International

August 1, 2016

As much as I love travel right here at home, there’s just something that gets the blood racing about international travel.

A trip overseas feels so much more exotic and adventuresome than a trip in the U.S. As much as I love travel right here at home, there’s just something that gets the blood racing about international travel. It seems the same way with business. I’m not sure why, but getting a business call from outside the country always seems more exciting than something local. Which is one of the reasons that the past week has been so fun. We received a call from a Korean beef producer, an accounting firm in Dubai and a sportswear manufacturer in Australia. While the three companies were certainly divergent in location and what they offer, they had three things in common. First, they all found our California-based agency, Mustang Marketing, online. Good news for our SEO efforts! Secondly, they all want to begin selling inside the U.S. Third, sadly, they all completely ended contact after we shared our pricing. Not even the courtesy of an “are you out of your mind?” email. So I wonder, why the sudden contact cutoff? While we hadn’t met in person, we had some middle of the night (at least on our end) Skype calls, exchanged a few emails, and we invested time researching your company and your industry before presenting a proposal. Could it be a nefarious competitor trying to exhaust me into mistakes by scheduling calls at 3:00 in the morning? Could it be an elaborate practical joke by an, as yet undisclosed, prankster? Maybe the cultures are different (though I imagine Dubai, Korea and Australia would not be considered a single homogenous culture) or maybe, just maybe, it’s a coincidence that I happened to, in one week, run into three different international companies whose way of saying “no” is simply not saying anything. BTW, if the guy from Australia is reading this, I’m still interested in flying over for a meeting =)