International Business and Technology Blog

Calling all Michigan Exporters!

Posted by John Worthington on Wed, Nov 13, 2019

Reach new export customers and grow your business rapidly with Michigan Online Global programs. The top 3 benefits are:

1) attracting new international clients and growing your exports with global localized websites and international online marketing programs

2) grow your Online Global export, sales, brand and business success 

3) grants to invest in your business development ($6,000, $3,000 and $15,000).

How does that work for you?

Want to know more? Contact us here!

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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

Videos: it's all about platform(s)

Posted by John Worthington on Wed, Oct 02, 2019

Want your videos to deliver global sales, brand and business growth? Then make sure you have 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 four 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

Tags: All posts, International Online Marketing, Videos

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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Tags: All posts, Markets, Social Media, International Online Marketing

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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How to get started online in China

Posted by Vanessa Li Adamson on Tue, May 28, 2019

China’s online market is now the world's largest after several years of double digit growth. Many companies have managed to ride the wave and capitalize on the online frenzy. Small and medium-sized companies are increasingly taking on the market as well.

But China can be a daunting market for an exporter. Not only is everything from regulations, branding and marketing different to what you may be used to, but China is also a fast-evolving environment. Change can happen so quickly in China that the future arrives before the past is fully stripped away!

We thought it would be helpful therefore to share some of our experiences with exporters successfully doing business in China using online tools. Here are our top tips on how to get started in China in the online world.

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