What if my business hours don’t align with those in the market I’m trying to reach?
Sales teams who reach out to leads with significant time zone differences can find it challenging to connect immediately, but that’s no reason to give up on those potential sales.
Develop an auto-response email to maintain immediate outreach and begin nurturing leads from different time zones even while your sales team is out of the office. Boost engagement by including a free trial or video demo of your product and any personalized or localized marketing assets, such as translated product information and converted pricing sheets.
How can my sales team and prospects communicate if they don’t speak the same language?
Language barriers can feel like a daunting divide between your sales team and global prospects. To bridge this divide, focus on the effectiveness of your team’s communication rather than trying to hire a special team to field international leads.
Remind your team that English is the language of the global economy — 1.75 billion people speak it at a useful level — and connecting across language barriers is achievable, as long as they speak clearly, avoid culturally specific words or phrases like jargon and idioms, and they don’t forget to discuss pricing models using the appropriate currency.
Can I expand into global markets if my website and marketing materials aren’t translated?
It’s not a deal-breaker to share your materials in English only, and you should reach out to global buyers regardless. That said, we’ve found that many buyers prefer to perform initial research in their native language, and it’s a good idea to translate key sales and marketing assets — most importantly, your product and pricing information — if that fits within your marketing budget.
Take a look at these tips for your team on how to expand your software business into the global market.