You’ve got a big project, a text that your blood, sweat and tears have gone into, and which works perfectly for your local audience. You’d go as far as to say it’s been a big hit. But, have you thought about how to prepare this text for translation?
All freelance translators have at some time experienced that feeling of sitting at a computer, staring at a text, fingers hovering the keyboard ready to work… but your mind is blank. But don’t worry, there are plenty of resources out there to help you out with that blank screen!
What is SEO?
SEO is the acronym for “Search Engine Optimisation”. It is an internet marketing strategy which uses search engines and affects the process through which it increases a web page’s visibility on the results of the search engine. Meaning that a website or a web page will appear higher on the search results of a search engine (like Google or Yahoo).
What is Content Marketing?
We can understand what translation is, and everybody knows what is meant by marketing. But what about content marketing? What is the difference between this and plain marketing? According to the Content Marketing Institute “Content marketing is a marketing technique of creating and distributing valuable, relevant and consistent content to attract and acquire a clearly defined audience – with the objective of driving profitable customer action.”
These days a corporate blog is a widely-used means of generating quality content of interest to our target audience. Blogs contain keywords of popular Google searches and can be about pretty much any topic under the sun. The trick is that they be an interesting read in their own right, thereby attracting the type of potential customers that we want (in the case of a business), but also that they appear high in search-engine rankings by virtue of the use of keywords.
Translations have allowed companies to grow like never before, and the profession is constantly expanding and evolving in order the meet the demands of clients from all across the world. One stand out example is the presence of videos across the internet, particularly on social media, which has led to a higher demand for audio and video transcriptions.
These days, people are more aware than ever of the importance that good language practice can have in terms of developing their business. Translations have allowed companies to grow like never before, and the profession is constantly expanding and evolving in order the meet the demands of clients from all across the world. Indeed, an increasing amount of companies are adapting their services to respond to the evolution of new media. One stand out example is the presence of videos across the internet, particularly on social media, which has led to a higher demand for audio and video transcription services.
More and more companies have been tapping into this; not just because the use of transcription allows for greater accessibility in the online global marketplace, but also because videos provide an excellent opportunity to boost a company’s SEO. For pages that produce longer videos, the advantages are even greater. Longer videos logically contain a larger transcript, which gives businesses a huge opportunity to target additional keywords in various languages.
Something for everyone
The benefits of transcription aren’t just reserved for e-commerce, where good SEO is always a priority; several studies conducted by a range of companies, including Discovery Digital Networks, SafeNet, and even the radio show This American Life have proven that adding subtitles and transcripts to videos can increase search traffic, page views, search rank, and engagement. A similar study by LiveClicker compared 37 web pages before and after adding transcripts. Pages with transcripts earned on average 16% more revenue than they did before transcripts were added.
Satisfy your clients
In addition, these pages also have an opportunity to increase customer satisfaction when they enlist the help of a transcription service. For example students, researchers, journalists or anyone else who’s looking for a particular moment or quote within a video will no longer have to trawl through minutes or even hours of footage just to find what they’re looking for. It’s all there, fully transcribed and easy to locate.
Clients with hearing difficulties are also accommodated for, and will appreciate a service that is not always available to them from other businesses and media outlets. Transcribing your video opens your business up to an audience of millions of people throughout the world who rely on this kind of service to make their multimedia experience worthwhile.
There are a number of reasons why businesses or individuals could require a transcription or captioning service. Whether you’re looking to provide your customers with greater satisfaction, someone requires a written copy of your video or audio file, or you want to use your content in new ways to spread your message to a wider audience and increase your SEO, transcription and captioning can provide innumerable advantages to you and your company.