What constitutes a professional translation? What sort of translation helps you to sell more? Find out by reading our blog posts and the SuisseEMEX expert interview with Roman Probst.
A picture apparently says more than a thousand words. But good pictures are rare. When I look at a picture, it tells me a story. But for me to share it, to be able to understand and assess it, I need to connect with people, and I do this by speaking or by writing. Language is needed for that, and that’s where TRANSLATION-PROBST comes in.
Avoid using dictionaries or automatic on-line translation packages to translate sentences into a foreign language. Because words can be ambiguous, phrases are not normally easy to translate into another language. Translation software can be helpful, but it doesn’t come close to what a human translator can do – it lacks common sense and the understanding of the message of a text.
For a business it can be very costly for an advertising campaign in a foreign country to be misunderstood or even offensive to potential customers.
What constitutes a professional translation?
Many of our 300+ translators live in their home countries. They only translate into their mother tongue – the language they’ve known since childhood, that they use every day and in whose environment they live. As a result they understand the socio-cultural context of the translation’s target audience. They are specialists in their field, and are updated daily on the latest developments. We are particularly proud of our quality assurance, as every text is proofread by a professor.
So that’s what constitutes a professional translation: a transfer in meaning of your original text that is precisely tailored to your target audience. That way you are guaranteed to get your message across!
Members of the Zürich advertising club got a hefty dose of testosterone and philosophy at a book launch on June 1st. Historian and political scientist Dr. Regula Stämpfli, who always divides opinion with her books and columns, presented her latest publication, “a philosophical kaleidoscope” entitled “Aussen Prada – innen leer?” My verdict: a successful lecture and a great occasion.
People are likely to become customers if you speak their language, as it makes them feel understood and accepted. As former German Chancellor and Nobel Peace Prize winner Willy Brandt said- “if you want to sell something, you need to speak the customer’s language.”
Zürich Tourism has recognised this. Since 2008, most Russians who come to Switzerland visit Zürich. This trend has encouraged Zürich Tourism to produce a targeted marketing campaign aimed at Russians with the help of TRANSLATION-PROBST. We translated their entire homepage into Russian, with content tailored specifically for the Russian clientele.
The effort paid off. Several media such as 20 Minuten,NZZ Online and Der Tagesanzeiger reported on the customer-focused investment. Furthermore, the number of Russian visitors is set to rise this year despite the credit crunch. They seem to feel welcome in Zürich.
If a company fails to speak to its audience, they lose them. TRANSLATION-PROBST offers a service that tailors your texts to your target audience. Read more about how TRANSLATION-PROBST tailors its texts for the target audience in the article «Die Sprache der Kunden sprechen» (“The Language of the Customer”) from the magazine “Inside”, edited by FH Schweiz.
The following links contain tips from our partner Worldsites about adapting your message to different customers.
«Kundensprache sprechen und globale Botschaft für lokale Konsumenten anpassen»
«Anpassungen an die Kundensprache und globale Botschaften für lokale Kunden»
«Wie Sie Fehler in der Übersetzung und der lokalen Kundenansprache vermeiden»