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International Expansion: A Blueprint for Success

An Action Plan to Profitably Expand Your Business Through International Sales and Partnerships
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Created by Anthony Gioeli
Last updated 5/2014
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  • 3 hours on-demand video
  • 6 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
After completing this course, you will be ready to profitably expand your business internationally!
Specifically, you will be able to analyze which markets to enter, determine the best ways to enter these markets, forecast the impact of global expansion on your overall business and understand what to do to keep your international business growing.
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  • Curiosity or desire to expand your business internationally

How can your company benefit from the global marketplace?

International markets present huge opportunities...but only to those companies with clear goals, in-depth strategies and visibility to measure performance. I'm sure you've heard people say things like, "There are 1.2 billion people in China and if I can only capture 1% of that market, my revenue and profitability will skyrocket." or "With Brazil's current growth rate, how can we not succeed by offering our product for sale in that market?"

When companies struggle, it is often because they:

  • Enter markets without properly understanding the intricacies of their target markets
  • Lack a cohesive go to market strategy for each particular country
  • Are inflexible in their positioning or product features
  • Don't understand the total costs of doing business in their target markets
  • Refuse to invest the proper resources needed for success

While there are many large population centers throughout the world, how can that translate into a successful business? Not all markets are created equal, and when you take into account disposable income, unique regulations, competition, distribution channels and operating costs, you may be surprised at which countries you should be targeting.

This course will help you make intelligent decisions as you expand your business internationally. It provides a blueprint for researching markets, setting clear and realistic goals, evaluating various market entry options, modeling your international business and growing your global business long term.

As an executive and entrepreneur whose companies have consistently generated more than 50% of revenue and profitability outside of the United States, I have successfully setup sales offices, distributorships, licensing partnerships, R&D centers, joint ventures and mergers with overseas companies in Asia, Europe and Latin America. My course captures my years of learning into a concise, detailed plan to help you succeed in your international expansion. As part of this course, I also discuss many of the pitfalls to avoid when expanding internationally, because mistakes in foreign markets can be quite costly.

Since every company has its own unique circumstances, I make myself available via e-mail and phone to assist you in planning your global expansion. If global expansion is done right, your ROI can be incredible!

Who is the target audience?
  • Managers and executives looking to expand their business by going international
  • Organizations contemplating partnerships with international companies
Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 29 Lectures Collapse All 29 Lectures 03:28:24
2 Lectures 10:47

In this lecture, I introduce myself and then share the goals and objectives of the course. We also discuss why expanding your business internationally should be important for a business to continue growing.

Preview 06:33

In this lecture, we review the agenda of the course by introducing each lecture.

Preview 04:14
Which Markets Should I Enter
6 Lectures 36:37

We begin our journey by learning to how quantify the opportunity by country. As part of this process, we introduce a funnel that will help guide you determine what is the realistic market size for your product in a given country.

Opportunity and Market Size

In this lecture, we look at how a country's economy, infrastructure, regulatory environment, employment policies, tax policy, sales channel and general attitude towards foreign products can impact your decision on whether to enter a certain market.

Business Climate

This lecture focuses on competition, and how it can impact your market entry. We look at the differences between global, regional and local competitors. We also discuss creating a competitive matrix and doing a SWOT analysis.

Competitive Landscape

In this lecture, we discuss the benefits of entering a market with a partner, along with what it takes to ensure it is a successful venture. We also discuss why understanding your industry's ecosystem in the country is important.

Possible Partners and Ecosystem

When looking to expand internationally, it is always best to have contacts that can offer assistance. After all, you are entering an unknown market. Why not leverage contacts whom you have done business with, to help guide you?

Do not be shy in asking for assistance. You’ll be surprised at how many contacts are willing to share their expertise and lend a hand.

Leveraging Existing Relationships

This quiz checks your understanding of the materials covered in Lectures 3 through 7.

Which Markets Should I Enter
10 questions

Here is the first checklist. I provide both a PDF version, which is formatted, along with an Excel version that you can modify for your needs.

Market Entry Checklist
4 pages
What Are My Entry Options
7 Lectures 52:57

In this lecture, we look at the process of entering a market with a local master distributor.

Master Distributor

This lecture looks at the value of hiring local agents, or manufacturer's representatives.

Local Agents

In this lecture we look at what you should consider when opening up a sales and support office in a new country.

Sales and Support Office

The complexities of establishing an R&D center in a new country as discussed, along with recommendations for moving forward.

Establishing an R&D Center

In this lecture we review what you should consider, if you elect to license your product or technology to enter a market.

Product or Technology Licensing

In this lecture, we review what are the major considerations if you seek a joint venture as a market entry strategy.

Joint Venture

This quiz checks your understanding of the materials covered in Lectures 9 through 14.

What Are My Entry Options
10 questions

Here is the second checklist. I provide both a PDF version, which is formatted, along with an Excel version that you can modify for your needs.

Entry Options Checklist
5 pages
How Do I Model My Business
5 Lectures 25:51

Our focus in this lecture is finding any unique costs to doing business in the target country, so you can fully model your cost structure.


In this lecture, we look at the unique aspects of creating and managing a sales forecast when dealing with a different culture.

Forecasting Sales

Currency risk is discussed in this lecture. If your revenue and expenses are in different currencies, then your risks are much greater. We also look at currency hedging.

Currency Risks

In the cash flow management lecture, we focus on understanding what the payment process is like in a given country.

Cash Flow Management

This quiz checks your understanding of the materials covered in Lectures 16 through 19.

How Do I Model My Business
10 questions

Here is the third checklist. I provide both a PDF version, which is formatted, along with an Excel version that you can modify for your needs.

Business Modeling Checklist
3 pages
How Do I Keep Growing My International Business
5 Lectures 37:02

In this lecture, we provide suggestions for how headquarters can improve visibility and presence in a country.

Visibility and Presence

Localizing sales and support is more than just translating your collateral. In this lecture, we provide the full picture of what it entails to localize your sales and support structure.

Localization: sales and support

In this lecture, we look at all the items in your product that you need to consider localizing when entering a new market.

Localization: products and services

This lecture focuses on you. What can you do to help your business succeed in the new market you are entering?

Networking and Localizing Yourself

This quiz checks your understanding of the materials covered in Lectures 21 through 24.

How Do I Keep Growing My International Business
10 questions

Here is the fourth (and final) checklist. I provide both a PDF version, which is formatted, along with an Excel version that you can modify for your needs.

Growing Your International Business Checklist
3 pages
Final Thoughts
4 Lectures 13:10

Our course has focused on selling a physical product. What is different if you provide services or sell software? This lecture looks at the few differences you will need to consider.

Goods vs Services vs Software

All four checklists are combined into one PDF. As for the Excel file, each checklist is its own tab.

Complete Checklist
15 pages

This list includes some good global trade resources, a link to a website that lists many trade shows by industry by country, along with some in country resource examples (you should Google for similar resources if your target country is not listed).

Additional Resources
2 pages

Thank you for taking this course. I hope you found it to be very helpful and a course that you can refer back to time and time again. I will continue to update and expand this course based on student feedback and suggestions. Business is always evolving and I will try my best to continue enhancing the course. As I continue to conduct business globally, I will add anything new that I learn.

About the Instructor
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580 Students
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CEO, Entreprenuer, Global Business Specialist

Anthony has over 25 years of experience managing fast growth high technology companies, specializing in building and leading global organizations.

Anthony has served as President & CEO of three US-based technology companies that have been acquired: CloudTC, Inc., Atrua Technologies, Inc. and AirPrime, Inc. Two of the companies (CloudTC and AirPrime), were acquired by foreign corporations. Anthony has also served as a division General Manager at Xircom, and as VP of Sales, Marketing and Business Development at several companies in the technology industry.

Throughout his career, Anthony has focused on international business. Some of his activities include setting up an R&D center in China; opening up sales and support offices in Belgium, Germany, UK, Japan, Taiwan, South Korea and Singapore; establishing joint development agreements with companies in South Korea and Taiwan; and forming strategic partnerships with companies throughout the world in Asia, Australia, Europe, North America and South America.

Anthony holds a BSEE from New York Institute of Technology and an MBA in finance from the University of Southern California.

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