Increase Branding and Traffic With Infographics

While there is no denying that words are an exceedingly powerful tool in creating a brand or driving relevant traffic to your site, they are but a piece in the overall marketing equation. Why does your brain crave infographics? As humans, we are very visual creatures. And in today’s society of online A.D.D., marketers need to be clever and savvy in how they grab the attention of potential customers.

While the digital form of infographics is relatively recent, explaining an idea in image form is nothing new. Infographics are the smart new digital way of communicating ideas, data and knowledge.

Did you know the world’s information is currently doubling every two years? It’s no wonder people experience information overload.

The use of visualized information has increased drastically.

– 9900% on the internet (since 2007)
– 142% in newspapers (between 1985 & 1994)

From 2010 to 2012, infographic search volumes have increased over 800%.

In 2013, Pulitzer-prize winning journalist, Gareth Cook, was brought in to edit the first volume of The Best American Infographics.

So, why do infographics work?

1. We live in the information age: In one day, we create 1.5 billion pieces of content, 140 million tweets and 2 million videos. But we have less and less time and attention spans to read and take in as much content as we want. Most people decide to stay or leave a site in just 2-4 seconds. With infographics, it’s much more likely your content will be remembered.

2. We are Visual: An infographic collects data, organizes it, and turns this information into an easy to understand visual. A well-researched and designed infographic empowers readers by breaking down complex ideas into visual groupings. Stunning images or well-designed charts simply make a bigger impression.

3. Demonstrate & Convince: Want to learn how to do the Moon Walk? You could read about it, but it would be a lot easier to view an infographic with step-by-step pictures. An infographic also can easily tell a story, behind the statistics of just about anything you can think of. They make it easy to understand even complex concepts.

4. Brand Awareness: Infographics have company logos embedded for instant brand awareness. And built on the same principles of content marketing components, it should tell a good brand story.

5. Earn Links: Because of the visual appeal, infographics are easily shareable on all social profiles. They allow sites in niche industries with minimal natural linkage to earn links from other markets. Infographics can provide global coverage, at a much smaller cost, than print media ever could.

6. Become an Authority: The research required for an infographic will help you become the expert in the topic or industry.

7. Measurable Results: Infographics are meant to go viral. Good infographics equal enhanced search visibility and increased SEO. Infographics offer quick measurable results from social shares, backlinks and traffic.

Some fantastic examples:

1. 50 Years of Space Exploration: Massive infographic that displays the last 50 years of space exploration. Designed by Sean McNaughton and Samuel Velasco for National Geographic.

2. Grand Mosque: This is an infographic press release from the Gulf News (Dubai)

3. The Slowest Loading Website in the Fortune 500: This details the load times of all Fortune 500 companies.

4. The Big Questions of Climate Change: This detailed and data rich infographic by Adolfo Arranz shows the true impact of climate change.

Information has to be digestible for it to go viral. Generate a unique connection with visitors with creatively designed, animated and educational infographics. After all, a picture is worth a thousand words.

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Learn Why Your Business Should Utilize Infographics

Infographics have become and remained so popular that there are critics who have said that this medium would fizzle out. But while Google did take action against unsavvy SEO providers that abused infographics to help build links, quality infographics that deliver on what they promise continue to be extremely popular on social media.

If you’re thinking utilizing infographics to market your own business, it’s worth taking a deeper look at both the benefits and potential downsides of this form of marketing, as well as what it takes to create great infographics:

The Pros and Cons of Creating Infographics

The biggest benefit of infographics is that they can take statistics that might be considered boring and deliver them in a package that makes them interesting. Another major benefit is because most social media users like infographics, the likelihood of this content being shared many times is significantly higher than a standard blog post that only contains text.

The main downside to creating an infographic is it’s nearly impossible to predict whether one will go viral or just be a moderate success. The reason that may be considered a downside is it generally takes the same amount of time to create a moderately successful infographic as it does to create one that ends up being a smash hit. The best way to combat this issue is to commit to consistently publishing 1 or 2 infographics every single month.

The Process of Creating an Infographic

There are a few different ways that infographics can be created. Regardless of how the design is handled, the process usually begins with an idea and then a lot of research. Once all the necessary information has been gathered, the design process can begin. If the person creating an infographic isn’t a designer, they’re likely to use a tool like Venngage or Piktochart. And if a designer is doing the work, they’ll use a program like Photoshop to create the image from scratch.

While tools like Piktochart are empowering for individuals who don’t have design skills, there are definite limitations to this type of infographic. It’s also worth noting that it can still take a long time to create an infographic. So if you’re interested in getting the best result and don’t currently have a designer on staff, it’s going to be best to hire a professional to help you.

This is the syndicated copy of an original article posted at WebStrategyPlus.