Localization can be a low risk path to increasing your international revenues. However, companies are often not sure whether it’s the right option for them.
For instance, localization is the first step to global expansion, it allows you to reach a wider audience and increase sales by:
- Assuring the cultural integration of your product;
- Successfully communicating and advertising your product.
Many countries are starting to enforce laws requiring that imported products be provided in the local official language. This includes packaging, instructions, brochures, manuals etc…
Localization is more than a simple translation; it is your gate to customers’ acceptance of your product. In this fast changing world, prospects would rather quickly scan the information than read thoroughly. If your product’s packaging doesn’t include the needed information in the right place, the customer will simply switch to the next product on the shelf.
Think of your product as a child who is going to a new school for the first time. The best way to assure his adaptation is by abiding to the new regulations and culture.
Marketing and Promotion
Companies who translate their marketing collateral, website and instructions will have tangible and competitive edge over competitors. Imagine you launched a very successful marketing campaign in your home country using your native language. The same campaign even if translated won’t be effective in other countries:
1. Your marketing department might have invested a lot of time to come up with a creative slogan by playing with words. Without proper localization the campaign wouldn’t make any sense in other languages.
2. The picture/video that you used to accompany your slogan could contain elements that are not appropriate or relevant in other countries. For example: ads containing nudity are strictly forbidden in Arab countries; the number 4 is considered bad luck in China and the list goes on and on…
A thorough localization process is the ideal solution to highlight the aspects of your product that will attract the new targeted audience without major adjustments to the product itself. Augmented with Transcreation, your products will literally go quite far!
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