I have been traveling quite a bit lately. I embrace these opportunities as there is always so much to learn from people who live in different parts of the world – frugality and resourcefulness from citizens of countries that have to get by with much less than people in the U.S, relaxed and easygoing attitude from a young man who lives in Brazil, efficient time management from German professionals and eloquence from British gentlemen.
I have witnessed different approaches to marketing and politics as well – pre-election Germany had a different feel than pre-election Estonia. Overall, it looked like Europeans had taken a low key approach,
people and governments are tightening their belts.
Just like people in different countries have different needs, so do small businesses. Product and service customization as well as getting to know your customer are both equally important, or you’ll miss the mark. We have so much to learn from each encounter with potential and current customers.