Knowing the basics about Web site Globalization
Having a Web site means that anyone anywhere can view
your company’s products and services. Expanding
your reach to a global audience produces
• How do you market to a target audience
in a foreign country?
• Is it expensive?
• Do you need to have someone on staff that knows
• How do you get ranked on foreign search engines?
• Does the entire site need to be translated?
• What is localization and Web
• How effective is translation software?
• Is it worth it?
These are all great questions in which we can answer.
The last question “is it worth it?” is especially
important. It’s a question we often hear.
Consider these statistics from a June 2006 report from
• 1 billion+ people use the Internet world wide
• English represents 30% of all
• North American usage is 21.1% of the
• Asia represents 36.4% of all Internet users
• Internet usage in Europe is 28.4%
Just sheer numbers would indicate that considering
Website localization and globalization
would be worth considering. The numbers also indicate
that if you only market to North America you are missing
about 80% of total Internet users.
“ePlus Marketing's expertise in web design and internet marketing has helped us increase our international web presence by 25%. We highly recommend her (ePlus Marketing)to anybody wanting to Go Global Online!”
Susanne Evens, AAA Translation
According to Export America, statistics indicate that
a customer is twice as likely to stay at a web site,
and four times as likely to purchase goods
or services, if the site is in his or her native language.
According to Forrester Research, businesses that present
Web sites only in English lose up to $10 million in
potential sales per year
Marketing your products or services
globally can dramatically increase your revenue if you
do it effectively. How can you do it effectively? Here
are a few tips when dealing with Web globalization:
• Research the countries laws, culture
and product use/need
• Think beyond U.S. English
• Consider a Web globalization
strategy BEFORE a site redesign
• Know the country's top search engines
• Do not use language translation software
• Build a internationalized Web site
How do you know if your site is internationalized?
Chances are if you are not sure then it is probably
not. Internationally ready means that your site can
easily be translated and localized for a foreign
Translating, Web globalization and localization are
often not enough. To truly penetrate a country's culture
the site should be culturally customized. Dr.
Arun Pereira, co-author of The Culturally
Customized Web Site© has
recently partnered with ePlus Marketing to provide our
clients special insight to achieving a site that is
truly customized culturally.
If you are already marketing to a global audience and
want to do more or just considering it contact
us to see if Web Globalization
makes sense for you.
Some of our most recent success with
some of our clients:
• Increased international Web visitors
• Increased targeted country
Web site visitors by over 300%
• Increased the percent of total revenue by foreign
companies by 25%
• Increased Web ranking on foreign search engines
to the first page
• Increased Web site visits referred by foreign
search engines by 251%
• Increased conversion ratio
for international customers by 150%
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see some useful sites regarding International Trade,
Web Globalization and translation. At ePlus Marketing,
our Internet marketing strategies
and services can assist with your local, regional and
Contact us today about Web site globalization
and Web site localization.