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Submissions open for the new ProZ.com translation contest

June 5, 2018 / by Tatiana posted in translator, literary translation, fun, translation contests

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A new edition of the ProZ.com translation contests, “The Sounds of Silence”, is on and submissions are open, with a source text in English.

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Three experiences you don’t want to miss at BP

May 10, 2018 / by Tatiana posted in freelancer, translator, interpreter, training, translation events, fun, conference, networking, CPD

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BP is an annual conference that brings translators from all over the globe together to talk about industry trends, marketing, CPD and more. And network. And have fun.

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Celebrating ten years of translators and interpreters coming together in Cardiff

May 3, 2018 / by Jared Tabor posted in translator, interpreter, professional development, translation events, fun

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For those not familiar, a ProZ.com powwow is an informal, local get-together of language professionals. Any ProZ.com member can propose and organize a powwow in their area. Since 2001, thousands of powwows have been held around the world, in 110 countries.

So far, 454 powwows have been held in 63 cities in the UK, with 3,748 attendees total. At least 50 of those powwows have been organized by Victoria Burns and Alexandra Chapman. This May 5th, Alexandra and Victoria are celebrating 10 years of powwows in Cardiff by holding -- you guessed it -- another powwow!

I asked Alexandra and Victoria to talk a bit about how the Cardiff powwows got started, what the experience has been like, and what benefits they have been able to see from coming together in person with colleagues. Here is what they had to say:

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Improve your ProZ.com profile from your mobile phone

April 27, 2018 / by Lü Leszinsky posted in freelancer, language jobs, freelancer, profile, translator, tagline, marketing for language professionals, iOS, Android, mobile, mobile app

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ProZ.com Mobile, the application developed by ProZ.com for use on mobile devices, now offers the possibility of updating basic profile information even when your are away from your computer.

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Amazon offers nine free works in translation (e-book format) until World Book Day

April 20, 2018 / by Jared Tabor posted in translator, literary translation

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World Book Day is April 23rd. To celebrate, Amazon is offering a selection of award-winning works from around the world, all of which have been translated to English, for free for Kindle. You can grab them between now and April 24th at https://www.amazon.com/article/read-the-world

(there may be geographical or other limits on who can get these books for free-- apparently they are free to US-based customers, and discounted in other regions)

Among the books, I spotted The Light of the Fireflies, by Paul Pen and translated by ProZ.com member Simon Bruni.

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Let translators tell the world they are using your application

March 29, 2018 / by Mike Donlin posted in translator, integrations, business membership

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Interested in marketing your application to the world’s leading community of freelance translators and interpreters? 

API integration is available for the “What I am working on” (Wiwo) feature at ProZ.com. Wiwo enables sharing projects that members of the language community are currently working on.

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Laugh your way through the rise of the machines with Mox the translator

March 25, 2018 / by Jared Tabor posted in freelancer, translator, fun

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If you've been working in translation a while, chances are you have run into Mox somewhere, if you don't already regularly follow his adventures in translation.

"Best method to increase your productivity", from mox.ingenierotraductor.com

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Marketing for freelance translators and interpreters who hate marketing

March 23, 2018 / by Jared Tabor posted in translator, interpreter, marketing for language professionals

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A recent survey of freelancers centered around their marketing efforts showed some interesting finds:
  • 55% of freelancers spend 3 hours a week on their online marketing efforts
  • 51% of respondents considered marketing too time-consuming, and 41% felt marketing was too costly
  • 83% are investing financially in online marketing of some sort
  • 72% say they are spending less than but up to 100 USD a month in marketing (those who spend more than that report earning more)
  • The average survey respondent had reached their income goal within two years of starting out

The survey sample were some 2,000 US freelancers of all types, so it is reasonable to expect those numbers to be somewhat different if we narrow it down to translators and interpreters, expand the sample to other countries, or both.

One number in particular that caught my eye was the monthly investment in marketing. 100 USD a month sounded pretty steep to me, but maybe I'm wrong. 1,200 USD in freelancer marketing a year. Do you spend that much on your marketing? If so, drop me a line, I'd be very interested in hearing about it and if you find it to be a good investment.

If you are already a paying ProZ.com member, you are spending between 12 and 18 dollars a month on marketing through your membership, though you get all the rest of the tools and opportunities available along with it. It's a kind of marketing that is easy to do, what we'd call passive marketing.

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ProZ.com Mobile integrates Google, Facebook and LinkedIn login

March 22, 2018 / by Lü Leszinsky posted in freelancer, translator, interpreter, membership, translator tools, iOS, Android, mobile, mobile app

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It is now possible to login to your ProZ.com accounts in the ProZ.com Mobile app using Google, Facebook or LinkedIn credentials.

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English to Turkish was top language pair search in February

March 8, 2018 / by Mike Donlin posted in translator, directory

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Searches of English to Turkish topped the language pair searches in the ProZ.com directory of translators and interpreters for February 2018. 

The directory allows anyone looking for linguists to search by source and target language and to narrow the search by service type, field of expertise, location, country, credentials, keywords, availability and more. 
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