By Waheed Barghouthi
In the past two years the economic potential of making money online has grown from $36.5 to $44.6 trillion. However, just one third of that figure is available if websites are only available in English. And that figure is even less with websites solely in languages not as widely used as English – for example Portuguese, Russian or Japanese. This leaves $30 trillion in potential untapped sales which businesses across the United Kingdom could be cashing in on.
Language is a key factor in online purchasing behaviour – however some businesses are missing out on potentially large sums of money by failing to adapt their sites for the global marketplace. Just eleven languages gain access to 85 per cent of the world’s online wallet.
Research has shown that 85 per cent of consumers are more inclined to buy a product when confronted with information in their own language, and 54 per cent say this is more important than the actual price.
This tells us that comfort and confidence in reading a website that has been translated into your language is a huge factor in the purchasing decision, but many businesses are failing to do this, as they see website translation and localisation as a costly exercise involving big budgets and teams of people.
There is a range of cloud based software that removes the entire process of putting up a translated version of a website such as any technical involvement and employing localised teams in several countries.
The potential for businesses to maximise sales by creating localised content, without having to hire teams of translators and developers, or even visit the country you want to sell to, is enormous. The internet has broken down borders for global trade, and removing language barriers by using online translation software can help change a business’s fortunes.
About the author
Waheed Barghouthi is CEO at Dakwak.
Dakwak provides a piece of software which gives marketers control over their translated websites, as they are able to put up, take down and edit any translated content themselves.