Vivere in un mondo tradotto

[articolo scritto per il blog di STL Formazione]

Quando sentiamo parlare di traduzione, il primo e a volte unico pensiero va ai libri che leggiamo, romanzi o saggi che siano.

In realtà viviamo in un mondo fatto di traduzioni, spesso senza saperlo. Forse perché non ci rendiamo conto che moltissimo di ciò che leggiamo, vediamo o ascoltiamo è tradotto: la pubblicità in metropolitana, il bugiardino del farmaco che ci tocca prendere, le istruzioni della macchinetta del caffè; ma anche la comunicazione del CEO americano, la presentazione aziendale, un contratto, e persino i micro testi che troviamo online (‘finalizza l’acquisto’, ‘controlla la disponibilità’). Forse non ce ne accorgiamo perché alcuni testi ci suonano come se fossero stati scritti direttamente nella nostra lingua. La traduzione scompare, il traduttore diventa invisibile e il testo è riconosciuto come un testo italiano. Continue reading →

Translating for B corporations and purpose-driven companies

In the words of the bcorporation.eu website:

“The B Corp community works toward reduced inequality, lower levels of poverty, a healthier environment, stronger communities, and the creation of more high quality jobs with dignity and purpose. By harnessing the power of business, B Corps use profits and growth as a means to a greater end: positive impact for their employees, communities, and the environment.”

To be certified as such, a company needs to assess its overall positive impact, demonstrating it is using business as a force for good. These purpose-driven companies are effectively changing the business prospective, focussing no longer on shareholders (or at least no longer only on them), but on stakeholders, both internal and external.

We must be the change we seek in the world.

But how can these companies communicate their efforts, their stand on business and on life, in a way that is both effective and that can distinguish them from the competition? Continue reading →

Catch your customers’ eye with good business writing

No more outdated, boring business writing stereotypes: say yes to smart, coherent, engaging copy to attract prospects and boost engagement rates and sales volumes.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 →

The therapeutic power of saying “No”

Good boundaries make good freelancers.

As freelancers we need to manage our work, our time, our money, the direction we’d like our business to go.

Learning to say no is a key step to grow your business exactly the way you want to. And a way to become a trusted professional.

But saying no to what? Continue reading →

Central systems in modern working: a future-proof match

Collaboration, flexibility, promptness are essential to the way we work today and central systems can go a long way to help us stay ahead of the game.

Today being a freelancer doesn’t mean being alone any longer (luckily!). Nor stuck in one place.

Freelancers as multi-tasking digital nomads

Freelancers cooperate with agencies, direct clients, business partners and suppliers in an increasingly complex ecosystem, made up of many different actors. They are connected and part of peer networks. They have become ‘digital nomads’, with the freedom to work from virtually anywhere, be it home, a co-working space, or a place abroad for a bit of ‘bleisure’ time. Continue reading →

The key role of translation in hospitality

Translation and a smart language strategy can help you improve revenue and guest experience, the two main concerns of every hotelier.

Both as a guest and as a hotelier, I have often encountered poorly translated collateral in hotels, or not translated at all – not to speak of online contents.

But first let’s look at some data. Continue reading →

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 content 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 →

Rivoluzione digitale e ospitalità: integrazioni, potenzialità, esempi

Recentemente ho lavorato alla traduzione italiana di un libro che indaga uno degli argomenti che più interessano e di cui mi occupo: le nuove tecnologie digitali e le trasformazioni che ne conseguono nell’immediato e nel futuro, con particolare applicazione al mondo dei brand e del marketing.

Mi sono chiesta allora se queste nuove tecnologie, dalla realtà virtuale a quella aumentata, passando per i chatbot, sono già entrate in un altro settore di mia stretta competenza, l’ospitalità, e se sì, in che modo. Continue reading →

Guest post – 5 skills of a good content writer

Guest post > Noelia Garasievich

“Look at this digital world so many of us spend our lives in – It’s made of words. The technology to produce digital content exists because we create words worth sharing.”  Sonia Simone, Chief Content Officer, Rainmaker Digital

According to my colleague Noelia Garasievich, an English/Swedish to Spanish translator and content writer specialized in digital marketing and transcreation, these are the 5 skills a good content should have: 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 →