Ever since a Brit invented it in Switzerland as part of a European scientific organization, the Web has been intended as a global medium.
Once your site is live, you immediately have access to a global audience that is only going to grow and diversify further in the future. I remember being amazed by the immediate flow of e-mail from around the globe that I started receiving once my name and address were listed as a resource on a new site that launched in 1995.
Yet, most organizations completely ignore the potential for addressing global audiences and their unique needs. The web is an often efficient way to grow your customer base around the world but it will only work effectively in that role if you develop a strategy for why those audiences will receive value from you.
I am speaking on this very issue Thursday at ASAE & the Center’s International Conference in Washington, DC. You can see the program agenda on their site and I have posted my session description below.
If you have any questions you would like addressed during the event, be sure to post them here or send me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
(As an aside, with all of its global initiatives, why does ASAE give the International Conference short shrift with an anemic web presence? Seems rather short sighted to me.)
Making your Web Go World Wide: Global Web Site Strategy
The Web is a powerful vehicle for establishing and enhancing your global presence. Maximizing the contribution of your web site to your international strategy takes much more than translating a few pages of content. This session will zero in on these key issues:
- Defining global strategy in terms of the Web
- Common strategies and design patterns for global web sites
- A decision framework for evaluating which approach best supports your goals
Leave this session with a clear understanding of how the Web can support your association’s international goals and how to make it happen.