International Business and Technology Blog

Teamwork and your Online Global Project

Posted by Joelle Lazzarotto on Tue, Jan 14, 2020

Growing your international business takes a collaborative effort. And as everyone knows who has ever worked on a project involving multiple people and resources, the key to success is communication. We at IBT Online have been successfully delivering collaborative projects for nearly two decades: building localized websites and delivering international online marketing for our clients. While communication is key, we also want to make sure we do the heavy lifting on the project, allowing you to focus on growing your exports, sales, brand and business globally.

Online Global Teamwork Projects (Teamwork) provides the perfect project management platform for an organized, transparent and effective collaboration. You stay in control, whilst our experts deliver your localized websites and online marketing. With Teamwork, projects are planned and delivered in a time-efficient, transparent, collaborative manner, allowing you to focus on what’s most important – growing your business.

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Tags: All posts, Website Localization, International Online Marketing

How Facebook Groups Can Help Exporters Grow their Business Globally

Posted by Alex Webb on Mon, Jan 06, 2020

How can Facebook groups increase your conversion rate?

Recently, I was lucky enough to attend the INBOUND 2019 conference in Boston! This was a great opportunity to learn about emerging trends in digital marketing. One session which really stuck with me was focused on the role of Facebook groups and how they’re gaining influence as user’s seek new ways to cut through the "noise" and find solutions. This makes FB groups a potent tool for companies looking to develop brand awareness in international markets and grow their exports. With the correct engagement, solving real issues for your potential clients, FB groups can act as a platform to engage honestly with your prospects, building brand awareness and the long-term trust needed to turn leads into revenue.

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Tags: All posts, Social Media, International Online Marketing

Australia and New Zealand's Online Environment Infographic

Posted by Samantha Soffici on Mon, Nov 25, 2019

Australia and New Zealand are attractive markets for US exporters for a few reasons- They are English-speakers, both countries are relatively easy to do business with, and they are well-developed.  Both Australia and New Zealand have more mobile connections than people, and over 93% of internet users go online daily for personal reasons. 

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France's Online Environment Infographic

Posted by Samantha Soffici on Mon, Nov 04, 2019

France is the 7th largest economy on the planet, and the French are one of the most well-connected people on the planet. Almost 100% are unique mobile users, and over 90% go online at least once a day. Not only are they well connected, mobile, and social, but they also love to buy things online. France is the number 6 ecommerce market in the world- There is no wonder that France is such an attractive market for US exporters!

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How to Grow Your global Business Using Instagram

Posted by Bella zur Hausen on Wed, Oct 23, 2019

Why Instagram?

Instagram is huge! With over 1 billion active users monthly, it is the second largest social media platform worldwide. Only Facebook is bigger. But that could change, as Instagram's rise shows no sign of slacking. Why is that important for businesses? Because in today's world businesses need to reach their clients and prospective clients on the platforms of their choice. And Instagram is a great choice for businesses.

Today, 80% of all Instagram users follow at least one business account. But that’s not all. Instagram has the highest engagement rate of all social media platforms with 4.2 billion likes and 9.4 billion taps generated every day. That makes Instagram the ideal platform for your business to create brand awareness, attract new prospects, direct sales and create loyalty and retention. Especially if you have international ambitions. So, if you haven’t already created an Instagram Business account, now is the time. Instagram is rapidly becoming the indispensable global platform for growing your brand awareness.

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Tags: All posts, Social Media, International Online Marketing

Building brand awareness with social media in Mexico

Posted by Susanna Hardy on Tue, Oct 01, 2019

Social media is a fantastic way to boost your brand awareness and grow your sales in Mexico. Mexican consumers and businesses are reactive and engaged online: post great relevant content and watch it ricochet around your target prospect base! On top of that, online marketing prices are reasonable compared to many other large markets. So, if you get your social media and online marketing right, the return on investment for brand awareness and the sales that can go with it, are rapid. Below we share some of our insights to the Mexican online world that we use as international marketers to help our clients build their brand, sales and business in Mexico. 

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India's Online Environment Infographic

Posted by Samantha Soffici on Tue, Sep 17, 2019

India has the second largest population on the planet, and its people are joining the online world by the millions- 98 million to be precise in 2019 alone. Not only are they becoming internet users, they are also participating in ecommerce! For U.S. exporters, India is an up-and-coming export market with ample opportunity for growth. If you get the online presence right, the market can be very fruitful. 

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SEO and the Holy Grail

Posted by John Worthington on Mon, Sep 02, 2019

Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is a constant preoccupation of the online literati and given its importance in driving the internet, it is essential to keep up to date with the latest trends and concerns. The new Holy Grail of SEO is Search Engine Co-Optimization (SEC-O), promising huge rewards for combined organic and paid search. SEO guidelines and statements are regularly issued by the owners themselves, Google, Bing and their brethren. The debates, reactions and pontifications can be lively as researchers, practitioners and non-believers, exchange their opinions. ClickZ conferences are a great well-informed forum, and the recent New York event was no exception. Amongst the many soothsayers, Bill Hunt, President of Back Azimuth Consulting added his weight to the SEC-O debate integrating, measuring, and optimizing PPC and SEO keyword data and insights to maximize their collective potential for traffic and conversions”. A bit of a mouth-full but worth unpicking.

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Tags: All posts, International Online Marketing, SEO

Going global with your Arabic website

Posted by Bella zur Hausen on Wed, Aug 07, 2019

Arabic is one of the world’s major trade languages. Combine that with the dominance of the internet in many Arab-speaking countries and it’s clear that companies need Arab language websites to get found, be understood and do business across the Arabic speaking markets. In countries like Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, over 90% of the population access the internet regularly. Social media and ecommerce are well developed. In fact, Saudi Arabia is one of the biggest online spenders worldwide. So getting your Arab website right is vital for your company’s success in these markets 

But what should that Arab-language website look like? Do you need one Arabic website for all Arabic speaking countries? What are the main differences with your English-language website? How about search engine optimization and keyword research for online Arabic? This blog shares some of our experiences building and managing corporate websites and social media marketing for Arab-speaking countries, but if you want more information, just get in touch!

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Tags: All posts, Website Localization, Markets, Languages

Will One French Website Reach all French Markets?

Posted by Bella zur Hausen on Thu, Jun 06, 2019

Is it worth having a dedicated French website for France and if so, does that one website cover all other French-speaking markets? The answer is a clear yes to the French website and no to global coverage. France is a major economy that merits its own dedicated website to showcase your company and drive sales. But the website built for the French market is just not relevant for reaching your Quebecois or West African target customers. French is the 6th most widely spoken language in the world but like most aspects of the worldwide web, it is being relevant to the local market – localization – that gets your company found, understood and doing business globally.

France is one of the largest economies in the world and French one of the most spoken languages, so it’s no wonder that so many companies looking to export globally opt for a French website. But the French spoken in France is dramatically different to that spoken in Quebec or in West Africa. This blog explains why your French website is not relevant to your other French-speaking business targets and sets out some tips on where and how to get you started on building sales, brands and business in the French-speaking world.

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