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Piktochart Infographic & Graphic Design Tool for Non-Designers [Scenttrail Review]

Piktochart Infographic & Graphic Design Tool for Non-Designers [Scenttrail Review] | Curation Revolution | Scoop.it

Piktochart is an easy infographic design app that requires very little effort to produce simple and high quality graphics. Create free infographics here.

Marty (@Scenttrail) Review
I used Piktochart yesterday to create an infographic to support my 5 Easy Email Marketing Tips (http://sco.lt/7T6pTF ). I am NOT a graphic designer, but I found Piktochart helped me think like one.

Creation of my first "infographic", and I put infographic in quotes not to offend any true infographic pro, took about two hours. Piktochart's User Interface is excellent, intuitive and drag and drop friendly.

At first I tried to do everything IN Piktochart. Then I noticed they have a robust import tool so I created a draft in the tool, took a screen shot, sized the screen shot up to their 600 x 400 and worked on it in photoshop.

Piktochart, if you are reading this, you may want to make an export tool that is as easy to use as your import tool. If I could export a block at a time it would be ideal. Even when I was finished and published I manipulated some spacing of the infographic by selecting and moving blocks in Photoshop.

The tool comes complete with icons like the bulls eye and pad. I couldn't understand how to color my fonts (their styling options seem to not come up the way they are supposed too) so I added the text color in Photoshop and important the resulting block overlaying what was there.

My process made the graphic HEAVY since I had 2 copies of everything, so it would be great to export, work on a block in Photoshop, import it back in and then overlay on a blank canvas. The only way I can see to do that now is start over.

Creating visual support for our blog posts is so important Piktochart is a great new tool for any content marketer / blogger. Interesting to note my infographic of 5 Easy Email Tips got 3x the views and shares of my written Scoop. We know the visual marketing revolution is upon us, so getting as good as someone like Mark Smiciklas (http://www.intersectionconsulting.com/ ).

Piktochart is a great and timely tool! Highly recommended. Marty

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malek's curator insight, February 21, 2014 6:47 PM

A guided tour into Piktochart by a no-designer. You can't help but like the story behind the infographic. 

Raj Nadar's comment, February 22, 2014 5:35 AM
I had built my visual online CV on this and I'm a no-tech no designer guy, was very easy to create still, thank you for sharing
malek's comment, February 22, 2014 3:07 PM
@Raj Nadar great utilization of piktochart
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E-commerce Broken & Branding Is BS...But - Curagami

E-commerce Broken & Branding Is BS...But - Curagami | Curation Revolution | Scoop.it

Sindhya Valloppillil's Revelation
E-commerce Is Broken & Branding Is Bullshit riffs Helix CEO Sindhya Valloppillil's in Business Insider. Sindha's ideas about why many merchants and investors don't understand e-commerce 3.0 are among the best we've read. 
 

What do you think e-commerce 3.0 will look and feel like? What are your favorite sites? 

http://www.curagami.com/e-commerce-broken-branding-is-bullshit-but/?v=7516fd43adaa

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Anne Truitt Minimalist Arist Video

Anne Truitt Minimalist Sculptor
Stumbled on Anne Truitt's great sculptures today. Was so blown away I creatd a quick (less than a minute) tribute video.  

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Is Red Bull The Top Content Marketing Company in the World? - Jeffbullas's Blog

Is Red Bull The Top Content Marketing Company in the World? - Jeffbullas's Blog | Curation Revolution | Scoop.it
The rise of content marketing means we must all become publishers. How do we do that well and what is the top content marketing company on the planet?
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We answered this question in the affirmative in a siilar post for @ janlgordon Curatti blog in 2014: http://curatti.com/red-bulls-branding-lesson-media-companies-now/ 

http://curatti.com/red-bulls-branding-lesson-media-companies-now/

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West Texas Blizzard - Save Lives With Social Media - Curagami

West Texas Blizzard - Save Lives With Social Media - Curagami | Curation Revolution | Scoop.it

Stuck In Mobile With Memphis Blues Again
I'm stuck in Van Horn West Texas thanks to the day after Christmas blizzard. Stuck also because the highways (I10 and I20) have been closed. This experience made are realize something important every brand manager and web team needs to know.  

How would you answer this question, "What 3 things are you doing to connect with customers in real time in 2016?" If "mobile" isn't part of at least 2 of your answers you aren't ready for 2016. TxDot, the Texas Department of Transportation, isn't ready for 2016 and this post shares why. 

Post also shares ideas on how to connect such as:

  • Assign A Social Media Master – Someone responsible for aggregating ALL social information about an event and sharing across platforms
  • Create Event Hashtags – Create hashtags such as #dec15i10i20 to FORM a community then aggregate from multiple sources using YOUR event hashtag
  • Live Video and Photo Feeds – Why can’t we SEE the problem and then the resolution? Seeing = believing and seeing the parking lot that I-10 became east of Van Horn would reduce the number of motorists driving toward the abyss.

 

Learn more about how your company, team and brand can win in an emergency by curating content and developing community in real time. 

 

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Mikko Hakala's comment, December 29, 2015 3:40 PM
Strong importance of mobile expected also from the technology side: https://agenda.weforum.org/2015/11/these-technologies-are-shaping-the-future
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5 Cool Content Marketing Tools & How We Use Them via @Curagami

5 Cool Content Marketing Tools & How We Use Them via @Curagami | Curation Revolution | Scoop.it

5 Cool Content Marketing Tools shares how we use Scoop.it, Haiku Deck, Paper.li, Gplus & Pinterest to create, test and improve Curagmai's content marketing. Tools discussed:


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@Scoop.itHaiku Deck
Paper.li
GPlus

Pinterest 


Learn why we love these 5 content marketing tools:


http://www.curagami.com/5-cool-content-marketing-tools/?v=7516fd43adaa

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