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Google Developers’ 5 Tips on Building Apps for Emerging Markets

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Which Markets Google Is Targeting Next and Why This year’s Google I/O Developer Conference had many localization updates for building global apps in Android. (Click here for our full coverage of this year’s conference.) The key theme for localization for I/O 2017 is building for emerging app markets around the world. These are places that might be fairly underdeveloped in infrastructure and connectivity. Think places like India, Brazil, and Indonesia. So why’s Google focused on these markets? And why should you be interested as well? Because they’re also extremely high-growth markets where new users


GoDaddy’s EVP of Global Platform Development Shares 6 Global Growth Tactics

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When James Carroll was brought into GoDaddy in 2013 as EVP of Global Platform Development he was tasked with a singular mission: transform GoDaddy into a global business. At the time, GoDaddy was 16 years into building its brand as one of the top domain provider and web services companies in the United States. The Arizona-based company was starting to see interest outside of their home market and knew they needed to expand the business and grow their model. (Interested


[Slideshare] How to Win Asia Like Spotify

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Spotify seems to be everywhere in the news these days. A sky-rocketing valuation. Reported widening losses. Rumors of a delayed IPO. Through all the buzz and scrutiny, it’s undeniable that Spotify continues to grow at an exciting rate all around the world. In late 2016, we reported on the music streaming company’s steady international expansion. (Read more about their International Growth Strategies and Asia Expansion in our two-part series.) Since then, Spotify has continued to move fast and gain traction in both local markets and the


Autodesk’s 7 Tips on Improving Localization Collaboration

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Imagine this: you’re a software engineer and you’ve been tasked with leading your team through this process called localization to make sure your product can go global. Challenging, but nothing that you and your team can’t figure out, right? Here’s the catch: your team also needs to work with the new languages themselves, including collaboration with multiple translation vendors and their engineers to ensure localization happens smoothly. So now you’ll have to bridge both internal and external teams’ priorities for a smooth


9 Strategies from Cisco’s Continuous Localization Expert

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What does it take to introduce, then implement an entirely new localization strategy at the “number 1 IT company in the world”? This was the challenge that Cisco’s Internationalisation Architect and “Chief Localization Evangelist” Gary Lefman faced early 2015. He realized that nearly all of the development teams he worked with at Cisco had “gone agile”—they were all using the agile development methodology that is fast becoming the industry standard. So, faced with this daunting task, Gary got to work.


[New Data Report] The Proven ROI Benefits of App Localization

Download our statistical analysis to unlock a key piece of your localization strategy. Read Our Report Now The global app market is now worth $44.8 billion; this number is expected to double by 2020. With mobile-first and mobile-only markets emerging around the world, it has never been more tempting to launch your app on the international market.  With tools that save up to 50% cost and strategies that allow you to test a market for $20 USD, it’s never been easier to go global. Our


How to Grow a Business in 190 Markets: 4 Lessons from Airbnb

16 January 2017 Update: In 2015, we first published this case study on Airbnb’s global growth. Now, almost 2 years later, Airbnb is not slowing down anytime soon, with further expansions, acquisitions, and new products in 2016, including the much-hyped Airbnb Trips. With so much growth under its belt, we thought it’d be a good time to take another look at the tactics that first launched Airbnb to the world. We hope you enjoy the new Slideshare format and focus on


6 Game Localization Tips from BANDAI NAMCO

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BANDAI NAMCO’s Historical Global Growth It’s hard to hear that classic “waka waka” soundtrack and not immediately be taken back. PAC-MAN is the classic arcade game of the 1980s, and we’ve all found ourselves at some point running in fear from Blinky, Inky, Pinky, and Clyde. But PAC-MAN isn’t just famous because it’s great. Its founding company, Namco, used an inventive and highly successful localization strategy during a time when most other companies weren’t even thinking about the possibilities of


How Spotify Wins 6 Challenging Markets in Asia (Includes Japan Pre-Launch Case Study)

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Missed Part 1 of this series? Read 9 International Growth Strategies Spotify used to acquire more than 100 million users (link here.) “Everywhere in Asia” “We want to be everywhere in Asia,” said Sunita Kaur, Managing Director for Spotify Asia to Bloomberg earlier this year. 3 years since Spotify’s Asia expansion, while not yet “everywhere” in the region, the company’s in great shape. The music streaming service first launched in Asia in 2013, after 5 years and 25 million users worldwide in their global expansion.


9 International Growth Strategies from Spotify

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This article is Part 1 of our 2-part series on Spotify. Read Part 2 for a deep-dive on Spotify’s successful Asia expansion, including their pre-launch strategy for Japan.  2016 is Spotify’s year in the spotlight. Then again, since its meteoric rise in the last decade, Spotify has already spent many years on everyone’s radar. To date, Spotify has half a billion registered users, more than 100+ million active users, and 40 million paying subscribers worldwide—all streaming the 30 million songs on