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.

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

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Style still matters in writing. And in translation.

Style never goes out of style. At least not in writing. And good writing can go a long way to build the image of a brand. Read on to see why.

I am re-reading The Sense of Style by Steven Pinker (do read it!) and I find that many concepts and suggestions apply directly to translation as well.

Take the initial explanation of why style matters in writing (too): Continue reading →

Traduzione e revisione di testi alberghieri: personalità, stereotipi e terminologia

Perché di santuari, fughe, decorazioni e lusso ne abbiamo abbastanza, vero?

Nel corso dell’ultimo mese, tra altri lavori di traduzione, transcreation e revisione, sono stata impegnata in un progetto molto interessante e intelligente: rivedere l’adattamento italiano del nuovo sito web di una catena internazionale di hotel del settore lusso.

Molto interessante, perché non è di tutti i giorni la possibilità di revisionare un sito web di queste dimensioni, nel settore principale di tua competenza (quello dell’ospitalità) e nel segmento in cui hai più esperienza (quello del lusso).

Molto intelligente, perché, di nuovo, non capita tutti i giorni di lavorare con clienti che danno importanza alla voce con cui si presentano al proprio pubblico. Può sembrare un paradosso. Invece, è proprio così: quasi una rarità. Continue reading →

Translation for the hotel industry: a specialized skill

As a senior translator and hotelier I get to revise and edit many contents relating to the hospitality industry.

Unfortunately, not many are up to standards.

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This is because hotel translation is a speciality which requires a wide set of skills and it is often best done by those who have hands-on experience in the field. Continue reading →

The benefits of translation for tourism boards

How translation and transcreation can help reap even more rewards from a smart inbound tourism strategy.

Over the years I have helped several tourism boards – from Europe, America and Asia – localize and adapt their contents for the Italian market.

As destination communication has evolved with countries becoming true brands in all respects, translation and transcreation* have become key in recreating the national identity for the target audience of other countries, thus attracting more visitors and reputation. Continue reading →

Catch your customers’ eye with good business writing

Out with outdated, boring business writing stereotypes, in with smart, coherent, engaging copy to attract prospects and boost engagement rates and sales volumes.

Today, the average attention span, when we look at the web, is down to a bunch of seconds.

So, can good writing attract more customers or capture the visitor’s attention for a bit longer?

The answer is yes. Continue reading →

Who’s afraid of the dry spell?

Beat panic and invest in yourself.

Let’s face it: we all go through dry spells. Even those who’ll never admit to it. For some, they fall at the beginning of the year, when companies haven’t decided on marketing strategies. For others, things slow down in the summer months.

Let’s turn dry spells into opportunities

When telephone and email go silent, panic is set to kick in. With experience, you learn to take these moments more philosophically, as a respite from your busiest days, turning them into opportunities: to improve your skills, to clean up your computer which is about to explode into space, to put your accounting in shape. Or maybe, just to relax and enjoy the free about freelancing. But let’s see a few examples. Continue reading →