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Special Report on Mip Asia: Bons Mots-Words to sell by in the Korean market

PHIL YOON, sales manager of Samsung, a Seoul, Korea-based distributor, relays some basic rules of working in the Asian market...
December 1, 1997

PHIL YOON, sales manager of Samsung, a Seoul, Korea-based distributor, relays some basic rules of working in the Asian market

1. When you first contact the buyer, address submissions to the ‘Acquisitions Manager.’ Do not address it to an acquisitions person by name.

2. The Asian market is looking for entertainment programs in which the content translates readily, and can be easily understood by the audience.

3. Keep buyers up to date on your newest material.

4. 30 minutes at a market is too short a time to spend with a potential client. It’s worthwhile to make a sales trip to talk to them in person so that you can find out what they really want.

5. Research what they have bought from other distributors first so that you can understand their buying habits.

6. E-mail is better and more intimate than faxes.

7. Don’t just send a brief synopses, send one-sheets and glossies. Pictures will help buyers better understand the content.

8. Send screening copies, and do follow-ups by phone. Responses to faxes will not be followed up immediately.

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About The Author
Daniele Alcinii is a news reporter at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joins the rs team with journalism experience following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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