3 Reasons You Should Listen To Your Global Customers

Posted on: September 15th, 2015 by MediaLocate

3 Reasons You Should Listen To Your Global Customers. There is quite a bit of talk in the localization industry these days about reviewing translations in-house and having native speakers judge translation quality. Entire programs are set up around this notion, separate teams are hired and trained, additional pre-release review steps are built into the […]

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3 Reasons Why Your Website May Sink Your International Profits

Posted on: September 14th, 2015 by MediaLocate

3 Reasons Why Your Website May Sink Your International Profits As a leading language services provider (LSP), we see our share of websites, products, and documents ready to go global. While most of the time it’s clear that the branding will work worldwide, sometimes a “ready-to-go” project comes to us and we need to call […]

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Sample Translations, aka Pandora’s Box

Posted on: August 7th, 2015 by MediaLocate

SAMPLE TRANSLATIONS, AKA PANDORA’S BOX Have you ever sent someone a document and asked for feedback, all the while dreading that they would tear it apart? Well, the same thing can happen with translations. After all, translations are really just another type of written document and everyone can have an opinion. Sometimes, asking people to […]

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Machine Translation: Magic, Myth, or Just Plain Math?

Posted on: June 18th, 2015 by MediaLocate

Machine Translation (MT)  explained in layman’s terms. Machine Translation, MT,  is nothing new. Many companies deploy MT as part of their global outreach strategy. However, MT expectations and understanding can vary widely across the industry. So we thought: “Why not put together a series of short, informational videos, explaining machine translation from its basic make-up […]


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7 Reasons Why Your Translation Review is Skidding off the Rails

Posted on: May 19th, 2015 by MediaLocate

Reviewing the quality of any outsourced deliverables should be central to any company’s success. After all, your reputation depends on your ability to produce the highest possible quality of goods and services so you can not only meet your customers’ expectations, but also ensure that they come back. In the case of translation review, there […]

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The Tale of the Graceful Squid

Posted on: May 13th, 2015 by MediaLocate

MediaLocate translates and localizes all kinds of content. One customer may require that we translate a biochemistry patent from one language into another, while another customer may need us to localize their online casual gaming site from English into 12 other languages. Then there are the projects that are a bit closer to home and […]

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The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly…. A Shoot-Out with an Online Translation Provider

Posted on: March 25th, 2015 by MediaLocate

We previously wrote about online translation portals that promise cutting-edge translation platforms, automated project management, and scalable workflows. This time around we thought we’d look at another breed of translation player emerging on the scene. As part of a growing trend, rapid-fire online translation shops seem to be hiding out on every corner, offering quick-draw […]


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4 Empowering Localization Tips on Video Source Files

Posted on: March 11th, 2015 by MediaLocate

Video content is king! That is, if you know where your source files are. Videos and multimedia presentations are drastically changing the way we consume information today. From advertising, branding, corporate presentations and product descriptions to instructional, educational, and training materials, video is quickly replacing written content … not just here in the US, but […]


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Control Your Terminology, Right out of the Gate!

Posted on: March 3rd, 2015 by MediaLocate

Control Your Terminology, Right out of the Gate! Your company already has a strong, savvy localization management team. You’re happy with your translation provider and eager to bring new products and divisions under your localization umbrella. And yet…you’ve noticed something is amiss. Inconsistencies are creeping in to your materials, and budgets and timelines are being […]


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The best thing you can give someone is a chance.

Posted on: December 23rd, 2014 by MediaLocate

The best thing you can give someone is a chance. Meet Jovanni Rodriguez. Jovanni joined MediaLocate earlier this year through an organization called College Living Experience. Jovanni suffered a brain injury as a result of a biking accident about 10 years ago, but has since made steady progress towards independent living and is doing a terrific job […]


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6 Reasons why your Medical Translation Partner may not be HIPAA-Compliant

Posted on: November 26th, 2014 by MediaLocate

How carefully have you screened “your” Language Services Provider? Medical Translation can be complicated. To begin with, your company needs to ensure that your Localization Services Provider (LSP) is the right business partner to handle not only the complexities of the medical jargon, terminology, review and certification processes, but also any applicable international regulations. While […]


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Are Your Banner Ads Clicking With Your Worldwide Customers?

Posted on: November 14th, 2014 by MediaLocate

Are your banner ads clicking with your worldwide customers? Web banner ads are an important part of any company’s online marketing efforts. Banners help promote a company’s brand, can lead to substantial sales increases, and can be tailored to specific markets and demographics. A banner promoting a new car in the United States may contain […]


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Self-Source, Crowd-Source, or Outsource?

Posted on: October 21st, 2014 by MediaLocate

Smart-Sourcing Your Translation Team. You are discussing your company’s plans for international expansion. You and your team know what it’s like to launch products, to conduct market research and to make sure all of the infrastructure and processes are in place for a successful launch of your products and services. You know that you will […]


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Where in the World was MediaLocate this Summer?

Posted on: October 2nd, 2014 by MediaLocate

At MediaLocate we don’t just connect the world, we also travel it! As part of MediaLocate’s “We speak Human” culture, we wanted to show you the human side of MediaLocate, namely introduce you to a few of the people who make our company what it is. As we now head into fall, let’s take a […]


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Localization Maturity Model: Are You Stuck in the Mud?

Posted on: September 18th, 2014 by MediaLocate

How mature is your localization process? Are you feeling pressure to improve things and running into resistance from other departments and managers in your company? Maybe it’s time to ask your vendor for some help in getting to the next level. In this blog post, we will talk about the Localization Maturity Model (LMM) and […]


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Translation Beyond Words

Posted on: September 5th, 2014 by MediaLocate

“Localizability”?  Is that even a real word? Most of the time you can send your documents to a language services provider, get the translations back, and are done. The file is clean, the words are translated, all of the numbers match, the graphics fit, and that’s that. But for some projects, what is needed is […]


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4 Tips to Kick-Start Your Games Localization Project

Posted on: August 7th, 2014 by MediaLocate

Games localization can be costly, time-consuming, and sometimes downright dangerous. Game developers and publishers looking to wow global players need some guidance to avoid running the risk of damaging their brand’s reputation and missing out on big revenue. Enter MediaLocate’s blog post on gaming localization, where we aim to steer you in the right direction, […]

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Transcreation: Translation with a Curve

Posted on: July 30th, 2014 by MediaLocate

Why you may be losing business without it… Let’s say your marketing team comes up with messaging that resonates with your domestic customers. Everyone “gets” your brand, your ads, your banners, everything. You’ve got the local market all figured out. Now it’s time to conquer the global market. You can send your content to a […]


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MediaLocate World Cup Charity Pool

Posted on: July 22nd, 2014 by MediaLocate

There’s nothing like a friendly wager to make watching the World Cup even more entertaining. MediaLocate did just that and they did it the same way they do everything – by helping others both nationally and internationally. Members of staff decided to raise funds with their own World Cup. They pooled their money together and […]

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4 Signs That Your Medical Text Is Not Ready To Be Translated

Posted on: July 14th, 2014 by MediaLocate

How can you ensure high-quality and timely medical translations? Start by selecting a language services provider who can offer you expertise in medical translation, a dedicated team of translators, a robust set of ISO certifications, cutting-edge technologies, and efficient workflows across your entire range of documents. So far, so good. But how do you know […]


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Online Translation Portals: Innovation or Smoke & Mirrors?

Posted on: May 22nd, 2014 by MediaLocate

So, we thought it would be helpful to look at some of the major players with online translation portals and see how they may – or may not – benefit you.

Online Translation Portals - Medialocate

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The 5 Snares of Translation Review, or “Wait, There’s A Bear In My Software!”

Posted on: April 16th, 2014 by MediaLocate

Sometimes, doing your own translation review can cause unexpected results (see last example below)…

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Monterey Bay Aquarium: Saving Our Oceans in Spanish Too

Posted on: March 14th, 2014 by MediaLocate

Kudos to our neighbor – and valued client – just down the hill from us, the Monterey Bay Aquarium, and their popular Seafood Watch program.

Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch - Medialocate

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Global Marketing 2014 — Pt. 3 — Localizing for the Locals

Posted on: February 27th, 2014 by MediaLocate

We can’t think of anyone “localizing for the locals” better than the folks over at Pizza Patrón, a $40 million dollar enterprise headquartered in Dallas.

Localizing for the Locals - Medialocate

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Global Marketing 2014 — Pt. 2 — Smart Regulatory Compliance

Posted on: February 19th, 2014 by MediaLocate

If you want to sell your products internationally, you need to keep tabs on the latest regulations and developments in each of your target markets.

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Global Marketing 2014 — How Deep or Wide Should I Go?

Posted on: February 13th, 2014 by MediaLocate

Going global has become a huge buzzword in business. Let’s face it, the benefits of global marketing are obvious: more customers = more revenue!

Global Marketing Medialocate

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International SEO: 4 Steps to Global Search Engine Success

Posted on: February 5th, 2014 by MediaLocate

If you want to take your business global, you will need a solid international SEO strategy. And that means speaking your customers’ languages.

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“Smart People” Use A Right-Sized Localization Provider

Posted on: January 31st, 2014 by MediaLocate

So, whether you speak English, Portuguese, French, Arabic, Chinese, German or any of 12 languages, you’ll enjoy this humorous video just the same.

Now in 12 Languages

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Celebrating Anniversaries at MediaLocate

Posted on: January 15th, 2014 by MediaLocate

Celebrating 15-year anniversaries with Medialocate are Vilma Campos, Fran Grogan, Ilge Karancak, and Susie Hanson. Congratulations Ladies!

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Multimedia Localization: Four Proven Reasons Why It Is Crucial To Your Global Marketing Strategy

Posted on: December 6th, 2013 by MediaLocate

Check out our Audio & Video Services for all you multimedia localization needs here.

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Don’t Fall For Lowest Price – Picking The Right Language Service Provider The First Time – Quick Tip #4

Posted on: November 27th, 2013 by MediaLocate

“If you think it’s expensive to hire a professional to do the job, wait until you hire an amateur.” More…

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Searching For New Global Customers? Check Out Wordtracker

Posted on: November 20th, 2013 by MediaLocate, headquartered in the U.K., recently announced that new languages now live within its updated “Keyword Tool.”

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Localizing Your Website For Global Profits – Quick Tip #3

Posted on: November 16th, 2013 by MediaLocate

Localizing your website, marketing materials, and multimedia is smart business. Saving money doing it is just as smart.

Cut Costs With Localization

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Could there be cultural issues with your website content? – Quick Tip #2

Posted on: November 9th, 2013 by MediaLocate

A Customer’s Question: “How do I know if there are cultural issues with my website content?”


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Lights, Camera, Action! The New My MediaLocate Video

Posted on: October 25th, 2013 by MediaLocate

It’s the “free alternative” to costly cloud-based portals of other translation agencies.

My Medialocate Client Control Center

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Localizing Your Website in Right-to-Left Languages – Quick Tip #1

Posted on: October 14th, 2013 by MediaLocate

If you’re planning on localizing your website for Arabic and Hebrew, then your underlying HTML code must have the capability of properly rendering RTL (right to left) text.

Localizing Your Website in RTL Languages

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Managed Authoring: Your Global Competitive Edge

Posted on: September 16th, 2013 by MediaLocate

The goal of this article is to introduce you to the concept of Managed Authoring, and how it will help speed your products to global markets faster.

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Caution: The True Costs and Traps of Distributor Translations

Posted on: August 7th, 2013 by MediaLocate

Deciding to use distributor translations when marketing in a foreign country can turn out to be a trap that is hard to escape.


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Supporting Clean Water for the Nicaraguan People through Professional Recording Services

Posted on: July 30th, 2013 by MediaLocate

Fortunately, Central California’s Monterey Peninsula, often referred to as the Language Capital of the World, is home to both MIIS and Medialocate.

Medialocate Recording Services

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In Memory of Mary Beth Gilmore

Posted on: June 26th, 2013 by MediaLocate

In Memory of Mary Beth Gilmore – Our Dear Friend and Valued Colleague – b. July 27, 1964 – d. June 21, 2013

Mary Beth Gilmore

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How Languages See Colors Differently (VIDEO)

Posted on: June 16th, 2013 by MediaLocate

There is a clever young man in the U.K. (no, this isn’t the beginning of a limerick, though you will find it amusing)…

All The Colours of Language

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Proactive Training Yields Better Medical Translations

Posted on: June 12th, 2013 by MediaLocate

Medialocate’s team of project managers knows the importance of reference materials, diagrams, photos and illustrations for better medical translations.

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When Millimeters Matter – Easy, Preventative Measures For Better Medical Translations

Posted on: June 11th, 2013 by MediaLocate

From years of experience, we know that to ensure a quality translation, it is absolutely critical for our clients to provide us with proper reference materials.


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Your Mother Failed To Smell Nice Or What The Heck Is Software Localization?

Posted on: May 15th, 2013 by MediaLocate

While those of us familiar with language translation use the word “Localization” indiscriminately many times a day, how does one actually explain what language or software localization means in layman’s terms?

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Localizing Your Projects Into Right-To-Left Languages

Posted on: April 10th, 2013 by MediaLocate

Strange but true, your success at brand globalization could hinge on carefully localizing your communication into RTL or Right-to-Left languages.

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GALA, NCLIS Form First-Ever Language Lobby in the U.S.

Posted on: April 4th, 2013 by MediaLocate

The newly-formed American Language Enterprise Advocacy (ALEA) promises to be a powerful voice for the language industry on Capitol Hill.


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Going Global — Marketo Did — Can You Afford Not To?

Posted on: March 25th, 2013 by MediaLocate

If sales growth in worldwide markets seems like a golden opportunity, you’re right.

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How To Choose Which Is Best For Your Global Marketing – Translation, Localization or Transcreation?

Posted on: February 28th, 2013 by MediaLocate

So, you have decided to go “global”. You’re planning to expand into new non-English speaking markets…

Global Marketing

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Yikes! 9 “Little” Translation Mistakes That Caused Big Problems

Posted on: February 21st, 2013 by MediaLocate

The importance of good translation is most obvious when things go (Very) wrong. Here are nine examples from “Found in Translation”…

Yikes, 9 little translation mistakes

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Beware! The Global Content Strategy Tornado

Posted on: February 8th, 2013 by MediaLocate

The next decade is going to pose some real challenges for people who create, manage, and localize content.

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Rule #8 – Roll Out the “Content Marketing” Welcome Mat for Website Visitors

Posted on: February 6th, 2013 by MediaLocate

Making your Website content easy to find is just about as important as making it easy to read.

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Why Multilingual SEO Can Ensure Successful Global Promotions

Posted on: January 30th, 2013 by MediaLocate

“We live in a world with a global economy. How many times have you heard that one?”

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What Global Brands Can Learn from IKEA’s Blunder

Posted on: January 30th, 2013 by MediaLocate

This Common Sense Advisory article explains how IKEA made the mistake of “forgetting all branding is local”


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Machine Translation (MT) – Do You Buy These 3 Common Myths?

Posted on: January 23rd, 2013 by MediaLocate

Here’s a well written article on Machine Translation (MT) that presents further evidence that MT is not “coming”, it is here!.

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Emerging markets are on a roll—and they should keep rolling in 2013

Posted on: January 19th, 2013 by MediaLocate

Just three months ago, China was in the doldrum… Brazil’s economic growth had stagnated, and Russia had slumped in the face of weak commodity demand.


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Setting Up a Content Management System for Localization – Part 2

Posted on: January 18th, 2013 by MediaLocate

Effective hand-off of content to a Language Service Provider (LSP). This is the second of a two-part article on Setting Up a CMS for Localization.


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Tips for Creating Better Source Documents for Document Translation and Localization

Posted on: January 17th, 2013 by MediaLocate

Many technical documentation departments save on translations to lower costs. However, this must not happen at the cost of quality.

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You Know You Need a Global Content Strategy If

Posted on: January 17th, 2013 by MediaLocate

You Know You Need a Global Content Strategy If… But wait! you say. I don’t really need to care about my global content…


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Social Media Around the World 2012

Posted on: January 11th, 2013 by MediaLocate

This past September Insites Consulting launched its “Social Media around the World 2012″ report. They organised this study for the third time and the results are ready.


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Setting Up a Content Management System for Localization – Part 1

Posted on: January 10th, 2013 by MediaLocate

Setting up a content management system (CMS) for localization requires both a database for supporting multilingual content and mechanisms for interfacing with your language service providers (LSPs).


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