Ask DN: how to find international clients

5 years ago from , Cofounder @ belkadigital.com


I'm running a UI design + development team in Italy called Belka (www.belka.us/en) and I have a marketing question. Right now we are working with local clients and we had just a couple of clients abroad. I'd like to work more with clients from the outside of my country since I don't feel that we have a strong UI design culture here in Italy.

Right now we are trying to get some traffic from potential international clients publishing case studies and open source repositories on Github.

Do you have any good tip to market the agency? I'd like to know if I'm moving in the right way.



  • Mark ProganoMark Progano, 5 years ago

    Things like Great code snippets/librarys (via Github and Codepen) and Blogs for SEO purposes will certainly help. Your best bet is to join the community and be a genuine part of it. (Twitter works great for this). Help others and interact and the rest will come.

    PS- Love to chat more about helping each other.

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  • Federico LeggioFederico Leggio, 5 years ago

    Hi Giulio,

    I'm an Italian designer as well. (I'm gonna write in English so everyone will understand)

    I'd say that if you want to find clients in general, you'd need to showcase your work. Right now, your portfolio consists only in one project and that's definitely not enough for a client to have an idea of what you guys do. Also you'll probably need to show more than two images for that project.

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    • Giulio Michelon, 5 years ago

      Hey Federico, actually you can find more in the Italian part of the website.

      Point is: last time I put the English article I didn't get any email so I was wondering if I was doing something wrong.

      Anyway your point is correct, I'm working on the translation of everything else. Thanks!

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  • Andrea MontiniAndrea Montini, 5 years ago (edited 5 years ago )

    Hey there Giulio, Italy here as well.

    I'm finding Federico's advice more than helpful this case. I got a buch of projects on Behance and I found out most traffic source comes directly from there and by the 90% they're all international projects inquiries. So set up a strong portfolio on both Behance and Dribbble (here really high quality work) and you're good to go.

    Feel free to reach me out for a chat, if you want, on tw: @AndreaMontini


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    • Giulio MichelonGiulio Michelon, 5 years ago

      Will do that for sure! I added you on Twitter. I'm super happy to see some Italian guys that know how design works.

      Thank you!

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  • Sadok Cervantes, 5 years ago

    Join Dribbble and post work there under your company's name.

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