Whether your business has clients in town or overseas, there is an ever-increasing need for multilingual business resources. Unless you have bilingual employees, look to software and other services to help translate your marketing materials, website, and more into the language(s) of your target market(s).
Here are the top ways to address your translation needs:
- Determine your current and future needs for translation services.
- Find software to translate your website into other languages.
- Form an alliance with a professional translation company for all of your translation needs.
- Consider hiring bilingual associates.
Assess your customers' needsSpeaking your customer's language means more than studying new words; it shows customers that your business cares enough about them to cater to their needs. Find out what language, besides English, your customers speak the most, and focus your translating there to begin.
Discover business-to-business solutionsMany companies specialize in translation services – the trick for the small business owner is to find a reputable, established company with whom to work.
Explore software optionsTranslation software analyzes sentence structure, grammar and punctuation. But remember that computer translations are not perfect and may miss the nuances or idiomatic usage of a language.
Hire bilingual employeesIf your clients are 75 percent Spanish-speaking, then why aren't any of your employees? The next time you're in search of a salesperson or account manager, find one who is bilingual.
Translation-to-goYou've probably seen the electronic translation devices, but how about translation software for your handheld computer/smartphone? It's great for business trips – especially when traveling to other countries.
- Translators who live in the country of their mother tongue are immersed in the culture of the target language.
- A professional can translate about 2,000 words each workday. A less experienced translator may be much slower.
- If your business has a significant amount of non-English-speaking customers, then you, the biz owner, should gain at least a rudimentary grasp of your customers' native language.
- Find a company that crosschecks its work in-house to avoid miscommunication.
- Examine your advertisements, catalogs, and store materials to assess the need for translation.