MIK Guests Monthly

MIK Guests Update September 2015

Every month I update the Marketing in Korea (MIK) community about the MIK community. Before I share about our past guests, I will update you a little with what has been going on for the month of September 2015.

I had the chance of interviewing/catching up with 4 different guests:

Young San Kim of Antiquealive.com: Here is a link to the podcast -> Podcast Episode 037

Daniel Fernandez of Pinstory.com: Here is a link to the podcast -> Podcast Episode 038

Dan Ryu of Seoul Real Estate Investing Meetup: Here is a link to the podcast -> Podcast Episode 039

Tony Choi of Marketing in Korea: Here is a link to the podcast -> Podcast Episode 040

And I have also wrote a few blog posts: One on 4 Reasons Why Cold Calling Doesn’t Work in Koreaand another on Sometimes Wanting To Give Up – An Honest Reflection

Here are the updates in no particular order (basically, the order I receive the updates):

1. Melanie Buckley Seacret Agent wanted to share, “Seacret Direct has just released some new, awesome hair products: Mineral-rich Reviving Mud Hair Mask and Nourishing Hair Serum, as well as two cool brushes. We are currently looking for business-minded individuals who work in  / own hair salons, and who are possibly interested in expanding their current product line at this time. To check out the new products (as well as old), please visit SEACRET – Minerals From The Dead Sea.

In addition to our new hair product expansion, we are also starting to open the European market this month – starting with Germany! If you or anyone you know is in Germany and interested in joining the world’s fastest growing home-based business, please feel free to reach out to seacretyou@gmail.com. I’d be happy to meet with you and tell you more. “

2. Dan Ryu from the Seoul Real Estate Investing Meetup wants to “invite people with a passion for real estate to the next Seoul Real Estate Investing Meetup on Saturday, Oct 17, 1-3pm at the TOZ located near Gangnam Subway Station, Exit 10. To find out more information about our latest meetup and to see recaps of past meetups, CLICK HERE >> Seoul REI Oct Meetup.”

3. Daniel Fernandez from Pinstory.com has a few announcements:

-We will launch our Android app within this month!
-We are having some Social Dinners with our Pinsters, so we would like to invite everybody to our next events. We will post everything in our facebook. (www.facebook.com/pinstoryglobal)
-We are searching for PinStory Editors. Whomever might be interested, please send as an Inbox using Facebook.

4. Kevin Lambert of The Korea Indie Expat Film Festival states, “KIXFF is currently prepping for our Busan Int’l Film Fest Seminar next week on Expat Filmmaking. We are looking for volunteers for our 2016 fest. Currently we need organizers, advertising and marketing types to help promote this year’s fest. You can contact me at: kevin@kixff.com

5. AK from Mod go Hygge Cooking and Baking Studio wanted to share,

“I can no longer sell baked goods as I changed my business registration type (from Bakery to Service).

From Mid October one on one classes can also be booked on Ticketmonster.co.kr (in Korean only)”
*Contact her for the actual link

6.  Rob Koh of KoreanTourGuide.com wanted to share, “Business is picking back up after getting hit with MERS. We are currently looking to make some enhancements to the website to make it more interactive. Also considering building out an app for tour guides. “

So, 6 updates past MIK guests requested me to share with the community. I know that other guests have done things in the month of September, but they may have been preoccupied with growing their businesses and were unable to tell me something to share. But, hopefully they can share a little update with the community next month.

I personally have been very busy the last 2 months and haven’t been able to keep up with all of my business activities. I hope you can forgive me for falling behind.

All the best!

MIK Guests Update August 2015

Every month I update the Marketing in Korea (MIK) community about the MIK community. Before I share about our past guests, I will update you a little with what has been going on for the month of August 2015.

I had the chance of interviewing/catching up with 4 different guests:

Saemmul of Renewme Skin Clinic: Here is a link to the podcast -> Podcast Episode 033

Nate Finch of Finch Pro Services: Here is a link to the podcast -> Podcast Episode 034

Jason Minkee Kim of My-Memoirs.com: Here is a link to the podcast -> Podcast Episode 035

AK Salling of Mad og Hygge Cooking and Baking StudioHere is a link to the podcast -> Podcast Episode 036

And  I have also wrote a few blog posts: One on working late in Korea, another on how to be productive in Korea, and another on tips on how to get guests onto your podcast and how I personally accomplished that.

Here are the updates in no particular order (basically, the order I receive the updates):

1. Jason Minkee Kim from My-Memoirs said that they just added a service. They are not only able to digitize pictures but VHS as well.

2. Zach from Bird Ryders Food Delivery shared that they were once again featured in the media. They were featured in an article on Korea.net. Check it out by visiting the following link: http://www.korea.net/NewsFocus/People/view?articleId=129541

3. Dan Ryu from the Seoul Real Estate Investing Meetup wants to announce the launch of their new homepage! http://www.seoulreimeetup.com/ They will still be planning events on their Meetup Homepage, but he encourages everyone to check out the site which includes the following categories:

* How to Invest in Korea

* How to Invest in the US from abroad

* A forum for posting Q&As

* Videos of past meetup interviews

..and a write up of last Saturday’s Happy Hour Meetup where topics ranged from Mobile Home Park Investing to Ukrainian Farmland.

Sign up for the meetup to be kept up to date on events. Subscribe to the site to be kept up to date with the content and forum posts.

4. Jessica Fry from Honey Hair Online has started the “Pyeongtaek Business Book Club:

Every month they will choose a book related to business / leadership / entrepreneurship to read and discuss.

The first book will be Unfair Advantage: The Power of Financial Education by Kiyosaki, Robert T. (Author of Rich Dad/Poor Rich Dad Poor Dad)

It is on the last Sunday of the month and is held at JJ’s Diner.

5. Jackie Bolen has actually just published a book. It’s called, “Life After ESL: Foreign Teachers Returning Home”. Here’s the link on Amazon: http://amzn.to/1hFPjjJ

6. Maria Lee from Ask Ajumma wanted to share that “Ask Ajumma launched in early May 2015 and has continued to gain popularity in the expat community. With thousands of users and many repeat customers, the reviews for this virtual concierge service have been extremely positive. Customers are generally very pleased with how simple and reliable the service has been. Many have commented on how they can now do things they could not have done before on their own.

The service boasts that they can assist with virtually anything from ordering food, to booking movie tickets, to delivering furniture, hiring handymen and planning perfect weekend getaways. Actual customer requests have ranged in such a wide variety of areas such as finding flying yoga classes, renting football fields, adopting a rare breed of cat, planning trips to Dokdo, ordering wedding invitations, knife sharpening services, special concert tickets, hair wax, dishwashers and so much more.

Ask Ajumma was also recently awarded a competitive Korean government start-up grant from Korea Techno Venture Foundation. This is a big milestone for our little company with a big vision!”

7. Chance Dorland Broadcaster wanted you to check out http://KoreaFM.net They do their own original daily and weekly podcasts and also feature other independent podcasters and musicians on their two online radio streams

8.  Rob Koh of KoreanTourGuide.com wanted to share, “We got hit pretty hard by MERS, but now rebounding with tours starting again in September. It was a good time for us to reflect, hunker down and work on our marketing efforts. We sent out over 400 marketing packets to overseas partners. We’re hoping this kind of traditional marketing will be seen as nostalgic and catch the eyes of our potential partners in a world of overlooked spam. Hoping for another good year end.”

9. Melanie Buckley Seacret Agent wanted to share, “For the month September, I’m offering 25% off orders for new customers! Check out www.seacretdirect.com/seacretyou for the full product list.

And for those interested in learning more about starting their own part-time, home-based business, I’d be happy to have a 1-on-1 consultation with you! Contact: seacretyou@gmail.com or (010) 4936-0579.

Finally, host a SEACRET skincare party and get a free gift, plus a percentage of the party sales!”

So, 9 updates past MIK guests requested me to share with the community. I know that other guests have done things in the month of August, but they may have been preoccupied with growing their businesses and were unable to tell me something to share. But, hopefully they can share a little update with the community next month.

I love doing the MIK Monthly updates, because I get to re-connect with past guests and find out what everyone is up to! All the best in your business planning. And don’t forget to take action and do something to bring you one step closer to your end goal.

MIK Guests Update July 2015

Every month I update the Marketing in Korea (MIK) community about the MIK community. Before I share about our past guests, I will update you a little with what has been going on for the month of July 2015.

I had the chance of interviewing 3 different guests:

Sunjae Lee of The Create Wellness Center, Adele Vitale of Morning Calm Birthing Services, and Melanie Buckley Seacret Agent. I have also wrote a few blog posts on various marketing topic.

Here are the updates in no particular order (basically, the order I receive the updates):

1. Jason Minkee Lee from My-Memoirs.com shared the following update: “We are now open beta for English, French & Korean and will be opening up our service in Japanese in the next two weeks. (www.my-memoirs.com). We have also launched our Memoirs Store that focuses on being able to digitize the stories and moments that are most important to you. (www.my-memoirs.com/store) Because it’s summer now, we encourage people to reminisce their memorable summer vacation and document them on our site!”

2. Jackie Bolen has released another book and would love for you to check it out. Click on the following link for more info on it http://amzn.to/1TNOeDT.

3. Dan Ryu from the Seoul Real Estate Investing Meetup “invites people with a passion for real estate to the next Seoul Real Estate Investing Meetup on Saturday, Aug 22, 1-3pm at the beautiful YoungSamsung Life Cafe located right outside Hongik University Subway Station, Exit 8. Last month Meetup Members welcomed Matt Shaffar, from Midwest Equity Partner in Wisconsin, to share his experiences buying properties in China, and buying US properties while living in China. Matt answered questions for 45 minutes including: What’s the best way to perform due diligence on US properties while living overseas? (Click here to see a link to his answer.) This month, there is also a field trip planned to see one of the members investment properties located in Sokcho (near Saraksan) which the member bought using low and no money down strategies outlined in this Meetup post: How to Buy an Investment Property in Korea for less than $5,000 (5,000,000 KRW). If you’re interested in finding out our more about this meetup, click on this link.”

4. Zach and Ben of Bird Riders Food Delivery shared this, “Hey guys, here is the link for the sbs program (they were featured on TV in Korea) http://news.sbs.co.kr/news/endPage.do?news_id=N1003085612&plink=ORI&cooper=NAVER . Other than that we’ve just been constantly doing business development to add more restaurants. We are about to begin a marketing push. Also, I’m not sure if you saw the KBS program from March but here is a link to one of the four parts I was on for that as well https://m.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=o8Fyzvu9jv0

5. Maria Lee of AskAjumma shared that they have been growing and so busy lately. They also created a new page on their website to help you keep up with events and media. Check it out by visiting the following link http://www.askajumma.com/#!mediaevents/c215j

6. Gideon Hiscock of English PC Sales and Repairs stated that English PC plans to roll out its new website design in September. The new design will help people easily navigate on our site in addition to adding a section for used items.

7. Guy Citron of NYC Media stated their gaming channel which is right now focusing on the street fighter scene in Korea is going well https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCT7njg__VOy3n-SvXemDHvg Also, they have partnered up with the owner of Arcade Stream, which is a street fighter bar in Hongdae, to help him promote the monthly tournaments they hold. They also make video content from that, which is essentially what the channel distributes. They are going to be having more regular appearances from pro Korean street fighter players starting tonight. The main youtube channel that they are developing: Core-A Studios is also in the works. They are developing a website for it now https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHVa46YVBEpoGwd6-H76bfQ

So, 7 updates past MIK guests requested me to share with the community. I know that other guests have done things in the month of July, but they may have been preoccupied with growing their businesses. But, hopefully they can share a little update with the community next month.

It’s always good to connect with past guests, and its even better when they share good news. I really hope that MIK can be a place where people doing business in Korea (or wanting to do business) can find support.

MIK Guests Update June 2015

Every month I am going to update the Marketing in Korea (MIK) community about the MIK community! I figured it would:

1. Help me keep in touch with all of the past guests

2. Help the guests keep in touch with you!

3. Allow me to learn and share good things happening for the MIK community

4. Provide some information that may benefit the MIK community

5. Better connect anybody connected to the MIK community

Before I share about our past guests, I will update you a little with what’s going on for Marketing in Korea. Basically, I added a video post, where I just briefly share (for about 5 minutes) what I’m up to and a little bit about how I am doing with my businesses as well. I’m looking to share a video maybe once a month for anyone who wants to know how I’m doing. Secondly, I added this monthly guest update, and it’s been so great connecting with people again. I was able to connect with people I haven’t spoken to for months, so I am already benefiting from this monthly guest post idea, and I’m sure you will too. Thirdly, I have added a Business Directory of the people I have interviewed. So, you can see a list of people that I have interviewed. Even if you haven’t been interviewed you can get your business, your service, or your cause in the directory. Check out the business directory page for more information on that.

It’s amazing to see how diverse our guests are and the cool things they are doing to market themselves and their businesses.

Here are the updates in no particular order (basically, the order I receive the updates):

1. Dan Ryu from the Seoul Real Estate Investing Meetup wanted to share that they have 250+ members now and that their next meetup will be on July 18 near Hongik University Subway Station. He has also started working with a Mobile Home Park Investor in the U.S. and will be launching a consulting service in the near future. You can get a recap of his previous meetup by clicking here.

2. Sam Yang from Kairos Watches says that there isn’t much news now, and that his company is just busy sending out products to customers.

3. Nick Szabo from Swizzle shares that they were selected as a Top 100 startup by e27 this year. Also, they launched Swizzle on June 4th, and are seeing really great growth, and are excited for the coming months

4. Jackie Bolen says hello and wanted to remind you to check out her website.

5. Cody Stallard from Creative Korea wanted to share that they have a 2 week long  gallery exhibition in July. Click here for more information on their exhibition ( dates, times and what is happening).

6. Kevin Lambert from The Korea Indie Expat Film Festival shared that the first of many KIXFF has come and gone and the public reaction was phenomenal. He was really floored by the positive response.  It was a great 4 sleepless days. Now they gear up for year two, started with a review period where they address shortcomings while they’re still fresh in their minds.

7. Jessica Fry from Honey Hair Beauty Supply Store shared that sales soared after her podcast episode was launched, and that the amazing thing was that Koreans were ordering her products online, and she told me that Koreans had never ordered online from her before. So, I was overjoyed because good things are happening for the MIK community! And in such a short time span! Also, her diner (JJ’s American Diner) has a new menu, which features “Paninis”

8. Brad Calderwood was contacted by a guy in Busan who saw the podcast who is an expat web developer. And they are keen on collaborating in the near future. It is good to see people coming together!

9. Nate Finch from Nate Finch Pro Services is currently in the States traveling and seeing folks. He’s just trying to go deeper into PHP and Javascript over the summer. Also, he’s keeping busy with work and will start the freelance meetup again when he gets back to Seoul. If anyone wants information on that, they can join by clicking here.

10. Jurgen Germeys from Easy Blox Display Solution says that they have gained credibility by putting on two majors events. The first was a JW Marriott event where they had organized a huge Gala diner with Michelin star chefs.  They quickly and cleanly set up a reception area for sponsors to show off their products and receive the guests. Secondly, Apora Ventures organized a DemoDay where Jurgen’s team provided three main displays. A media wall, pillars with advertising on the side and a small desk for the judges to put their materials on. He also has pictures of the event he can show you if you are interested.

11. Dyzee from R16 and his O.U.R Judging system has been busy traveling the world, meeting other bboy artists and promoting the R16 competition in Malaysia and Thailand.

12. Gideon Hiscock from English PC Sales and Repairs is currently overseas now on business meeting with some vendors, checking out new products and looking into logistics to expand his business into the Canadian market. He has added more products on his website and will be giving a new facelift to his website to help give more support to the expat community. He said that English PC is always looking for networks in Korea to sponsor events for the Expat community nationwide.

So, 12 updates for out first MIK monthly update! Not bad, I wish I had let know all of the past guests earlier. I actually only gave them a few days notice, so I’m really sorry about that. But, we’ll do this every month. Also, there were a few others who had things to share, but we didn’t have a chance to connect before the publishing of this post. But, if you have been a past guest and have something to share for the month of June (or I missed something), please comment below and let the readers know.

It’s always good to connect with past guests, and its even better when they share good news. I really hope that MIK can be a place where people doing business in Korea (or wanting to do business) can find support.