Marketing Products and Services Outside Your Local Market

Working in translations many of my clients work within the marketing industry and a large percentage of the work we undertake is to provide a localised version of a marketing communication campaign into specific languages. Typically this involves taking pre-existing copy for (usually) a pre-existing product or service and adapting it to fit the language of the desired non-native market. This can often be a complex process and there are many examples of companies that have gone through the localisation process of their products and services only to realise (often too late) that what they have produced is not suitable or, even worse, insulting to their intended market.

This article examines the various approaches organisations may adopt when looking to expand from their domestic market and also looks at localisation strategies they can use to aid in the success of their international marketing efforts. The main themes will focus more on the written word and the actual process of translating a marketing communication message, and does not take into consideration other issues that will affect the localisation process, such as the technological issue that may be present when developing a marketing strategy in a non-domestic market.

At this point it is worth what motivates organisations when promoting and selling their products and services into non-native markets. Typically, marketing products in markets outside the domestic domain fall into 4 categories. In the first approach, companies undertake what can be referred to as infrequent foreign marketing. Here companies will use foreign markets as a means to eliminate surpluses which an over saturated domestic market is unable to absorb. Here marketing activities may be very short term and may only require a minimal amount of translation and localisation. Alternatively, companies may believe that there is enough of a sustainable foreign market on an ongoing basis and will adopt regular foreign marketing activities. In this instance the domestic market is still the main focus, however, often by the use of middle men and agents, companies who use this approach are able to service both domestic and international markets simultaneously. The third approach is to focus on international marketing as part of a whole marketing strategy. Here international markets are seen as equally important as domestic markets. Companies will often perceive their markets to possess unique characteristics for which individual marketing strategies and characteristics will need to be adopted. The process involved in localisation and translation in this approach can be fairly complex, however, it will also allow for a closely targeted market, reaching segments that perhaps a more uniform approach may not reach.

The fourth approach is to view the world as a single market. Referred to as global marketing, this approach standardises its processes and activities to offer a common product or service through all the markets they serve.

It is worth considering which approach your organisation or, if you are working on behalf of someone else, your client is adopting. These different approaches will affect the overall process of how you implement your marketing strategy and will also involve varying amounts of resources. Although advances in technology have made the deployment of a targeted message more cost effective, individual translation will need to be processed by a human and therefore marketers and business managers will need to consider the potential ROI (return on investment) that an approach such international marketing will generate versus the resources needed to process this strategy.

Fundamental to the successful launch of a marketing campaign into a non-domestic market is a good understanding of the nature of that market. If, for example, your objective is to launch a specific product or brand into a new market, analysis should be undertaken into the suitability of the existing brand’s identity (e.g., colour, shape, text) in the existing market. What works well from a branding perspective in one market may be disastrous in another, and there are many examples of companies who have launched an international campaign based around a specific domestic campaign only to discover that the brand that is at the heart of the message carries an unsavoury name or connotation. At the very least we suggest a brand name analysis should be undertaken prior to launching a brand into a new market.

It’s also worth noting the other cultural convention of your proposed target market. Colour, for example, can play a key role in a company’s identity but this identity may have many different connotations depending on the target market. It is also crucial to understand how your market responds to messages. Some markets may respond very positively to a less formal approach when delivering a message, whereas more conservative markets may see this approach as sloppy or unprofessional.

A common approach in copy writing is to use analogies in an attempt to make the reader draw similarities with the product or service under discussion and an existing, perhaps well known product or service. Often these analogies will be based on an understanding of an entity that is known to the reader in the existing market, but may be unknown or alien in the new proposed target market. Examples are comparing physical size of somewhere to a geographically known location in the domestic e.g., “an area the size of Birmingham” etc.

Because of the subjective nature of translation, whenever undertaking any translation assignment it is vital to use a translator who is not only an expert linguist but also an expert in their respective field. Using a technical translator to localise a marketing brochure selling financial services just will not do. Translation of marketing material goes beyond the literal and involves the ability to interpret the essence of the message. Translators who are used to translate branding and corporate identity need to distil the message, taking the key elements and present it in a language that the target market will respond to. In this instance, using mother tongue translators based in the country of origin is vital.

In summary then we suggest that, as a minimum, prior to launching a marketing message into a unknown market, initial research is undertaken into the feasibility of using the core message (be it the brand or what ever is at the heart of the communication) within the market. It is likely that business leaders and managers will have already determined that there is a need for a particular product or service in a specific market and that their product or service can successfully fill that need. It is then the job of the marketer to communicate this product or service to the desired new market.

3 Tips to Choosing the Right Affiliate Marketing Products

Being an affiliate marketer is a great way to earn money, but it can be difficult to choose the products you want to market. There are thousands upon thousands of products on the internet and it is a tough decision.

This article will list 3 tips to choosing the right affiliate marketing products.

1. The first thing you must do is research! There is no doubt that the best way to pick the right product is by doing research. Use Google AdWords and identify what people are searching for in your specific niche. Ask around and find out what products people are looking for.

Communicating with future customers is going to be the best way to ensure your business is successful. Go into forums and ask the people in your niche what they would be interested in buying. Research, research, and research is the best way to pick the right products to market.

2. Do not choose a product because you like it! Sure, if you like a product and feel it would sell well then by all means promote it. But, what you have to avoid is choosing a product you like but that few others will actually like. This happens a lot and it is tragic. Using the research you gathered you should be able to identify if a product will be successful or not.

The downfall of your business will be if you ignore what your research has told you and you begin marketing products that you like but no one else does. When creating a business you need to choose a niche market that interests you to keep you passionate about it, but in the end it is the customer buying the product and what they want is what you should promote.

3. While you are certainly an affiliate marketer to earn money, there is more to look at than the commission structure. Those new to affiliate marketing look at how much commission they will earn on a product, but that should be one of the last variables in the equation.

For instance, say you are going to earn a 50% commission on a product that costs $10, but there are only 10 people willing to purchase that product. Now, say you are going to earn a 25% commission on a similar priced product, but there are 100 people willing to purchase the product. In the first scenario you earn $50, but in the second scenario you earn $250.

Which scenario sounds better? While you will want to choose the products that earn good commission, this should be one of the last things you look at. Generally, the products with higher commission are harder to sell.

Being an affiliate marketer is a great way to earn money on the internet but it can be difficult to choose the right products to market. Follow the 3 tips to choosing the right affiliate marketing products listed in this article and you will be choosing the right product to market in no time!

How to Market Products Online

When it comes to making money online your success is dependent on how well you learn how to market products online. Whether you have chosen to market the newest electronic devices, or products that will make a pet owners life easier, the sales will not come if your potential customers cannot find your product. Here we discuss some of the key elements to marketing products online so you can get yourself on the right path to profiting online.

First, select which product niche you want to market. In order to learn how to market products online, you need to determine what product you want to market since your other steps will be based on this decision. When you choose your product, you will want it to be something that you believe customers will be interested in. You can choose a product you know a lot about, or a product that you yourself have searched for but have found very little information about. Odds are if you have searched for it, there is a good chance that others have been searching for it as well. It is your knowledge of a product that will cause a customer to trust your recommendations, increasing the chances that they will purchase a product from you.

Second, choose a domain name that is related to your product niche. An important element in learning how to market products online is to choose the right domain name. Your domain name is the first element that tells your visitors what your site is all about and is key to a good search engine ranking. If you have ever searched for information online, you probably never realized that a sites rankings played into where the site fell in the search results. Why do we care about how a search engine ranks our site? Because the lower you fall in the search results, i.e., page 3 or beyond, the less of a chance there is that your customer will find you resulting in no sales no matter how much marketing you do.

Lastly, get content on your site and start marketing. The most important step in learning how to market products online is to create a site that is full of content related to your product of choice. Say you have chosen to market pet products, then you will need to fill your content with information and products related to answering all the questions a pet owner may have. Keep in mind the greatest content is the world will not do you any good if your customers can’t find it. Make sure you take the time to promote your site as much as you can using either article or PPC marketing. Just make sure you concentrate on one method, otherwise you may end up frustrating yourself with the lack of traffic.

These are just a few of the key tips to learning how to market products online. Choose your niche, and build a content rich site full of information related to your product of choice and you will be on your way to achieving success at making money online sooner than you ever thought possible.