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Going further than translation & localisation

Adapting content from one language into another whilst protecting the meaning of the words; transferring the original idea while maintaining its intent, style, tone and context.


Transcreation involves creative copywriting in the target language when the processes of translation and localisation are not sufficient. It gets beneath the essence and the emotion of the brand. It takes values, concepts and key messages and recreates them in different markets, bringing together marketing, linguistics, creative copywriting and design, whilst taking account of tone, nuance, colour and style.

An example of transcreation

The idiom "Speak of the devil" shouldn't simply be translated as there are different phrases that have the same meaning in other languages and cultures. Here's how a few examples translate into English...

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Cultural Consultation

Ideally, a cultural consultation should be carried out before embarking on any transcreation campaign.

A cultural consultation would ensure the campaign is suitable for the target markets, whilst providing you with insight about the competitor landscape, including, for example, competitor campaigns in your intended target markets, point of sales presence of your competition, etc.

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