How to Create and Use Infographics for Content Marketing | MarketingProfs

If you’re not taking advantage of infographics in your marketing strategy, you could well be missing out. Infographics are incredibly effective marketing tools. Even the simplest infographic could drive a thousand potential leads to your website.

This article will explain…

Infographic Advantages

Infographics offer a wide range of benefits that you might not have thought of. Among the most important benefits of using infographics are the following:

How to Prepare an Infographic

Creating an infographic that’s both effective and attractive may seem like a difficult task. But it doesn’t have to be. The following steps walk you through the entire process, from planning to publishing:

1. Outline the goals of your infographic

Before going crazy thinking about the design, layout, and aesthetics of your infographic, you need to focus on the goal of your infographic. You need to know why you are making it and why it’s essential. By answering those two questions, you’ll avoid getting lost, or creating something that serves no purpose. Determining a goal for your infographic will also help shape your design process.

2. Collect and gather relevant data

This step is critical. You need to invest a significant amount of time into research. You can either collect data from third-party sources or use original data. All data obtained from third-party sources needs to be appropriately cited. Don’t rush through this step. Ensure that only accurate information gets used.

3. Choose the right design template

Now that you have collected all the data and information you need, it’s time to decide how you’re going to present that visually. It’s crucial you choose a template that works explicitly for the type of data or content that you want to display. It’s best to create wireframes that can guide where and how your graphics and text are presented before actually designing the infographic. Doing that will save you a ton of frustration later on.

4. Design your infographic

Now it’s time to design your infographic. Plug in all your content and data into the infographic and format it according to your preferences. If you’re not up to it, you can outsource the work and resources to a great designer who can match your design specifications and brand.

5. Review

Once you have finalized designing your infographic, go through the copy carefully and check for errors. Also, take the time to get some constructive feedback from peers and friends. There is always something that needs correction or modification. Don’t skip this step.

6. Publish and share

The final steps are to publish and promote your infographic. If your main concern is to reap the benefits of SEO, post it on your blog with an accompanying article, then share it on social media. You can easily pin the infographic on Pinterest, for example, along with an embed code for visitors to share on their sites and their own blog posts. When sharing on social media, include a link to the original post on your blog.

You can also conduct outreach to influencers and ask them to post your infographic with an article (that you or they can write) and a link to your blog post. You can also create a guest post or article on sites related to the topic of the infographic. The key here is value exchange: You’re providing (hopefully) valuable content for their audience, and you’re getting your name out there, together with (hopefully) a dofollow link back to your blog.

Good versus Bad Infographics

Pretty much anyone can create an infographic. However, not everyone can create a high-quality and useful infographic.

Among the qualities of a good infographic are these:

Among the signs of a lousy infographic are these:

Interactive Infographics

Infographics have always been interactive to some extent. However, modern-day infographics are much more interactive than before. Today’s interactive infographics change their overall presentation as you scroll, to match your current position and speed. They make for a richer and more fulfilling experience than traditional infographics.

Dynamic Infographics

These types of infographics incorporate a mixture of GIFs and other moving elements. For that reason, they’re more challenging to create than static infographics. However, this type of infographics is gaining more popularity among readers; the dynamic elements capture reader attention and interest and so help them understand the rest of the information quickly.

3D Illustrations

A growing number of modern infographics are featuring 3D illustrations, which tend to stand out more than conventional, 2D illustrations. They tend to add depth to infographics and make the design look more realistic, appealing, and engaging.

Other Infographic Trends

Considering the effectiveness and popularity of visual content in marketing today, infographics are more than fancy pieces of content. Designed carefully, they can be effective marketing tools that can drive traffic, help build your brand, and establish your authority in your industry.

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