Over the last couple of years, events such as COVID-19 and Brexit have stunted business growth. However, markets are opening up again, and international expansion is becoming more accessible, with the right tools.
That’s why we’ve created a guide to make your growth plans bullet-proof, and help you avoid potential problems with selling overseas. Given the current state of the global economy, it’s important to stay ahead of the competition, so you’re ready to create opportunities and win marketshare.
Our 40-point checklist will help any decision-maker involved in the international growth of their business. We’ve divided it into four, easy-to-follow topics:
- Localisation of business practices & services
- Sourcing & logistics
- Localisation of web properties & communications
- Advertising & creative
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Let the experts guide you through international expansion
Market entry has been made a whole lot more challenging for many businesses in the last two years by COVID-19. For organisations based in the UK, Brexit has also added to the complications of trying to expand across the European border.
But, fear not! In a world where the accelerated adoption of ecommerce globally has created an exciting era for businesses able to adapt at speed, we have created a 40-point checklist that will keep your export plans in check, while allowing you to identify opportunities and circumnavigate potential snags.
Our guide is not just for marketeers. The list can assist any decision maker involved in the international growth of their business.
You will find the guide is divided into four topics: Advertising & Creative; Sourcing & Logistics; Localisation of Business Practices & Services; and Localisation of Web Properties & Communications.
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Find out how we can help you.
Before we start, a bit about AccuraCast …
We help businesses grow internationally. Whether you already work at a global level or are looking to expand, we can help you find new markets, gain new customers, and expand your reach. All our services are multilingual – we have global capability and meet the highest ethical standards of practice. This means you can count on us to:
- Increase social media effectiveness
- Deliver engaging online advertising
- Increase brand awareness through programmatic
- Optimise organic search visibility
- Reach your customers on any device in the moments that matter
Localisation of Business Practices & Services
1. Check customs and tax regulations
2. Familiarise yourself with local trading standards
Consider what standards people will look for when buying goods or engaging in business. If you don’t meet standards, at the least you may lose the confidence of potential customers, and at worst, you may be in breach of local laws.
Look at whether standards such as International Organization for Standardization (ISO), or other national standards are used.
3. Provide customer service channels
When customers and potential customers need to get in touch, how will they do this?
Will they be able to converse in their own language?
Don’t assume that everyone is used to online chat and email support. Consider the customer service channels traditionally preferred in the new market and provide them if possible.
4. Identify local peak periods
5. Consider using local distributors or resellers
6. Keep in mind your home market
If you are considering lowering your prices in order to gain entry into a new market, what are the brand perception risks?
How might your home market users who are made aware of this different pricing structure react?
7. Stay current
Sourcing & Logistics
8. Source reliable logistics and supply
Establish a reliable supply chain so that goods are available when and where you need them. Your sourcing department may find it beneficial to establish a relationship with local experts in the area.
Logistics providers can be worth the additional investment in the early days before you set up a local presence.
9. Research banking and finance options
Is it financially beneficial to use a local bank account?
How will you transfer money between the local business and your headquarters?
Find an experienced advisor who can help you administer the financial side of business in your new market in the most economical way for you.