Why I want to go global

I had lunch this week with a longtime client/associate who and unbeknownst to me his partner in Europe who somehow is also our client.  They have been operating a successful business in Europe for more than ten years.  We have had some minor engagements with firms in Europe but have not made it a mission.  Well they have an office in Cannes and both my wife and I speak pretty good French (ok she is better than me) and the thought of doing business in a place as beautiful as the south of France is mega-intriguing. 

After enjoying a very nice lunch meeting with them I left energized and motivated that what we have to offer would translate (no joke!) very well across the EU.  And I also think there is much we can learn and bring back from our friends across the pond to our clients here in the U.S.   The time for cross-continental collaboration (CCC of a different kind!) has arrived and my opinion is that cultural differences make marketing in the EU even more challenging than the U.S.   The practice of developing messages targeted to a particular country keeps marketers sharp in a different way than segmenting messages to multicultural groups within a country like here in the States. 

And there are some amazing agencies, super smart people and savvy marketers to learn from in the EU.  I just want our team to have the chance to get better, learn more and help our clients and friends all at the same time.

So I am pledging here to develop our European presence.    Guess I will have to get over there soon to check it out.  Though Cannes has much nicer weather in June than it does in February….But call me on this if I don’t follow through!

About markkolier

Futurist, entrepreneur, left lane driver
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