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Cultural bias impacts international marketing

Posted by: Sue Barnes Posted Date: 30/04/2012
  Culture has a major impact on shaping the values, assumptions, and behaviour of individuals and organizations in society. What is more, each of us views the world according to our own cultural biases. However, when looking to export into a new market, it is vital not to make the assumption that everyone in all countries views their world like you do. The culture of a country will impact significantly on the success or failure of your expansion into a new territory and you ignore its impact at your peril.   The use of local market knowledge is priceless. Understanding the culture impacts the way you communicate both verbally, in terms of tone and approach, and also visually, and you need to make sure you use the design and creative style that is appropriate to that market place when creating your marketing materials. Also, don’t forget to consider that colours have their own non-verbal impact on communication and those meanings can vary from country to country. e.g. White is the colour of mourning in Japan while black has similar symbolism in the USA and Europe.   To read more about cultural factors and how to expand successfully into International markets take a look at my article “The Keys to Successful International Marketing” published this month in Direct Commerce magazine.    

Translating Marketing Materials

Posted by: Sue Barnes Posted Date: 27/04/2012
No! Google translate won’t do! If you are looking to translate your marketing materials or your website into the language of your potential export market then the investment in good relevant translation will pay off many times over.   I have recently been involved in a Linked-in discussion on international business and some people were advocating the use of Google translate to translate marketing materials and websites. This is really not the right thing to do. Whilst Google translate can help in getting the gist of a subject, if you receive an e-mail in a foreign language, for example. It is, however, not the right tool if you wish to develop successful international marketing.   Similarly, even though English is quoted as being the global business language, it really is far from the truth. Also, it is impossible for you to second guess and dangerous for you to make assumptions on the level of English fluency of your target audience. Marketing in the local language always gives you the best opportunity for success.   To read more about how to expand successfully into International markets take a look at my article “ The Keys to Successful International Marketing” published this month in Direct Commerce magazine.      

The keys to successful international marketing

Posted by: Sue Barnes Posted Date: 24/04/2012
  There are a number of key areas that all businesses should consider when looking to start marketing their products or services internationally. One of the most fundamental of these is ensuring that you carry out effective market research.   However, I have seen many businesses, particularly the smaller ones, who have skimped on their market research only to pay the price later on. It really pays dividends to invest in good market research in the initial stages, before making your decision on whether to launch into a new market or not. To discover that there isn’t a market for what you are selling, or realizing that your product/service is too advanced for that market, or finding that competition is too tough is something you really need to know before you waste good money.   The more in-depth market research that you carry out up front, the less risk you are taking in launching into a new market.   To find out more you can read my article “ The Keys to Successful International Marketing” published this month in Direct Commerce Magazine.    

Internationalising your Business - emita - May 2012

Posted by: Sue Barnes Posted Date: 21/02/2012
Sue Barnes, STB Direct Marketing Ltd, will be speaking at the emita event - Internationalising your Business. This event, run be East Midlands International Trade Association (emita), is aimed at promoting international trade and export expertise amongst the region's businesses.   The event will be held at the National College for School Leadership in Nottingham on May 15th 2012 between 09.00 and 14.30.   Come along and listen to Sue share the hard-earned wisdom of many years successful overseas marketing. STB Direct Marketing Ltd was emita's member of the month -  August 2011.    

STB at the TFM&A Exhibition - Feb 28th & 29th

Posted by: Sue Barnes Posted Date: 15/02/2012
STB Direct Marketing Ltd look forward to meeting far sighted companies looking to expand in and across Europe at the TFM&A Exhibition on 28th & 29th February at Earls Court Exhibition Centre, London. Read more  - Technology for Advertising & Marketing Exhibition

New Research shows Direct Mail is still a powerful marketing tool

Posted by: Sue Barnes Posted Date: 03/08/2011
It was very interesting to read the results of some recent research carried out by GI Insight that shows that direct mail remains a powerful tool for driving online traffic.

Royal mail branding postponed?

Posted by: Sue Barnes Posted Date: 26/07/2011
We have just been informed, by Royal Mail, that they are delaying implementation (Royal Mail branding coming on all machine sorted mail) pending further consultation! If we hear more we will keep you posted.

Royal Mail branding coming on all machine sorted mail

Posted by: Sue Barnes Posted Date: 25/07/2011
Royal Mail has said that all machine sorted mail from September 2011 will feature the mark” Delivered by Royal Mail.”

Directive on Consumer Rights has now been adopted

Posted by: Sue Barnes Posted Date: 19/07/2011
The Directive on Consumer Rights has now been adopted

European Commission legislative proposal for Data Protection

Posted by: Sue Barnes Posted Date: 19/07/2011
The European Commission legislative proposal for Data Protection

Integrated Marketing - what the research says

Posted by: Sue Barnes Posted Date: 01/07/2011
While drafting a new paper on Integrated Marketing I identified these two pieces of research into the benefits of an integrated approach to marketing activity.

EU Consumer Rights Directive update

Posted by: Sue Barnes Posted Date: 10/06/2011
Small and medium sized businesses can breathe a sigh of relief at this news.

STB Direct Marketing success leads to relocation

Posted by: Sue Barnes Posted Date: 06/04/2011
STB have moved!   Following a great year, using direct marketing (amongst other tools) to bring clients success in a wide range of industries and market places all around Europe, STB Direct Marketing Ltd out-grew their previous offices and have moved. STB can now be found at: Regus House Herald Way Pegasus Business Park Castle Donington DE74 2TZ Contact Details are: Tel : +44 (0) 1509 670567 Fax: +44 (0) 1332 638001 E-mail : info@stbdirectmarketing.com

iDi London 2009

Posted by: Sue Barnes Posted Date: 10/04/2009
iDi London Marketers Forum - Monday April 27th, 2009We will be at the iDi London Industry debate on Monday 27th April 24, 2009.