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Blockchain Adds Digital Controls to Language Services
by Benjamin B. Sargent, October 06, 2017, 5 Pages View abstract 
Blockchain is a method for concatenating blocks of transactions, which are stored securely using encryption in a distributed system that prevents bad actors from unlawfully changing records. While most media sources focus on blockchain’s use in . . .
 
Digital Opportunity: Top 100 Online Languages for 2017
by Benjamin B. Sargent, Arle Lommel, August 15, 2017, 10 Pages View abstract 
Evaluation of return on content begins with understanding the language composition of the online world. CSA Research’s annual online benchmarks capture the total economic opportunity that global brands address when they add a new language. The benchmarks . . .
 
Tech-Savvy Providers Nail the LSP Metrix
by Benjamin B. Sargent, Arle Lommel, Hélène Pielmeier, May 31, 2017, 17 Pages View abstract 
Technology plays a vital role for language service providers, yet deciding how much and when to invest in language or business tools is difficult for them. Technology adoption increases as LSPs mature and is widely perceived to speed that process. However, . . .
 
SEO Essentials for Global Brands
by Benjamin B. Sargent, December 30, 2016, 6 Pages View abstract 
More than 90% of customer journeys begin with search. SEO-generated visits achieve higher conversion rates than other digital lead sources. Yet many international brands tell us their implementation and processes for SEO remain unorganized and half-hearted . . .
 
Top 100 Ranking of Global Brand Websites
by Benjamin B. Sargent, November 30, 2016, 7 Pages View abstract 
This brief ranks the 100 most global brands for 2016, based on CSA Research’s annual study of global websites. This year we assessed 2,657 sites. Based on that analysis, we identified 58 best practices for global customer experience (CX). Then we . . .
 
Expanding Global Customer Experience
Best Practices from 150 Companies with 25 or More Languages
by Benjamin B. Sargent, Rebecca Ray, November 16, 2016, 52 Pages View abstract 
Global brands seek to maximize return on research and development, product design, and brand investments. As customer acquisition and engagement become increasingly digitized, these companies must reliably deliver content in dozens of languages and channels, . . .
 
Digital Opportunity: Under- and Over-Served Languages
by Benjamin B. Sargent, Arle Lommel, September 27, 2016, 10 Pages View abstract 
Some languages historically show lower use than their market heft should warrant, such as Arabic, Hebrew, and Persian. Other languages appear more frequently than their limited market size might predict, including Bulgarian, Hungarian, and Slovak. In . . .
 
Mobile-Forward Design for Global Websites
by Benjamin B. Sargent, August 31, 2016, 7 Pages View abstract 
The small screen is here to stay. Today, you're only as good as your 320-pixel wide display. This research re-evaluates mobile-oriented brand websites and identifies an emerging trend we call mobile-forward design. This approach surfaces a single customer . . .
 
Global Website Assessment Index 2016
by Benjamin B. Sargent, Donald A. DePalma, July 29, 2016, 61 Pages View abstract 
Digital operations require increasing complexity and larger budgets as brands launch content-driven campaigns across a greater number of channels, countries, and languages. Marketing and digital production teams need hard data for building business cases . . .
 
Arabic Regional Variants for Global Brands
by Benjamin B. Sargent, June 14, 2016, 6 Pages View abstract 
Arabic poses a unique challenge to digital brands. On the one hand, it is the seventh most important online language, with a total audience of 166 million and US$1.7 trillion in 2016. On the other hand, we conclude that Arabic is not a single digital . . .
 
Digital Opportunity: Fast-Rising Languages for 2016
by Benjamin B. Sargent, April 30, 2016, 3 Pages View abstract 
Fast-rising languages signal competitive advantages available to savvy marketers with cash to spend on capturing new audiences. This companion brief to “Digital Opportunity: Top 100 Online Languages for 2016” examines the fastest-growing . . .
 
Digital Opportunity: Top 100 Online Languages for 2016
by Benjamin B. Sargent, April 01, 2016, 9 Pages View abstract 
In 2016, more than 3.4 billion people will traverse the internet. How many of the world’s estimated 6,500-plus languages will it take to reach and engage them? This annual update of language benchmarks brings insight and ammunition to global market . . .
 
TMS Revolution: Year of the Connector
by Benjamin B. Sargent, March 31, 2016, 5 Pages View abstract 
Enterprises and language service providers alike integrate translation management systems (TMSes) with a wide range of applications. Competition among technology suppliers has gone into overdrive to build more and better connectors to make disparate solutions . . .
 
MarketFlex for Business-Oriented TMS
Evaluating Commercial Solutions for LSPs
by Benjamin B. Sargent, Donald A. DePalma, March 29, 2016, 47 Pages View abstract 
The market for business-oriented translation management systems in LSP environments is growing. In the past, limited commercial options led many language service providers to develop in-house solutions. Today, commercial solutions support a range of work . . .
 
TMS Live
An Interactive Tool to Aid in Translation Technology Selection
by Benjamin B. Sargent, December 31, 2015, 2 Pages View abstract 
The TMS Live tool has relaunched and is updated on an ongoing basis. Translation management systems (TMS) tools facilitate the rapid development, day-to-day management, and publishing of multilingual content in the global language services industry . . .
 
Where Managed TMS Fits in Translation Strategies
by Benjamin B. Sargent, December 31, 2015, 3 Pages View abstract 
Language management plays an increasingly strategic role for global brands. Technology adoption through a managed service makes a lot of sense for companies without large, expert teams in-house. In this brief, we explain the pros and cons of translation . . .
 
Developing a Strong Supply Chain
The How-To Guide to Vendor Life Cycle Management
by Hélène Pielmeier, Benjamin B. Sargent, November 30, 2015, 47 Pages View abstract 
In theory, all language service providers have access to the same pool of resources. Yet in practice, so many vendor management strategies exist – different approaches to process, staffing, and tools – that every LSP ends . . .
 
Digital Campaign Management and Localization
Winning the Attention Game for Global Audiences
by Benjamin B. Sargent, Rebecca Ray, November 18, 2015, 35 Pages View abstract 
Corporate strategy increasingly relies on digital strategy. Content interactions shape everything from brand awareness to customer loyalty. Yet proliferating device platforms, online channels, and content formats challenge even the savviest marketing . . .
 
Wearables: The Next Localization Frontier
by Rebecca Ray, Benjamin B. Sargent, November 13, 2015, 6 Pages View abstract 
More than 90 million wearable devices are connected to the internet, with more added every day. While the iPhone and Android platforms were designed as multilingual from the start, that isn’t always the case for wearables. In this brief, we describe . . .
 
LSP Use of Technology in 2015
by Benjamin B. Sargent, October 29, 2015, 5 Pages View abstract 
How do translation providers use the specialized technology of the industry in 2015? Where is each type of system most concentrated? This brief presents data on the use of translation memory (TM), translation management systems (TMS), and machine translation . . .
 
Vendor Management at LSPs
The How-To Guide to Designing and Evolving the Function
by Hélène Pielmeier, Benjamin B. Sargent, October 29, 2015, 55 Pages View abstract 
Supply chain management has taken on an increasingly important role at language service providers. It stems from ever more specific and rigorous client requirements, intense price pressure, the depth of subcontracting to peers, and the diversification . . .
 
Finding Revenue in Under- and Over-Served Languages
by Benjamin B. Sargent, September 25, 2015, 8 Pages View abstract 
For buyers and sellers of translation services, global market position is increasingly tied to an expanding number of human languages in the global digital marketplace. Comparing the opportunities of language with the competition for attention in those . . .
 
Global Website Assessment Index 2015
Languages and Social Networks on the World’s Most Prominent Websites
by Benjamin B. Sargent, Donald A. DePalma, July 31, 2015, 76 Pages View abstract 
Product managers, international marketers, and C-level executives often seek justification for the cost of adding or maintaining languages for online content and social media. Conveying the brand in more languages correlates positively to a range of success . . .
 
E-Marketing Convergence Creates Opportunity for Localization Managers
by Benjamin B. Sargent, May 31, 2015, 6 Pages View abstract 
In the evolving world of e-marketing, companies strive to manage what were previously separate practices as a single, coordinated program. In this scenario, activities like corporate blogging, SEO, and pay-per-click (PPC) advertising pop out of their . . .
 
Global Mobile App Development
Best Practices for Mobile App Localization
by Rebecca Ray, Benjamin B. Sargent, May 29, 2015, 53 Pages View abstract 
With a billion tablets already online and four billion smartphones predicted to be in use worldwide by 2017, mobile is the next frontier for companies to implement and fine-tune the global customer experience (CX). However, mobile phones represent more . . .
 
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