Showing Languages

By using the buttons you can show the content in each language. This is just a demonstration of what can be done.

It would be usual to have the whole website in alternate languages including the navigation menu.

The content is not translated automatically which can often be misleading but is actual content in multiple languages.

This method makes sure that your content is true and accurate in each language and also allows effective local language SEO for yur web content.

The website can also be set to the correct language automatically by using the language settings in a browser.

Your content management system can be setup to modify the ocntent in each language chosen.

For businesses wishing to get that competitive advantage, a multilingual website now presents one of the most high impact means of expanding a client base and securing greater sales volumes. The multilingual website will continue to become a necessity for businesses and organisations as the process of internationalization unfolds. Here are 10 good reasons why you need a translated website today rather than later:

1 Shift Away from English Internet Users

The internet began as an English speaker’s invention and as a result was dominated by English speaking users and sites. However, times are changing. With the growing numbers of people buying PC’s and internet access available from Nigeria to New Zealand, English speakers will soon be in the minority when it comes to internet use. Results of research carried out by Nielsen-Netratings has described foreign internet markets as “low hanging fruit,” i.e. if you have the will and foresight there are massive revenues to be found for relatively little effort. In the first quarter 0f 2021 Figures of internet usage by population still show the Euro Zone to be 10% less than the UK and growing quickly, especially France which has been slow to embrace the internet. “The easiest opportunities are in countries where internet usage patterns and user/site relationships are less established. Acquiring users in markets that are currently in their growth stages will lead to a loyal user base that will pay dividends for internet companies in the future.”

2 Cost Effective Marketing Tool

Having the ability to communicate to a whole new international audience in their own language will undoubtedly yield results not only in a financial sense but also in terms of marketing and creating awareness of your brand, service or product. A multilingual website in the grand scheme of things is probably one of the most cost effective ways of marketing your company, capturing new users, building relationships with new clients and giving your brand an international outlook.

3 New Customers

Ultimately what a multilingual website brings you are new customers. By having your site accessible to potentially thousands of people you are showcasing your company across the globe. For non-English speaking users looking for your product or service, you automatically capture their attention.

4 Sales

With every language added to a website there is the potential for an increase of between 100% in sales. Even if a multilingual website is translated into a few of the major world languages, i.e. Spanish, French, German and Italian there is potentially a 400% increase in sales. There are few other ways to get such an increase for such little investment.

5 Customer-Centric

A multilingual website demonstrates you are thinking about the customer. That little extra effort shows you have thought and cared enough about them to offer the website in their language. As with anything in business, if the customer thinks you care, they will want to do business with you.

6 Trust

For many cultures there is an issue of trust when it comes to buying over the internet, especially if they feel it is in a language they are not fully proficient in. Offering them a language alternative allows the customers to feel secure in the fact they know what they are buying, how and who from.

7 Culturally Sensitive

A multilingual website, if designed properly, overcomes potential cultural barriers through allowing access in a native language. This automatically puts the user in a ‘cultural comfort zone’ due to their being able to navigate, understand and interact with the website.

8 Beat Competitors

To get the competitive advantage in today’s environment you need to think outside the box. Many businesses try to differentiate themselves from their competitors. Look at your competitors – if they have multilingual websites then why don’t you? If they don’t, then why not lead the marketplace and establish your company or brand abroad before they do.

9 Shows International Nature

Image is everything. A multilingual website demonstrates you think, work and deal internationally.

10 Search Engines

Search engines lead people to your site. In countries such as China, Japan and France, Google, Yahoo and MSN are not the default search engines. Home grown search engines are emerging and they are proving successful because they work in native languages and are focused on the habits and needs of their users. Such search engines are a key to tapping those markets and unless they have access to a particular language through your multilingual website then you will not be found. In addition, many of the key search engines, especially Google, run searches in all languages. Having pages of your site available in those languages ensures maximum potential for your site being picked up in searches.

Conclusion

Business continually sees shifts and changes. At present the multilingual website is still rare, with mostly large multinational companies using them to secure an international foothold. However, the trickle down effect will naturally occur and the multilingual website will become part and parcel of any business internet presence. Whether people chose to invest now or later is the only choice they have.

Arpent Creative Design

Maidstone, Kent

tel: 07572 797531

Postal Address: Innovation Centre Medway ME5 9FD

Arpent Creative Design

Maidstone, Kent

tel: 07572 797531

Postal Address: Innovation Centre Medway ME5 9FD

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