When “going global” with marketing content, most companies focus on beating the competition. What marketers soon realize is that their biggest problem in getting the right content translated and delivered to far-flung regions is a lot closer to home. With apologies to Walt Kelly: “We have met the enemy and they is us!”
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Less than 25% of your potential market can read this sentence! Don’t let your content get lost in translation: go global. Marketing teams that expand content to markets across the world are able to seize more global opportunity and revenue for their companies. Those who don’t may be left in the dust. And that’s where translation automation platforms (TAP) come in.
Traditionally, translation and localization have been managed by using manual systems, and a network of vendors and internal staff. It takes valuable time and resources to complete, review and implement each piece of digital content, with no centralized way to track the workflow, cost or ROI.
Now, a TAP called Cloudwords streamlines the pursuit of a multilingual market with more conversions in less time and at a lower cost.
A global strategy is far more than the tools to implement it, however. If you are ready to take your company global, or expand into new markets, consider this checklist of six essential items:
- ___ Prioritized list of target markets: Which markets are most expected to contribute revenue? Which territories are up-and-coming? Continue monitoring potential markets to inform the next generation strategy.
- ___ Global editorial management: In order to fully leverage content effectively across the globe, audit your existing content to determine what is suitable for specific geographies. Research your markets to bring culturally and locally relevant content to each territory. And, back up the hypothesis with tracking and analytics.
- ___ Your road map: From content creation to localization to translation to review to deployment, map out your plan for each location. Translate language and content for each territory, and continue to monitor the market for any necessary changes due to localized trends or current events. Glocal is the most effective global.
- ___ A meeting time and place: With new hands on deck, plan ahead for longer lead times as new responsibilities and team structures are implemented. Your content needs to be translated into multiple languages and be applicable to the needs of different cultures, so plan lead times accordingly. Schedule regular – we recommend weekly – status meetings with the team to enable predictability and integration.
- ___ Use a globalization platform, aka TAP: To go global at scale, you need a TAP to make sure the lead times don’t get seriously long, potentially busting your budget and missing deadlines. Cloudwords is cloud-based and integrates with nearly all other marketing platforms (Marketo, Wordpress, Hubspot, etc.), as well as your preferred translation vendors, either in-house, freelance, or from Cloudwords' own translator marketplace. Within our platform, translation management is centralized and yet flexible to enable consistent brand communications at a local level. Robust reporting is also included.
- ___ Translation memory: Translation memory is your company’s approved library of all words and phrases ever translated. A cloud-based translation memory works across all your different translation agencies and allows for real-time updating and global access. This alone can save almost 20% of the time and effort associated with manual translation processes.
These six essentials will make a world of difference in your global marketing journey. They are a mix of strategy, execution and technology. With these items, your brand can go anywhere. We look forward to getting postcards from your favorite campaigns!
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Tired of Translation Review Headaches? Cloudwords’ New “In-Context Review” Provides a Pain-free Process
Does this scenario sound familiar…? You manage your company’s localization process, ensuring content is translated into all the different languages for all the markets your company does business in. One of your responsibilities is to ensure translation projects move along in a timely manner, so you keep tabs on which stage of the process projects are in, and make sure they are completed on time. Projects move along just fine until… the dreaded review phase. Suddenly, everything stalls because…
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The Cloudwords team is gearing up to showcase our marketing globalization platform, connect with customers, and make new friends at the Marketo Marketing Nation Summit next week. Our team of marketing and localization experts will be on hand at booth #506 to provide globalization tips, tricks and best practices to help businesses translate content easier, faster, and more cost-effectively with Cloudwords’ award-winning integration with Marketo. Here are five reasons you should stop by and say hello, hola, bonjour, hallo, ciao…
1) If you use Marketo and need to localize content and campaigns for international markets, Cloudwords is the ONLY technology integrated with Marketo for automated translation. Trust me, you will be amazed at how much easier the translation process is when all you have to do is “click” to move content from Marketo, into Cloudwords and off to your preferred translation vendor.
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The potential to generate demand and grow revenue in global markets is staggering—in fact, research shows 40-50 percent of revenue for large companies comes from outside the U.S. Whether your objective is to expand into new markets, or grow your existing ones, you need to conduct market research and review segmentation data to determine where your global demand is coming from—or where demand is most likely to occur—then consider the cultural characteristics of your new target audience and adjust your marketing messages to engage and sell to them.
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I love Scott Brinker’s opening line in his recent blog introducing the 2015 version of his ever-growing, ever-popular Marketing Technology Landscape Supergraphic: “There’s a lot of marketing technology in the world, my friend.”
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Marketing automation technology has changed the way marketers engage customers, allowing users to nurture leads through automated campaigns. Email marketing, for example, is one of the most powerful tools in a marketer’s toolbox, and by using marketing automation software, marketers can make email marketing more effective by customizing the messages that individuals see to help customers move through the buying process.