1. Domestic favour is necessary before going global
If a country or a brand wants to win the global market, it should first gain the favour of its domestic citizens and market. Companies should not underestimate the significance of the domestic market. If they cannot satisfy the customers in their home where they are supposed to have the best understanding, there is no guarantee that they will have any chance of competing in markets which have different political, socio-cultural and economic environments.
“If a country and its products are not attractive to its citizens, then the country will have a more difficult time attracting foreign audiences and maintaining a favourable reputation in the international arena for the long term,” said Dr Lindsey M. Bier, Assistant Professor at the University of Southern California, United States.
2. A thousand-mile journey starts with the first minor steps
Penetrating international markets can be a bumpy journey which first requires minor steps, patience and effort that firms should get well prepared for. Firms might first accept to be producers for other countries' brands before being able to sell products with their original brands. However, they should not lose the Vietnamese origin in any step.
As Ms Vo Thi Lien Huong, Vice General Director of Secoin Corporation, said: "We need to be realistic. Everybody wants to go international and be a big player there, but we must know who we are. We must know the position of our nation. So, don't think about big things. Let's go step by step.”
3. Preparation of foreign market entry knowledge
The experts pointed out that due to a lack of knowledge about foreign markets, many Vietnamese firms have learned expensive lessons and lost their brands or trademarks to foreign enterprises. Thus, firms should obtain adequate knowledge to penetrate, grow and protect their brands globally.
"Many businesses that lack experience in exporting products to foreign markets have had their brands acquired. Foreign enterprises often propose to change the brand name to a foreign brand. Vietnamese businesses accept and lose their brand names when going to foreign markets,” said Mr Lai Tien Manh, Brand Finance Country Representative in Vietnam.
4. Differentiation and integration of sustainability
Meanwhile, RMIT Vietnam Economics Lecturer Dr Daniel Borer emphasised: "We need to think about where we have an edge compared to others. We must be a green brand.”
He believes differentiation is the key to standing out and excelling in international markets. Furthermore, the country and firms should stay updated with the global trends regarding sustainability, and integrate the UN Sustainable Development Goals into their strategies for sustainable growth.
Story: Dr Dang Thao Quyen, Dr Erhan Atay and Ngoc Hoang