November 5, 2013
An infographic is a collection of data or information put into a visual graphic image for quicker understanding and more effective retention. Visual marketing such as infographics have been proven to be many more times effective than text.
According to 3M Corporation and Zabisco, 90 percent of information transmitted to the brain is visual and visuals are processed 60,000 times faster in the brain than text. The Internet has taken visual marketing to the next level and infographics are becoming a major part of that growth.
There are many benefits to using infographics in your marketing and on your website.
1. Provide Facts and Figures — People love reading facts, numbers, statistics and other such data. Infographics can provide this information in a structured appealing way. Infographics are much more visually attractive than text — they can increase interest which will give your site or blog more drawing power.
2. More Engagement — Visual graphics and images increase engagement. Using infographics on your blog could raise the level of visitor engagement by a substantial amount.
3. Backlinks — Infographics can be a very effective way of building your backlinks. Encourage people to share your infographics with their visitors and provide a link back to your site. With more backlinks to your credit, your site will get better ranking and more traffic.
4. Easier to Understand — Besides infographics being visually appealing, they are easier to understand than text data. The human brain can process and remember visual information better than text. This will certainly bring people back to your site for more information.
5. More Chance of Going Viral — By using infographics and giving your visitors attractive, visually compelling information, you are increasing your chances of your infographic going viral. Once it goes viral, the sky is the limit for your business.
6. Infographics are Being Searched — The searches for infographics have increased by more than 800 percent in just two years. Adding infographics to your marketing arsenal will get your website or blog included in that increase of traffic.
7. Social Media — Infographics are also on the rise in social media and by combining the forces of infographics and social media, who knows how far your business could go. Social media is a fast-paced platform and using infographics will keep you moving with the best of them. All the information is right there. There is no clicking to get here or there, nothing to sign up for or add time to your readers’ visit. People love having it all right now and providing them with informative infographics will do just that.
8. Make Them Yourself — Although infographics appear to be graphically complicated and expertly made, you can easily make them yourself and save a lot of money. There are sites such as infogr.am where you can design and produce your own infographics for free. Infographicsarchive.com shows you numerous free tools for making effective infographics. You will find many more resources for making your own infographics and taking much of the strain off of your marketing and advertising budget.
9. Build Your Reputation — Infographics will help you build a reputation as a person/website that offers attractive and easy-to-understand information and data. The word will spread and your website or blog will jump up in the rankings and get much more traffic.
10. Reach Target Market — Who do you want to be your target market? Who would be interested in the information you have to give? By using infographics, you can zero in on the information you want to provide and capture the attention of your target market. This, in turn, will increase your sales and income.
Although the wide-spread use of infographics is a fairly recent phenomenon, there is a reason for the immense popularity. Infographics can offer you an unending number of ways for your business to stay ahead of the competition. If you are looking to grow your business and make it more prominent, then infographics will surely help you and pave the road to success.
Terri Seymour has more than 16 years of Internet marketing experience and has helped many people start their own business. Visit her site for three free gifts including The Big Book of Social Media Tips and How to Market Your Online Business for Free: http://www.SeymourProducts.com