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What Leadership Teams Should Look for in Translation Companies for 2019

As we approach the new year, members of the C-Suite and leadership teams are scrambling to make those final decisions on which vendors and partners to solidify a working relationship with. Companies want to hit their high-revenue targets for 2019, while securing year-over-year growth. If utilizing services from translation companies is a primary need held by your organization to ensure its prosperity, finding a multilingual translation agency that can help you meet and exceed your goals is crucial.


This article is intended to help C-Suite and leadership teams make informed decisions when looking for a translation company that can help foster growth.


The Relationship


At the end of the day, you don’t need a vendor. You need a multilingual translation agency that treats you like a partner. After all, if their services don’t help facilitate your growth, their own growth simultaneously suffers.  A translation company that treats you like a partner will base all translation and interpretation projects around a comprehensive understanding of your organization, your challenges, and the goals associated with the translated materials. Whether you seek multilingual desktop publishing used for internal training initiatives, or you require a an agency that can translate your branding and marketing materials for overseas sales, a strong partnership with an innovative multilingual translation agency will lead to a more prosperous outcome and a lengthy relationship where both parties grow together.


Experience


It goes without saying that experience matters in any service. From the guy who is rebuilding your car’s engine, to your yoga instructor, experience goes a long way. But when it comes to multilingual translation companies, experience can be the defining factor that keeps you in business. Translation service providers come and go, and unfortunately most companies don’t know how to gauge just how skilled and qualified teams are to take on their projects.


Look for a translation company that’s been in business at least between 10 and 15 years. A “decade and some change” is a lengthy time that testifies to their ability to deliver high-quality, accurate work within budget, and on time. Otherwise work would spread fast and they would fold quickly. Poor quality translation companies don’t last very long, so be sure you find a translation agency that has walked the walk for a decade or more.


Translation Companies and Industries Served


Even if you are in a niche industry, don’t fall under the misconception that you should partner with a translation agency who only services customers in your space. This may sound ideal. But there is a big red flag here because it ultimately shows they are limited in their capabilities. Look for translation companies that perform certified work using the latest technology in all the top industries. These will include education,health care, technology, legal, manufacturing, retail / consumer products, and energy and power. Any translation company that services these spaces (and others) testify to their depth and skills, and can therefore be a big asset for your organization’s growth.  


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