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Is AI Translation Really Changing the Industry?

As the business arena becomes more globalised, the need for localisation via translation grows and that growth fuels the need for better and more effective translation technologies (such as AI translation). As they say, necessity is the mother of all inventions. This philosophy stands true even for translation technology.

The growth in translation needs gave birth to machine translation (MT), which overcame much of the challenges posed by traditional translation processes. But new challenges keep cropping up. Fortunately, newer technologies are showing up to save the day.

One such technology is Artificial Intelligence or AI-based translation. AI translation offers distinct advantages compared to older MT technology. For instance, it can factor in linguistic nuances and context to provide more accurate translations.

 

Already in Play

 

AI-based translation is already at play. You can see it everywhere from Google to Facebook. For instance, if you visit an international website via Google, you’ll have the option of seeing the translated version. There’s almost no human involvement or intervention here. It’s Google’s own automated translation service.

Microsoft is also offering its own real-time translation app, which can translate speech, text, and even images. What’s even more amazing is that this application can run offline, making instant translation a reality.

Even Facebook switched to AI translation as its primary approach in 2017.

One of the key benefits of AI translation is that it factors in context and entire sentences, which boosts accuracy.

 

Neural Machine Translation (NMT)

 

Traditional MT relied upon existing translations or translation memories to get the job done. However, now, we have something called Neural Machine Translation or NMT.  NMT makes use of translation memories as well. But it goes further and uses something called deep learning to boost translation accuracy.

NMT literally builds what is called an artificial neural network, sort of a like a human brain. What does that mean? Well, it means that the system can correct itself by going back, assessing, and correcting its approach or method.

On the contrary, traditional or statistical MT relies on correlation to choose the best possible translation. This method simply does not provide the same level of accuracy.

 

Conclusion

 

AI-based translation has come quite far. However, there are still some challenges to be overcome. For instance, AI translations are still plagued by grammatical inaccuracies. There are also complaints of such translations lacking nuance.

So, human translation still remains a necessity. Though AI translation may be evolving, it is too soon to predict its overall impact on the translation and localisation industry.

 

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Get Your Global Business Ready For E-Commerce

If you’re looking to expand your global business, look no further than e-commerce. You see, e-commerce is the future. The numbers are in and they’re pretty clear. According to last year’s statistics from Statista, the global e-commerce market will likely grow by 246.15% as far as sales are concerned.

That means the global e-commerce industry, which was worth $1.3 trillion in 2014, will grow to be worth $4.5 trillion in 2021. That’s a massive amount of growth. So, it’s clear that your business’s future lies in e-commerce.

But, how do you go about doing it? Well, we’ve got a few strategies to help you out. Do note that this isn’t an exhaustive list of strategies. There’s a lot that goes into establishing an e-commerce business, but we’re just focusing on a few key steps.

 

Start Developing Your Social Networks

 

Social media is the holy grail of consistent traffic and leads. So, leverage your social media networks to build an audience. Start by claiming your name on all the major networks. Establish your territory and start building your brand.

Also, choose the social media platforms that work for you the best. It doesn’t always have to be on Facebook or Twitter. If you’re a brand that relies heavily on visuals, Instagram or even Pinterest can prove to be far more effective.

 

Prepare Your E-Mail Marketing Strategy

 

E-Mail is the most important part of e-commerce marketing. Time and again, it has proven to be the most effective marketing channel for e-commerce sites, often providing tremendous returns on investment.

 

Localize

 

Of course, let’s not forget localization. As a global brand, you need to make sure your site is localized for the markets you’re catering to. This firstly means translating the content into the local language while taking context into consideration.

Then come in the other aspects. This includes using high-definition images to highlight products because images are far more effective than words. You also need to provide prices in the local currency in order to improve the shopper’s experience. Make sure you establish customer service channels that cater specifically to local shoppers.

To put it simply, make sure you have done everything possible to create a comfortable experience for your international shoppers. Go local.

 

Use Analytics

 

Analytics will help you set up your e-commerce business effectively. With analytics, you can gain valuable insights about your visitors and customers. This is necessary considering the fact that you won’t be dealing with people in person anymore.

So, to truly be able to see your online customers, you need analytics to guide you.

 

Get Started!

 

So, there you have it – a few basic steps to help you get started with your global e-commerce endeavor. Remember, the idea is to make things as convenient as possible for your audiences across the globe. So, make sure you assess their needs and requirements. Then, use the insights to figure out the next step.