International Business and Technology Blog

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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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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ExpressionEngine vs WordPress

Posted by Tereza Santava on Thu, Mar 02, 2017

Many customers ask us: Why do you use ExpressionEngine? Can't you build a WordPress website for us?

WordPress is enjoying a huge popularity today, but it’s ExpressionEngine that gets web developers and designers really excited. ExpressionEngine is IBT Online’s Content Management System of preference, because it’s extremely robust, secure, easy to use, offers endless flexibility that is required to address customers’ most demanding requests, and thanks to the Transcribe add-on by EEHarbor, is great to manage multilingual content. You don’t have to limit your imagination and your requirements… be bold and give your company a tool to properly express and represent yourselves!

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AMSOIL goes global with IBT Online localized websites

Posted by Susanna Hardy on Fri, Jan 27, 2017

AMSOIL take control of their global online presence. AMSOIL is justifiably proud of its reputation amongst ‘gearheads’ for the quality of its synthetic motor oils, fuel additives and lubricants. As one of the few independently owned oil companies, AMSOIL recognizes the value of its brand and uses its website and social media for both B2B and B2C to manage their brand and intellectual property. Management were therefore particularly concerned with many of their export markets where they found their brand could be misrepresented.

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All World Machinery goes global with IBT Online localized websites

Posted by Susanna Hardy on Thu, Jan 26, 2017

Reviewing online options

Management at All World Machinery Supply (AWM) knew it was time to update their website. Besides being unable to showcase all their product lines, the home website wasn’t even mobile-enabled: a must in today’s multi-platform business world. The company is also growing  internationally and wanted to reflect their expanding global presence.

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ExporTech and website globalization for export growth

Posted by John Worthington on Fri, Dec 16, 2016

Website globalization is now recommended by ExporTech. Website globalization means fully customized and localized websites that deliver sales, brand and business growth in far flung markets around the globe. ExporTech is the US national export assistance program that helps companies enter and expand in global markets. ExporTech, recognizes that the digital disruption has transformed exporting and international business.

In today’s online world it is essential to include website globalization in export strategy, alongside planning, education, training, trade fairs and other export supporting programs. US Chambers of Commerce have long recognized that Corporate America’s #1 marketing and sales tool is their online presence and nowhere more so than when going international. As part of the Exportech range of programs, website globalization will now “help participating companies go-to-market and implement their export growth plans”.

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Love Story the "Online Global" version...

Posted by John Worthington on Fri, Dec 16, 2016

An Online Global presence means creating, building and delivering website localization and international online marketing to deliver sales, brand and business growth in far flung markets across the globe. Companies looking to go global often ask us, just like in Love Story, “where do I begin?”. The answer, as per the song, is with the “first hello”.

Online Global – languages online for you

Most companies today have their core domestic website – for US companies it is generally the .com English language website. But to grow your sales, brands and businesses globally in today’s multi-national, multi-cultural and multi-lingual world, Online Global has become a business necessity. Check out some of these amazing stats about the top languages in the internet, as well as the growth and number of non-English websites and e/mcommerce platforms. You can’t compete anymore with a traditional English-only .com website.

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India Online: Finally coming of age?

Posted by Susanna Hardy on Fri, Dec 02, 2016

Is India’s online world finally coming of age?

Lured by the potential size of the market, an intrepid US manufacturer we know started exporting to India in early 2012. While it found willing in-market partners, the challenge of complex tax structures, patchy infrastructure, poor logistics and out-dated payment systems, meant that its B2B and B2C sales objectives were far from achieved. Yet this year, fortunes appear to be changing. 

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WDM Takes to the online highway with their first global websites

Posted by Susanna Hardy on Tue, Nov 22, 2016

WDM®, the family-owned Bristol company and world leader in delivering safer road surfaces, has launched its first global websites to support export sales.

WDM® is the UK’s leading manufacturer and provider of road surveying equipment and survey services and has more than four decades of experience in road condition assessment.

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What's in a "domain" name?

Posted by John Worthington on Mon, Nov 07, 2016

Domain names, specifically internet Top Level Domains (TLDs), are increasingly an integral part of all business strategies and global brand development. Businesses spend many millions on domain names. There are many egregious valuations to demonstrate this phenomena including the amounts paid for: fund.com ($10M) , hotels.com ($11M), privatejet.com ($30M), insurance.com ($36M) and lasvegas.com ($90M). TLDs have a recognized quantifiable commercial value. Take fb.com ($8.5M) which was purchased by Facebook to redirect to facebook.com; iCloud.com ($6M) purchased by Apple for the same reason. And what about your company, your brands and your country code domain names?

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