Marketing Translation Services
We understand how critical it is that your marketing media communicates your message your way. Simple word-for-word translation isn’t always enough. If the style and tone aren’t right for the local market, you’ve lost their business. A quirky, laid-back tone designed for the UK market might not be appropriate, say, in Asia or the Middle East.
What are marketing translation services?
Peter, Pierre or Piotr?
As marketing is such a personal, identity-based concept, on top of style you need to consider localisation of content for the target market. If your readers can’t relate to your text, they will go elsewhere. Unfamiliar references or names may alienate your potential client. It may be as simple as changing a name, brand or idiom to one they’ve heard of; it may be modifying a scenario to fit in with a local custom.
As a marketing translation agency, Dialogue has a team of creative localisation experts who will absorb your marketing translation objectives, your corporate tone/style, target age group, branding and so on. We will use this to draft a proposal that matches your exact needs. It needn’t be daunting or complex – leave it to our experts. We can even translate directly into Illustrator, InDesign or other DTP software, and do the final formatting so you end up with a print-ready file.
Dialogue Translation Estimator
Machine translation with proofing & editing by a human translator. For getting the gist and for internal use only. Recommended as a quick and cheap way to get key information, but not for external use as unpolished. Find out more
Full translation, plus proof check e.g. reviewing numbers and formatting but not proofing the accuracy of the translated word. Project managed to ISO 17100:2015 standards. Recommended for internal documents. Find out more
Full translation, plus in-depth proof by 2nd translator, and final proof check by 3rd linguist. Project managed to ISO 17100:2015 standards. Recommended for external use (websites, contracts etc). Find out more
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Marketing Translation vs Marketing Transcreation
If localisation can be thought of as ‘translation plus’, transcreation is ‘translation full throttle’.
Your branding and marketing material must be as attractive, as engaging and as persuasive as the original was to the local market.
Transcreation goes beyond translation to deliver engaging copywritten advertising, marketing, promotional, or brand-related communication within the context of the local market. As it says on the tin, it’s creative translation: creatively-written multilingual expression which will help make the impact in the right way.
And it may not only be the written word that needs to be adapted; images and pictures may also need to be changed to work better and more sensitively in the target market. See how we helped this telecommunications company. Dialogue’s marketing transcreation services use creative writers with a background that will deliver your brand message and imagery with local sensitivity and insight.
Imagine This Extract from a Company Training Page
Hover over or click the coloured words to see an explanation of the importance of localising text.
Did you know
Many languages have two forms for you - respectful or informal. What's the tone of your site? Young and dynamic, serious and formal? Does your local audience like to be addressed directly?
that our average client - let's call him "
Does this name convey a social class? Is it old-fashioned? Is it randomly chosen?
" - does his weekly shop at
Is there an 'equivalent' supermarket?
and enjoys a glass of
Is a beer more normal? Is alcohol socially acceptable or even legal?
with friends on a
Is the end of a working week a Friday?
Did you knowMany languages have two forms for you - respectful or informal. What's the tone of your site? Young and dynamic, serious and formal? Does your local audience like to be addressed directly?
CharlieDoes this name convey a social class? Is it old-fashioned? Is it randomly chosen?
Sainsbury'sIs there an 'equivalent' supermarket?
wineIs a beer more normal? Is alcohol socially acceptable or even legal?
FridayIs the end of a working week a Friday?
Types of Marketing Translation
Marketing encompasses all parts of a company, but when we talk about these more creative translations we are thinking of:
- Advertising campaigns
- Branding campaigns
- Web copy
- Corporate communications including audio and video
Our Marketing Transcreation Process
10/10 for all categories – We keep coming back to Dialogue UK for a reason! Their professionalism, communication, and quality of work is stellar and we are grateful to have them as a partner in business
The best thing about working with Dialogue is not the speed of translation or quality of work, but the politeness and communication from the project managers. Nothing is too much or too hard, and the rate of response is always rapid. They are a delight to work with.
I used the services of Dialogue to help us in the transcreation of bespoke social copy (not an easy task to get right!), as part of an international online content series between a major rights holder and one of their principal sponsors. The nature of the task required swift cooperation and turnaround. Dialogue were brilliant in advising me on timings for each stage of the process, from the initial briefing right through to final delivery of the transcreated copy!
Dialogue have been an excellent translation agency to work with and have been essential in enabling us to deliver key projects. The Dialogue team is highly responsive and provide an excellent level of service to their clients; they also come across as an innovative company who listens to their clients’ feedback and strives to be even better.
Dialogue did a great job for us on a complex translation project for one of our products. They were responsive, helpful and were happy to adapt their workflow to meet our requirements.
Marketing Translation FAQs
We recommend transcreation for heavily creative content; e.g. if you need to adapt an advertising slogan or brand to work effectively in new markets then this is the way to go.
What works for you in the UK is unlikely to attract your target audience in, let’s say, China. Dialogue’s locally based marketing experts help advise on getting the tone right for your target markets in line with your marketing strategy.
Depending on how much creative input is needed and the language required, from 10p per word for translation/localisation and from £60 an hour for transcreation. And previous stored translation you have may lead to a discount.