Why you should have a brand style guide

If you want the short version: because it allows you to communicate consistently with your audience, with messages relevant to your brand and your goals. Added benefit: it makes life easier for everyone who has to write, design and generally create brand content.

But, in the hope you want to stick around for the long(er) story, keep reading, and you’ll see why writing, localizing and applying a brand style guide is a very good idea.

Let’s start with the benefits of a brand style guide

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Translation as a key asset for success in a multinational marketing strategy

Making the case for company and brand content adaptation when reaching international audiences.

According to the American Marketing Association, localizing contents is key to a company internationalization strategy. Why? For very concrete reasons: it can make or break a company’s success abroad, distinguishing brands that communicate effectively with international markets from other brands that remain foreign and inaccessible; and it increases sales in the target markets, with clear ROI from translation and localization efforts, directly impacting their bottom line. Continue reading →

Cosa fai di professione? Macino parole. E pensieri

Appunti da un anno di traduzioni, revisioni e ripensamenti.

Io rimugino.

Con gli anni ho imparato a non agire d’impulso (beh, quasi sempre), che si tratti di fare un acquisto personale o di lavoro, o delle decisioni sulla mia attività imprenditoriale. Sulle scelte da fare per crescere, e non parlo necessariamente di ricavi, ma di soddisfazione. Continue reading →

Le parole contano. E costano

Perché affidare una traduzione di marketing a chi se ne intende davvero.

Pensa a questa situazione: hai investito tempo e denaro nella profilazione del tuo pubblico target, creando poi una campagna ad hoc per promuovere quel prodotto o quell’altro servizio. Hai pianificato una campagna multipiattaforma e magari multiformato. E poi, per riprodurla in altri paesi cosa fai? Affidi l’adattamento al tuo impiegato bilingue, che magari non lavora nemmeno nel marketing, ma tanto la lingua un po’ la sa. Continue reading →

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3 ways to improve the quality of your website

The following tips are equally valid for the website of a freelancer, the website of a SME or that of a big international company.

Because quality is universal. And it matters in any circumstance, if you want to attract customers and win their trust. Instead of stepping into a physical store or into a meeting room, they step into your virtual “house”, but the rules don’t change that much: what matters most is first catching their eye with an interesting proposition, have them coming back again and again thanks to interesting, well curated contents and graphics, and gaining their trust by doing what you’re promising. Continue reading →

5 benefits of integrating translation in a company’s communication strategy

About international companies adopting marketing translation and transcreation to safely go global locally.

Lately I have been working on a greater than usual number of company profiles, presentations, taglines and promotional campaigns to be adapted and localized for the Italian market. The requests come from companies of diverse background and industry, from biopharma to fork lifts, from satellite communication to jewellery.

Hopefully this means international companies are starting to understand the importance of communication and the importance of communicating in the customer’s language. Continue reading →

Transform your communication with transcreation

In today’s age where mass marketing is something prehistoric and segmentation is getting more and more sophisticated, how can you think of appealing to your customers if you don’t speak their language or know their culture, if you aren’t aware of the correct local use of register, idioms, humour and tone of voice or if you don’t perceive issues in context?

Transcreation helps companies reach out to local markets avoiding serious missteps, which can cost a lot in terms of reputation, engagement and revenue.

But what is transcreation? Continue reading →