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Foreign Market Break In

Discussion in 'Making Money' started by nobody_here, May 26, 2013.

  1. nobody_here

    nobody_here Registered Member

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    Has anybody been able to break into a foreign market in which they don't speak or write the language?
    I'm trying to break into the S. Korean market b/c my product is starting to explode with partners and buyers and I want some of the action, but I'm in america...and i'm not going to Korea. Would like to tap in from my seat behind this computer that I'm posting on.

    Here's what I've already tried:

    • used google translate to post an ad on craigslist korea
    • "liked" and commented on a bunch of korean facebook pages as my page
    • contacted people on fiverr offering gigs in korean
    • inquired about getting an agent already over in korea to set up demos/parties
    • found 2 hot craigslist equivalent sites, but they are all in Korean (google translate might help but translations aren't always reliable)
    • posting on BHW for insight...hehe

    Looks like I had 15 visitors to my site today after they woke up and saw my craigslist ad.
    Hope that they don't need to touch and play with the product to make the jump in...

    Any insight on how to get in from the comforts of my computer would be great.
     
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    Does the majority SoKo use craigslist or another site? Might want to answer this question first.
     
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    JV or outsource to a Korean living in S. Korea. They will know which are the popular sites over there, will get to see the local search engines (they'll have a local IP), and will know what translations are correct, or how they should be reworded.
    I can't see it doing phenomenally well unless you have a "native" onboard, just my opinion, though...
     
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    Good approach with the korean market.
    There are tons of markets which are barely untouched.
    Bare in mind that different markets react in different ways and offers will never work in the same way; same thing for ads and everything.

    Anyways, well done and keep pushing it!
     
  5. nobody_here

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    Thanks for the great feedback everyone! I definitely need to capture a local and bring them on board somehow. They will be able to help posting on naver and using techniques that work in their culture.
    Back to researching and experimenting!
     
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    I wouldn't do that. Google Translator just can't provide truly good and believable translation. Your ad / site or whatever looks like too spammy then. I don't believe this method is working. As JohnsonDaniel wrote I suggest to JV with some foreign speaker.
     
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    The korean women are actually cute, sorry for the off topic.

    On topic I would outsource to an fluent english speaking korean person resident in south korea.

    GL with your project btw.
     
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    Ha! The funny thing is that I AM a Korean woman, but was adopted when I was a baby...so I never learned the language!
     
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    I really like this thread. Would you be prepared starting a journey thread documenting your experience; things you've come accross, approaches that did and didn't work etc. I'm very interested in this subject. What type of business is this for? IM / offline / webshop? Looking to sell to them, or manufacture there as well?
     
  10. nobody_here

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    cool, i have a blog that i'm trying to document (and catch up on what I've done). I actually get a little wordy and personal, so not sure how good that is, but it has a nice subtle flavor of tech and tools :)
    I can start a thread on BHW though, cut & paste is easy and i can edit the wordy personal stuff out...hehe.
    I'll make a note to do that this week, not enough time to get into the zone and enjoy doing it today.
     
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    Try posting a job on oDesk saying that you are looking for an English speaking Korean to work with.
     
  12. nobody_here

    nobody_here Registered Member

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    thanks aldoraine, i'll check that out.
     
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    Good approach. But I target more European Markets because it's just more convenient and languages at least look alike.
     
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    That makes life a lot easier, but the product I'm trying to sell is limited to certain countries and they JUST opened up Korea and its been like a wild fire... I want to try to get a piece of it before it gets too big. But if they ever open a market in England...that would be a lot easier!
     
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    you so rock!
     
  17. rasmusk

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    Uhhhhhhhh

    Maybe you should try odesk, theres some korean people you can outsource to, and you can monitor their work etc.
     
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    ok, registered...here we go.

    side note: also emailed my cousins that i met when i met my real dad. Not sure if their emails are still good, but we'll see. If so, maybe they can help me out...that would be cool. I also have an aunt that is really into skin care, she had a bunch of sheisedo(?) stuff. I just haven't kept in touch with my blood family b/c the job market i am on hold with would make life complicated for me to keep contact with them bc they are not us citizens. now i don't have to worry about them...let's see what happens.
     
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    I´m also interested in if you will be keeping a blog of this venture, because I have actually been doing the same, almost. And seems that with the same kinds of products as well. The two minor differences have been, that I do speak (not fluent) the language of the target market, and I will be present there myself as well, but not full-time.

    I agree what has been posted about the translation, one thing I have learned (by professional natives after reviewing my texts) is that whatever you translate, you need to translate the message you want to deliver, not the text as such. Usually any machine-translators do crappy job here. This is not that big of a issue with anything you will be using internally in the business, but it´s a different story with anything that goes outside the company.

    If you have somebody representing you locally, one thing I would be careful with, is how they represent the brand and everything related to the product. Just good training here...