we aren't exactly a startup because we've been in business for 4 years, developing products for telco companies in my country. What I insisted in last 2,5 years is that we sponsor development of one big product we have with few smaller jobs.
Now we are in position to place this product on global market and benefit from it. Product is direct competition to one known big software backed up by Cisco and similar, but with more features and cheaper. Product is already used in some telco companies in my country so it already passed few iterations of what customer wants and doesn't want.
Question is how do we place this product on global market? I've reviewed prices of our scarce competition and product should make at least 7k $ per customer. Do google ads even make sense here? I was thinking maybe going country by country and trying to find some local companies that would be willing to offer our product to local internet providers/banks/insurance companies etc.
Every experience and advice is welcome..
Since it's a specific, high-priced product, I don't think you'll be able to get there with Google Ads. You have to go direct to relevant people who either are your potential customers or have influence/contact with them.
I'll try to keep my answer specific to networking products, given the relevance to your question.
Local companies I think a good example of how this can be put into action is Zentyal (formerly eBox Platform). They have a partners program that allows them to distribute the product to SMBs around the world with relevant margins to the partner, which does all the support and deployment of the product with them. Make a (smaller) profit on each sale, but much more sales.
Potential partners Your best bet: look for relevant potential partners - people who either work at or with ISPs (large networks) and try to get in touch. Take care not to spam them! Be open, honest about what you want and why you chose them - make it personal.
Some good places to look for partners would be:
I'll say it again, because this strategy is based on trust: don't spam! Make due diligence and research if they'd potentially be interested before approaching them.
Hope that helps.