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Here’s why it’s crucial to maintain direct contact with your end-users when you set-up a distribution network in Europe

Over the years, I have found that small businesses get confused and sometimes intimidated by their European distributors, which are trying to dissuade them from having direct contacts with the end-users. It’s a very common practice, as distributors are trying to protect their key clients relationships.

Here is why being flexible is a key attribute, if you are a Sales Manager out of corporate joining a fast-growth small business expanding internationally

Are you hiring a professional out of corporate to join your fast-growing small business ? Are you a professional out of corporate considering working for a small business expanding rapidly in international markets?

“Growing your business internationally, is all about the contacts!” No, it’s not

Over the years, I have seen small businesses being blurred by the expression “it’s all about the contacts!”. And so they would think that they really needed to find the person who had all these contacts and by magic it would give them a lead way into a new country or a market. To be honest, it always rings alarm bells, when a customer comes to me and tells me if he/she is about to recruit a senior person based in Europe that has all the required contacts.

Are you looking to get a fast start in Europe this financial year? Start by a country selection process!

2020 is a funny year as we all know. And when it comes to successfully exporting for small businesses, I can confidently say that Europe should still be on your radar. The last six months have been extraordinary for some of our Australian customers. And some of them have encountered incredible success, mostly because they are reaping the benefits of their consistent hard work in the European market, making them a reliable supplier for European customers, even during unpredictable times. 

18 August Exportia Lab: “User Manuals” How to avoid legal pitfalls when exporting to Europe

We get asked a lot of questions about user manuals for the European market: " do we need to translate our manual in all these European languages?" ; "What needs to be in these manuals for us to make sure we comply with the European standards?" Just to name a few.

Here is why setting-up a successful European distribution network is your best move in 2020

2020 is a funny year as we all know. And when it comes to successfully exporting for small businesses, I can confidently say that Europe should still be on your radar. The last six months have been extraordinary for some of our Australian customers. And some of them have encountered incredible success, mostly because they are reaping the benefits of their consistent hard work in the European market, making them a reliable supplier for European customers, even during unpredictable times. 

Why this is the perfect timing to refine your sales process in order to generate leads, close sales, leverage and retain long-term European customers in this pandemic

There has not been a better time to sell smarter! This is my conclusion from the last months of being grounded in Australia and having my European team in lock-down for a couple of months, instead of visiting key European customers and partners throughout Europe.

Here is why CEOs and Founders of scale ups are both the best ally and enemy of international sales

One of the reasons I love what I do at Exportia, is that I get to work on a daily basis with brilliant minds. Founders and CEOs of small companies (they are often both) are amazing to work with, they are passionate about their business. They inspire their team and they create a vision and direction for the business. This is why they often are the best person to articulate the sales pitch. They know precisely what problem their business is solving and they know what makes a person buy their product or solution.

Why is it important to sell at a premium price when introducing a product in the European market

Price is an element of the mix that is quite important when introducing a product into the European market. It will determine the level of profitability of this line of product for the years to come. I often have this debate with one of my customers, who is quite anxious to get early sales, but at the same time, his CFO and I keep telling him we don't want to discount. The CFO thinks of long term profitability and I just don't like to discount too soon and without a good reason. Here is why.