Fresh from the Experts: 4 Tasty Takeaways for Worldly Marketers

The best thing about producing The Worldly Marketer Podcast hasn’t been the number of downloads or the increased traffic to my website – though I’m rather chuffed about my analytics since the launch. And as much as I love the new social media engagement I’m getting, that’s not the best thing either. It’s not even the personal satisfaction I get from practicing my new podcasting skills, though I’ve come to really enjoy that aspect of it. These are all great things, to be sure. But there’s one benefit I appreciate most of all, and it’s the biggest motivator for me to continue with this new content channel. Continue reading

10 Great Podcasts for Global-Minded Marketers

When it comes to business, entrepreneurship and marketing, there are so many excellent podcasts out there, it’s impossible to keep up with them all. However, if you’re looking for podcasts that deal specifically with “going global” in the Digital Age, the selection is much more limited. Still, these 10 podcasts make a great starting point if you’re interested in a more international perspective on business and marketing. (Updated on January 2, 2017.) Continue reading

The Mind-Boggling Potential of Global D-Commerce

E-commerce is now part of everyone’s vocabulary. No matter how you spell it (ecommerce? eCommerce? Ecommerce? e-commerce? e-Commerce?), we all know it stands for electronic commerce. But what about D-commerce? Don’t worry if you’ve never heard of it. Most people haven’t. But it’s already changing billions of lives. Continue reading

10 More Recommended Resources for International Marketers

In a previous blog post, I listed 10 websites that I would recommend to any marketing professional or business owner who is looking for a more international perspective. Of course, that list was not meant to be exhaustive. So here are 10 more resources that I highly recommend and are definitely worth bookmarking. Continue reading

Top 10 Languages for Global eCommerce (Besides English)

Do have an online business? Are you trying to grow a more international customer base? Smart thinking. We all know that the Internet is a much bigger, much more diverse place than it was even 10 years ago. According to Internet World Stats, there are now  3,345,832,772 active Internet users in the world. That’s over 3 billion – almost half the global population. Of those Internet users, only 9.4% are in North America, even though it’s the continent with highest penetration rate (88%). So where are the other 90.6% of the world’s Internet users? And what languages do they speak? Continue reading

10 Recommended Resources for International Marketers

Whether you’re a marketing professional or an entrepreneur looking to grow your business, it’s smart to take an international perspective. Even if you’re not ready to expand into foreign markets quite yet, you can plan for the future by keeping informed of international trends and by learning about other people’s experiences. These days, there’s lots of valuable information available online. Here are some of my favourite free resources, ones that I’ve found particularly helpful. All of them add new content on a regular basis, so you’ll want to keep them bookmarked! Continue reading

Introducing: The Worldly Marketer – Verbaccino’s Newsletter About International & Global Marketing

Are you taking time off to do some travelling this summer? When I travel, I want more than just a change of scenery and a break from my regular routine. To me, the whole point of travel is to get a fresh perspective. To step out of my comfort zone. To see things from a different point of view. I try not to bring any particular expectations, just an open mind. I find that travel is the best way to break out of my own bubble – the one I don’t usually notice because I’m surrounded by it all the time, like a fish in an aquarium. It’s a great reminder that there are many other ways to experience life, and that we can learn from them. Beyond our familiar waters, there’s a whole ocean out there for anyone willing to explore it. Continue reading

What is the Most Important Question?

May 2015 was a landmark month for me: I celebrated the first anniversary of Verbaccino. When I look back at the year gone by, I see the steep learning curve I’ve climbed as a first-time business owner, with many personal and professional accomplishments along the way. Looking ahead, I envision all the things I still want to accomplish, and I’m more eager than ever to keep climbing – especially now that my path has come into focus. That’s because I’ve been asking myself the most important question that any entrepreneur  – anyone in business, for that matter – can ask himself or herself. Can you guess what that question is? Continue reading

Social Media is the New Market Square

There was a time when all commercial activity was centered around the market square of a town or city. If you wanted to buy or sell anything, that’s where you went, even if you had to travel a long distance to get there. It was the place where you met up with your friends and caught up on the latest news and gossip. It’s where you haggled with merchants and gave them a piece of your mind – straight to their faces and in earshot of other customers. If you had something to sell, it’s where you set up your stall so customers could easily find you. It’s where you could network with business partners. And it’s where you kept an eye on your competitors, a few stalls over, to see what they were up to. Continue reading

My Year of Learning

If 2014 had a theme for me, I’d say it was a year of Learning – with a capital L. I did a lot of it, and on many fronts. I learned how to start my own business and how to build my own website. I learned how to manage collaborative work projects, and how to produce estimates and invoices using FreshBooks. I learned about the value of attending local networking groups, the incredible potential of social media, and I discovered that I truly enjoy the process of developing my business network through both those channels. Continue reading