How KFC Became China’s Fast Food of Choice

How KFC Became China’s Fast Food of Choice

With its original restaurant located just a stone’s throw from Tiananmen Square in Beijing, KFC became the first American fast-food to set foot in China, all the way back in 1987. The three-story branch, with room for up to 500 diners, was KFC’s largest at the time, and the grandiosity of this move set the tone for the success the chain would find in China over the next few decades.

As the first window into American-style dining for many, KFC was an immediate hit, with lines stretching for blocks even months after the branch opened its doors. A year later, the […] Read more

Walmart & International Marketing: What NOT to Do

Walmart & International Marketing: What NOT to Do

If one were to nominate a poster child for international marketing failures, one would be hard-pressed to identify a candidate more ideal than Walmart. In so many cases over the past several decades, Walmart consistently made the wrong choices when making an entrance into a new market. Walmart’s journeys abroad, whether to China, Germany, Brazil or elsewhere, seem to be met with stumbles at every step — though in many cases, the company has learned and adapted over time.

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Why Is KFC’s International Marketing So Unstoppable?

Why Is KFC’s International Marketing So Unstoppable?

KFC has made wave after wave in the marketing community due to its resounding success in China. Far and away the country’s most popular American fast food chain, the company is seemingly bulletproof when it comes to its performance with Chinese consumers. KFC became the first American fast food chain to enter the Chinese market when it opened its first restaurant just a short walk from Beijing’s famous Tiananmen Square in 1987. At the time, the three-story branch was KFC’s largest in the world — an impressive start which set the tone for the chain’s continued triumphs in the country.

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November Roundup

November Roundup

We know … It’s been a while since our last blog post roundup. But we went totally crazy in November and filled our site with lovely and entertaining international SEO knowledge. If you missed out on the action (Shame on you!) we’ve prepared for your attention (Unless, you were too busy, which we understand.) our favorite blog post picks from the previous month:

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The .EU Domain – A Perfect Opportunity to Target English Speakers in EU?

The .EU Domain – A Perfect Opportunity to Target English Speakers in EU?

To create a strong regional digital market the European Union (EU) created the country code top level domain named “.EU”.  To kick-off your marketing campaign in the region an English language website is a good start as many EU countries score high in English proficiency. But does it also mean that a .EU domain is the best choice for your website?

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Why Sentimental Marketing Campaigns in the USA Don’t Work?

Why Sentimental Marketing Campaigns in the USA Don’t Work?

Did you know that US consumers prefer images of strong women in Mother’s Day campaigns? We’ve analyzed the recent and last year’s campaign from the popular US florist shop Telefora. One was a great success, while the other failed terribly. To explain why, we dug into marketing research on what Mother’s Day means to Americans from a cultural perceptive.

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Winning Over Female Beauty Consumers in India – A Lesson From Dove

Winning Over Female Beauty Consumers in India – A Lesson From Dove

The Dove “Real Beauty” campaign has an iconic status among marketing circles. Using “real” women who buy the products instead of models seems simple, yet it defied everyday advertising practices. After major success in the West, Dove continues to reinvent its famous advertising campaign in other countries. Taking in account cultural specifics it snatched its share of female beauty consumers in India’s market. Let’s take look how the famous beauty products company adapted its western marketing strategy to make it in India.

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April Roundup

April Roundup

Spring is here and we’ve kept our blog fresh and fruitful according to the season. We got some help from AirBnB – changing its name in China and all. Also, the Easter holidays were a great opportunity to check for new marketing opportunities. If you’re thinking of traveling during the summer – why not go to Brazil? But make sure your Portuguese is “local” enough. We bring to you our top 4 blog pics posted in April:

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