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The International Entrepreneur – On Global Product Marketing

International Entrepreneur - Global Product Marketing

Global Product Marketing is a rapidly evolving field, yet for many growing B2B technology companies a full-time product marketing manager is not yet justifiable full-time position. Still, it’s never too early to begin incorporating product marketing into any B2B company’s approach to product development, sales and marketing messaging, and competitive intelligence. This article focuses on […]

The International Entrepreneur – 7 Warning Signs of an Undersized Marketing Department

Warning Signs of an Undersized Marketing Department

  Marketing has earned a “money-wasting” reputation over the years from many a Gatsby-like marketing leader. But sometimes the pendulum swings too far towards austerity too. There can be a high risk of missed market opportunities or that the current team just can’t “balance” it all. Here are a few examples from my experiences:   Marketing […]

The International Entrepreneur – How to Create International B2B Buyer Personas

International Entrepreneur - How to create international B2B Buyer Personas

“We’re going to want to expand into some new international markets next year as part of our growth strategy. Will the marketing team be ready for that?” asks your company CEO. “Absolutely”, you quickly reply. As Chief Marketing Officer, you deserve part of the credit for your company’s successful revenue rise. You have built a […]

The International Entrepreneur – Maximizing the Potential of a Global Strategic Partnership

Global Strategic Partnership

  I glanced up from the conference phone positioned in the middle of the table to catch the expression of quiet resignation in Hector, my client’s new Strategic Partnership Director. Hector’s Sales VP was talking on speaker phone to a potential strategic partner’s sales and partnership team. I realized in that moment that Hector knew […]

The International Entrepreneur – The Promise and Pitfalls of International Digital Marketing

international digital marketing, global marketing, international entrepreeur

  Long gone are the days of fluffy feel-good marketing, where brand awareness was the focus and sales was normally the first company contact. I give the rise of Digital Marketing majority credit for this accountability revolution in our professional discipline. In 2004 I attended an American Marketing Association conference on Strategic Marketing in Chicago. […]

The International Entrepreneur – Selecting the Right International Trade Shows

international, trade show, B2B marketing

I was talking recently with the Vice President of Marketing at one of these B2B technology Silicon-Valley-wanna-be companies. If you have spent time in any tech industries, I think you might know the type – lots of curious employee perks and silly team-building games, reinventing core business functions in some unique way that doesn’t conform […]

The International Entrepreneur – Damage Control for a Cross-Cultural Team Disaster

cross-cultural team disaster, international business

Susan let out a deep, anguished sigh as he looked at the competitive intelligence report generated by her global intelligence-gathering team. It wasn’t what she was expecting to read and certainly not what an International Marketing VP would want to pass on to the company CEO and the Board of Directors. Instead, it read like […]

The International Entrepreneur – Interview with International Export Expert, Ed Marsh (Part 2)

Ed Marsh, International Entrepreneur, International Business

Two weeks ago I posted Part 1 of my interview with international B2B sales and marketing expert, Ed Marsh. Today I share the rest of Ed’s insightful answers. Q3: What’s the biggest mistake you see companies making in their online marketing for global markets? A3:  Most US companies make the same fundamental mistake globally that […]

The International Entrepreneur – Startup Stage Planning for International Expansion

International Business Expansion

Recently I presented and mentored at the Phoenix Startup Week, where I met many technology entrepreneurs. While most companies start expanding into international markets as part of their growth stage, there are many reasons why even the earliest startup stage company should begin planning for international as early as possible. Start With the End in […]