Monday, March 22nd, 2021

The Zoom Art of Herding Cats

As we adapt to lockdown, we have all needed to find new ways to work. Our continuing need to conduct focus group discussions has caused a shift to holding group interviews via Zoom, Teams, Skype, etc. This has brought new challenges to moderators, whose jobs can be tricky even with face-to-face group discussions. As a 

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Wednesday, December 9th, 2020

How To Get More Out Of Your Translation Pieces

Find out what clients can do with their source material, along with what translators can do, in order to maximise language translation success.

Thursday, April 2nd, 2020

26 top tips to successfully work from home

Many of us are now facing the prospect of working from home for the foreseeable future whilst we wait for the coronavirus pandemic to blow over. This may be something you have never had to do before which can be worrying to some. You could be asking yourself several questions, such as how will I 

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Thursday, April 2nd, 2020

What are closed captions and why are they important… more so now than ever!

Closed captions can pack a lot of benefits for all viewers, not just those who have difficulty hearing. In fact, according to a study by Ofcom, more than 80% of people who watch videos with closed captions turned on do not actually require them. The rapid expansion of smartphone and tablet use has led more 

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Monday, December 23rd, 2019


Looking backwards… This has been a year of great change for McGowan Transcriptions. We started the year getting accustomed to our new heightened information security measures. Switching the entire team to Office 365 seemed quite daunting at first but over a short number of weeks, we succeeded. Everyone is now happily working in our secure 

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Friday, August 30th, 2019

Why is Strict Verbatim Transcription so Important?

Often called ‘true verbatim’, ‘full verbatim’ or ‘strict verbatim’, a verbatim transcript is one that transfers the spoken word, exactly how it is heard into text; word-for-word and letter-for-letter. A verbatim transcript includes every word, utterance and sound that is recorded; including pauses, laughter, coughs and any filler words such as “um”, “uh”, “like” and “you know”.

In contrast, intelligent verbatim or ‘non verbatim’ focuses on capturing the meaning of what is being said rather than how it is said. Intelligent verbatim transcripts will omit or adjust non-verbal sounds such as throat clearing and stuttering, as well as filler words, repeated words and any other irrelevant material.     

Here at McGowan Transcriptions, our team of highly-skilled transcriptionists have been providing true verbatim, as well as non verbatim transcripts for over 25 years; we understand the importance of delivering the appropriate transcript, and how insufficiently transcribed files can have a negative impact on your objectives. 

Tuesday, August 27th, 2019

Transcriptionist’s Tips: Top Tips for Recording Better Audio Files

We’ve received our fair share of poor quality audio files over the years, and although we always do our best to ensure our work is completed to the highest standard, poor audio is a huge barrier to creating the superior quality audio transcriptions we produce here at McGowan Transcriptions. 

A good quality audio file should be clear, with limited background noise and consistent volume throughout. To help you, (and us!), we’ve put together a list of our 5 top tips for recording better audio files.

Wednesday, June 12th, 2019

Who Needs Transcription Services?

The role of a transcription service is to provide clients with a text format version of documents transcribed from audio and/or video files.

Here at McGowan, we have been in the business for over 20 years; we’ve seen how the demand for our services has grown, as well as the ever-varying industries which our clients work in.

Advances in technology and the explosion of the World Wide Web have seen the industry evolve into what it is today – enabling us to work with more clients, across more industries!

Wednesday, June 12th, 2019

6 reasons why it’s best to buy British transcription services

There are many advantages to hiring a UK-based transcription company to handle your audio transcriptions. First of all, if you choose the right agency, you can be sure that English is the mother tongue of its transcribers and the work is not outsourced to third parties abroad. Hiring a local transcriptionist also ensures that the project is completed promptly and securely. Here are some tips on choosing the best transcription services in the UK:

Monday, June 3rd, 2019

Download our FREE Ebook

We encounter a variety of recordings in the course of our day – some are audio files, some are videos, some are recorded indoors, some outside or in large public spaces. We have interviews that are recorded as one-to-one, face-to-face conversations and also tele-depths where researchers converse with respondents located in remote parts of the world. We receive recordings of large meetings where everyone talks at once and presentations and webinars with Q&A sessions. The subject matter or our transcriptions is wide-ranging, from market research to private memoirs and we also delve into the worlds of medicine and law.