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Make Your Global Online Shoppers Feel at Home Wherever They Are

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Registration is still open for our FREE November 7th, 2018 wegginar®, with presenter Cristina Bandal, Industry Segment Manager of Retail and Consumer Goods for UPS.

Cristina has an extensive career with UPS, working within the marketing functions. She has worked with merchants in the retail and high tech industries. Cristina makes customer experiences valuable, by improving the shopper’s experiences. Her most recent assignment helps enable merchants to sell outside the US through UPS technology.

If 95% of the worlds population lives outside the US, why are some merchants still only selling to the domestic market? Complex rules, costly risks and high transportation costs make it difficult for small businesses to merge into new markets. UPS i-parcel not only offers a solution to these merchants, but provides a frictionless experience to international consumers.

wegginar® participants can expect to learn how to…

  1. Offer international consumers the same shopping experience on your website that you offer to shoppers in the US.

  2. Avoid complicated and costly international shipping that will ultimately improve your conversion rate.
  3. Enable new international markets with just a click and reach a world of consumers.
  4. Make your online shoppers feel at home anywhere

wegg® aims to make resources for going global accessible to all women entrepreneurs, and our wegginars® are free thanks to our sponsors. To register for the event, visit this link: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/8810009934736118275 

President and CEO Julie Smolyansky on “Following Your Gut”

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This past Wednesday September 12th, President and CEO of Lifeway Kefir, Julie Smolyansky lead a wegg® workshop about the importance of following your gut on business and personal endeavors. Her inspiring talk covered the journey of Lifeway beginning in her parent’s basement, in the mid-eighties, when they began making Kefir, a food inspired by their home country, the former Soviet Union.  It is now a $120 million publicly-traded company, thanks to Julie. She grew Lifeway to the size it is now, without a business degree, and became CEO at age 27, when her father suddenly passed away. Smolyansky shared the story of how one of her father’s friends reacted when he died and she was made CEO…

“[He said] ‘forget it, the company is done. Sell all of your stock tomorrow. There’s no way a 27 year old girl could run a company.’ This is done. Lifeway is over…I go into the office Monday morning…and everyone had sold their stock….It was devastating…[I] picked my head up and moved forward. Then, we had 70 people, today we have 320. We’ve grown our business from 12 million to 120 million…We continued to execute on the strategy we believed in, and continued to follow our gut, and worked really really hard….That man who said ‘she’s never gonna do it,’…I literally think about him every day. I say ‘thank you’, ‘thank you so much for underestimating me, for pissing me off, and making me angry…You gave me the fuel to move forward.”

Smolyansky went on to describe how being a young CEO became a strength for her. She followed her gut and made Lifeway one of the first businesses ever to have an active social media presence. She explained, “We were ahead of the game…Vogue called us ‘avant garde’ for being on social media.”

She also shared her beliefs on the importance of female entrepreneurship,

“If women were employed at the same rates as men, we know the global GDP would rise exponentially…That I think is really important. A rising tide raises all ships, and when women create jobs, an entire community is more safe and stable….Women are the key to saving the world…Entrepreneurship…can heal the world.”

Other inspiring takeaways from Smolyansky’s talk…

  • Keep moving ahead no matter what your challenges are in life.
  • Make a big impact:  it only takes one person one step at a time to change the world.
  • Follow your gut (we should all listen to our intuition on important matters in life).

Thank you to Julie, and her team, Justine and Maria, for making our on-the-ground wegg® workshop a success.  And thank you to Bank of America, Moji Eagan and Aneta Mazur, for hosting us.

If you were not able to make this wegg® workshop, we are having a wegginar® on Wednesday, October 3rd with Katie Kollhoff, CEO, NUMIX.  She’ll present on “Small Startup, Big Impact.”  Thanks to our sponsors, IBM, UPS, Bank of America and GlobalCare Clinical Trials, the program is no charge but you must register to attend, here.

Women Entrepreneurs, the Global Market Needs You

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According to the Small Business and Entrepreneurship Council, In 2016, 97% of all exporters in the U.S. were small and medium-sized companies. The other statistic from this study that can’t be ignored is that only 12% of businesses that export are owned by women. Why are more women not accessing the vast world that is global business?

In Devishobha Chandramouli’s recent Entrepreneur article, “6 Global Trends Reveal How Women Are Redefining Entrepreneurship,” she reports the ways in which women entrepreneurs are critical to the global market. Within Chandramouli’s findings, WEGG founder, Laurel Delaney, reports on why women are often absent from business at a global level:

“Even in a developed economy, women business owners are less likely to explore and expand their products or services because they think they can’t do it, or that they don’t have access to the right training, education, advisory networks, mentorships and community programs. This perceived deficiency makes it difficult for women to access markets, conduct marketing and establish relationships.”

If women do not believe they are capable of global success, they will not achieve it. The secret is, that women are not only capable of global business, but are also exponentially beneficial to their communities when they have it. Chandramouli notes,

“As globalization is breaking down the barriers that limited businesses by cultures, gender and geography, many partnership and trade agreements have been developed in an attempt to encourage global economic activity among women. Women are known to give back about 90 percent of their earnings to the health and education of their communities and families, contributing to development directly, so it’s easy to see why it is critical.”

Women entrepreneurs, the global market needs you.

You can read Chandramouli’s article here, to learn more about how women have the ability to transform global business, for the better, from within.

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Why go global?  How do you start?  Where can you find customers?  How do you get paid?  Find out these answers and learn other best-kept secrets to expanding a business globally. 

JOIN us for our first weggchat™ (#weggchat) Wednesday, August 8 from 11:00 a.m. — 12:00 p.m. (noon) Central time on Take Your Business Global! and facilitated by Laurel Delaney, President of WEGG and founder of GlobeTrade.com.  Laurel will field questions and add insights on how to take a business global.  Small business owners can join the conversation by using the hashtag #weggchat to chime in with questions and answers.

Event is free of charge but you must use tchat.io or twubs.com to follow the conversation using the hashtag #weggchat.  See you there!
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WEGG Welcomes Lucy Brooks to our Communications Team

We are delighted to announce that Lucy Brooks has joined our WEGG team as a Communications Intern.  She will be responsible for editing written content, managing our social media accounts, and composing blog posts.

A little bit about Lucy:

Originally from Atlanta, Georgia, Lucy is currently a senior at Columbia College Chicago, studying Comedy Writing and Performance with a minor in Cultural Studies. Her areas of study center around analyzing and composing literature pertaining to Women and Gender Studies.

She is a copy writer, editor, and producer. Lucy has served as a Hospitality Intern at Cards Against Humanity LLC, and is the social media manager for the nonprofit organization ShopColumbia.

In her free time, you can see her performing her written work at various comedy theaters in Chicago. Lucy hopes to write content for a feminist publication, and aims to educate and empower women in everything she does.

Please join us in welcoming Lucy.  We are excited to have her with us, and look forward to her assistance with developing our writing, brand and web presence.

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Why go global?  How do you start?  Where can you find customers?  How do you get paid?  Find out these answers and learn other best-kept secrets to expanding a business globally. 

JOIN us for our first weggchat™ (#weggchat) Wednesday, August 8 from 11:00 a.m. — 12:00 p.m. (noon) Central time on Take Your Business Global! and facilitated by Laurel Delaney, President of WEGG and founder of GlobeTrade.com.  Laurel will field questions and add insights on how to take a business global.  Small business owners can join the conversation by using the hashtag #weggchat to chime in with questions and answers.

Event is free of charge but you must use tchat.io or twubs.com to follow the conversation using the hashtag #weggchat.  See you there!
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Kathrin Bussmann Offers Tips and Advice on Global Podcasting

Kathrin Bussmann, Ph.D. is someone that everyone should know. She is Founder and Principal of Verbaccino and has been hosting the famous Worldly Marketer Podcast for as long as I can remember, more than 100 episodes, and she doesn’t just host it well, she hosts it magnificently. Each podcast features a different expert in the field of global marketing to learn more about the challenges and the rewards of reaching out to a multi-regional, multilingual and multi-cultural audience. Anyone who has been on her show, like I have, knows she’s a real pro.

Recently at WEGG, we had the good fortune to have Kathrin present a WEGGinar™ on “Building Your Global Brand Through Podcasting.” You can access it here: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/3759262530790572546 along with her SlideShare deck. Her bio can be found on Slide No. 46.

In follow up to Kathrin’s talk, I passed along five questions from WEGGinar™ participants that we didn’t have time to address. What follows are the questions and her answers.

1. WEGGinar™ Participant: How will Artificial Intelligence (AI) affect podcasting?

Kathrin Bussmann: The thing about podcasting is that it’s a very human, very personal medium. That’s a big part of the appeal. As a listener, you’re getting a real sense of the person behind the microphone. You’re listening to the sound of the podcaster’s voice, often through a set of earbuds, and you’re forming a picture in your mind of the podcaster’s personality. So it’s a much more intimate experience than if you were reading a blog post by that same person, for example. The only medium that’s potentially more personal is video. But as a content creator, you can’t expect to hold people’s attention for more than a few minutes at a time with video, whereas an audio show can keep people tuned in for 30 minutes or more. That’s the beauty of an eyes-free, hands-free format. As for the potential influence of AI, the only way I see it contributing to podcasting in the future is in the way it might help to better connect podcasters with their target audience. There’s still a lot of people out there who have never tuned into a podcast, and who may not even know what a podcast is, let alone where to go looking for one. That’s starting to change, as more and more people discover the world of on-demand audio, and AI can definitely help people find more of the kinds content that is likely to interest them.

2. WP: Do you think the podcast bubble is going to pop?

KB: Bubble? What bubble? I think podcasts are only just getting started as a medium. Surveys show that the vast majority of people have yet to discover them. Yet, in the Digital Age, we’re getting used to consuming content on our own terms, on our own schedule. In the same way that more and more people are switching from traditional TV to Video-On-Demand platforms like Netflix, I think audio consumption will go through a similar shift. It’s just the way things are going now: people are looking for more specialized content, greater convenience, and less advertising. I don’t think those are temporary trends. No wonder public broadcasters like NPR, CBC Radio and BBC Radio are now offering podcast versions of all their most popular programs. They’re doing what they need to do to retain the audience they already have.

3. WP: There are a lot of podcasts to choose from; how do you make yours relevant and distinctive enough for people to sign up?

KB: First of all, you need to do your research. Who is already producing a podcast in your category? Listen to those podcasts, and take notes. What are they covering? What aren’t they covering? Which ones appeal to you, and why, exactly? Quite often, a big part of the appeal is the person behind the microphone. If you’re already a fan of the genre, you probably have some favourite podcasts. So ask yourself: what keeps you tuning in regularly? It probably has something to do with the host(s), their personality, and how they deliver the content. So as a podcaster, you need to be willing to make yourself part your show’s Unique Selling Proposition. Don’t be afraid to let your personality shine through. Your style might not appeal to everyone, but that’s OK. You’ll attract and retain those listeners who do connect with your approach, and at the end of the day, that’s your target audience.

Of course, you also need to deliver valuable content on a consistent basis. You’re asking people to give you their most precious commodity: their time. Never take that for granted. Make it worth their while to tune in. And make it easy too, by having a predictable schedule. Show up with new content on a regular basis, so your growing audience has something to look forward to. Of course, that takes time, effort and an ongoing commitment on your part – something that a lot of podcasters can’t manage in the long run. In fact, a lot of your success as a podcast producer will depend on sheer endurance and outlasting your “competition”.

As for getting people to sign up, just know that most people prefer to stream their podcasts, rather than subscribing and/or downloading them. When you look at your analytics, don’t get discouraged by the number of downloads. Try to engage your audience in other ways. Give them calls to action that will reward them for their loyalty in some way. And make it easy for them to interact with you and to share your content on social media.

4. WP: How do voice-activated devices — smart speakers — such as Amazon Echo and Google Home play into the future of podcasting?

KB: There’s no doubt that smart speakers are going to facilitate the consumption of on-demand audio generally, and that includes podcasts. As podcasts become more widely known as a medium, as platforms like Spotify make them more easily available than ever before, and as people get used to searching for content through voice-activated devices, the future podcasts looks very bright.

5. WP: How do you embed a podcast into a website or blog?

KB: There are different ways to do it, and your podcast hosting platform (e.g. Libsyn) should be able to provide exact instructions. It involves generating a HTML code, and then embedding that code into the page where you want the podcast displayed for downloading and/or streaming purposes. If you’re not a techie, there’s a bit of a learning curve. But there are lots of online communities of podcasters where you can ask for help. There are also lots of online courses you can take now, to teach you all the basics of starting your own podcast. And once you’ve learned the basics, it’s really a matter of developing a repeatable system that works for you.

Welcome WELA

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The Women Entrepreneurship and Leadership for Africa (WELA) in Kenya aims to empower female executives in the small and medium enterprise (SME) segment. Kenyan female entrepreneurs will benefit from a mentorship program recently launched by industry lobbyists  and world renowned business think tanks.

For all Kenyan women entrepreneurs, this is a good way to rebrand your business, explore new markets and forge strategic relationships in order to grow.

Read more:  Kenya launches program to empower female entrepreneurs 

Photo courtesy:  Flickr

(Have a minute?  Please vote for my new “Exporting” book, which has been nominated for the Small Business Book Award in Technology!  Click on the box below and then click VOTE.  Thanks so much in advance.)

Posted by:  Laurel Delaney

The World’s Most Glamorous Couple

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According to the London Evening Standard, the world’s most glamorous couple is David and Victoria Beckham (as shown).  Not only are they considered the golden couple (it can’t hurt that they are pretty good looking too!) but everything they do seems to turn to gold as well:

The former Spice Girl and her husband generate almost £100,000, 365 days a year. They are already one of the wealthiest celebrity couples in the UK, with a fortune estimated at £190m. Next year, with the arrival of the first Victoria Beckham store, on Mayfair’s Dover Street, that’s tipped to soar to £300m. So how has the Beckham Supremacy been achieved?

Read the entire article here.  From Spice Girl to a global fashion powerhouse, Victoria Beckham is making her mark in the world.

Photo courtesy:  friskytuna

Posted by:  Laurel Delaney

Take a Peek at Oprah’s OWN Global Network

Oprah’s OWN — Oprah Winfrey Network — is more than a television network, it’s a 24/7 cable network of people just like you, me or anyone else on this planet who is interested in self-discovery.  OWN is designed to bring more better into your worldly life.  Launch date is set for 1/1/11.

Check it out here.

Illustration credit here.

Posted by:  Laurel Delaney


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