Polska firma na globalnym rynku Blog

Ludzie z pasją – wywiad z Maciejem, młodszym koordynatorem projektów w Lionbridge Poland

Dzisiaj o swojej pasji opowie Maciej, który w Lionbridge Poland koordynuje projekty lingwistyczne.

Maciek, co jest Twoją pasją?
Najbardziej kultura Japonii, ale średnio mam pomysł, jak to zaprezentować szerszemu gronu osób, tak by było to arcyciekawe (ale może coś mi przyjdzie do głowy). Za to to, czym mogę się podzielić, to moja druga pasja — granie w teatrze. Jestem aktorem-amatorem i (podobno) całkiem nieźle mi to idzie. Continue reading »

Lionbridge onDemand Blog

Making User Generated Content Work for You

In the heyday of social media, spreading information by word of mouth is old news. If you went to a restaurant and wanted to tell the world about your fantastic experience, or conversely, complain about your dining debacle, you could do so easily on websites like Yelp and UrbanSpoon. In fact, Yelp.com, since its inception in 2004, has collected more than 67 MILLION reviews. In addition, the website attracts on average 139 million visitors a month.

Your opinion matters. This main point is what websites reliant on user generated content are portraying to their users. And for the most part, reviews on these sites are pretty impactful. A report by Neilson titled “Global Trust and Brand Messages”, states that nearly 70% of global customers trust online reviews and use them when making buying decisions.

Why are these reviews so influential? According to Business Insider, people are more honest on the internet than they are in person. One reason for this is that is much easier to be critical from within the confines of your home, than stating your opinion to someone directly. Once those opinions are given in the form of a review, whether it be on Yelp for a restaurant, TripAdvisor for a hotel, or your favorite department store for a recent purchase, the reviews will influence the amount of traffic that said restaurant or hotel will generate when being searched online.

Let’s take Boston hotels for example. When searching for a hotel in Boston on TripAdvisor.com, the first three hotels that appear all have about one thousand reviews or more, a majority being positive reviews to have received a rating of 4/5 or greater. In addition, the site can link into your Facebook account to bring up reviews that your friends, or friends of friends, wrote to further influence your decision to stay at said hotel.

However, there is one drawback to user generated content. More times than not, there is no ability to translate the content into other languages. When browsing through Yelp and TripAdvisor, there is the option to filter for reviews in certain languages; however in a time where having multiple perspectives is highly valued, not being able to understand some of the reviews is quite a loss.

Take France for example. France is the world’s leading tourist destination, attracting 84.7 million foreign tourists in 2013 alone. Of those tourists, 83% are European. This can result in many reviews being written in foreign languages, leaving potentially valuable information unintelligible to other viewers.

Luckily, we have a solution for this problem. Lionbridge OnDemand offers several types of language translation and localization solutions. Within our Document Translation sector, we offer a service specifically for user generated content. We understand that content types such as customer reviews, product descriptions, social media, forums, short form, and customer surveys often require a tailored approach that maintains human authenticity and tone, while forgoing literal translation mistakes. We are able to provide these services AND cut the cost of professional translation by 50%. Most importantly, all translations are done 100% by native speakers who specialize in this type of work.

Check out our website at OnDemand.lionbridge.com.

Global Language & Translation Blog

Preparing for Global Service Expansion

‘Global governance with local execution’ is the philosophy followed by a large number of organizations looking to expand their service operations across the globe. In fact, a recent The Service Council (TSC) research survey revealed that nearly 9 out of 10 enterprise-level organizations operate service in more than one geography, and across all revenue classes, nearly three out of four organizations are looking to further expand their global service presence. This is either done by entering new geographies or by delivering new service offerings in supported geographies.

This desire to expand is tied to two primary factors:

  • Filling existing or future coverage gaps and increasing revenue
  • Gaining a greater level of control on the end customer experience, especially in areas where service has traditionally been delivered by partners or third-parties

 

FIGURE: Reasons for Global Expansion

Source: Global Service Expansion Research
The Service Council, Q1 2014

In expanding, organizations are quite aware that a ‘one size fits all’ approach will not suffice as what works in North America doesn’t always work in China. Therefore, there needs to be a level of execution at the local level that can translate a global service vision into a series of local service actions and strategies. Yet, a pure multi-national approach to service can be costly and also prevents the sharing of best practices and strategies that can be relied upon globally. Therefore, most successful organizations look to balance global centers of excellence and shared services with local responsibility for business execution.

In our research on global service expansion, we asked survey respondents for their comments on the first steps that need to be taken when expanding globally. The following word cloud reflects the most common answers filled in:

The words that stand out:

  • Understand
  • Customer
  • Local Market/Culture
  • Business Case

As in the case of a new product expansion it is vital to build a business case to support the introduction of service into a new market. But before the numbers can truly be run, it is necessary to learn about the local business environment and understand customer expectations and perceptions about service. For the purpose of organization, it can be helpful to categorize perceptions and preference into the following categories: (Note: these categories are not a TSC secret but have been developed by Ron Kaufman, best-selling author and founder of UP! Your Service. They reflect his BIG PICTURE categories, areas where organizations can differentiate and deliver value to customers. I am using the categories for a slightly different purpose.)

  • Primary Product – what do you sell? (Product/service)
  • Delivery Systems – how is it delivered? (Field, contact center, in-store)
  • Service Mindset – who is delivering it? (Interactions with people)
  • Ongoing Relationship – will it be delivered again?

Most of the exploration around service preferences will yield results in the first two categories, for instance:

  1. What is the service product?
  2. Are customers willing to pay for service?
  3. Are we legally allowed to charge for service?
  4. How do customers schedule and receive service?
  5. On what channels do they expect service delivery?
  6. On what channels do they prefer service information?
  7. What are customer expectations regarding speed of service?
    1. How are those expectations changing?
  8. In what language(s) is service expected?
    1. Is this consistent across service channels?

However, it is essential to think about areas in categories 3 and 4 and how customer perceptions regarding softer areas such as the service mindset and the service relationship can enable the construction of a differentiated service strategy.

This is just the tip of the iceberg when exploring global service expansion. Yet a mis-read of customer expectations can lead to a drastically undercooked service plan. Recently, I shared some findings from our research around global service expansion on an webinar entitled Building a Consistent Global Customer Service Model in a Multi-Lingual, Multi-Channel Universe. My session focused on sharing data and best practices on how organizations can develop a global service model that accounts for rapidly evolving customer expectations especially around the channels, the format, and the language of service delivery. If interested in listening in, please click here.

How are you navigating a global customer base? Do send in your comments and questions.

Lionbridge Danmark Blog

Kundetilfredshed som disciplin

Kundetilfredshedsundersøgelser: bedre kvalitet – lavere pris

Et blogindlæg af Finn Andersen, Operations Manager i Lionbridge Danmark

Virksomheder lever af at have kunder. Kunderne er kunder, fordi de er tilfredse – men hvad er det, der gør dem tilfredse? Det er vigtigt som virksomhed at vide, hvad der gør, at dine kunder er kunder hos dig og ikke hos en af dine konkurrenter. Hvis du ved det, kan du nemmere komme i gang med at arbejde strategisk med dine svagheder, og se hvor dine styrker ligger. Continue reading »

Lionbridge Sverige Blog

God Jul önskar vi!

Lionbridge Sverige har öppet alla mellandagarna, men arbetar med en reducerad styrka.
Vi önskar er alla en riktigt god jul och ett gott nytt år!

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Lionbridge Suomi Blog

Mitä B2B-yritys tekee somessa

Sergio Restrepo Darwin Zonesta piipahti Tanskan-toimistollamme puhumassa B2B-yritysten haasteista sosiaalisessa mediassa. Darwin Zone on digitaalisen markkinoinnin asiantuntijayritys Costa Ricassa. Yritys perustettiin vuonna 2007, ja nyt se on osa Lionbridgeä. Sosiaalisen median asiantuntemus onkin entistä kysytympää myös lokalisoinnissa, kun yritykset haluavat menestyä paikallisilla markkinoilla eri puolilla maailmaa.
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Lionbridge Deutschland Blog

Umfrage – Beherrschen Sie den Global Customer Lifecycle?

Global Customer LifecycleSM - steigert Ihren Marktanteil

Mit dem einzigartigen Global Customer Lifecycle Dienstleistungsmodell bietet Lionbridge ihren Kunden eine Komplettlösung mit greifbaren geschäftlichen Vorteilen. Dadurch profitieren Unternehmen von wachsendem Umsatz, gesteigerter Markentreue und zunehmender Effizienz über die Grenzen von Märkten und geografische Regionen hinweg.

 


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und nehmen Sie an unserer Online-Umfrage teil.

Unter allen Teilnehmern verlosen wir ein Apple iPad Air 2!

 

Teilnahmeschluss ist der 12. Dezember 2014.

 

 

Weitere Informationen zum Lionbridge Global Customer Lifecycle erhalten Sie auf unserer Website oder per E-Mail unter info.de@lionbridge.com.

Life Sciences Blog

Is it time… really time… to consider the benefits of centralizing translation?

In many global life sciences organizations, individual markets manage their own translation, either through working from content developed by the corporate office or creating their own. This model supports the local interest; however, as the volume of content and the number of languages grow due to regional expansion, and as cross-discipline life science content integration becomes important, the inefficiencies of decentralization become more obvious.

As we approach a New Year, now may be a good time to consider centralizing your translation efforts. Here are some considerations as you evaluate this model:

Optimized Technologies are Proven and Readily Deployable:  In the past, the resources necessary for seamless centralization were not readily available. However, today, the systems needed to facilitate multilingual content development with local input and validations are being successfully deployed by life sciences organizations worldwide. The deployment model involves central control of the process, in tandem with a globally capable language service provider that can seamlessly support an organization’s local operations and protocols, like Lionbridge Life Sciences.

Your Total Translation Costs May be Actually Higher Than You Realize:  Translation costs have a multitude of  ways of presenting themselves—as pass-through costs from outside agencies at the project level, at the clinical level on research initiatives, and as costs subsumed in local budgets at the regional and branch levels.  Adding these costs up could serve as the impetus to realizing there may be a better way.

Achieving Higher Levels of Quality and Efficiency May Be Gained Through Outside Expertise: In each country, standards and protocols vary tremendously, so there may be apprehension surrounding regulatory compliance.  As we know, the only constant in today’s evolving global regulatory environment is that local health authorities expect on-time, quality submissions each and every time. Whether you are registering across all EU languages with the European Medicines Agency (EMA), or a select number of languages with local health authorities in China (SFDA), Japan (PMDA), and Korea (KFDA) among others, a broad range of multilingual regulatory submission needs from translation to desktop publishing to XML engineering and independent review are part and parcel to ongoing operations.  An outside resource with a proven track record in successful global regulatory submissions may be a benefit to achieving greater efficiencies in the prevailing ‘do more with less’ life science environments, particularly in regulatory functions.

What might the benefits of a centralized model be?

  • Centralized control with local validation
  • Minimum redundancy, maximum transparency
  • Ability to synchronize initiatives across markets
  • Optimal use of linguistic assets
  • Projection of a single consistent brand message worldwide

More and more life sciences companies are considering a centralized translation strategy as they bring in a new content management system or an e-learning platform in order to fully transform their global communications model for the digital world.

Centralization makes everything transparent: costs, timelines and quality. Ultimately, though, centralization is not about getting something for less. The real value to life sciences organizations lies in the competitive advantages derived from improving quality, predictability, consistency, strategic use of resources, and the ability of the organization to quickly respond to emerging opportunities and obstacles.

As you plan to further optimize your resources in 2015, how can Lionbridge Life Sciences help you with a centralized translation model to ensure global consistency and local relevance across customers and markets?

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Global Marketing Operations Blog

New Publication Focuses on Breaking Language Barriers

Interested in gaining guidance and accessing a range of tools and resources about the language and global translation industry? Look no further than TAUS, an online resource center that connects members to a variety of useful tools about the language and translation industry to improve the communication amongst people and businesses throughout the world. They offer a variety of services, including:

  • Research & Reports
  • TAUS Workshops
  • Strategic Consulting
  • Professional Directories
  • Events
  • And More!

TAUS has released an innovative online magazine called TAUS Review, which publishes reports and articles from Africa, Americas, Asia & Europe about new technologies and developments in the global translation industry. TAUS Review is a free magazine that offers unique insights into the translation industry by incorporating use cases and perspectives from four different ‘personas’ to emphasize the importance of global communication. This quarterly magazine is aimed at promoting the TAUS mission of making translation technology more prominent and mainstream throughout the globe to break language barriers and improve worldwide communication.

Check out TAUS Review’s latest edition today!

 

Business Process Crowdsourcing Blog

The Need for Interpretation Services in Health Care Systems

With a growing international population and millions of previously uninsured Americans gaining health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, the need for interpretation services in health systems has never been greater. The increase in adult patients speaking foreign languages, coupled with ACA mandates on interpretation services in hospitals, have thrust medical interpreters to the forefront of a landmark decision in healthcare. Continue reading »

Travel & Hospitality Blog

What are the Best Global Websites in Travel & Hospitality?

Lionbridge is proud to partner with John Yunker, President of Byte Level Research to unveil a new report titled: Web Globalization and the Travel Industry: Benchmarking the Best Global Websites.

Join us on May 20th at 11am EST to learn best practices and recommendations for your Travel and Hospitality website. Listen in as Clint Poole, VP of Corporate Marketing, Lionbridge, talks with John about the good, the great and the ‘could be better’. If you are evaluating strategic growth this year in your global digital strategy, register here.

In addition to hotels, cruises, and transportation companies, a new category has been included on DMOs.  For more info on Byte Level Research: visit Byte Level Research

 

Global Consumer Blog

Marketing to APAC (the Asia-Pacific region)

If you’re doing business in – or expanding into – the Asia-Pacific (APAC) area, I have a really good 2-part best practices article for you to read on the PitneyBowes blog: Tips and Best Practices for Targeting an APAC Audience. Continue reading »