Your export business would not be successful unless you have a substantial client base that trusts your company. Finding export customers can be a challenging task, especially if you are just starting out or entering a new market. However, with the right knowledge and strategy, you will be able to find export trade customers for your products and keep them as regular customers.
Here are five simple ways to find and acquire foreign buyers for your export business:
- Attend Trade Shows for Your Industry in the Philippines and Overseas
Numerous trade shows that cater to different industries are conducted in the Philippines every year. It is a great place to start if you want to expand your business, as well as to keep updated with the latest news in your industry. These trade shows let budding export business owners contact international customers, especially they have a complicated product to offer.
- Contact Philippine Embassies Located in Countries You Want to Find Customers
Philippine Embassies have an appointed commercial counselor whom you can request a list of companies that might be a good fit for your products as well as buying agents that are actively looking for suppliers like you. These records are usually made available at no cost, but occasionally you may be asked to pay a fee. The websites of Philippine Embassies also have economy and trade section which posts up-to-date industry analyses and manufacturing reports that may be helpful.
- Globalize Your Website
Many people and businesses nowadays use the internet to search for the product they need. To fully maximize the potential of your website, you should include the contact information of your international liaison, if you have, on your contact us page. You should also consider translating your website and marketing materials into the language of the countries you are trying to target. Doing so will make you visible to Internet searches conducted in different languages.
- Connect with Commission Agents
Foreign wholesalers often have their own commissioned agents or middlemen abroad to find and buy great export products on their behalf. Dealing with these local authorized agents can be far more comfortable than dealing with a foreign-based agent as they require less effort to reach and are more motivated since they are paid on commission.
- Use the Tradeline Philippines’ Business Matching System
The Business Matching System is a platform created by Department of Trade and Industry which allows exporters to find foreign buyers for their products. It is one of the most efficient ways for an export business operator to meet with pre-screened potential cross-border business associates, whether you are seeking an agent, a distributor or a joint-venture partner. You can take advantage of this service by contacting your nearest Export Marketing Bureau.