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• We are not a race. We are a mix of races and blood lines from many countries. There are Blacks, Whites and Mestizos, (mix of various generations between bloodlines of natives and Spaniards) So, there is no such thing as a Hispanic race.
• We all have various degrees of bilingualism. Some read, speak and write Spanish and English. Many do not. These different skills are also found within the same household. So, neutral bilingual materials and content make sense for key decisions where several members have a say.
Tacos or Mariachis do not necessarily appeal to all Hispanics. In fact, such association offends some.
• Millions come from families that were settled in the US hundreds of years ago.
• We tend to be very loyal to brands when these show they really care about our dollars.
• Many have passports and like to travel overseas.
• We spend a lot of our budget in food because we cook at home, so we value flavors, spices, homemade food and well equipped kitchens.
• We celebrate achievement in formal education. However, we need to do better at researching educational scholarships, grants and opportunities.
• Many of us are self employed. We come with a strong entrepreneurial background and spirit.
• We are younger consumers. We need housing, clothing, education, news, entertainment, etc.
• We need to do better at understanding the value of long term planning and getting some types of insurance.
• We need to do better at understanding philanthropy and the beauty of volunteerism.
• Many were abused by predatory loans. Trust in financial institutions was shattered and it needs to genuinely be rebuilt.
• Many live on tight budgets while they send money overseas to help their families in their native countries. There is not only pride and honor in doing it, but there is a need to do so. This translates into less opportunity to save here.
• There is a lack of understanding about the benefits of political participation and how the US legal system works.

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As 2011 is coming to an end, I have been reflecting on the amazing year we have had here at Galindo Publicidad. And it’s always satisfying to know that whatever is new and exciting for us means new possibilities in growing your business, too!

Some of the best news we’ve had this year is in our strategic partnerships. Through our alliance with Don Quijote, we offer you Immersion Language courses around the world.  Through New Energy Horizons Regional Center, we can provide a fast track path to immigration for those of you living overseas who want to move to and invest in an existing and approved business in the U.S.  

Programs like these don’t just assist with fast, legal immigration, they attract the foreign capital to the U.S., creating jobs and helping to grow the economy and stabilize business ventures. Do you have friends who would like to make a life in the U.S as permanent residents?  Your associates or friends may thank you for telling them about an opportunity to cut through the lengthy and time-consuming red tape of the standard US immigration process.  Let’s talk! Let’s take advantage of win/win EB-5 programs like these!

In 2011 we also brought you news about the fastest growing consumer group: the U.S. Hispanic market. We assisted you in translating your message and your materials to languages that expand your market to… well the possibilities are endless.

I have given thought to our new clients this year as well as you who have been with us for years, and we are so happy wand proud we have been able to help you. As the holiday lights go up and the festive spirit fills the air, I feel such goodwill for all the peoples of the world. There’s not much need to translate Happy Holidays and Happy New Year – the sentiment speaks for itself!

Our 2012 New Year’s Resolution for the coming year is to remain right on point with new developments in translation and the technology used to make them accessible to you. We will be here to help you make your products and services available to a wider-than-ever target niche, through one of the most powerful tools you can use to engage any audience: skillful translation.  It’s going to be a great year!

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We have some great announcements!

We care about our clients and always try to stay informed about what’s happening with your target audiences. I felt so honored to be among the 150 Hispanic leaders at The White House this September for a briefing on Hispanic Affairs. This was in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month. Among the topics covered were international trade, work, education, health, and immigration reform. I came away with some great ideas on how to better serve you!

Through the enormous power of partnership and alliance, successful communication can change our world. We believe there is, even in a tough economy, an emergence of global thinking and sharing. and we work hard to develop strong strategic partnerships. Partnerships that bid and fulfill projects all over the nation.  The need for translation just keeps growing and there will never be a better time than now to position your organization to a multilingual, global market. I’ll tell you more about some of these projects next time.

There is so much to tell you this time! Many of you have asked for this, and we did it for you—we now have Paypal on our website, making it easy and fast to get your projects going. http://www.translationsandmore.com/quote.html

 And we have added a QR code (those funny-looking black and white squares you’ve seen popping up lately) to our blog. It’s very cool—you can scan information about us and how we can serve you—by saving it to your smart phone you can read it at your leisure!

We can help you get started with your translation needs so you can compete in an ever-growing multilingual world. Call us, click to us, or leave us a message and see how translating your materials can be one of the smartest decisions you could ever make.

PS—Come to the Galindo Publicidad quote page to get an estimate for your project. Oh, and in case you have not downloaded it yet, there is a free app that scans QR codes; you can get it here: http://www.appbrain.com/app/barcode-scanner/com.google.zxing.client.android

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Hello Friends!

We now have a Facebook Page! Our page is named, of course, Galindo Publicidad Inc. Check it out and you can ‘like’ us, almost as much as we like you!

So here we are, in the 8th month of the fiscal year. Are you using your marketing and communications budgets to the best potential? It’s interesting (to me, anyway), Galindo Publicidad is a translation-service company, and we have a marketing budget just like everyone else. Part of that budget is earmarked for getting our own message out!

We are experts in helping you maximize your growth potential through multi-cultural marketing.  In any language. As global services are becoming more the norm than the exception, marketing your product or services to consumers or businesses who speak languages other than English is critical.

Vice-president of the International Federation of Translators, Jiri Stejskal, tells a story about a “Please Do Not Disturb” sign that hung on the door of a hotel room where he stayed some years ago. The flip side of the sign read: Please Disturb. Oops! Not exactly what the hotelier had mind! A perfect example of how a translation company can eliminate confusion and embarrassment.  It was Mr. Stejskal’s first visit to China, and he remembered taking many photos of the “funny English” he found in Beijing and other cities.

Since then he has traveled to China several more times and has noticed the “funny English” decreasing. “The changes are really enormous,” he says, “Translation in China now has a much better standing in the world.”

Most of us  have traveled and seen plenty of “funny language” examples.

Let us help you position your company in a global way. Contact us (you can use our new Facebook page!) for advice and estimates on translation or narration services. These services are our Bread and Butter. Questions are handled quickly and personally and we take pride of our customized service.  Why not use every penny of this year’s budget! Get firm estimates and build translation services in to next year’s budget and you won’t be left out of some of the fastest growing consumer markets in the world.

Tapping into multilingual and global markets can be a very, very profitable thing.  Do not miss it.

Always the best,

Martha

PS—Our Facebook page has interesting snippets, links, and some great cartoons!

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More exciting news—we have just partnered up with one of the best Spanish language schools, don Quijote! This is a fabulous school that offers the very finest in-country Spanish courses, both in Spain and Latin America. In-country language courses immerse you in not just in the language, but the culture, too, giving you a true experience of the roots and heritage of the language you want to learn. And total immersion (you can decide how long) is also the fastest way to learn a new language.  It’s not like me to be ‘sales-pitchy,’ but really, sign up now, because the summer courses fill up the fastest.

Why Spanish? Well, let me ask you this, do you know what this sentence:   Nos interesa adquirir 100 piezas del modelo…. says? If you don’t, you may be losing business, because this customer just asked you for 100 pieces of your product! Spanish is spoken by nearly 500 million people, it is second only to English in international communication, and is the third most-spoken language in the world, after Mandarin Chinese and English. Moreover, since Hispanic consumers are the fastest-growing market segment in North America—see my previous Blog  “Is Hispanic Purchasing Power Showing You the Money?” for some stats—learning Spanish translates to good business thinking.

  • Spanish is an official language of the UN and its organizations.
  • Spanish is the mother tongue of approximately 388 million people in 21 countries.
  • Hispanic population in the USA has grown by 60% in just one decade and their buying power is expected to exceed $1.3 trillion by 2015 according to Hispanintelligence®.

If these aren’t reasons enough to learn or refresh your Spanish as soon as you can, think about this: some  may even want to translate Lady Gaga lyrics for practice. I write this as a joke, but there is something to be said for keeping up with what younger generations are interested in. After all, their purchasing power is no small thing, either!

We have been planning to affiliate with language schools for some time and we took the time to search out the schools we feel good about recommending to you. don Quijote measures up to our standards and I am pleased and excited to announce our affiliation. Spanish is just the beginning. Watch my blog for more languages as we continue to form key partnerships with educators in some of the most beautiful parts of the world.

So check out don Quijote (their site gives many more reasons, culturally and economically, to learn Spanish) and when you are ready, we will help you get going. Whether you go alone,  or with colleagues, classmates, family or friends, you’ll be saying “Let’s do this!” in Spanish very soon.

Yours in every language,

Martha

PS— Yes, don Quijote does offer online courses, as well.

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