New York, US (PRWEB) April 25, 2013
A global landing page for the organization’s website is an easy way to welcome international users and help them find content tailored to their needs. Such a page, with links to translated or fully localized versions of the site, is therefore an effective method for increasing the number of visits your localized sites receive. A landing page that accommodates even a fraction of the 84 percent of Internet users outside the United States can also help to enhance the global brand.1
To serve any part of this large international audience, the landing page must be designed with localization best practices in mind. Engage the language service provider (LSP) to fully understand and implement the following best practices:
After the visitor has selected the appropriate version of the site, the functionality of the global landing page should still be accessible. For companies with localized sites, it has become common practice to put either a pop-up or pull-down menu in the right corner of the site header indicating the visitor’s current choice and containing the same options as the landing page. Having an icon, such as a map or globe, next to this menu serves as a universal visual cue of its purpose and eliminates the need to translate phrases like “Select location/language” into each of your target languages. After the visitor selects a version of your site, consider using a browser cookie to remember the visitor’s language and location choice for future visits.
Although the appearance and content of the global landing page should reflect the corporate image, following these guidelines when designing the page helps to ensure that the international customers are left with a positive impression of the organization.
1 Power to the Consumer: How Web Technology Is Influencing Behaviour, Euromonitor International: Strategy Briefing, February 2009.
2 Belicove, Mikal E. Graceful landing. Entrepreneur. November 2009.
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