The 2013 GALA Conference is in Miami Beach in March – what a drag! What a place to hold a conference, what could the committee be thinking?
On top of all the other attractions, we’re giving you the opportunity to get a few things off your chest on the subject of transcreation:
- What does transcreation mean and does anybody care?
- What role, if any, does transcreation play in global marketing?
- Who buys it when, where and why?
Over the course of the conference we will be filming interviews in and around the event. We are looking for candidates with a combination of experience and strong opinions on the subject, either for or against, to come forward now so that we can arrange the interviews. We want a good mix of client-side and vendors, to get a well-rounded view.
If you’re not keen on doing a formal interview, don’t worry, we will also be carrying out some informal, vox pop interviews around the various congregation points to collect a wider and hopefully less reverent set of opinions, experiences and advice from you, the GALA members.
Why not get your voice heard and, what’s more, recorded for posterity at GALA Miami Beach. Contact me now through the comments section below, via LinkedIn or the GALA community and I will arrange an interview and brief you on what to expect.
Don Johnson, Bad Boys, eat your heart out. The GALA posse is about to hit town.
In the dying days of 2012 I came across a post, maybe a post-ironic one at that, which appeared to make fun of and put down the latest in a series of Turkish Airlines TV ads, albeit in a slightly tongue-in-cheek way.
In the commentary, by a certain Barbara Lippert, there was a whiff not only of ‘what do these Turkish Airlines people know about TV advertising’, but also a hint of ‘boys and their toys, how 1980s?’. My words, not Barbara’s.
A link was kindly provided to the Turkish Airlines ad video, which had been posted on YouTube by the airline. And why not?
Take a look and form your own opinion.
As even the most casually involved in global marketing grasps, every culture has its own set of mores which must be taken into consideration. Indeed, none more so than the US itself, where many would gasp at the sight of a nipple (female) on primetime TV, despite the fact that the US remains the world market leader in porn production and distribution.
It’s always going to be incumbent on the advertiser to consider the tastes and standards of the intended audience if there is to be any hope that communications objectives are met. This particular ad ran in the UK over the ‘Christmas break’ (yep, we still call it Christmas) and to most viewers, it can be said to fit the family-centric flavour of broadcasting over this period.
Maybe because the UK has a history of ironic advertising, few viewers will really believe that:
a) this is taking place on a real aeroplane or
b) it is normal to kick a football (soccer ball) or throw a basketball around mid-flight or
c) that the kid would be in first class while these global stars are left in cramped economy (coach, for any American readers).
In others words, surely this was a bit of fun intended to appeal to the whole family at a traditional time of goodwill and to portray Turkish Airlines as a modern, safe, westernized airline.
It’s hard to imagine the marketing folks back at Turkish Airlines HQ in Istanbul not being aware that negative stereotypes might easily be applied to anything with Turkish in the name. Hence they’re trying very hard in their branding activity to avoid or counter this.
While only a low percentage of Americans will have had the opportunity to sample the experience of flying with Turkish Airlines, my own experience of frequently flying the London/Istanbul route has always been positive: modern planes, crew, in-flight service and airport (at the Istanbul end anyway). Diplomacy forbids me to mention the late flights, old fleets and grumpy cabin crew that many a regular, US domestic flyer will be familiar with. The latter complaint may equally be levelled at BA in recent years.
The overall verdict on the video as a piece of TV advertising?
For what it’s worth, I found it well-produced and felt that it should resonate with a wide global audience. It retains the necessary Turkish flavour while avoiding cliches and stereotypes. Without doubt this was an upbeat ad with a feel-good finish.
For my money certainly, it is not as cheesy as the over-produced BA ads or as intentionally salacious and subversive as the Virgin Atlantic ads. I think they know their niche and are sticking to it. There might still be some work to do though to convince a specific US demographic that they are really gender neutral enough. If indeed that is their aim.
Beach basketball on the Bosphorus anyone?
Christmas has very much been globalized or maybe even become a global franchise. With Santa, reindeer and snow now common icons in China India and the Middle East. While the only ‘god’ being worshiped here is commerce, it is slightly weird that this is all being threatened by the Mayan prophecies – or gods?
I mean c’mon Coca-cola, Sony, Apple, Samsung let’s park the end of the world until mid-January, when we are all depressed anyway (those of us in the Northern hemisphere that is).
According to the Sunday Times (London) the whole world is in a frenzy about the end of the World on Friday 21 December 2012 – except the UK. The Russians, the Chinese and of course the Americans are all getting in the act. More than 30,000 tourists are expected at the Chichen Itza temple complex in the Yucatan. Hopefully 99% of the tourists will be there to witness the feathered serpent god Kukukan creep down the 91 steps as the sun rises at the equinox – well his shadow anyway.
It is hard to imagine that if the world is going to end you would pay good money to book a place at the apocalyptic ground zero. Indeed some are doing the opposite and flocking to high ground in Arizona others to Bugarach high in the French Pyrenees. Is this so that they are easily rescued by passing aliens or to keep above the resulting end of the world tsunami?
As I write this #mayans is trending on Twitter - though no one seems to be taking it seriously. I have seen several reports that Russians have been panic buying matches, sugar, paraffin, water, candles and vodka. But that just sounds like the norm in Russia for the build to the long holiday which will start the weekend before New Years Eve and continue through the Orthodox Christmas a week later.
The BBC reports, ”In China, police have arrested almost 1,000 members of a Christian group which has predicted that Friday will usher in three days of darkness. The group, called Almighty God, apparently urged its members to overthrow communism (the Big Red Dragon).”
Oops, probably not the best way to prepare for the end of the world. However, in a step guaranteed to achieve the opposite, it was also reported that, “To calm anxieties, police in Beijing have posted an online notice telling people that the so-called end of the world is a rumour“.
Well, that’s another rumour squashed then, have they checked Weibo recently?
With Australia one of the first countries to see the sun rise on what is supposed to be the end of days, Tourism Australia’s Facebook page was bombarded with posts asking if anyone survived Down Under. If the world was ending even a bunch as sanguine as the Aussie’s are unlikely to post one last message as they disintegrate into oblivion – break open the last few tinnies maybe!
Now all we have to worry about is that Asteroid due to miss us by 17,000 miles in February – I hope NASA got their calculations right 17,000 is pretty close . But then again it takes your mind of the Fiscal Cliff, or the PIGS meltdown, or North Korean ballistic missiles etc.
I leave you with the best comment I have seen so far which encapsulates the British attitude to all this, it is from a guy who reported that his nine year old son said:
“Did you know that the world’s gonna end Dad? That’s why I’ve opened all the doors on my advent calender and eaten all the chocolates!”
Felice Navidad, Joyeux Noël, Buon Natale, Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from all of us here at Wordbank.
Well, I am kind of left speechless by this one. You need to watch the German TV ad first, then read my piece – hopefully it’s self-explanatory.
[Unfortunately for those of us with a sense of humour the video has been removed so you can no longer watch. Sadly I have not been able to find a version from another source. However I am sure that the campaign will live on in legend.]
As mentioned in last week’s post, the Applied Language Solutions Court fiasco continues to run. Fired up and angry interpreters across the UK are now finding their voice and fighting back. In a topic centred around justice, it appears that the interpreters’ anger is justified.
However, dispelling in any way the thought that the interpreters might just be a bunch of insignificant whingers, they have come up with a biting and incisive parody based on no less a figure than a certain A. Hitler, as featured in the acclaimed film Downfall.
Hijacking the classic scene where Hitler launches a humiliating tirade against the perceived ineptitude of his Generals and advisers, the parody succeeds in capturing and highlighting the key facts of the ‘case’. The humour is infectious and deadly, and appears to have a huge insight and detailed knowledge of the goings on.
As mentioned in last week’s post the Applied Language Solutions Court fiasco continues to run. Fired up and angry interpreters across the UK are now finding their voice and fighting back. In a topic centred around Justice, it appears that the interpreters’ anger is justified.
However, dispelling in any way the thought that the interpreters might just be a bunch of insignificant whingers, they have come up with a biting and incisive parody based on no less a figure than a certain A. Hitler as featured in the acclaimed film Downfall.
Hijacking the classic scene when Hitler launches a humiliating tirade against the perceived ineptitude of his Generals and advisers, the parody succeeds in capturing and highlighting the key facts of the ‘case’. The humor is infectious and deadly and appears to have a huge insight and detailed
knowledge of the goings on.
It’s not often that the Translation and Localization industry gets lots of media coverage. However, when events contrive to combine the words ”Court”, “Lithuanian”, “Google Translate” and a £300m ($480m) Government contract, even Joe Public’s curiosity can be stirred.
Unfortunately, in this case, the furore is largely negative and involves not only interpreters not turning up in court to aid court proceedings, but also revolt in the freelance interpreter community amid accusations of interpreter fee and expense slashing.
The latest comment by the UK Ministry of Justice in the Sunday Times on 4 March does not bode well for the contractor, ALS: “There have been an unacceptable number of problems in the first weeks of the contract and we have asked the contractor to take urgent steps to improve performance.”