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Three experiences you don’t want to miss at BP

May 10, 2018 / by Tatiana posted in fun, translation events, training, translator, freelancer, interpreter, 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 fun, translation events, professional development, translator, interpreter

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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 mobile app, marketing for language professionals, tagline, profile, freelancer, freelancer, language jobs, translator, Android, iOS, mobile

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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 literary translation, translator

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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 integrations, business membership, translator

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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 marketing for language professionals, translator, interpreter

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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 translator tools, membership, interpreter, freelancer, mobile, iOS, Android, mobile app, translator

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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 directory, translator

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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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Translation news for February, 2018

February 28, 2018 / by Jared Tabor posted in translator, freelancer, interpreter, translation company

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ProZ.com news for February, 2018
 
Here is what happened in February, both on and off ProZ.com.
 
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ProZ.com and Elia broadcast Together 2018 live
ProZ.com and the European Language Industry Association (Elia), partnered to broadcast Together 2018, an event for translators and translation companies. On February 22nd and 23rd, sessions from the Specialisation track of the event were broadcast live via ProZ/TV. ProZ.com Plus subscribers received free access to the broadcast and will be able to view recordings of the sessions in the Plus subscriber video library. Thank you to everyone who attended the event, both online and in person!
 
 
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Add a presentation video to your profile

A new feature allows you to add a short video to your ProZ.com profile. Use the video to present yourself and your services to potential clients and collaborators. To get started, just go to your profile settings here: https://www.proz.com/settings/freelancer/marketing_promotion/profile-greetings

If you are part of one of the Pools of specialists, you can add an introductory video there too: https://www.proz.com/pools

 
 
Declare variants, proficiency levels for your languages

You can now list all languages you know and set variants and levels of proficiency for each in your ProZ.com profile.

Initially, your list of languages has bee

n pre-populated based on your previously entered language information. Please take a moment to review your list of languages, and indicate your proficiency levels. Read more at https://www.proz.com/topic/323089

 
 
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World map of Business member translation companies

You can peruse 500+ translation companies and agencies who are Business members at ProZ.com on the new Business member map. The map shows information about each company, including location, contact info, and average feedback rating from service providers: https://www.proz.com/business-members-list

If you represent a translation company, learn how to put your company on the map here.

 
 
APTRAD's 2nd international conference (May 17 - 19)

Check out a new guest post written by Paula Ribeiro - president and co-founder of the Portuguese Association of Translators and Interpreters (APTRAD). Paula is a long-time ProZ.com member and part of the Certified PRO Network. APTRAD will be holding its second international conference on May 17th, 18th and 19th in Porto, Portugal. Read what Paula has to say about the event and starting APTRAD at https://go.proz.com/blog/guest-post-paula-ribeiro-on-aptrads-2nd-international-conference-may-17-19

 
 
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Add a CAT tool to your arsenal

If you are on the market for a CAT tool, you can get one for free with your ProZ.com Plus subscription. Find out more at https://go.proz.com/blog/translators-plus-part-1-cats-drinking-coffee

 
Smart translators and interpreters
are wearing sunglasses

The future looks bright for a certain type of translator, interpreter, or anyone providing language services.

These are the language professionals who are able to adapt to the changes that affect us all in general, and the changes that affect how things work in the industry. Some of these changes are related to globalization, some are tech-based, others have to do with how we have come to expect a service to be delivered, in terms of time, cost, and quality, and very often without even having met the person or persons providing the service. Read more:

https://go.proz.com/blog/translators-plus-part-2-good-translators-and-interpreters-are-wearing-sunglasses

 
 
Upcoming powwows in March
3: Leipzig, Germany (7) http://proz.com/powwow/6544
3: Birmingham, UK (3) http://proz.com/powwow/6565
10: Cardiff, UK (6) http://proz.com/powwow/6577
17: Kharkiv, Ukraine (10) http://proz.com/powwow/6562
22: Edinburgh, UK (9) http://proz.com/powwow/6574
 
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