B2B startups, and even more established companies, that develop innovative products are very focused on the product and its development. These companies have invested all of their capital, time and efforts into developing and improving the product. When they face difficulties entering international markets, they don’t seem to understand why it’s so hard to sell a product that is better than the competition, and why clients don’t simply realize it and just buy the product or at least start [...]
Most B2B software companies I work with seek to identify distributors, resellers or other channel partners in order to promote their products in relevant international markets. This process is often undertaken without proper planning and preparation, and suddenly companies are left wondering whether they should sign a detailed distribution agreement or forego it entirely and work without a written agreement. Read the full article which was published in Status - the Magazine for Strategic and Managerial Thinking in this link .
We cordially invite you to our upcoming event “Copywriting that sells: An effective vehicle for your B2B marketing strategy” – to be held on July 13th, 08:45 AM, at Google Campus Tel Aviv, 98 Yigal Alon St. Tel Aviv. The impact of your company’s strategic marketing plan on your bottom line is not always obvious. Nevertheless, a good marketing plan is an elementary factor for succeeding in the global B2B marketing arena. Once all your marketing efforts are aligned with your strategic [...]
Any reasonable person would tell you that this statement has a built-in contradiction. In a live survey that I conducted during one of my lectures in front of a large and experienced crowd of exporters, around 67% believed that if a locally-based company that develops or manufactures products and solutions works with a distributor or other channel partner abroad and issues them an invoice, then the distributor is that company’s client. A few exceptions aside, this is a mistake. The [...]
We cordially invite you to our upcoming event – “The Alternative Pitch - Presentations and Software Demos that Actually Work” – to be held on June 8th, 5 PM, at Google Campus Tel Aviv, 98 Yigal Alon St. Tel Aviv. Most companies' presentations are built in a logical structure, with the purpose of leading the audience to certain conclusions. This is in particular valid in B2B software presentations and demos, which have a functional and technical nature. All the investment in international marketing [...]
The importance of preparing an international marketing plan for the purpose of planning and implementing marketing and sales operations abroad has already been discussed at length elsewhere. We will not delve into all of the advantages of preparing a marketing plan, but they include: Defining target clients on whom we wish to focus Establishing brand positioning and a unique selling proposition Setting marketing and sales targets Defining your product scope Determining pricing models Establishing sales channels and distributors Planning [...]
How Will You Make Distributors Want to Work with Your Company and Successfully Sell Your Products in Global Marketing?
Appointing distributors in B2B start-ups and software companies is rather common. In a previous article, we listed the 5 Most Deadly Mistakes of B2B Start Ups and Software Companies When Locating and Recruiting Distributors Abroad. We’ve seen that one of the common mistakes results from the companies’ approach, by which it is sufficient that they find a good distributor, and it will do the work of breaking into the target market for the company. This approach does not take into consideration the [...]
https://youtu.be/S2DHDE8xraM Seminar on integrating marketing and Web strategy for B2B software companies. Are you planning to break into international markets? Do you wish to increase your success? We invite you to a seminar, to be held on March the 21st 2017, dedicated to the penetration process of B2B software companies into global markets through a B2B marketing and Web strategy, based on our experience as consultants accompanying companies in similar stages. For registration click here.
The dream of breaking into global markets During my work, I accompany startups and small to medium tech companies in the B2B field in their efforts at penetrating international markets. Most of these companies are globally-oriented and the dream to break into global markets is the goal of most of them. The entrepreneurs are confident in the technological or functional superiority of their product and are ready for the big challenge. Are they? Each time I am once again baffled by these [...]
The 5 Most Deadly Mistakes of B2B Start Ups and Software Companies When Locating and Recruiting Distributors Abroad
Most start-ups and software companies in the B2B field recruit distributors abroad. The benefits are clear, and the following can be included as the major ones: A local distributor is a much cheaper alternative compared to the costs of opening an office and recruiting local employees The distributor has relations and better familiarity with the local market than we have – it reduces our time-to-market The distributor has presence and speaks the local language, resulting in better communication with [...]