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Global Digital Transformation: The Customer Journey
by Rebecca Ray, Donald A. DePalma, October 17, 2018, 19 Pages View abstract 
Localization teams cannot ignore what’s going on around them as corporate goals, staff structures, and processes evolve due to digital transformation initiatives. They must fight for their rightful place in planning and design forums to ensure that . . .
 
How Deeply Should You Localize?
by Arle Lommel, Benjamin B. Sargent, September 28, 2018, 6 Pages View abstract 
Many enterprises boast impressive numbers of languages on their websites, but just how deep does their localization go? What is the optimal mix of locale breadth versus depth? CSA Research examined more than 2.4 million individual pages from 1,348 multilingual . . .
 
Localization Depth and Language Choice
by Arle Lommel, Benjamin B. Sargent, September 28, 2018, 7 Pages View abstract 
Many enterprises boast impressive numbers of languages on their websites, but most of them have just a fraction as much content as the primary brand website does in the source language. CSA Research examined more than 2.4 million individual pages from . . .
 
Re-assessing Translation Proxy Solutions
by Benjamin B. Sargent, August 29, 2018, 7 Pages View abstract 
Search for “translation proxy” and you may turn up negative articles from technology providers. Early deployments gave it an enduring reputation as a substandard, “not real localization” approach for websites or apps. However, . . .
 
Supporting Chinese
Linguistic Considerations for a Language in Multiple Locales
by Douglas-Val Ziegler, Donald A. DePalma, July 31, 2018, 32 Pages View abstract 
China is the world's second largest but for the last decade its fastest-growing economy. Its billion-plus residents represent huge opportunities both for national companies and for foreign firms able to tap into the market. This report introduces the . . .
 
Improving International Search for Knowledge Bases
by Rebecca Ray, May 10, 2018, 9 Pages View abstract 
Many companies struggle with supporting effective searches of their knowledge bases (KBs) because they depend on what their website, third-party search engines, or their customer relationship management (CRM) or knowledge management (KM) platform provide . . .
 
Website Language Churn: 2016–2017
by Arle Lommel, Benjamin B. Sargent, November 30, 2017, 7 Pages View abstract 
In any given year, global enterprises add or drop languages from their sites in response to a variety of macro-economic, business climate, and internal factors. This report examines “churn” – the likelihood that the world’s most . . .
 
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, . . .
 
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 . . .
 
What to Do When It’s Time to Drop a Language
by Rebecca Ray, February 29, 2016, 7 Pages View abstract 
Translation and localization managers are skilled at adding languages and locales for their products and services, documentation and support, and web and mobile sites (see "Adding Languages to Websites - It Gets Easier," Jan14). However, decommissioning . . .
 
Simplifying Multilingual Content Production with ITS 2.0
by Arle Lommel, January 31, 2016, 7 Pages View abstract 
Global enterprises require efficient and cost-effective localization of XML content, but achieving this goal can be challenging due to the variety of forms XML can take. While HTML content is easier to localize, it often has its own complexities. The . . .
 
Eight Areas Where You Can Help Clients Improve ASO
by Rebecca Ray, January 26, 2016, 7 Pages View abstract 
Most of us still discover and download mobile apps based on app store searches. These stores operate, by default, as global distribution channels opening access to 155 territories on the iTunes App Store and almost all countries on the planet via Google . . .
 
Mobile App Localization
How LSPs Can Help Buyers Localize More Mobile Moments
by Rebecca Ray, Hélène Pielmeier, January 26, 2016, 44 Pages View abstract 
Companies in all industries build apps to support their businesses, which presents up-selling opportunities for language service providers (LSPs). These include: 1) handling higher content volumes and additional languages, and 2) offering add-on services . . .
 
Lessons from Travel Companies for Supporting Global CX
What Other Industries Can Learn
by Rebecca Ray, Hélène Pielmeier, October 30, 2015, 49 Pages View abstract 
Travelers visit 22 sites on average before booking accommodations and contribute more than 80 entries to TripAdvisor every minute. CSA Research analyzed how travel and leisure (T&L) companies leverage multilingual content to support global customer experience . . .
 
Millennials around the Globe
How Audience Age Affects Global Content Strategy
by Donald A. DePalma, Rebecca Ray, September 30, 2015, 62 Pages View abstract 
The generation born between 1980 and 2000 has captured the attention of marketers, economists, and sociologists around the world. This report analyzes the online language behaviors and preferences of Millennial consumers in 10 non-Anglophone countries . . .
 
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 . . .
 
Eight Tips for Localized App Store Optimization (ASO)
by Rebecca Ray, August 28, 2015, 6 Pages View abstract 
Most of us still discover and download mobile apps based on app store searches. These stores operate, by default, as global distribution channels opening access to 155 territories on the iTunes App Store and almost all countries on the planet via Google . . .
 
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 . . .
 
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 . . .
 
Six Questions to Ask When Rethinking Linguistic QA
by Rebecca Ray, January 01, 2015, 3 Pages View abstract 
Linguistic quality assurance (QA) continues to be an evergreen topic for buyers of translation and localization services. It remains a frequent source of schedule delays and eats up large portions of language outsourcing budgets. If you are currently . . .
 
What Should We Localize, and How Deep Should We Go?
by Rebecca Ray, November 03, 2014, 5 Pages View abstract 
Revenue from emerging markets represents sizable chunks of total revenue for many companies nowadays. The nature of documentation is changing as more and more of it is accessed through the cloud and made available via mobile. At the same time, localized . . .
 
How to Help Your Clients Deal with Rogue MT
by Donald A. DePalma, August 20, 2014, 5 Pages View abstract 
Common Sense Advisory’s survey of 239 translation buyers found that most worry about website visitors’ use of free online machine translation. Our survey of 3,002 consumers revealed that most use free MT when they visit English-language websites . . .
 
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