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Netmedia/Biz-find Open New Office in Laos
Laos has become the new home of Netmedia and Biz-find we find out why...
Netmedia; Thailand's no 1 social media marketing company in Thailand (According to Google) and the people behind the Biz-find sites have opened up a new office in Pakse Laos.
We asked the owners why such a bold move:
Sitting in the Pakse Hotel overlooking the Mekong having a very cheap Beer Lao (A big bottle worked out at 80 THB even in a top hotel) chatting with Alan Johnston the founder of Netmedia-Asia/
"A lot of personal reasons and business ones really, I mean just looking across the skyline here you can see maybe three tall buildings I would not even call them skyscrapers, compared to Bangkok metropolis; Laos is still a new frontier, so economically many have wondered why I moved.
First reason and a very simple one is the other half is a Lao citizen and immediately by moving we have cut out a major issue of Visas in Thailand, and being near her family with children makes life easier.
Second reason; and I am quite sad to say that the Thai government had not been making it any easier for foreigners to invest in Thailand and the Junta has somewhat blighted the business landscape. I mean; as we were both foreigners we needed around 60,000 USD capital investment and then around 6-8 Thai employees for a digital business to register two work permits, all for a business we cannot own the majority of, and is essentially in the cloud.
Perhaps I need three people to dust our virtual servers every hour??
In Laos we will own the majority and the set up is a faction of the cost here in Lao PDR.
We originally wanted to set up a call centre in Bangkok to chat with our current 4300+ members of our 9 biz-find sites, but prices of offices, bureaucracy, and cost of setting up business there pushed us out of the country. Finding freelancers for such a new concept to work from home also proved not cost effective either.
There are no fast food outlets for that occasional western food urge or beaches here, but we have cheap Beer Lao, the Mekong, and the Xe Don rivers, so we will be fine.
The strategy of Biz-find is a very simple one to us, but as it is a new concept there takes some education, so that is why we needed a bricks and mortar office to set up a customer Service centre to call and educate our members on how we send new customers to them each day.
As succinctly as I can: we offer free marketing to any business based in a country where we have a biz-find site, marketing is through Netmedia/biz-
We then contact our database each day through our Customer Service Reps, who will now be based in Lao PDR, and try to help them make the most of their page on our sites, we then help them to find suppliers for the things they are sourcing, we then sell this information as pay per leads to the business community online.
The sites are growing by around ten new member businesses per day, and one valuable USP of our biz-find sites is; the members are user added and managed, we never ever added databases so you can contact the business owner through the sites free.
We have managed to crowd fund for the office through our own means, through friends and opportunistic colleagues who see massive potential in our idea, and we would recommend any bootstrapped start-up to do the same.
We believe the big crowd funding sites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo are now firmly in the hands of corporates who can pre-fund and market their start-ups, taking away the original premise of the site which was to give everyone big or small a chance, but they never ever worked for us, but doing it yourself has many more benefits over the big sites.
We still have some preference shares left, and like any good crowd funding offer; we have a massive perk so business owners need to contact us http://biz-findlaos.com/
We can also help any business, when we get the call centre running later in April'16, to find new clients through our lead generation programme, I always say to clients;
'Somebody in our sites needs what you sell today!'
I am sure I will be an old man moaning at the kids in thirty years who are dancing at glitzy clubs and strolling around air conditioned shopping malls by then, but right now if anyone wants to visit our shell of a mall which has burned down twice in its time according to locals, we boast two escalators which from what I have seen are only turned on at weekends lol"
See their newest site for more information http://biz-findlaos.com
Alan Johnston Founder