Transcreation is my speciality: the jewel in my crown. It’s what makes me tick and it’s something that I can (and often do) spend hours talking about...
Some call it creative translation, others advertising or marketing translation, but there is a lot more to it than that: as its name suggests, it is a combination of translation and creation that seeks to recreate a text, making it attractive, appropriate and relevant to a specific target audience. The style and, as far as possible, the structure of the original are respected, but the idea is to reflect emotions and feelings naturally, as if the text had been crafted from scratch in the target language. It calls for great creativity and an exhaustive understanding of both cultures.
Transcreation tends to be used in marketing and advertising, fields in which it is crucial to reach the end client and spur them into action. Done well, transcreation generates trust, empathy, and emotion.
Still not quite clear on what it’s all about?
Let’s take one particular brand, a brand you probably know and one I’m proud to have worked with: LISTERINE.
This well-known mouthwash brand launched a campaign circa 2016 to encourage people to be bolder and more daring. Its core idea in English was Bring out the bold, which does not translate well into Spanish for a number of reasons. One of the issues, for example, is the word bold, which is normally an adjective but does not modify any name in this case…
In cases like this, you need to turn to transcreation to find a solution that conveys the same meaning, is appealing, and moves customers to action.
How was this recreated in Spanish in the end, you might ask?
Cómete el mundo [Eat up the world]
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