There’s no getting around it.
It’s tough to enter a foreign market.
From the application process to the fees to the language barriers; it can be a balancing act.
We had the opportunity to chat with someone who knows this journey all too well. Marcus Shin from WireBarley answered all of our questions regarding entering a foreign marketplace with an M2M business model. His team was originally based in Seoul, South Korea, but now is spread across continents.
Marcus gives us some serious insight into making a place for yourself in a foreign marketplace, including tips on:
- The application process
- Finding the right FX partner
- Appealing to the market
Let’s dive in.
1. Understanding the foreign market application process
After you’ve thoroughly researched the markets that you’re interested in entering, it’s time to start the application process.
To make your brand more credible to potential lenders and partners, you should have a detailed market entry strategy. Your market entry strategy should define…
… your budget.
… the markets (countries) you’re targeting.
… potential opportunities and risks.
… your competitors.
… tactics you’ll use to market and distribute your product or service.
… ways you’ll adapt your product or service to appeal to the specified market.
… your goals and the timeline in which you plan to reach them.
Marcus stresses that finding a lender and getting licensed to sell your offerings in another country warrants hard work and patience. To entrepreneurs specifically entering the U.S. marketplace, he advises spreading the work out amongst a team.
It’s also worth noting that once Marcus acquired the licenses and the funding to market WireBarley in the necessary states, he still had to find an FX partner.
2. Finding the right FX partner
As an M2M (machine to machine) business, WireBarley needed a way to direct payments from the U.S. to their other marketplaces. After the long road to becoming licensed in the United States, Marcus was ready to find an FX partner and start growing WireBarley’s presence.
A message sent via Currencycloud’s website did the trick. It was clear that WireBarley and Currencycloud had similar values when it came to customer success. The team at WireBarley is committed to:
- Offering a less expensive method of wiring money internationally.
- The fastest international money transfers in the industry.
- Alleviating the pain points typically correlated with borderless money transfers.
By staying true to their company values, WireBarley was able to find the best FX partner for them.
That just so happened to be Currencycloud!
3. Appealing to a foreign market
It’s necessary for any business to do extensive research on the foreign market you’re entering. The time and cost are too great to spray and pray that your product succeeds.
Marcus and his team recognized there was a large Asian workforce in the U.S. that needed to wire money back to their home countries and didn’t have an efficient way of doing it. WireBarley also knew that it was oftentimes difficult for immigrants to speak English on the phone with an American service provider.
There was a substantial need for a money transferring service that offered phone support in customers’ native languages. WireBarley just so happens to have a dedicated customer service team made up of individuals who speak up to 12 different languages. This factor undoubtedly appeals to Asian immigrants living and working in the U.S.
WireBarley also appeals to the millions of “unbanked” Americans needing to securely transfer money.
Make your place in the market
The trek to penetrating the U.S. market was a long one for WireBarley. At one point, they even took a break from trying.
Fortunately, by persevering through the application process, finding the right FX partner, and successfully appealing to their market, Marcus and the WireBarley team achieved their gargantuan goal.
Interested in entering a foreign market? Take a note from Mr. Shin.