4 More Expert Takeaways for Worldly Marketers

In my previous post, I shared four of my favourite takeaways from the first four episodes of The Worldly Marketer Podcast. They addressed questions around identifying which foreign markets to target, how much localization you’ll need to do, why you should take an interest in local pop culture, and how Google Trends can reveal new international opportunities.

In this post, I’m going to share four more must-know takeaways that any global-minded business owner or marketer should heed – this time from episodes 5 to 8 of the podcast.

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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

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

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

In Praise of… Podcasts!

I love a good podcast, don’t you? And these days, there are so many good ones to choose from, I only wish I had more time to listen to them all. Podcasts entertain me, they keep me informed, they teach me things, they answer my questions, they give me new ideas, they challenge me to do things better (or differently, or for the first time), and they provide me with inspiration. Sort of like a good friend, really. And at their very best, they manage to do all these things simultaneously. Continue reading