In this month’s newsletter, we focus on an area of exporting which is often overlooked, or given less importance than in your home market, marketing.
Going global means your marketing also has to go global. You need to create awareness of your product, your brand and generate those all-important leads. What works in your home country, however, may well not be the right approach in another. International marketing needs to be considered carefully.
Even your product name or slogan needs to be considered. A direct translation may be disastrous. Even the big brands get it wrong:
Coca Cola’s brand name in China meant, ‘Bite the Wax Tadpole’
Chevrolet’s Nova, when translated in Spanish, meant ‘Won’t Go’
It is important to really understand your target market, its language and culture and so much more. We have developed a ten-point checklist for international marketing as a guide to the important steps to take to make sure you get it right.
This is a topic which could take up a whole book on its own, so we have written a detailed Whitepaper on International Marketing which you can download for FREE here. It will help you complete the 10-point checklist to developing your international strategy summarised below:
Consider your international marketing strategy carefully. It does not need to cost a fortune, but it does require careful planning and a targeted approach. Follow our checklist and you won’t go far wrong.
For help and support with your international marketing give us a call.