Multilingualism is increasing in the United States and there are no signs of it slowing down. In fact, one in five American residents primarily speak a language other than English at home. In sheer numbers, this is a 94 percent increase since 1990, and a 32 percent increase since 2010. Chinese, Spanish, and Arabic speakers are the fastest growing groups in the United States, and the number of French speakers is increasing dramatically worldwide – particular on the continent of Africa.
PHOTO: The New Jersey Vietnamese American Community Association
Reaching Vietnamese Americans requires a unique marketing strategy that involves understanding this audience’s history and interest in continuing to speak Vietnamese. Transcreation, which includes translating the message of an ad campaign, can help you identify images, phrases, and experiences that resonate with Vietnamese American audiences.
Tagalog is one of the most widely spoken languages in the world. Although it originated in the Philippines, it contains traces of other languages, such as English and Spanish. In the United States alone, it is one of the most common languages aside from English with an estimated 1.69 million speakers.
Find out why this widely known language is so important, and why it should be on your radar.
When you see the color red what do you think of? A beautiful sunset? A refreshing glass of wine? Or perhaps a warning sign or blood? Your answer could depend on where you are from. How we perceive colors is affected by our background and past experiences. Knowing what colors mean in different countries can help you decide what colors to use on websites targeted to particular countries or cultures. It can also help you understand what colors to avoid, as well as avoiding misunderstandings or insults that may come about as various colors are used.
Spoiler alert: Yes. As the cultural composition of the United States continues to diversify and change, the marketing strategies employed by savvy businesses must also change. While there are many dangers to marketing incorrectly to a multicultural audience, over time we have identified three top tips to help you make your multicultural marketing strategy effective.
The most spoken language in any country is often obvious; usually, it’s the official language of the country. However, you can learn a lot about a country by analyzing its second most spoken language.
Once upon a time, taking a company global required a massive investment of time and resources. Brand awareness and product placement meant boots on the ground, and without a dedicated group of marketers and salespeople willing to relocate long-term, any attempt at opening new cultural doors would inevitably fail. These barriers to entry ensured only major corporations could successfully create an international presence.