• Our Blog Spot

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    Good to see you on our Blog Spot. We write short posts about things from our experience that we find interesting for all. This is how we share our knowledge with the community. We write about project management, social media and especially about home-backed Asian social networks, IT business, mobile apps development and many other interesting things. Contact us if you need professional grade consulting on how to establish online presence in Asia.

  • Tips for Business Travellers in South Korea

    5 June 2014

    If you come to work or do business in Korea for the first time, it is a good idea to have a plan for a couple of survival essentials. And you can only do that with the help of a sympathetic local! Let’s start with getting around: taxi. It is cheap! Problems: traffic, depending on place and time, but happens frequently. Check with the locals in advance if delays are likely if you need to get somewhere on time. It happened to me more than once that I was taken out of a car and lead to an underground station in order to have a slightest chance of getting somewhere on time. Another problem: don't try to explain where you are going using street names. Something like "turn left into street X, and then go the intersection of Y" is highly likely to get you nowhere, even if both of them are the two major thoroughfares of the area, as your Google maps tell you. Koreans think in terms of neighbourhoods, or blocks - not streets. Your best bet is to get the address in Korean - and it should be the "old style" address, not the new one that uses streets. They are trying to introduce the international style addresses using streets, but it hasn't taken off just yet! Also get it typed or written in large font, because if the driver needs glasses to read, it is not a given that they would have a pair handy. They are used to talking with their clients, and they do a lot of that - but it’s your own problem if you can’t!
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  • Get social in South Korea

    10 May 2014

    If you want to stay in touch with Korean people, get onto Kakao talk. Most Koreans, especially under 30ies, are totally hooked up on it and they love to communicate. It looks exotic at first, but you'll be amazed how quickly it becomes an inseparable part of your daily routine. Koreans are extremely social and stay connected with their circle of friends throughout the day via short, quick messages, often consisting of just the Kakao emoticons, which express a very rich variety of emotional nuances and are very cute and funny. If you get on Kakao, it is even easier to become their friend. Otherwise, it might take longer, because most of them are very shy with "foreigners" and concerned about their English not being perfect, even if it is very reasonable. I always tell them that it is me who needs to be embarrassed because I am in Korea and my Korean is so much worse than their English!
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  • Korean Blogs

    3 Apr 2014

    Koreans love blogs. This is how they get information - they read blogs. Blogs are so big that some companies don't even bother creating a website! Most young Koreans are on the internet all the time on their Samsungs, mostly Galaxies, which is easy because their data plans are cheap and mostly unlimited (but - not so if you are a "foreigner"). With the new, “foreign” type of media, such as Facebook - they would look at Facebook and will like you page or become Facebook friends easily, but they are very shy to interact on it. I am not entirely sure why, but probably because FB is a "foreign" things for them, and although they like to look at it, there is a barrier about taking the next step. Not so with Naver blogs - they are very comfortable with them and respond readily.
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