Cisco, see below) to those that are involved in every stage of the video conception to consumption boom. And video marketing, the fastest growing trend of our digital era, is a main driver of this growth. Large corporations have long understood and profited from the video cool aid, and now it is the turn of mid-size businesses, driving up those exponential video statistics. Fully 9.6/10 professional marketers say they are using video for business development purposes, with 63% of all businesses already on-board. Are you?

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Online retail >$10 trillion by 2020

Posted by John Worthington on Sat, Jun 17, 2017

The digital economy delivers. It lowers costs and barriers to markets, as well as providing access to an unprecedented number of customers (both business and consumer). The traditional routes to markets have eroded. Smart companies, notably web savvy businesses, have created and leveraged technologies to grow their online global sales, brands and businesses.

In any given “home market” there is a truism that the vast majority of your potential clients are located in, by definition, outside in those global markets. Sow the two together, online and global, and you have the driver that ensures B2B and B2C online global retail will represent >$10 trillion of transactions by 2020. And the #1 beneficiaries of the digital economy are small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). If you are a decision maker in an SME, please do read on, think through the sales opportunities and the potential value to your brand and business.

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Satamazone: Dialing up online leads in export markets

Posted by Susanna Hardy on Thu, Jun 01, 2017

Satamazone know that their target clients are tech-savvy and that they will search for Satamazone products on the web. Getting great websites for key export markets is therefore essential for the company to grow and realize its international ambitions. In addition, the company does not always have local distributors in export markets but relies on its website to generate leads and uses its home US-based website as a secure ecommerce platform.

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Tags: All posts, Online Global Case Study

Mexico Online - Vibrant, Mobile and Engaged

Posted by Susanna Hardy on Mon, May 29, 2017

Mexico is arguably Latin America’s most dynamic market for ecommerce for both the B2C and B2B worlds. Retail and ecommerce giants Amazon and Wal-Mart clearly think so and are backing their ambitions with huge investments. Amazon launched in Mexico in June 2015 and according to Juan Carlos Garcia, CEO of Amazon Mexico, the company sees “a big opportunity in the Mexican market. It’s a market which right now is at $12 billion and growth has been in the double digits.”

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Peterson Spring - Springing forward online

Posted by Susanna Hardy on Tue, May 23, 2017

Peterson Spring is pleased with its first 2 international websites and IBT Online is proud to have helped them! Peterson Spring, founded in Michigan over 100 years ago, manufactures springs to serve the automobile, industrial, defence and manufacturing industries. The company started exporting early in its history and opened international subsidiaries – in Canada, Mexico and the UK. But they were cautious about setting up localized websites for their export markets. They had worked hard on their US core website and knew the time, effort and skills required to get good traction with a local website.

The Michigan Economic Development Corporation’s offer to help companies get international websites through the Online Global Program prompted the company to spring into action. 

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Google TRANSLATE. an update...

Posted by John Worthington on Wed, Apr 26, 2017

Google's perpetual drive for innovation means more disruption is coming our way. An example is Google’s new translation system that has delivered measurable improvements in the fluency of Google Translate. Google has begun rolling out the service across all its languages, chat boxes, web pages, articles, blogs, emails, social media, message forums…First updated were the most commonly used primary languages (English, Chinese, Spanish, Japanese, Portuguese, French, Korean and Turkish), as well as Google’s >192 country specific search engines, the Google Translate website and the Website Translator plugin. Our research shows that Google Translate is now better than ever for personal use, but remains bad for business!

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Online global social media - a rising tide...

Posted by John Worthington on Mon, Apr 24, 2017

Online global social media business development is here. Jump on board! Social media presents a host of new opportunities for online savvy businesses to grow their sales, brand and business. That growth is not confined in any geographic or national sense; the only limitation is access to the internet.

Social media is proving to be the ultimate route for business globalization. This is the paradigm shift that has been understood, harnessed and embraced by the accolade-winning unicorns that operate globally (think Uber, Airbnb…) currently numbering some >200 companies with a combined market valuation of >$650billion. Their record breaking business growth (speed, size, scope…) and leadership demonstrate that social media platforms represent the greatest rising tide upon which successful businesses can float their respective international boats.

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Roll-Rite rolls business forward with localized websites and online marketing

Posted by Susanna Hardy on Wed, Mar 22, 2017

Building global brands

Roll-Rite sell their innovative tarping systems to trucking companies, haulage groups and speciality transporters from a range of different industries. Their clients are all looking for quality, reliability and strong service support. Brand recognition is therefore key to building that trust and in today’s world, websites and social media play a vital role for brand development. 

Listen to Roll-Rite CEO Brad Templeman talk about how localized websites have helped his company grow their international business and global brand awareness.

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Tags: All posts, Online Global Case Study

Hague Quality Water makes a splash with international online marketing

Posted by Susanna Hardy on Thu, Mar 16, 2017

Online provides the solution 

Hague Quality Water’s export success has been built over time with different solutions found for different markets. HQW’s routes to market vary from exclusive distributor in one market to tied agents and even subsidiaries in other markets. Nowhere is this mosaic more evident than across Europe. Management was searching for a way to support and organize all their partners and looked to online for a solution. IBT Online started with building localized websites in some of HQW's most important markets - check out www.haguequalitywater.eu/fr/accueil

Social media is vital for HQW’s sales process so when IBT Online built an initial European website, online marketing abilities were prioritized. After building the website, IBT is responsible for making sure online forums like Facebook stay fresh, relevant and effective for lead generation.

Distributors and in-market partners welcomed the additional marketing support and leads that the websites generate and 

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