B2B Full Service Marketing Partner
10 year in business in February 2017
Key markets: Healthcare, ICT, Software, Industrial and Precision Engineering
80% of our projects assist companies in the marketing of their products and
services internationally. Combination of Irish and international client base
Web and Digital planning and implementation across 16 countries in the past 3
14 full-time marketing and design professionals based in Galway
Responses from 209 companies
across all sectors in Dec’16
• 29% planned an increase in marketing
spend in 2017 (64% planned to spend
• Almost 80% of companies planned
marketing investment in their web
Concluding question posed in this survey:
“ Digital: Have the fundamentals of marketing, branding and
communication been lost in the rush? “
In many cases, YES!
Many companies put considerable effort into the design of a new website
for their business but fail to consider the broader strategic
marketing issues around their online presence
6 Strategic Digital Considerations
……before you build your website
1. What is your business goal?
2. Define your target market
3. Sharpen your value proposition
4. Do your digital research
5. Have you a plan to promote your business online
6. Ensure your business processes are aligned
And some successful client examples…..
1. Why do you want to be online?
• To sell……(e-commerce)
• To generate leads
• To support our channel partners
• To support customer service
• To increase brand awareness
• Because everyone else is………….?
Today, almost every company is online (web and
social media) but very few have clarity of purpose
regarding their online presence.
And if you are confused, your target customers will
also be confused….
If you have a clear goal for your website, then your visitors will also be clear
2. Defining your target market:
The Digital Market Opportunity is HUGE !!
UK: 65m x14 times
USA: 321m x70 times
Europe: 743m x160 times
India 1.3bn x280 times
• 14 times the market potential, can often mean 14 times the
degree of local competition
• Being online doesn’t necessarily mean being visible
2. Defining your target market:
In developing export markets for your products and services
you would carefully research and decide which markets you
would enter first, and why.
Your international digital strategy should be no different !
Where possible, adopt a focused approach to your
international digital expansion
An international strategy doesn’t mean a global strategy
Hello, I am Gerhard.
I am 45 years old and live in
I have heard nice things about
Ireland but I have never heard
of your company.
Tell me why should I use your
product or service?
3. Sharpen your
Every business already knows that every customer isn’t the same. However this is
rarely considered in developing an international web or digital strategy. Instead the
tendency is to cast out a uniform message and see what happens…..
What is your value proposition?
• Do you understand the local market conditions?
• Can you answer how/why you are better than local competitors?
How does this impact communications?
• English or translated to local language
• Localised content based on local preferences
• Choice of domain names used, etc
3. Sharpen your
4. Do your Digital Research
We are entering the age of BIG DATA
Every day new technologies and tools emerge that
forensically analyse ‘all things digital’
These tools provide companies with the opportunity to
understand the international digital landscape before they
invest in campaigns
The 5 key elements of a Digital
• Local search behaviour and keywords
• Competitiveness and cost of acquiring traffic
• Competitor digital landscape
• Social media audience sizes and levels of engagement
• Your present performance and the gap to compete for
online and social media visibility
5. Importance of a Digital Marketing Plan
To develop any export market requires ongoing resources and investment.
Digital is no different!
1. What are your objectives?
Ref: Digital Audit
2. What tools are you going to employ?
Organic: SEO, Blogs, Social Media, E-Mail, etc
Sponsored: Social Media, Adwords, 3rd party portals, etc
Integrated: Digital supports for traditional marketing –
shows, events, etc
3. What is your promotional calendar?
Timings of promotions to support key business
activities (markets, products, partners, etc)
4. How will you measure results?
Ref: Digital Audit
Practically everything you do online can be measured
Remove subjectivity, use facts
Monthly KPI Report
5. Who will drive this plan in your organisation?
You would not target new business development internationally without the necessary
sales resources. Have you the necessary resources to support your online digital strategy?
OK, so you have your decided to
invest in a new website. Have
you spoken to everyone else in
the company yet?
We are going to sell to how many countries
now? Do we even know how to handle
shipping to these parts of the world?
And how do we answer the phone after 5pm Irish
time for West Coast USA? Don’t even suggest I do
it; I’m already here from 8am every morning
Whopee !!; the website is in French but nobody in
the office speaks bloody French !!!
Our distributors will go crazy. It looks now
like we are competing against them in their
own back yard. This will never work! It will
be your fault when our sales drop!
Hold on a minute. Our products don’t even have
regulatory approval for some of these countries.
We need how much to spend on marketing the
website after we build it ??!
6. Ensure your business processes are
The decisions you make around digital marketing can
impact all areas of your business and sales operations.
Engage with stakeholders across the company from an early
Ensure there is alignment and that digital fits within the
business plan and not outside of it.
A few examples of digital marketing
success when strategic planning
fundamentals are followed….
Understanding the importance of key influencers in the sales process.
Problem: How to target design
engineers responsible for packaging
Solution: Educate the Quality teams on
the risks of non compliance
Result: Most successful lead generation
tool of the company. Over 100
subscribers to quarterly series of
webinars between 2013 and 2014
Using media instead of words to communicate a complex technical product
Problem: How to communicate the
uniqueness of a highly technical solution
without drowning your audience in boring
Solution: 30 second attention grabbing
animation. Technical details come second
when you are interested.
Result: #1 referenced discussion point for
all sales enquiries direct. Used globally by
channel partners to open doors. Sales
pipeline doubled in 12 months!
The power of a focused campaign when your sales reach is limited
Problem: 1 sales person travelling
to/from the UK to develop sales. Highly
Solution: Targeted online campaigns
within a 50 mile radius of UK sales
office. Population > Rep of Ireland!
Result: Highly successful, affordable and
scalable lead generation. Campaigns
were regularly paused to the company
How the effective use of CRM can drive digital campaign success
Problem: Large database of customers and
contacts. No structured sales and marketing
process. No idea what worked?
Solution: Implementation of Salesforce CRM
supported by ongoing customer research and
highly targeted outreach campaigns in Ireland
and the UK
Result: Sales leads increased by 70% in six
months. Salesforce became the driving force
and measure for sales and marketing results in
Localising your online campaigns in multi-lingual markets
Problem: Multi-lingual PPC Campaigns failing
due to depth of content in local languages and
in fact competed with larger distributors
Solution: Developed co-op Google PPC
campaign strategy with distributors in 8
Result: Campaigns were consistent and non-
competitive. Openness of learnings budget
efficient for all stakeholders. €30k investment
delivered €200k in business to-date
What these examples highlight:
1. Your business is different. Your digital marketing
strategy needs to reflect this
2. Start with the business and sales process and the
right marketing will normally follow
3. Success is not about your company size. In our
view it is about focus and creativity
6 Takeaway Points in developing an
international digital strategy:
1. Have a clear goal – Why do you want a website and what is its role in your
overall sales and marketing strategy?
2. Define your target market – Global ambition sometimes requires global
3. Sharpen your value proposition – understand the markets you wish to target
and what it will take to be successful in these markets
4. Do your digital research – Scope the opportunity online for your business
and products before you start
5. Invest in a Digital Marketing Plan – Building a website is just Step1 of 100
steps. Content is King!
6. Ensure your business processes are aligned – The role of marketing is
support the business; not the other way around.