Got into Kyushu at 6 this morning. Then I found out that this afternoon I not only have a meeting with a school distributor, I have to give a presentation to their sales staff!
Actually that went quite well, and they were glad to have something that’s so fun to use, they were saying how most of the stuff they sell to schools is just so boring!
But it was interesting chatting about the Superpacks. It seems the biggest problem will be price, in that compared with other suppliers, the Superpacks are so cheap and there is so much for free on the website it’s going to be difficult to get schools that don’t know Genki English to take it seriously. This is interesting because until now I’ve been mostly thinking of the ALT frame of mind where they want just about everything for free. But materials sold for schools do cost a heck of a lot of money ( ALTs themselves cost 300,000 yen a month!!), so they have to explain how come GE is better than the other stuff even though it’s a lot cheaper. But hey, that’s a job for their sales people! In the future it may mean that everything in Japan will be paid for, and I’ll make the free website stuff just available for non-developed countries. It seems strange, but if that leads to more schools in Japan teaching English in a fun way then it’s gotta be done!
Then in the evening it was a working dinner with a load of stuff to sort out – my schedule is just crazy now! And eventually I got to sleep at midnight.