Hot Banana’s Multilingual WCM Expands into International Markets: Channel Partners Signed in Dominican Republic, The Netherlands and Kuwait

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Hot Banana’s Multilingual Web Content Management Suite (WCM)expands into international markets - Channel Partners signed in Dominican Republic, The Netherlands and Kuwait. Hot Banana now powers more than 14 different language Web sites, including Chinese, Arabic and Estonian, delivering localized content to global audiences.

Hot Banana Software, a leading provider of Web Content Management (WCM) and Active Marketing™ solutions, announced today that momentum is building for the search engine friendly, Multilingual functionality of its Hot Banana Active Marketing Web Content Management Suite™ which has resulted in the signing of three International Channel Partner agreements. The latest Hot Banana Channel Partners are; Neshami Company of Kuwait; Zmart of Delft, Holland; and Information Providers, of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

"This is great news for us,” says Krista Lariviere, President and CEO, Hot Banana Software Inc. “Our objective is to aggressively increase international revenues. These three agreements give Hot Banana the ability to scale worldwide using Channel Partners instead of having to create our own international direct sales network. It took us years to develop our Hot Banana Multilingual WCM solution and now its powerful capabilities and ease-of-use are becoming widely known and getting the attention it deserves. Hot Banana enables the rapid development and deployment of multiple localized versions of a Web site that are search engine friendly in any language, based on a common look-and-feel. "

“The Hot Banana Active Marketing Web Content Management Suite’s Multilingual capabilities and its ease-of-use is exactly what our clients are looking for,” says Abdulaziz A. Khajah, General Manager, Kuwait Neshami Company. “The localization of the Web site for our Kuwaiti and Middle Eastern market, while reusing common template and graphical elements and the process of replicating Web site content into Arabic is greatly simplified by using Hot Banana.”

Hot Banana’s Multilingual Capabilities

Hot Banana is fully Unicode compliant to enable its Web Content Management Suite to store, retrieve and deliver multiple languages through a single Web site, and can therefore support content in any language including multi-byte languages, such as Chinese, Arabic and all the Eastern European languages. To-date Hot Banana powered Web sites have been translated into:

English

Arabic

Chinese

French

Spanish

Dutch

Italian

German

Italian

Estonian

Polish

Portuguese

Vietnamese

Farsi

“Hot Banana is fast becoming one of the most experienced search engine friendly Multilingual Web Content Management software providers in the world,” says Krista Lariviere. “Publishing Web sites in several languages at once has always been a challenge, and traditionally not been something Content Management Systems have been very good at. The Multilingual Web Content Management market is still immature, and solid multilingual WCM solutions are few and far between. Hot Banana now addresses this market and offers additional built-in Multilingual Active Marketing capabilities such as email, enewsletters, press release distribution and Web analytics.”

Hot Banana's flagship product, the Hot Banana Active Marketing Web Content Management Suite, solves these problems in a scalable, transparent and manageable way. Hot Banana can easily maintain several different translations of the same Web pages right out-of-the box, making Multilingual Web sites, Intranets, Extranets and Micro Marketing sites much easier to create and more affordable. The Hot Banana WCM public-facing Web site, front-end supports all languages and character sets and the Hot Banana software administration console functions are currently available in English, French and Chinese.

Hot Banana includes translation workflow processes allowing changes to content to trigger appropriate notifications to the assigned translators of the other language versions of that page, greatly simplifying and speeding up the translation and localization process.

Hot Banana Multilingual Capabilities Include:

  • Multilingual Site Manager
  • For the creation of mirrored Multilingual Web sites with translation handled via a workflow process
  • Hands-on management of all aspects of a Multilingual Web site features including; search engine optimization; language-specific metadata; content; internal search and navigation elements
  • Content localization for Global Web sites
  • A toggle between different languages on a page-by-page basis
  • Unicode fully supported - unlimited languages and countries
  • Right-to-left, left-to-right content flowing
  • Easy-to-use WYSIWYG editor
  • Translation workflow (user-defined)

About Hot Banana Software, Inc.

Founded in 1999, Hot Banana powers Internet, Intranet, Extranet and Micro Marketing Web sites for more than 200 companies worldwide in more than 14 languages. Designed for non-technical users, Hot Banana is an easy-to-use, full-fledged Web Content Management Suite designed to easily manage a Web site's content creation and publishing process.

The Hot Banana Active Marketing Web Content Management Suite™ consists of the end-to-end integration of Web Content Management and Active Marketing™, including WebTrends and ExactTarget. This makes Hot Banana an ideal optimized eMarketing platform for corporate communications, branding, lead generation & conversion campaigns, customer self-help & retention programs. Hot Banana is available directly, or from 14 Channel Partners Worldwide, either On-Demand, or Licensed. Clients include: InsureMe, Algoma Steel, Bell Industries, Parents Action for Children, Ansell Healthcare Europe, World Vision, Beaver Machine, Los Alamos School Board (New Mexico), Law Society of Upper Canada, Expertech, and The County of Simcoe. Hot Banana Software Inc. is profitable and privately held. For more information, visit http://www.HotBanana.com, or call 866-296-1803.

About Zmart BV, Delft, Netherlands

http://www.zmart.nl

Zmart Online Marketing and Sales BV is a Busines-to-Busines Online Marketing firm dedicated to the development and implementation of Internet solutions, such as search-engine friendly websites, search engine optimization (SEO) and search engine marketing (SEM). Zmart provides search engine consultancy to a world-wide network of professional Internet Consultants. Zmart supports them in the analysis of their client's marketing needs and challenges. Our services include semantic research, PPC campaign set-up and management, website optimization etc. Zmart also participates in actual (e)commerce ventures, contributing its knowledge about (on-line) sales and will even represent the partner in Europe.

Zmart BV levert Internet oplossingen, zoals 'goed vindbare' websites voorzien van alle mogelijke functionaliteit, zoekmachine optimalisatie services, advies over en implementatie van betaalde Internet advertentie programma's. Zmart werkt nauw samen met een internationaal netwerk van professionele Internet Consultants.

About Information Providers, S.A., Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

http://ip.com.do

Information Providers offers products and services that simplify the promotion, management and growth of corporations by using Internet Technologies and mature methodologies. IP´s award wining team includes design experts, software engineers and project managers trained to satisfy the needs of the modern enterprise. Our services include CMS implementation, SEO Optimization and Web development. IP clients include Dale Carnegie Training, Verizon, The European Union, Occidental Hotels Allegro Resorts, Xerox, Pizzarelli and Miss Universe Dominican Republic.

Information Providers ofrece productos y servicios orientados a simplificar la promoción, gestión y el crecimiento de sus clientes mediante el uso de tecnologías de Internet. Cuenta con profesionales altamente capacitados de la informática y el diseño para satisfacer las necesidades de la empresa moderna. Nuestro equipo de técnicos premiados esta listo para atender a trabajos de implementación de CMS, diseño y desarrollo Web y mercadeo en Internet. Entre nuestros clientes se encuentran Dale Carnegie Training, Verizon, La Unión Europea, Occidental Hotels, Xerox, Pizzarelli y Miss Universo República Dominicana.

About Kuwait Neshami Company, Kuwait

http://www.neshami.com

Neshami offers a wide range of IT solutions to local clients, including consultancy, web development, application development, and e-business solutions. Established in 2004, Neshami is run by a management team of engineers and has alliances with several local and international technology and business partners.

In the brief time since its inception, Neshami has partnered with some of the leading institutions in Kuwait, and across several sectors that include: media & publishing, investment and financial services, internet classifieds, sports clubs, and airlines. Neshami is the first company to be recognized by KNET, Kuwait's shared Electronic Banking Services Company, for its continued excellence in integrating online payment gateway to its clients. Neshami's collection of clients includes Jazeera Airways, Alwatan Newspaper, A'ayan Leasing & Investment Co., Kuwait Sports Club and Kuwait Society of Engineers.

Hot Banana, Active Marketing and Active Marketing Web Content Management Suite are trademarks or registered trademarks of Hot Banana Software Inc. All other trademarks mentioned are the property of their respective owners.

Contact:

David Terry,

VP Sales and Marketing,

Hot Banana Software Inc.

705-792-3880 ext. 222,

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