What is Transcreation in Translation?

Transcreation is the process of translating a message that was created in one language and conveying it in a different language, while maintaining the tone, intent, and the emotional quotient. Often thought of as creative translation, transcreation is the process of recreating content in a foreign language. Although transcreation is most often used in marketing and advertising, it can be effective in other areas as well. Transcreation involves revising and adapting material so that it resonates with the target market, while preserving the intent of the original concepts and focus of the message.

Transcreation and Transadaptation Services

The message that is being launched in the new market has to look and feel as though it originated in the target language. Achieving this objective is especially important, considering that 80 percent of consumers cite content’s authenticity as the primary determinant of whether they will stay loyal to a brand. As such, our transcreation services will ensure that your message transcends borders.

Difference Between Translation and Transcreation

Translation, in the simplest terms, means translating content – word, phrases, sentences, articles, and poems, from one language to another. Translations involve a set of native and bilingual translators converting the message while retaining the original meaning of the source content.

Whereas, transcreation combines translation and creative writing to capture the essence of a region while speaking to customers in their native language. Transcreation is also often achieved using in-country "Copy Editors" that specialize in having the creative ability and 'colorful' perspective to add the necessary 'flavor' that the conventional translation process does not always achieve.


Here's an Transcreation Example of Intel

The computer chip-maker Intel wanted to bring its successful “Intel: Sponsors of Tomorrow” campaign to Brazilian markets, but research showed that “Sponsors of Tomorrow”, rendered in Portuguese, implies that Intel would not deliver on its promises immediately. The line was modified to read, in Portuguese, “Intel: In love with the future”, thus appealing to the presumed passionate nature of the target audience.

What is Transadaptation?

As an alternative, Ulatus offers an exclusive solution called "Transadaptation", as a more cost-effective hybrid model of "Transcreation" and "Translation" process. Transadaptation adds an additional proofreader/editor to the translation workflow focused on the nuances that make the target language output more dynamic and metaphorical. It is the process of staying true to the message’s intention while retaining precision and authenticity in each target language. Transadaptation is offered because it is comparable to the effectiveness of Transcreation while being a more budget-conscious option for enterprises that are looking to distinguish their branding in a local market.

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Why Is Transadaptation or Transcreation Important?

The ultimate purpose of transadaptation or transcreation is to elicit the same reaction to your message in any language and region. Because of this objective, straightforward translation is not the best approach for your content; it would be very challenging to get the same reaction to your marketing campaign if the content was not tailored specifically to the target audience. In addition, simply hiring copywriters and translators in your target market would not work, because they would not be able to capture the true meaning of the original message.

As globalization continues to soar, transcreation and transadaptation will play a major role in its continued growth. Regardless of the company or brand you want to expand, one of the most effective ways to achieve it is to connect with customers in the new market you are trying to enter.

If you’re trying to persuade people to do something, or buy something, it seems to me you should use their language, the language they use every day, the language in which they think.

– David Ogilvy

How Ulatus Can Help?

As a transcreation agency, we understand the commitment and have the expertise that is required to successfully transcreate or transadapt your content. Whether you have a major product launch or a quick marketing message, our Glocal marketing services can meet all of your needs and help you reach new customers. Our highly qualified linguists can assist you with your taglines and slogans; advertisements; global branding campaigns, brochures, and catalogs; copy for email, websites, and social media platforms; press releases, and many other areas.

Your content is adapted to suit the language, phrases, speech, cultural nuances, and idioms of the target market. Additionally, the usage of imagery, colors, and layouts is addressed to ensure they meet local expectations.

The Ulatus Advantage

Proprietary technology for accurate translation

Built-in proprietary technology for accurate translation

ISO 17100:2015 translation certified

ISO 17100:2015 (Requirements for translation services) certified

Multiple CAT tools to reduce costs

Multiple CAT tools to reduce costs

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