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Colour festival

Color and Culture: Similarities and Differences

February 23, 2015 at 2:14 pm

It probably isn’t news to you that different cultures make their own associations with different colors. Take purple, for instance. In Japan this color signifies wealth and power. In Ukraine and Egypt, it signifies faith, patience and trust, whereas in Thailand it’s a mourning color worn by widows. For theRead More

Chinese New Year

Happy Chinese New Year from TranslateMedia!

February 18, 2015 at 10:00 am

The Year of the Horse has official ended – ushering in the Year of the Goat according to Chinese astrology. In Chinese astrology, each year (starting from Chinese New Year) is associated with an animal sign, occurring in a twelve-year cycle. The different zodiac animals are: the Rat, Ox, Tiger,Read More

The Rise of the State-owned Enterprise

The Rise of the State-owned Enterprise

February 13, 2015 at 2:44 pm

The modern world is seeing a remarkable resurgence of a form of organization thought to have become extinct – the State-owned enterprise. State-owned enterprises (SOEs) are flourishing globally, led in many cases by huge public-private hybrids from major emerging markets such as the BRIC countries. Companies under state control areRead More


Drone Technology: a Tricky Take-off or the Future of Ecommerce?

February 9, 2015 at 3:08 pm

It seems right to be talking about drone technology in the year 2015: the year Back to the Future II is set. Although 2015 doesn’t look ready to deliver the hover-boards and flying cars the film promised this year would bring, flying robotic servants could make a satisfactory replacement. That’sRead More

Dollar bill y'all

In COD We Trust

February 6, 2015 at 10:59 am

Why consumer preference for cash on delivery is holding back global ecommerce. Although markets such as India and parts of the Middle East offer huge potential to ecommerce retailers, the preference of consumers to pay using cash on delivery (COD) is really holding back the growth of ecommerce in theseRead More


Iran: The New Frontier for Global Ecommerce?

February 3, 2015 at 11:48 am

Is Iran a star economy waiting to step into the spotlight? It’s been compared to the emerging markets of Turkey, Nigeria and Poland in terms of the size of its population, its daily trading volume and the total market cap of its stock market. Estimates of its GDP suggest itRead More

Internet law

New Internet Laws Causing Conflicts for International Operators

February 2, 2015 at 12:03 pm

Brazil has implemented new legislation that could be impossible for some US firms operating in Brazil to implement without violating their domestic laws. With the best intentions, the Brazilian government has created an un-navigable legal situation for international operators by insisting that its domestic legislation of the internet applies acrossRead More


Are Chinese Companies Set to Conquer the West?

January 30, 2015 at 7:59 am

Several notable Chinese companies look set to take their operations increasingly global in 2015. This raises some questions about how far China’s influence will now extend beyond its immediate region. It’s looking as if we are about to witness a period in which Chinese companies increasingly exert their influence inRead More


Challenging Hollywood’s Dominance – Rising Film Industries from Emerging Markets

January 29, 2015 at 2:12 pm

These days Hollywood is very much in third place when it comes to new movie releases. Nigeria’s film industry, christened ‘Nollywood’, produced during its 2008 peak over 2,500 movies in a single year. Nollywood and the wider African film industry has already eclipsed the US film powerhouse of Hollywood in termsRead More


The Disruptive Influence of the Internet on Religion

January 19, 2015 at 9:22 am

The Dalai Lama clocks up an impressive 10 million followers on Twitter: twice as many as the Pope. Religion has embraced internet technology in order to reach, engage and connect with its audience in new ways, bringing religion outside the confines or church or temple and into the pockets ofRead More