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Multi-language listing for Amazon Germany

Amazon Germany now allows shoppers to select their preferred language for the website. Read further to find out how you might take advantage of it and increase your sales.

Yes, you’ve heard it right – users of Amazon marketplace in Germany now can make a choice of switching the whole website to English, Dutch, Polish or Turkish. I personally keep this global language setting set to English. English has been my main day-to-day language for the last 15 years. I make notes and my thoughts come in English. Also it is one of the 3 languages we use at home: I talk in English to my wife, she uses German with our son, while I communicate to him in Lithuanian.

Importance of multi-language product listings for Amazon DE

Recently I have noticed that depending on the buyer’s language preference Amazon DE displays product listing in selected language.

As an example let’s take a look at the following Bluetooth speaker from Anker – one of the Germany’s top seller: https://www.amazon.de/dp/B016MO90GW

Mouse-over the language selector (little globus icon) and pick another language. The headline of the product translates into a chosen language. English and German versions of this particular product have their own bullet points as well. The other 3 languages (PL, NL and TR) only change the headline and the rest is in German.

Here are screenshots of product listing when English, German and Dutch languages are selected as website preference:

At least 10% of population in Germany are foreigners

Germany’s population is 80 million. According to the recent stats there are more than 8 million foreigners in this country! That means every 10th person is non-German! That’s a huge number and we can assume that some of them (including me) are shopping on Amazon as well.

I personally shop on Amazon DE in English, so any product listing in English helps to make my decision faster. Therefore, my important suggestion to you – make sure your product on Amazon.DE has at least an English translation!

I know, you probably have never thought about it, but it might already make sense to start taking care about Turkish translation of your Amazon Germany products, as there are more than 1 million Turkish living in this country!

Getting translations for your listing

Depending on the budget, different Amazon sellers choose different approach when it comes to translations. Some hire cheap translators on freelancing websites like Upwork or Fiverr. Others go with more professional, eCommerce aware services. At the moment I can recommend 2 companies delivering Amazon listing translations for European marketplaces: InterCultural Elements and FBA Hero.

If you know more eCommerce translation services, let me know and I will be glad to consider sharing them with everybody.

About the Author Augustas Kligys

Augustas Kligys is the host and creator of two popular virtual summits for Amazon sellers. The first one is European Private Label Summit, which covers a lot of important topics for those willing to expand their Amazon FBA business to European Marketplaces: UK, Germany, France, Spain, Italy. And the second - Seller Optimization Summit - an event, where speakers share their Amazon business optimization secrets and mindset, which helps to elevate your business to the next level.

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7 comments
Luc says December 14, 2016

Thanks, that is an important tip. However, would you happen to know where the translations can be entered in the listing? I was not able to find any informations on that…

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    Augustas Kligys says December 14, 2016

    It was just my observation how recent Amazon DE works. I am now trying to find out how it works in the backend. I contacted Amazon directly, but they did not manage to answer my question yet. According to Grigori’s comment it seems he also did not get much help from Amazon representatives.

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Grigori says December 14, 2016

Actually, I did not find a way to use several translations for one marketplace. Amazon support could not help, either. They even advised against trying to do this.

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Christian says December 14, 2016

Where should we add the translation in seller central? There are no special fields for translations.

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    Augustas Kligys says December 15, 2016

    I am trying to find out how that works. Not sure yet… I just shared what I noticed on Amazon DE

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David says January 29, 2017

Hey Augustas,

Great article, thanks for it! But are there any update from Amazon regarding adding the translation to the listing?

Thanks
David

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    Augustas Kligys says January 30, 2017

    Unfortunately, neither Amazon seller central nor anyone else could answer me this question… But I am still asking different people regularly…

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