When looking to roll out a successful campaign in another country, brands are faced with a dilemma. Do they use the agency that has run the campaign to date, or go with one on the ground in the new location.
Keeping faith with the existing agency in a new jurisdiction can be a risk. Yes, you benefit from the experience of a team that has successfully run the campaign historically, but you might miss out on crucial local knowledge of the new home market. Going local means this won’t be a problem, but will an agency on the ground have a deep enough understanding of your brand and be able to run the campaign as successfully?
Many brands might believe that, no matter what, there’s no substitute for local knowledge. However, it’s perhaps wiser not to rule out either scenario, but rather investigate what expertise and experience is available in the new location, then compare and contrast that with your existing agency.
After all, you already have a strong and successful relationship with them, so if this can be transferred to another country, you could get the best of both worlds. Even if the agency isn’t set up to operate in the new jurisdiction yet, it may be prepared to look into it – so long as there is time, and it makes sense for all parties. It goes without saying that global expansion is an exciting prospect for any growing business.