Many companies are expanding at incredible rates, increasing the importance of being able to launch their products and services in diverse communities. To stay competitive, brands must be able to target wider audiences at home and in their overseas marketing campaigns. Customers often prefer to shop in their own language, so companies’ profit margins may rely on their ability to create a shopping experience that connects to a consumer across a global platform.
Many industries use artificial intelligence (AI) to simulate or imitate human behavior. The translation industry has embraced AI in the form of machine translation (MT) to help translate a higher volume of content than ever before. However, MT has not replaced human translation, and there’s little likelihood of that happening anytime soon.
Many factors result in a successful, quality translation project and one of the most important factors is the preparation and information gathering by the client, before providing source content to their language service provider.
Before the translation process can even begin, it is vital that the customer adequately prepares the translation project request. Your language service provider (LSP) will need detailed instructions to produce an accurate translation.
Wondering where to begin? Just follow these 5 simple steps to prepare content for translation!
A translation style guide is a set of rules for how your company presents itself textually and visually. Think of it as a guidebook for your language service provider (LSP) that includes rules for voice, writing style, sentence structure, and terminology.
A terminology glossary contains the building blocks for your website content. It’s a database containing key terminology used by your company and customers and their approved translations in all target languages.
When you are serving Mexican-American customers, localized content and transcreation can help you better understand your audience. Localizing marketing content for Latino customers involves translating content about a product and culturally adapting the product for the Latino culture. It's important that the message maintains its intent, style, tone, and context to resonate with the target audience. Both images and text can be transcreated to resonate with your Latino customers emotionally.
Today, 50 percent of customers who initiate a mobile search will visit a store within 24 hours. Google even displays three-pack local search results for 93 percent of their queries. With these numbers in mind, companies that want to succeed online today need to localize their content.
Global ambitions have taken the content streaming giant, Netflix far from its California roots into markets across Europe, Latin America and Asia. In early 2016, streaming giant Netflix, Inc. announced that it had rolled out its service to 190 countries around the world. In June, 2016 Netflix international subscriber growth wasn't performing as forecasted. The company had faced major headwinds as it tried to conquer the world. However, Netflix blasted past its own forecasts — and most of Wall Street's and now has 104 million subscribers worldwide. According to a recent study provided by Leichtman Research Group, more people report subscribing to Netflix than owning DVRs.
The three C's Netflix has tackled to improve its global expansion strategy:
How do you translate an idea? Global marketing often has to be customized to elicit the same emotional response in a different culture. That can mean straying from the original source to get the message across, and it requires deep familiarity with culture, as well as its language.
The United States is a global leader in education, as evidenced by the steady increase in international applications to American colleges and universities. Research from the Institute of International Education shows a 10 percent increase of international students studying in the U.S. during the 2014/2015 school year for a total of nearly 1 million scholars. Chinese students make up the largest group of international students, though there is a growing number coming from India.
Can you say Google in Chinese? Do you know which social network dwarfs Facebook in Japan? Climbing the search engine rankings can seem a big enough challenge in English, without considering other languages. But optimizing your site for a multilingual audience can reap big rewards, by taking advantage of growing, relatively untapped markets.
Internet use is increasing rapidly - mainly among non-English speakers. Fewer than 27 percent of web users speak English, according to Internet World Stats, and more than half of Google searches are in other languages. The number of Arabic users grew a huge 2501.2 percent between 2000 and 2011, compared to just 301.4 percent for English use. And research shows consumers are reluctant to buy goods online if they can’t read about them in their native language.