International Business and Technology Blog

How different is Spanish in Spain and Latin America? Tips for a Spanish-language website

Posted by Bella zur Hausen on Tue, Feb 26, 2019

Spanish is one of the most widely spoken languages in the world boasting over 400 million native speakers across 21 countries. These numbers make the Spanish-speaking world an especially appealing target for exporters. But this major trade language has variations that impact your global trade and online strategy. What are the differences between Spanish in Spain and Latin America? How different is Spanish to English? And most importantly from your online point of view, will one Spanish website cover all Spanish speaking countries? We want to share with you some of our experiences in helping our clients to get found, be understood and do business in Spanish-speaking markets using their online presence. 

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Germany's Online Environment Infographic

Posted by Samantha Soffici on Fri, Feb 22, 2019

Germany is the largest economy in Europe, fourth largest in the world and among the top 3 exporters of the world. It is also a massive importer. The powerhouse of Europe, Germany is a priority destination for many exporters. German consumers and businesses are wary of the internet but are nonetheless ardent users, with 90% internet take-up. Ready to do business with US companies, Germans look to the internet for information before buying. Make sure your business is credible to your German prospects: get online, get localized websites! 

Use online tools to your advantage to be found, understood, and transact your business in Germany. 

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Canada's Online Environment Infographic

Posted by Samantha Soffici on Wed, Oct 24, 2018

Canada is the United States' second largest trade partner in the world, and number one importer of US goods. Canada has a population that is well connected, close-by, and ready to do business with US companies. With a large population of English speakers, and 90% of them on the internet, it is a great market to enter for exporters!

Use online tools to your advantage to be found, understood, and transact your business in Canada. 

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China's Online Environment Infographic

Posted by Samantha Soffici on Fri, Aug 31, 2018

China is one of the largest economies in the world- with a 23 trillion dollar GDP and over a billion people, it is a force to be reckoned with! China is well connected, embraces new technology, and is very mobile-friendly. Although China has its challenges- new tariffs, government red tape, and unique online environment, when a company begins to understand China and all of its complexities, it can be a very lucrative and successful target market. 

Use online tools to your advantage to be found, understood, and transact your business in China – one of the most internet-aware markets in the world.

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Mexico's Online Environment Infographic

Posted by Samantha Soffici on Wed, Aug 22, 2018

Mexico is one of the largest trade partners of the United States, is well connected, and has a population that is tech-savvy and modern - a dream destination for any exporter. The people of Mexico are well connected, avid social media users, and love to watch videos. 

Use online tools to your advantage to be found, understood, and transact your business in Mexico – one of the most internet-aware markets in the world.

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Japan's Online Environment Infographic

Posted by Samantha Soffici on Thu, Jun 07, 2018

Japan is a stable and large economy with a population that is tech-savvy and modern - a dream destination for any exporter. The people of Japan are well connected (91% use the internet!) and are avid social media users. 

Use online tools to your advantage to be found, understood, and transact your business in Japan – one of the most internet-aware markets in the world. 

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Service Company Exporter Series - The Changing Landscape of U.S. Exports

Posted by Jared Grossman on Tue, Mar 20, 2018

If the U.S wishes to maintain its global stature, it needs to support its service exporters more as they compete in international markets. Traditional federal and state export assistance programs need to acknowledge the economic shift in favor of services and adapt their resources and activities to support the growing number of U.S. service companies that are looking to export. This blog series will discuss the different resources service exporters need compared to manufacturing exporters and will make suggestions on how U.S. state export development programs can address the exporting needs of service firms.

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How can companies build brand awareness in China?

Posted by Susanna Hardy on Thu, Mar 08, 2018

New to China and wondering how to get brand recognition? One of the fastest and most cost-efficient ways of building brand awareness in China, particularly for B2B companies, is to use SINA Weibo. The name Weibo means microblog in Chinese and the app is sometimes likened to a Chinese version of Twitter. But that comparison undermines one of its key attributes: from an online marketing perspective Weibo is more like Facebook. Weibo allows companies to post content to specific targeted audiences in China. It gives you a segmented audience base to grow page likes, create social buzz and to drive traffic to your website. This is the main reason why Chinese businesses are increasingly using Weibo for their online marketing and why savvy non-Chinese companies are joining in. 

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Building brand awareness with social media in Mexico

Posted by Susanna Hardy on Mon, Feb 26, 2018

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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European VAT Infographic

Posted by Samantha Soffici on Fri, Feb 02, 2018

Europe remains a great export destination, despite all its complexities, including VAT. It is the largest destination for US exports and together, the US and Europe make up over half of world GDP and a third of global trade. 

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