International Business and Technology Blog

Thinking about Climate Change is a smart business decision!

Posted by Ava Mitzi on Thu, Sep 09, 2021

The momentum for corporate social responsibility and sustainability continues to accelerate and the role for businesses is clear: we need to turn risk into opportunity.

At IBT Online we take corporate social responsibility and sustainability efforts seriously for the success of our clients, our business and most importantly, our planet. The current climate crisis represents one of the biggest risks to our planet and we therefore feel we have a responsibility to make changes to our business practices as well as our services in order to mitigate and offset our impact on the planet.

But we cannot do this on our own - Here are the top reasons why we believe all exporters should consider corporate social responsibility and choose business solutions that incorporate sustainability and environmentally responsible efforts.

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Tags: All posts, Exporting

Online Global Is Green

Posted by Ava Mitzi on Tue, Sep 07, 2021

At IBT Online, we seek to offer the best solutions for our clients as well as our planet. The Online Global programs are designed to help companies grow their exports, sales, brand, and business in their target markets around the world as well as being sustainable, eco-friendly solutions for exporters today and tomorrow.

The Online Global programs help companies access global opportunities and achieve international online success in a sustainable way.

Here are some of the ways our Online Global programs are the best option for achieving your international business growth whilst being sustainable and environmentally conscious:

Reducing your physical carbon footprint with an online footprint!

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Top tips To Grow your Sales in Germany - Go Digital!

Posted by Ava Mitzi on Thu, Aug 12, 2021

Germany is a real powerhouse in Europe and a long-term strong import/export partner for the US. But why, we hear you ask, is your brand awareness and reach in the market is so hard to establish from the US?

The answer is simple - in order to succeed you will need an online presence that is optimized for the German audience, which means a localized German website, a .de, and a dedicated German marketing strategy.

Why do you need a localized .de website?

Germany is a major economy as a producer, importer, exporter, manufacturer etc. it’s got it all. In fact, Germany has the largest population in Europe, with 83 million people, and the fourth largest GDP in the world. It is a real powerhouse in Europe and thanks to its unique position nestled between Austria, Belgium, and Switzerland, its reach is widened. Its neighboring countries hold German-speaking regions, so one German website has the expanded reach of up to 100 million people.

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Tags: All posts, Website Localization

Digital is Here to Stay: It’s Time to Optimize Your Website To Ensure Your Company’s Longevity

Posted by Emma Pautler on Mon, Aug 02, 2021

It's no secret that the pandemic hurt a lot of businesses in 2020, especially brick-and-mortar businesses. As the premier Judo training center in Southeast Idaho, Blue Line Judo was severely impacted by the pandemic and was among the companies struggling to stay in business.

At IBT Online we have always been in the digital space, keeping and helping our clients stay ahead of the curve, but in 2020 the importance of being found, understood, and easy to do business with online became clearer than ever.

We know that digital is here to stay, and so does Blue Line Judo who has invested in two optimally localized, business development websites to help them make their new digital service global!

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Tags: All posts, Website Localization, SEO

Four Reasons Why Website Localization is a Smart Business Decision

Posted by Emma Pautler on Mon, Aug 02, 2021

In today's online world, your website is your #1 business development tool. But is your website easy to be found, understood, and easy to do business within your target market? If not, it's time to invest in website localization -- you can't afford to wait any longer!

We worked with Fullerton Tool Company to launch two newly localized business development websites to help them reach their Spanish and French-speaking customers. Beth Bauer, the Marketing Content Strategist, says having localized websites to reach your target markets is “just a smart business decision!

When you're up against the international competition, your brand will look "amateur" without the proper website setup. Optimally localized websites are the key to growing your exports, sales, brand, and business in foreign markets, and they should be included in your export marketing strategy.

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Tags: All posts, Website Localization, Search Engines, SEO

Setting You Up for SEO Success

Posted by Emma Pautler on Thu, Jul 22, 2021

Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is the secret to being found online by your customers around the world. Your international prospects use search engines like Google, Yahoo or Bing to find products and services online.

So how can you guarantee they find you? That's where IBT Online comes in! We design and deliver best-practice, optimally localized international websites that are optimized for search engines in different markets worldwide.

Our SEO strategies make your website easy to be found and understood by your international customers, making it easier for them to do business with you and buy your products!

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Tags: All posts, Website Localization, SEO & Social Media, International Online Marketing, SEO

The Netherlands' Online Environment Infographic

Posted by Ava Mitzi on Thu, Jul 22, 2021

The Netherlands is a small country (approximately the size of Connecticut and Massachusetts combined), but it is an extremely attractive market within Europe:

  • The Netherlands is a founding member of the EU, NATO, and the WTO, as well as part of the Schengen Area and the trilateral Benelux Union.
  • It has a U.S-friendly population with high regard for U.S products and the highest level of English language fluency on the continent.
  • The Netherlands has an innovative business community hungry for new, high-quality products.
  • It hosts several international organizations and courts many of which are centered in The Hague, which is consequently dubbed as 'the world's legal capital'.

Use online tools to your advantage to be found, understood, and grow your exports in the Netherlands!

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Tags: All posts, Markets, Infographic

How to Stand Out from Big Global Brands With Customer-Facing Content

Posted by Emma Pautler on Thu, Jul 08, 2021

Achieving marketplace recognition overseas to grow your exports, sales, brand, and business globally is not an easy task – you must "look through the lens of the customer!", as Davies Hood, president of Induron Protective Coatings, learned by working with us.

“I like to purchase domestically and in my own language and in US measurements. It made me realize our partners in different parts of the world like to do the same.”

At IBT Online we pride ourselves in being able not only to understand our clients’ businesses and their goals but also to have a tracked record of being able to build and promote brands that go beyond their domestic market.

IBT Online helped Induron think more like their international consumers instead of like marketing and salespeople, according to Hood; "this was a major mindset shift!"

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Tags: All posts, Website Localization, Search Engines, SEO

Want to Be Big in Japan? Start with your Website!

Posted by Joelle Lazzarotto on Wed, Jul 07, 2021

The unique Japanese online environment is difficult to enter but can be extremely rewarding when you are equipped with a localized website and best-practice marketing strategy.

Japan is well known by US Exporters for its large, strong economy – 3rd largest in the world, and a powerhouse for both import and export. But it is also well known for how difficult it can be to enter!

A less known fact perhaps is how plugged in Japan is, with over 92% of their 127 million population using the internet on regular basis. 

So what does this mean to you? Your customers, prospects, partners are all online in Japan, and so you should be too!

IBT Online has a proven track record of supporting US Exporters to leverage their #1 business development tool - (no, not your sales team) – your website, to be found, be understood, and become easy to do business with in Japan.

With one of the highest internet penetration rates in the world, Japan is very connected and extremely mobile. To ensure your business can not only be found, but that your content can be easily understood by your prospects, you need a localized website.

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Tags: All posts, Website Localization, International Online Marketing, Japan, SEO

Belgium's Online Environment Infographic

Posted by Ava Mitzi on Wed, Jul 07, 2021

Although small in size, Belgium enjoys a key position in the European and international economy. Belgium has always been a prosperous marketplace, in business and trade with countries from all over the world. Belgium represents an interesting and attractive market for several reasons:

  • Together with the Netherlands and Luxembourg, Belgium is also one of Benelux member states.
  • Belgium's trade advantages are derived from its central geographic location and a highly-skilled, multilingual workforce. 
  • With Brussels (its capital) acting as the de-facto European capital, Belgium is host to a great number of European institutions including the European Union and NATO.

Use online tools to your advantage to be found, understood, and grow your exports in Belgium!

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Tags: All posts, Markets, Infographic