An infographic is a visual tool used to communicate data, tell a story or illustrate a principle, as clearly and effectively as possible. They are a mix of design, writing, and analysis. Infographics take a lot of data and present it in a way that’s visually appealing and easy to comprehend.
Value of infographics
People are genetically wired to respond more positively to images than text, which isn’t a new revelation. The brain processes visual information 60,000x faster than text and 65% of people are visual learners. In fact, infographics are 30x more likely to be read than text articles. The following are a number of reasons why it’d be wise to add infographics to your content marketing playbook
Compelling and attractive. A person decides whether or not to keep reading within 5 seconds of arriving at a page. A visually stimulating infographic is far more likely to grab someone’s attention than a blog post with only text.
Easily digestible. Presenting people with a long list of statistics and a subsequent written conclusion is time-consuming to interpret. Infographics allow you to convey the meaning behind any set of data quickly and effectively.
Sharable. Infographics currently represent the fastest growing content marketing strategy, with thousands of them being shared on social media every day. If you aren’t using infographics, you can bet your competition will be.
Increases engagement. People feel compelled to respond to visual stimuli. One month after the introduction of Facebook timelines for brands, visual content resulted in a 65% increase in engagement.
Embeddable. When designing, developing and publishing your infographic, the code to put in on a WordPress blog or website is provided as an embed code. This then creates an automatic link from their site to yours.
Increases brand awareness. A good infographic has the ability to go viral at the click of a button. By including your brand design and logo as part of the infographic, people will come to associate your company with knowledgeability and professionalism.
Increases traffic to your website and benefits SEO. As more people share your infographic, this will result in more traffic to your website, more inbound links and consequently, a boost in your site’s SEO ranking.
Shows an expert understanding. The research required to create an infographic will display knowledge and position your brand as an expert on your category or topic.
Homework Assignment: Create a SlideShare account and start repurposing one of your top performing blog posts into an infographic using one of Canva’s free infographic templates.
- It’s the most popular document and presentation-sharing website in the world. It has 130 million page views and 60 million monthly visitors with an Alexa ranking of 122.
- It’s mobile compatible, which in today’s digital landscape is a must. SlideShare automatically optimizes your content for mobile users