I've mentioned culture a couple of times here now, and pretended that I'm an expert on other cultures. I like to think that, at the very least, I've got some international experience, one of the things that I don't think I've mentioned here yet is the culture of "Australia". First up, let's make something clear. … Continue reading Being Australian
Trade shows are an unavoidable part of Business to Business selling. To be honest, in a lot of ways they are kind of a waste. Once you're established as a brand and have a semi-competent sales team, your customers are pretty much aware of what it is that you're doing, and you can inform them … Continue reading Trade Shows in China
Corruption. It’s a hell of a word, bringing up images of autocrats screwing over their populations, or 1%ers accepting payments in order to assure that they stay rich. And, with the nonsense going on in the States, it’s pretty much front-of-mind for everyone. I previously discussed the way that Japanese marketing companies and TV … Continue reading Corruption in Asia
Japan is a strange place, especially when it comes to doing business. On the surface, it looks like an easy place to do business. The restrictions from the government around setting up a company and getting a visa have been loosened. If you’re trading something that can’t be bought or manufactured in Japan, then you’ll usually … Continue reading The curious case of Nisshinbo.
I'm not sure if you've been on a train in Japan, but they are universally covered in advertising. A lot of the trains even have TV screens playing silent ads in the background as well (one thing that you'll notice about the trains here as well is that people usually travel in silence...). When you're … Continue reading Toshimaen
I really like Tokyo. I came from a tiny village just outside of Sydney so I'm not really used to big cities. Even Sydney doesn't really count as a "big" city when you look around the world. So I always find Tokyo fun. It's also a city that only seems to work because it's in … Continue reading Some shots of Tokyo
I'm not sure if I've used this analogy before, but when I was given the offer to move to Tokyo and take over the Asian division of my company, I likened it to standing on a hill, overlooking fields. You know that you have to build a city there, but no-one is going to tell … Continue reading Looking over fields