The topic of company expansion came up during my last radio program, during the discussion I went on to give an explanation of some of the

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options open to corporations looking to expand their businesses internationally.

Of course – the assumption is made that the company is making the moves to expand internationally for all of the right market driven reasons !

In terms of dealing with the path to deliver the product overseas, the company will typically make one of two choices :-

  • setup office in the target country
  • select a distribution partner to deliver the goods

Of course, in order to setup a direct organisation with sales force and all of the other necessary staff, the business would have to be able to justify this by the amount of revenue that it proposes to generate. On the other hand – by selecting a distributor the company will be able to enter into the market at a much lower cost.

On the surface – hiring a distributor and letting them get on with the job of selling seems quite straighforward – however, this is where we get into the sometimes complex, frustrating and challenging field of international distributor management.

Note that part of the battle will be in being able to gain distributor mindshare – this is because your products could well be one of literally hundreds that your new channel partner is selling. With that various products may well be providing your international channel partner with greater margins, more market share, more support and close relationships that what you currently have.

With so much of the cost of products being taken up by the delivery network and management, it is interesting to see how little time is spent dealing with this oh so necessary topic. Certainly when I studied my MBA and, specialised in International Trade and Finance there we minimal focus on this compared to topics such as the marketing mix for example.

Some of the greatets challenges facing companies today is in this area of international disributor channel management and; with very few managers being able to say how much cost of serving up the product through the channel …

  • gross margins ?
  • margin mix ?
  • contribution margin ?

… actually costs [and I mean documented quarter by quarter – and not anecdotal]; this will continue to be a management area that will by itself demand more focus and attention.

The financial section of my distribution channel management training is always one that provokes much discussion and with the international distributor being by definition removed from the supplier company – process management and data flow plays a significant part in the field of international partner channel management.

Questions, comments ? would love to hear from you.

-Stephen C Campbell

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In my role as a broadcaster, the radio station provides a Business Consultation package which consists of an interview

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with local business owners in addition to a private Strategy Consultation with myself.

With that said, here is an example on the type of [Advertorial] interview that you can expect from myself. Here I am interviewing Andrew Sparks MBA, who is seasoned Sales Professional expert in developing and executing Sales Processes. Andrew has developed sales teams skilled in selling high ticket items [thousands of pounds] Here is some of what we cover at the outset :-

  • Different types of Sales People
  • The Science Of Sales
  • Importance of following a Sales Process

Andrew Sparks then goes on to outline the fact that Sales is about ‘two way communication’. He makes the point that sales conveys a specific message to the end use client via specific Marketing Channels. One imortant point raised is :-

  • Client needs confidence, permission and option to let the company know what they think

Sales is about a transcation so that the customer willingly pays money for the product and/or service as during the sales process; the Sales Professional will have expertly conveyed the key Features and Benefits of the product to the end user. We cover quite a few points during the interview – some of the others are :-

  • Positive Motivation
  • Negative Motivation
  • Laddering
  • Needs
  • Desires
  • Wants
  • Length of time of the Sales Process
  • Value Proposition of the Product/Service
  1. Attributes
  2. Consequences
  3. Values

Take a listen and as always, should you have any comments  [if you wish to contact Andrew maybe ??] feel free to get in touch.

Best Business Success,

-Stephen C Campbell