Branding And Translation

The impact of translation on your corporate style

The betterlanguages team working on a translation project

Branding and Translation

Branding and brand image are often given very high priority by companies, so what part does translation play in branding? Some companies give low priority to branding translation, and this can impact on the image of their brand.

Our team is very careful to give a good representation of your business by providing a quality translation service. Branding translation is not just about translating your tagline or marketing materials, it is about knowing your target audience and knowing your industry. We do both.

We carefully select translators for each job based not just on their language ability, but also on their industry-specific experience. This means that if you need branding translation, we will allocate a translator who is highly experienced in branding and marketing, who is familiar with terminology and who knows your audience. All our translators are native speakers of their target languages to ensure the highest quality of translated text.

When preparing your text for translation, it is vital to take the following into account.

1) Style and tone:

It is really important that we understand the purpose and target audience of a translation, for example an internal sales promotion for staff, would probably have a different style and tone than an external sales promotion for end customers. It is also important for us to know the intended target country or countries.

2) Different types of translation:

Different types of translation require a different approach. For example legal translation is all about fidelity to the original. When we provide certified translations, we are signing to say that the translation is faithful to the original text. In marketing translation however, translators need to be much more lateral and free thinking, it’s about communicating concepts and ideas rather than something literal and word for word. Many translation texts combine elements of more than one skill, which is why industry-specific experience is vital in our translators. For example in translating food packaging, the ingredients lists are all about accuracy and fidelity to the original text, whilst the same package could have marketing wording, which is vital to make the product attractive to potential buyers.

3) Accents, special characters and font compatibility:

We can supply all translations delivered in Word with a complimentary pdf copy, this allows you to verify correct display of accents and special characters. We also offer an artwork check and sign off service at an additional charge, for translations we have provided, providing you provide a low res pdf copy. This is our preferred way of working, because it is easy for errors to creep in at the print stage, for example due to cut and paste errors by designers who are not familiar with the target languages.

Some languages could have font compatibility problems, although this is less common than it used to be with the advent of Unicode.

4) Agreed ways of working – matching branding translation to your chosen style:

It’s also important to think about your corporate style guide when translating into other languages. For example, if you use a none standard font, will it handle accents and special characters? Does your company style require the use of lower case in all headings? This would make sense in some languages, but not in others. When we work regularly with clients, we can address many of these issues, and develop agreed ways of working.

Contact us today to discuss your translation requirements.

Need translation of branded materials? Contact Better Languages on 0115 9788980 to discuss your requirements today, or request a free, no obligation quote.