With 1.2 billion customers online around the world, there is a strong temptation to look outside the UK and make sales in new and growing markets. Achieve this by taking these five steps – which are all possible on a budget.
To create a successful international website you need to ensure that it is correctly configured for the language and culture of your target market. However, if you deal in global exports there are localisation processes that are often overlooked beyond the layout and design of your website.
Machine translation technology began to be explored in the 1950s, but the first commercial machine translation system appeared in 1991, with web applications appearing a few years later.
Machine translation technology now ranges from free online translation, to on-the-go mobile phone apps to customisable, professional software packages.
More than a billion people around the world celebrated the Chinese New Year, with fireworks, parties and parades – including a parade of horses in Sydney! The Spring Festival is now well underway, with festivities traditionally lasting for 15 days until the Full Moon, on February 14th this year.
Every day, interpreters and translators help doctors and emergency workers save lives. They enable multi-billion dollar deals, oil the wheels of diplomacy, and ease communication at international space stations. They also give a voice to sports stars, actors and beauty queens, and connect social media fans around the world.
It is now common for companies to use multimedia rather than purely text based communication, including audio, video and animation. These elements, like text, need to be properly localised and culturally adapted for international audiences.
When you launch a new product in a foreign market, it is important to make sure that all your product and marketing collateral are appropriate and effective for the target market’s language and culture.
With more and more businesses operating globally, localization has never been more important. The internet might have made the world seem smaller, but there are still cultural and linguistic borders to overcome. Speaking the right language can be the key to reaching new audiences both at home and abroad.
Languages and translation play a vital role in helping commercial companies, educational and non-profit organisations communicate and grow. With the theme “New Horizons”, the Localisation Research Centre Conference aimed to bring these sectors together, and explore this fast-changing field.
Did you know only around a quarter of the world’s internet users speak English – and this proportion is falling fast? If your company is targeting international customers, then it’s essential to know how to localise a website – as well as translate it.