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5 Ways Anonymous Crowds Threaten Crowdsourced Translation Projects

Posted by Lee Densmer on Mon, Apr 27, 2015 @ 07:02 PM

Crowdsourced translation has been with us for almost a decade, and has become a viable option for many companies including AirBnb, Twitter, WhatsApp, and Hootsuite. Many fast-growing companies look to crowdsourcing as a fast, low-cost way to launch in many locales simultaneously.

But is crowdsourcing the best way to accomplish translation? The answer depends on the nature of the crowd, and the nature of the project.

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Topics: Localization insider

3 Critical KPI Lessons from All Your Business Data

Posted by Erik Vogt on Fri, Apr 24, 2015 @ 09:17 PM

Data is everything. Data is the source from which you draw all of your statistics, the foundation upon which you base your facts. Data is there in all of your tables, your spreadsheets, and your system reports. But data does not equal metrics. And, despite a considerable amount of public confusion, metrics are not indicators.

So when we are talking about key performance indicators, what exactly do we mean? Let’s start with a story.

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Topics: Localization insider

10 Factors to Consider When Choosing the Multi-Vendor Localization Model

Posted by Lee Densmer on Thu, Apr 23, 2015 @ 09:03 PM

No one disputes that procurement professionals have tough jobs: they must find a vendor who will understand their business, charge a fair price to do so, and execute their work optimally over time. However, they must also decide whether one vendor will suffice or if several are necessary — and this is an important question.

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4 Global Adventures to Celebrate Earth Day Without Leaving Your Desk

Posted by Libor Safar on Wed, Apr 22, 2015 @ 08:51 PM

As we are reminded today to consider our massive energy footprints, wasteful water usage, and the accelerating rate of extinction, let's take a moment to celebrate Earth Day from another perspective: how lucky we are to have the opportunity to travel the world and get to know its diverse beauty and cultures.

We've collected four creative tourism videos to infuse your Earth Day with appreciation for the planet — and perhaps a bit of wanderlust.

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Creating Localization Best Practices (And 8 Resources We Really Love)

Posted by Libor Safar on Tue, Apr 21, 2015 @ 08:01 PM

"Best practices" is starting to become one of those terms we skeptically tune out during the sales process: we've all experienced transactions where the supposed "best practices" have zero basis in the vendor's operational reality.

But we're among those who believe joining the words “best” and “practice” can actually connote an ideal process, and thereby become something meaningful and admirable. In the spirit of reclaiming the term from those who dismiss it as a meaningless buzz phrase, let’s take a moment to define what "best practices" should mean.

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Topics: Localization insider

3 Ways to Prepare Your Language Services for the Internet of Things

Posted by Meg Muran on Thu, Apr 16, 2015 @ 07:05 PM

Consumer products like Apple Watch, Microsoft Band, Nest, FitBit, and Amazon Dash grab all the headlines, but IoT is quietly revolutionizing the way most industries compete, interact with buyers, and manage product lifecycles. As “products” increasingly become Internet-connected devices whose fundamental appeal is the 24/7 services they enable, what are the implications for language services?

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Topics: Agile localization

7 Golden Rules for Creating Great Multilingual E-Commerce Sites

Posted by John Norton on Tue, Apr 14, 2015 @ 06:41 PM

Let me state the obvious first — localization is one of the most important strategies of global online retailers looking to connect with and gain loyalty from international consumers. But it is not just about language translation — it is about creating a native or near-native experience that recognizes local consumer buying habits, accounts for local cultural cues, adapts to regional technical requirements, and delivers on the highly personalized and always-on promise of a modern online marketplace.

So content translation is merely a small part of creating a native shopping experience. Consider the following 7 golden rules for creating a truly local e-commerce experience:

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Topics: Localization insider

How (Not) to Use Ariba in Localization Procurement

Posted by Lee Densmer on Thu, Apr 09, 2015 @ 05:36 PM

Online auction tools like Ariba take the hairiest sourcing decisions and reduce them to a tidy comparison of checkboxes, numbers, and 200-word content chunks. But when it comes to localization sourcing, hidden behind those tidy rows is a black hole of missing context that obscures any true apples-to-apples comparison.

Let’s take a look at why people gravitate to Ariba, where it fails when it comes to sourcing localization services, and how globalization program owners and procurement reps can collaborate to use Ariba effectively anyhow.

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Topics: Localization insider

What You’re Reading: Moravia’s Top Blog Posts So Far in 2015

Posted by Libor Safar on Fri, Apr 03, 2015 @ 05:34 PM

Doing more with less. Getting it right the first time. Learning from your peers. Our blog audience has spoken, and those themes stand out in our list of the top blog posts so far in 2015.

Did you catch all these headlines when they first came out? Did your favorite posts make the list? If not, please share in comments below!

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Topics: Localization insider

Which Localization Model Is the Best Choice for Translation Quality?

Posted by Erik Vogt on Thu, Apr 02, 2015 @ 05:45 PM

In any discussion on which localization model to adopt — specifically the various factors that will lead organizations to choose between in-house localization, single sourcing, and outsourcing to multiple suppliers — there is no avoiding the language quality question. While quality is not an entirely objective value, there are nevertheless ways by which you can determine what quality indicators are important to your project goals and which supplier model will best deliver that value.

So which localization model is your best bet for approaching premium quality?

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