Professional infographic designers rely primarily on a core vector graphics software program to create their infographics designs. The main advantage is that all the icons, charts, images, illustrations, and data visualizations are treated as separate objects that can be easily moved, resized, overlapped, and rotated.
When Jay-Z released “D.O.A. (Death of Auto-Tune)” back in 2009, he took it upon himself to “draw [a] line in the sand.” He pointed out that auto-tune had become a victim of its own success, with everyone jumping on the bandwagon and many artists using it as a crutch or a gimmick rather than a way of taking music to new and innovative directions.
It was a polarizing yet seminal moment in Hip-Hop culture.
The Problem With Infographics
The marketing industry is having a similar moment with infographics. Over the last few years, infographics have become one of the most popular ways to build inbound links.
Publications are so saturated with infographics that there is an entire industry devoted just to highlighting and critiquing infographics published elsewhere. It’s safe to say the novelty of infographics has worn off, but the oft-mentioned quality control and saturation issues aren’t the only reasons for it.
Infographics aren’t dead, but it is time for marketers to draw a line in the sand and reclaim the medium. It starts by understanding the problem with infographics and then addressing the issues one by one.
10 Reasons Visual Content will Dominate 2014 What marketing strategies will we focus on in 2014? What will we leave behind? This article takes a look at the rise of visual content - and why 2014 will dominate in 2014:
1. 90% of information transmitted to the brain is visual. Visuals are processed 60,000X faster in the brain than text.
2. Videos on landing pages increase average page conversion rates by 86%.
3. Visual content is social-media-ready and social-media-friendly. It’s easily sharable and easily palatable.
4. Businesses who market with infographics grow in traffic an average of 12% more than those who don’t.
5. Posts with visuals receive 94% more page visits and engagement than those without.
6. 60% of consumers are more likely to click on a business whose images appear in search results.
7. Clear, detailed images carry more weight than product information or customer ratings say 67% of consumers.
8. Visuals show your products without telling people about them. This allows viewers to make their own decisions without feeling pressure from your business.
9. Visuals express ideas quickly - in a snapshot. This breaks through the overwhelming clutter of online content.
10. Visuals are becoming easier and easier to create as photo editing tools become more accessible
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Created by the team behind Graphic Design Degree Hub, this self-referential infographic shows us how to create a great one.
According to this chart, it’s all about having reliable and compelling information, giving an issue a new perspective, and a main purpose—a task which is pretty challenging in itself.
Informative in nature, this infographic also pokes fun at charts with unreliable statistics—such as how 85% of Iceland’s population which agrees that making up figures is bad.
See the rest of the infographic at the article or view it in its entirety here.
Whether you own a large online business or a small booming startup, we’re sure you are actively using social media to give your brand the right dose of exposure and get the message across to your targeted audience.
This is a great list of useful cheatsheets for people who want to benefit more from social media marketing.
These 35 cheatsheets cover tips for Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Pinterest, so you can better understand how to market via social media and how to design pages and content for optimum exposure.
Belgian studio Coming Soon is all about making it big. Their Hand Lettering creations filled a giant chalkboard with letters in a variety of fonts and styles. And with Infographics XXXL, they’ve taken actual graphs and blown them up to a huge size for a client that specializes in the research of nanobodies.
The result is that, instead of casually glancing at the same old pie chart or bar graph, shareholders have something to keep their gaze on the numbers, like a blurry scientist walking by human-size bars or holding up a literal piece of the pie.
See a selection of Coming Soon’s giant infographics at the article link.
Have you ever tried to make quick sense of your website's Google Analytics report? Google Analytics is a great tool that provides a wealth of information about your website's traffic and engagement, but the dashboard style display of key metrics can be a little much to take in and meaningfully process. Yet more than 10 million people rely on this free tool to keep track of their daily web performance.
So the fine folks over at Visually created a Visually Google Analytics Report which can be automatically delivered to your inbox each week. The report transforms critical data about your website including the number of weekly page views, social engagement, SEO, and bounce rate into an easily accessible infographic.
Love it, great to send to a client.
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Is Big Data still a big mystery to you?
In recent years, the volume of information coming into companies has exploded, so that many IT organizations are dealing with extremely large sets of data.
IT leaders are rethinking many aspects of how they manage and deliver information, from investments in infrastructure and analytics tools to new policies for organizing and accessing data so they can deliver more of it, faster. They are concerned that if they don't have the right tools and architectures to deal with all that information, then big data can be a big problem. Check out these infographics on Big Data to see the impact...
Business-to-business social media marketing has always been a harder nut to crack than its business to consumer counterpart. A new study suggests that a refusal to embrace new social channels might be one reason why.
While more B2B marketers are using social media sites than ever before, Facebook (83 percent), Twitter (80 percent) and LinkedIn (80 percent) are far and away the platforms of choice for the majority of brands, with YouTube (61 percent) and Google+ (39 percent) rounding out the top five.
Pinterest is used by just one in four B2B marketers (26 percent), and Instagram less than one in ten (7 percent).
The Internet offers so many more possibilities for small businesses than ever before. The online marketing opportunities are limitless, and it can be done with the social networks that you use everyday.
So, 'Why Build Your Brand Online?' The answer is simple, because that’s where everyone is. People are going to look for information about your business all hours of the day, everyday. Give your customers the opportunity to see your brand and message at all times. Let them develop a loyalty to your business via the Internet, and the increased opportunities for revenue rewards will likely soon follow.
By developing your brand online, you are able to use a vast array of measurement tools to get to know your audience. You can see what messages, and which types of media get the most responses from your customers, as well as, what times of the day get the most activity from your Facebook Fans and hits on your website. From these measurements, not only can you better brand your message based on your customers, but you can give them the voice to support your business to others. Tailoring your message to your customers is vital to building your online brand.
Learn more about online branding and more tips for business development through social media at the article link...
Want to create an attractive infographic but don’t have the budget to hire a professional designer?
Then you should try using an infographic-creation tool.
If your small business is looking for an eye-catching and easy to comprehend way to teach, inform, and inspire others about its products and services, infographics might be a good solution. Infographics can be more effective and memorable than other ways to present data, making them particularly effective for online audiences.
To create an infographic, you should make a list of possible ideas that you want to get across, create the initial draft or skeleton, color scheme it, and research your content from authoritative sites. Then it’s time to select your design platform.
Read about three online tools that can help you create stunning infographics...
Let’s be honest, we don’t like to read big pieces of text. Text-heavy graphs are rather difficult for understanding, especially when dealing with numbers and statistics. That is why illustrations and flowcharts are often used for such kind of information.
An infographic, or a visual representation of study or data, like anything else, can be done right or wrong. How to create a successful infographic? A good idea and a good design.
Stop by the link for more on what defines an infographic, what contributes to its popularity, as well as the various types of infographics and references for tutorials and best practices.
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The social media landscape is anything but constant — it seems like the ecosystem is changing daily...
This infographic shows what the social media landscape looks like right now. Unlike the famously viral LUMAscape depiction that crowds every single social media company into one infographic, this is a simpler visual of how things work "from customer service and R&D to HR and marketing."
The key question that brands have when planning and then analyzing social media campaigns is how to measure the impact that every dollar spent on paid social media has on the value their owned and earned social media.
An additional infographic analyzes the interaction of these three forms of social media, explaining:
"The high level analysis for media effectiveness takes all of earned and owned divided by paid. Earned is all the impressions generated divided by average CPM, owned includes all channels, and paid is the overall media spend. The higher the ratio, the more earned amplification is generated from paid."