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Whats up! Who’re you and what enterprise did you begin?

Hello guys! My title is Joon Okay Lee and I’m the CEO at Inquivix. To be sincere, I began this company as just a little aspect venture again in 2017 after I was working for one more firm in Korea. (In fact, my bosses supported my enterprise they usually let me work after hours) And ever since then I put my coronary heart and soul into all of the work that Inquivix has grow to be right this moment.

Quick ahead to 2021, we’ve grow to be one of many main digital advertising businesses in Asia with regional hubs in South Korea, Indonesia, Singapore, the UK, the USA, and Thailand. Inquivix has grown significantly nicely and we’ve even reached our 10X-ed annual income 12 months after 12 months efficiently.

Inquivix caters and affords companies to a variety of clientele within the enterprise world. We’re at present on a mission to assist our clients who’re curious about penetrating the Korean market.

Now, I’m past proud to say that we’ve diversified and grown to nice lengths and can proceed to aspire and develop with our consultants and, in time, Inquivix as an organization, would like to be acknowledged for the love and fervour into our initiatives and work by the entire world.

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What’s your backstory and the way did you provide you with the concept?

Effectively, let’s simply say that I grew up within the central hub of the massive apple; New York Metropolis. I used to be the primary youngster in my household. Rising up was certainly a curler coaster, as anybody’s life can be. However, we nonetheless managed to have a unbelievable time. In the event you would ask my dad and mom now, they’d say, I used to be extra the rebellious, risk-taker than an easy-going youngster.

Quick ahead to my faculty years, I attended Fordham College, utilizing a scholarship, and majored in Enterprise and Enterprise Economics. Nevertheless, my bout of curiosity led me astray from faculty life, and, in my last 12 months – I dropped out! At the moment, it was stigmatized and anticipated of me to have a ‘faculty diploma’ for me to succeed. However, me being me, nicely, I simply did the other.

Simply to get began! As a result of on the finish of the day, slightly than sitting and questioning concerning the ‘What Ifs?’ slightly you start, and take child steps alongside the best way. The opposite largest factor you’ll be able to be taught from is the suggestions from different individuals and companies.

After faculty, I largely wandered round, and had a fantastic love for journey and exploring. Throughout considered one of my very great escapades, I met my spouse and settled down. We moved to the countryside, and I attempted my hand at sustainable agriculture and natural farming. My dream on the time was to be a homesteader. However, when my spouse was 6 months pregnant, I began to surprise concerning the future I wished to present my daughter, as any father would.

So, one night time I simply sat, and brainstormed, placing all the tutorial information that I had gathered throughout my years at school, and determined that – ‘Advertising and marketing’ is one thing each enterprise and financial system wants! And that’s when the concept of digital advertising began and it grew into Inquivix as an entire.

On the time, going into the advertising world, with little or no information and expertise. I wasn’t fairly certain, whether or not I made the appropriate alternative, and who did? Everytime you first begin a enterprise, there’s at all times going to be a danger issue. For me, there wasn’t an ‘Aha’ second per se. However extra validation after I made my first shopper, and this helped me enhance my shallowness together with the sensation of “I can do that” by way of rising my enterprise. I nonetheless keep in mind the primary day of my Advertising and marketing 101 course in college. The professor began the category by studying what he wrote on the board for us: “Advertising and marketing is bullshit”.

After I first began Inquivix, I used to be broke. As in, I didn’t have a single little bit of funding, capital, or any type of funds that had been backing me up. I did all of it by myself, with all the cash I used to be incomes on the time. Until right this moment, it’s nearly as if I’m nonetheless residing on a day-to-day foundation. And to be sincere, that’s okay as a result of I see the outcomes of laborious work, love, and fervour put into Inquivix and see it evolve into one thing higher for our futures.

From the place I’ve begun, to what I’ve grow to be. I’m humbled and grateful for what I’ve achieved in such a small area of time. Now, Inquivix is a profitable digital advertising company and it has grown to lovely heights which I by no means dreamed of reaching

Take us by way of the method of designing, prototyping, and manufacturing your first product.

The primary companies which I began to supply had been social media companies. I nonetheless keep in mind after I walked into each store and defined my little enterprise and the way it may be helpful to their enterprise. At the moment, it wasn’t at all times straightforward and it was a wrestle. However, hey! Look the place we are actually. It was a wrestle at first, sure. However, all of it paid off.

My course of as to how I got here up with my digital companies was that I gained expertise at different firms, principally the little ins and outs of all of the companies. I additionally did tons of analysis and studied the market to realize extra perception and information on how Inquivix can higher the companies and what the shoppers anticipate from us.

Social media and content material creation had been the 2 fundamental companies that Inquivix began with. I additionally studied the digital market from boards, and communities asking enterprise house owners what they anticipated to be taught; about creating a web based presence, and constructing a web site. I additionally researched the market, on whether or not they would like their companies to go surfing or slightly conform to previous brick-and-mortar strategies.

I shared lots of data with the Korean group, and did generate lots of leads and trusted relationships with them. I even acquired lots of suggestions from most of the companies that weren’t faring all too nicely. Therefore my have to do a considerable quantity of analysis and collect far more knowledge on how I can assist them enhance their companies. After intensive analysis and research throughout the world, and Korean market – I constructed up different digital companies that I may afford to supply at Inquivix.

My different recommendation to all struggling and aspiring entrepreneurs is NOT to surrender! Everybody says failure can demotivate and put you down – however that’s precisely why it’s a must to get again up and present them who’s boss!

At first, I supplied my companies by way of Korean Fiverr and I charged a really minimal price, after all! After which, steadily, I realized and began to develop my information, scaling my costs and rising the costs for all my companies, and likewise increasing my choices, whereas enhancing the standard of my work. Additionally, my startup value was minimal, as every part was on-line, which was my web site. When it comes to authorized procedures, all I wanted was my companies contract and it was fairly straightforward to get.

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Describe the method of launching the enterprise.

My launch was nothing particular, I launched it whereas I used to be nonetheless working at my firm. For me, to stop my job, I would wish validation about my enterprise; so I didn’t stop, though I’m a risk-taker, I nonetheless wanted further revenue to help my enterprise enterprise, and handle my household at residence. Then it acquired to some extent, the place I may see the constructive modifications and small revenue of what my enterprise can ultimately grow to be.

Proper from the beginning, with my costs very very low, after I posted my companies on-line by way of Korean Fiverr, I began to see lots of clients. I began seeing it in my head that this will ultimately develop and grow to be a enterprise enterprise I can take out to the world and earn a worthwhile and profitable profession out of. That’s after I determined to go all-in and begin Inquivix from scratch.

Nevertheless, I did take a break initially, to simply sit down and research advertising methods and inbound advertising, and the way by finding out a purchaser’s persona and journey to assist me higher serve our shoppers and their companies. I studied extra about digital advertising, entrepreneurship to boost and enhance my abilities to higher serve my shoppers within the trade.

I constructed the web site alone, utilizing WordPress through the use of an already current template. That’s after I began going about with search engine optimisation just a little bit, that’s how we took off. I wouldn’t say it took that lengthy, most likely 7 – 8 months once we began producing leads. However, this doesn’t essentially imply that we had an entire lot of consumers both.

I didn’t borrow any loans, any debt, or capital investments. Like I mentioned earlier than, it was all my very own cash that I poured into Inquivix, additionally with just a little assist from my mother and household who gave me a few hundred bucks, which ultimately helped me out and gave me lots of help at first, after I was broke.

So, the most important lesson that I realized from beginning, Inquivix, is – simply to get began! As a result of on the finish of the day, slightly than sitting and questioning concerning the ‘What Ifs?’ slightly you start, and take child steps alongside the best way. The opposite largest factor you’ll be able to be taught from is the suggestions from different individuals and companies.

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Since launch, what has labored to draw and retain clients?

We’ve been capable of appeal to and retain our clients by way of pure laborious work and dedication. My staff and I work devoted hours to attain the very best outcomes. And once we give our shoppers the outcomes, they’re fairly impressed and at all times come again wanting extra. It was a wrestle and it didn’t at all times work. Every part, in the long run, is a studying curve. However, over time, I’ve managed to present one thing again to our shoppers who’re pleased and happy with our companies.

As development recommendation goes, my tip is to make it possible for entrepreneurs, like us, ought to be taught to let go. I, myself, perceive how laborious it was for me to delegate duties to different staff staff. And sure, it may be daunting at first. However, studying to let go is the primary vital motion that can assist you develop your revenue and develop income. My different recommendation to all struggling and aspiring entrepreneurs is NOT to surrender! Everybody says failure can demotivate and put you down – however that’s precisely why it’s a must to get again up and present them who’s boss!

It wasn’t actually laborious to extend gross sales and advertising, all I needed to do was provide you with a strategic plan to assist enhance the gross sales. See, as a result of regardless that I’m Korean, I used to be introduced up in New York and so, I needed to rent many staff to work with me, who had huge background information of the market throughout the nation. I then expanded my enterprise in such a means that we’ve consultants in advertising throughout our regional hubs.

I studied how the Korean market wanted to drive site visitors and leads, by doing ample quantities of analysis by way of search engine optimisation key phrases, what key phrase was driving in additional leads with quantity, and the way standard search phrases had been. After finding out the market, I noticed that the Korean market wasn’t utilizing key phrases and that’s why gross sales weren’t sky-rocketing. I noticed the large enhance in enterprise and began rating for key phrases, which gave rise to elevated site visitors, gross sales, and engagement throughout the market.

Errors are simply alternatives to be taught, poor selections are alternatives to grasp what it means to be accountable, and accountability is essential to changing into a profitable entrepreneur and your boss. An entrepreneur is in and of itself taking accountability on your personal life, your well-being.

Present shoppers maintain coming again as a result of the Korean market generally is a little bit of a problem, or they may undergo one other supply, they usually quickly understand that it is extremely troublesome to navigate by way of, they usually want the assistance {of professional} search engine optimisation consultants who’ve studied and realized the information of the commerce by way of trial and error.

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How are you doing right this moment and what does the longer term appear like?

Inquivix has in truth, grown significantly nicely and we’ve at all times tried to succeed in our 10X-ed annual income 12 months after 12 months. We continue to grow and shutting lots of multinational shoppers and are additionally doing very nicely with our search engine optimisation consultants in play. Inquivix is attempting to department out its wings to different components of Asia and we hope to maintain cultivating our development expanse as a result of we see the worth that Asia can deliver to the contribution of the entire financial system.

We discover search engine optimisation very intriguing by way of digital and inbound advertising and that will likely be our major focus by way of our enterprise growth plan.

We’re additionally curious about furthering our expanse by way of search engine optimisation and different digital advertising companies:

What Precisely Is search engine optimisation?

search engine optimisation is an abbreviation for search engine marketing. Search engine marketing (search engine optimisation) is the follow of constructing efforts to assist a web site or piece of content material rank larger on Google’s search outcomes web page. Essentially the most important distinction between search engine optimisation and paid promoting is that search engine optimisation includes natural rating, which suggests that you just should not have to pay to be seen in that specific sector.

Simplifying issues, search engine marketing is the method of enhancing on-line materials in order that it seems in direction of the highest of search engine outcomes pages when somebody searches for something on a search engine similar to Google.

We’re happy with Inquivix firm tradition:

We’re an organization that principally likes to get entangled and while working remotely; we maintain conferences and we’re at all times obtainable for fast chats and calls always. Inquivix is an organization you’d be dying to affix. Somewhat than pondering as a staff. We name one another household. In spite of everything, household is what retains the boat regular.

Right this moment we’ve a large attain of shoppers and our professional staff at Inquivix solely operates remotely from totally different international locations, which supplies us a superbly numerous multicultural staff that works collectively on all our operations and companies. Talking for the staff, working remotely hasn’t hindered the teamwork, effort, love, and dedication we put into our jobs. We additionally like to have enjoyable within the course of!

Inquivix Brief-Time period Objectives:

To proceed to optimize our workflow processes and develop our staff.

Inquivix Lengthy-Time period Objectives:

To deal with enhancing our digital companies like search engine optimisation, social media, PPC, and others.

Via beginning the enterprise, have you ever realized something notably useful or advantageous?

In fact, in any enterprise – startup or big-time producers. All of us have had poor selections that lead us nowhere. However, the reality is that you just be taught from it and you ultimately develop to make the appropriate selections for your online business. That being mentioned, you recover from that hurdle and develop higher together with your model and grow to be the very best model you could make alongside the best way. Inquivix and I am going a good distance, and I’m very proud to say that Inquivix has achieved and grown a lot in a span of so little.

Errors are simply alternatives to be taught, poor selections are alternatives to grasp what it means to be accountable, and accountability is essential to changing into a profitable entrepreneur and your boss. An entrepreneur is in and of itself taking accountability on your personal life, your well-being.

Errors are what take you locations and studying that it’s okay to fall, and climb again up is what we must always educate everybody (not solely enterprise house owners). As we are able to see, I used to be in a relentless state of constructing errors over and over, and I usually acquired blindsided by individuals. Don’t attempt to combine enterprise with pleasure, trigger that may usually get messy, and it could ultimately be laborious so that you can let individuals go.

What platform/instruments do you employ for your online business?

There are lots of totally different instruments that we use to assist our shoppers with their wants. We use many SAAS instruments to assist our enterprise develop and construct a reference to our current and rising record of clientele.

SAAS instruments are software program that acts as a service that lets you present the very best companies on your web sites and companies.

These are a number of the SAAS instruments that we use at Inquivix:

Every device we use is restricted to our design, content material, and search engine optimisation groups who diligently work to make sure that our shoppers are served with the very best companies we offer. Everybody’s enterprise is essential to us, and we wish to see your model develop with you.

What have been essentially the most influential books, podcasts, or different assets?

I consider books have an unimaginable technique to impression one’s life. And it has, in truth, modified mine. Gaining information is what helped me construct my digital advertising company from scratch. It has additionally helped me make selections that had been useful by way of enterprise methods. Here’s a record of books that I’ve loved:

Recommendation for different entrepreneurs who wish to get began or are simply beginning?

There’s a complete lot of recommendation that I may give to people who find themselves beginning up. After I discuss how I first began, it was a studying curve and I used to be at all times new methods on how I can obtain or enhance on my enterprise; what I realized on the very starting was most likely quite common. However, sure, from my private expertise that’s:

Your Household

Household might be crucial rock you could at all times lean on. A help group can assist you in your highs and lows and they’re those who see you wrestle. Finally, additionally they rejoice your little victories with you as nicely.

Be particular together with your objectives

Your imaginative and prescient on your model is essential, so you need to have a long-term plan and technique that may show you how to with your online business objectives and plans.

Preserve your job so long as you’ll be able to

This is among the largest items of recommendation that I may give to you. Preserve your job as a result of in spite of everything, you will have one thing to fund your online business and maintain it on its ft. Typically, we get excited and attempt to stop earlier than we even begin and that has given technique to lots of failed prospects. That’s the reason be sure that to maintain doing all your 9-5.

Be able to put in lengthy hours and work on daily basis

Be certain that it is one thing you genuinely adore as a result of in any other case, you will despise your life when you do not have a break day in a couple of months! One other piece of recommendation I would offer is to not reduce corners on product high quality. Individuals discover and are involved.

Are you trying to rent for sure positions proper now?

We’re at present trying to develop and develop our staff. As a lot of Inquivix is a remotely operated firm, and meaning you’ll be able to work from wherever on the earth so long as you have got the essential necessities of a laptop computer and web connection.

We’re on the lookout for full-time positions for:

Content material Author (search engine optimisation specialist)

A content material author who can analyze, overview, and revise present materials to enhance a web site’s search engine ranking.

Social Media Supervisor

A Social Media Supervisor who may be in command of an organization’s public relations by way of executing content material technique on social media platforms.

Venture Supervisor

A venture supervisor is chargeable for planning and supervising initiatives inside a corporation.

If you’re curious about working with us and you might be certified for the place, please click on on the hyperlink [email protected] and ship us your resume.

The place can we go to be taught extra?

We’re on all social media platforms, and it’s our fundamental supply of how we unfold the phrase out and provides us a model identification and on-line presence.

Our hyperlinks to our web sites:

If in case you have any questions or feedback, drop a remark under!


 

Jook Okay Lee
 
Founding father of Inquivix

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