'Going global' has a big sound to it. 'Global marketing;' 'global search engines;' 'global marketing agency;'- none of those sound remotely small do they? Strangely the same applies to 'global problems and challenges' these are not small either. So the team at WebCertain have put together the following checklist to help in your global quest.
The idea behind the checklist for your global marketing project is just to help you consider all the angles - you would be well advised to seek advice early in your planning and research phase:
Think how much time you need to spend on research - then double it - then double it again. You need lots of knowledge for a global marketing or a global SEO project. Don't skimp at this stage. Fortunately, there are lots of resources to help you in this:
There is plenty of advice
available in terms of languages - including on this website. But take a
good look at this because it's not always as obvious as it seems.
Correctly translating your site is important - but you need to be careful that
you do not translate things that would still appear in English. Or that
you're sensitive to local cultural issues and don't use Brazilian Portuguese in
Here's our definition of 'localisation': "Those parts of a web site that the translator didn't get to because it wasn't their job - but which make you look silly." Here's some examples:
There are some great resources on the web to help you with specific localisation issues and we'd particularly recommend the global and internationalisation section of the W3C and LISA - the localisation standards association.
Pretty obvious - but pretty crucial.
Methods of payment
Will your target customers be prepared to use credit cards? Would they prefer to pay by direct debit or invoice? How much will it cost you to get money out of the country? What about when you have to pay compensation or refunds to your customers?
How far is it from A to
B? This is a particular problem if you live in a small country like the
Not every country has the
same infrastructure to access the internet. In
Teaching our grandmother to suck eggs here - but is there a hole in the market or a market in the hole. In other words, is the gap in the market that you've spotted real - or do they just not see a need for your product at all. Few people buy rust protection for cars in warmer countries for instance. So there's a gap in the market - but actually no market at all.
How are you going to ensure that your product arrives safely with your consumer and who are you going to involve in the support and installation process. If you're product is to be downloaded from the internet - check there is no local blocking of that likely in your target country. If it's to be delivered by post, check that the postal system is effective (there are some countries where mail order doesn't traditionally work well - because the post doesn't always get to them).
Back-up and support
Who is going to answer the phone if there are problems? Do they need local knowledge, local language skills or both?
Can you manage the activity from a centre far away if the people you need to speak to are never in their office when you are? Do you support agencies need to be located in a nearer time zone to you so you can manage the whole project more safely from headquarters?
Best of luck from us to you!