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The Best Tweets from #SEMrushChat: The Power of Infographic Marketing

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The Best Tweets from #SEMrushChat: The Power of Infographic Marketing

Melissa Fach
The Best Tweets from #SEMrushChat: The Power of Infographic Marketing

Many of us have seen how powerful infographics can be in marketing campaigns. And at the same time, we have all seen more infographic fails than successes. For this reason, our team chose to get insights from guest Visme App and our community via #SEMrushchat. 

As always, there were many diverse opinions, tips, and experiences — all useful for marketers and businesses. So, continue reading to learn about the benefits of infographics, the essential elements of a good and successful infographic, ways to make infographics sharable, successful workflows, and tools and platforms you can use for infographic design and marketing. There is a lot to learn. 

You can retweet any of the tips below by clicking on the Twitter logo next to the quote. 

What are the benefits of using infographics in your digital marketing strategy?

Gene Petrov
Gene Petrov
The big benefit is that a great infographic can convey so much information at a glance. It can tell a great story using data. And the visual nature catches people’s attention quickly.

Visme
Visme
Infographics visualize data and information, making it more snackable and easy to understand. This increases engagement with your content, gives great viral potential and helps you to connect with your audience.

Simon Cox
Simon Cox
Visual answers attract the eye quicker than any text. This is a subconscious deep instinct humans cannot avoid, so is powerful for attracting attention.

David Simanoff
David Simanoff
I think scannability is one of the major advantages of infographics — but this needs to be done right. There are few things worse than an overload of text shoehorned into a graphic. Make sure designers are involved from the outset.

Synthesio
Synthesio
If done right it is the perfect blend between text and visuals, making it easier for the mind to consume! Not to mention, it is easily eye-catching, easily remembered, and portable.

JP Sherman
JP Sherman
From a B2B perspective, infographics could be things like cheat sheets which are incredibly useful & shareable in the industry for simplifying complex topics.

Mara
Mara
As a visual learner, I really love when brands have infographics in articles and other marketing materials. It really helps me to process the information.


What are the essential elements of a good infographic?

Visme
Visme
A good infographic should include a well-balanced union between text and visuals, enough white space between margins and elements, only 2-3 fonts and colors throughout, a single main point and good visual flow. Here are our best practices: https://visme.co/blog/infographic-best-practices/

Michael Ramsey
Michael Ramsey
Actually using graphics to convey data properly. It's ridiculous the number of infographics that border on completely arbitrary graphics. Plenty of other good suggestions already, but this is one of my big pet peeves.

Itamar Blauer
Itamar Blauer
The quality of the graphic. This sounds self-explanatory but I often see infographics that look visually horrible. This will deter audiences from actually reading the content. Even if your data/knowledge is incredible, don't put users off with poor graphics!

David Simanoff
David Simanoff
It goes beyond layout and verbiage. I think good infographics are those that meet the needs and expectations of the audience. The elements for an infographic for a B2C customer on Instagram are *very* different than the ones for a B2B customer on a blog.

Stevie Howard
Stevie Howard
Images, brand, the normal design stuff... but, more importantly, it needs to flow. You need to be able to lead the reader through the infographic so they absorb all the information.

Bernie Fussenegger
Bernie Fussenegger
Infographics need to be quick and to the point. Include the important facts or important elements that the audience want and keep the major details to a minimum (reference the article). It also needs to be visually appealing and easy to read and understand.


What are strategies for making your infographic more shareable?

Visme
Visme
If you want people to share your infographic, first of all, ASK them to share it. Be sure to include social media icons in your infographic footer, create various social media sizes and share them on your platforms. Also, provide users with a link or embed code.

AmyHampton
AmyHampton
Know the differences in your social media platforms. Create infographics that are sized perfectly for the platform you're using. Make sure you have a text intro so the share or RT has some of your message included and not just on the graphic.

Alexis Katherine
Alexis Katherine
Include some strategic on-page text so it’s FINDable in search. I also appreciate when smaller sections are available in the right dimensions for Twitter and IG. Include bite-sized portions.

Nerissa Marbury
Nerissa Marbury
Include a share link with pre-populated image and text formatted for each social platform. Ask for shares. Provide code for people to embed on their own websites or emails. Offer a print-ready or downloadable file.

Express Writers
Express Writers
Make sure your infographics are actually appealing to your target audience first. It needs to be something they're interested in and will find valuable.

Mark Gustafson
Mark Gustafson
Quote Influencers and tag them when you share on social! If the content is solid, they’ll share and then their following will share! Make sure the preview portion of the infographic makes sense! When they’re longer, sometimes it previews an area that is cut off or doesn’t make sense without context!

Ashley Ashbee
Ashley Ashbee
The purpose of data is to highlight a problem. If it's common knowledge/available elsewhere, you aren't highlighting it and you're not illustrating a problem. People want unique, market-relevant insights.


Can you describe a successful workflow for creating infographics?

Visme
Visme
Start with a plan. Pinpoint your audience, define your objective, and choose your topic. Sketch out your infographic before designing. Determine which infographic format you'll need to use to effectively visualize your content.

Green Rope
Green Rope
Find an insight worth sharing. Research to find supporting data. Incorporate all of that into an infographic that resonates with your brand. Test. Revise. Publish.

Dentons Digital
Dentons Digital
Make sure your idea is original/or you are adding something new. Gather sources and do your research. Pick your key statements/facts/stats.Figure out an arrangement that balances and flows. Create, change, create, change, edit, publish!

Netvantage Marketing
Netvantage Marketing
Do all of your research on the topic for the infographic first. This will help you know which data points are the most important to highlight & what should be written. After putting together the infographic & content, ask for feedback!

Builder Designs
Builder Designs
1. Find stats, stories or processes that you find interesting. 2. Research how people talk about them & what they want to know. 3. Outline your info with short, direct points. 4. Figure out an attractive way to present your project. 5. Post it all over!


What are the tools and platforms you can use for infographic design and marketing?

Stevie Howard
Stevie Howard
@Canva makes infographic design really easy. I have made quite a few in the past using their templates that you can brand to make all your own. Then, it's all about knowing where they will perform best on social - twitter, pinterest, facebook

Julia Rose
Julia Rose
I would recommend learning @Adobe PhotoShop It's pretty user-friendly for beginners, and there are SO many tutorials online, but if you don't have access, @Canva is a good place to create them, especially if you need templates!

Hardik Oza
Hardik Oza
1. @VismeApp 2. http://Easel.ly 3. http://Visualize.me 4. @piktochart 5. @canva 

OnePitch
OnePitch
Photoshop/Illustrator are fantastic tools to use for both infographics and marketing. For those who may not be as versed in Adobe CC, Sketch is a fantastic and easy-to-use marketing & design tool!

Visme
Visme
Visme! Yes, we may be a little biased. We have hundreds of starter templates, color themes, free fonts, data visualization options, and more to make infographic design as easy as possible! You can download your design or embed it on your website for easy sharing.

Jignesh Thakkar
Jignesh Thakkar
There are many I have used: @piktochart, @canva,@infogram, @teambiteable,@VismeApp, @SnappaHQ, @GoogleCharts and @Venngage.

Simon Cox
Simon Cox
Pencil. Paper. Magic Markers. Pantone Markets. Gouche. Acrylics. Letraset. Or these days - Canva.

Do You Have Tips for Infographic Marketing?

If so, please share them in the comments below. We also want to thank all that participated in the chat. We will be looking for your expert insights next week. It starts at 11 am ET/4 pm BST on Wednesday, September, 18th.

Melissa Fach
SEMrush

SEMrush employee.

US Personality of the Year 2017 Winner, SEMrush Blog Editor, and Pubcon Community Manager. Herder of cats. Superman fan. Non-cook.
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very nice
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Wonderful article for a wonderful tip. Infographics catches everybody's attention. and the various tweets by the experts only testify this fact. Thank you Melissa for sharing with us.
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Love all these tweets! My favorite has to be from Simon Cox- "Visual answers attract the eye quicker than any text. This is a subconscious deep instinct humans cannot avoid, so is powerful for attracting attention." Great stuff!
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Hey Melissa Fach,
Infographics really help in SEO because Infographics often prove so effective in educational contexts because they use imagery to highlight, explain, or enhance text-based information. They have the unique ability to capture attention, convey information, and encourage data retention despite their complex nature.
Thanks for sharing this amazing article.
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Excellent blog for the powerful marketing experts.
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Great round-up Melissa! Thanks for the mention and to all the amazing input from others :)
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Great roundup!

Tip is to get a solid buyin from all the stakeholders first and document it Inna RACI matrix.

Recently we hit a big snag as two of our infographics for an internal culture survey of 550+ employees got shot down in favour of a video.

In the first ig, we had shared the results of all core areas in the culture survey followed by our roadmap of initiatives we had rolled out, which were in execution and planning. The 2nd went deeper to each question we had asked and the results for that.
But we hadn't debated if this was the best way to do it given that the CTA at the end led to the next culture survey!
It made sense now to create a hip and exciting video so everyone would engage and complete the same 95 questions we had for them from the last survey. (We run hypothesis before launching an initiative and then check its impact through pulse and culture survey so we have kept the questions same for 3 years now)

So yeah. If we had stuck to what we usually do, which is to sit all stakeholders get a buyin and create a RACI matrix, we would not have had this challenge.

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