According to e-marketer.com, e-commerce sales increased by 20.1% in 2014 to reach $1.500 trillion. Growth will come primarily from the rapidly expanding online and mobile user bases in emerging markets, increases in e-commerce sales and advancing shipping, payment and language options, all pave the way to new international markets for your brand.

More than ever before we have the knowledge and capabilities to export our goods and services online to customers around the world. While the internet certainly gives us the ability to showcase our goods and services, 24/7, to billions of people worldwide, the competition for your potential customers is immense. So what should your company do to make sure that it gets a sizable share of this virtual pie?

The very first thing you should do when planning your international strategy is to understand the digital consumer map. Where do your customers live? What are their habits? What language do they speak?

 

Did you know Asia-Pacific will claim more than 46% of digital buyers worldwide in 2014, with consumers in that area spending more on e-commerce purchases than those in North America, making it the largest regional ecommerce market in the world.

Massive gains in China, as well as in India and Indonesia, will push Asia-Pacific’s growth ahead. along with Argentina, Mexico, Brazil, Russia, Italy and Canada, who are driving ecommerce sales growth worldwide.

The one thing that the  consumers from all these countries apart from Canada have in common is that their first language is not English. With 75 percent of Internet users prefering not to make important purchasing decisions unless the information about the product is presented in their native language, your business has marvelous opportunity to get an edge over your competitors by utilising the language and culture of your customers in your marketing strategy.

 Although is true that English is a global language and a ligua-franca used by many, to assume that your English website will be understood by all is naive at best. Trying to sell your products or services abroad in English is as futile as a Chinese company marketing their products to a UK audience in Chinese. If you are serious about expanding your e-commerce business, translating and localising your website gives you the ability to speak to your customers using language and imagery they can relate to, and so opens doors to building relationships and making sales abroad.
A professional translation agency can help you go global by using experienced and qualified translators who specialise in the marketing sector, to translate and localise your marketing materials and website for their new audience. They will also source you multi-lingual search optimisation professionals to ensure your site ranks highly for the keywords you need on the relevant search engines.

If you a serious about putting your business on the international stage, come and chat with us at Lingua Translations. Our consultation is free and we can advise you on your next steps to realise your dreams of becoming a global player in the digital economy.