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The Power of Infographics on your blog

This is a guest contribution from Chelsea Varney, a Community manager at Brandwatch.

Infographics are extremely useful for numerous reasons when it comes to content marketing and blogging.

Although many writers may not have considered using an infographic for a blog post this can be an excellent way to present interesting information while linking to a topic that is of significance to yourself and your readers.

What an infographic offers is easily digestible data which is presented in a pleasing form to an audience. The genius of an infographic is that it can communicate multiple facts or stats in a quick format.

A reader may not have time to peruse a whole blog on the rise of digital technologies or stats on WordPress users but a quick synopsis of a useful infographic may be of interest to them.

Unsurprisingly, using an infographic for a post can draw attention to a blogging site due to its shareability.

Unlike some images used within blog posts, an infographic can give an overall summary of a blog which will entice readers into looking at their article in more depth.

It has been proven that visuality is an essential element in the sharing of posts on social media.

Take Twitter as an example, tweets with images received 150% more retweets than those who did not have them, 18% more click throughs and 89% more favourites by fellow users. These are substantial figures when you are trying to get people to share your hard work with others.

Find an Interesting Infographic

When you find an interesting and informative infographic that grabs your attention while teaching you some new facts, you know that you are on to a winner! However, there are some points that you must consider when choosing an image to use on your site.

Although a blog which uses an infographic may be a success, it could also isolate an established audience if it is not relevant to their topic of interest. Do not use an infographic on cooking if your other articles are on digital technologies.

2. When choosing an infographic, take a look at the date that it was released. Old facts and stats are not going to interest your readers as much as those that were created this year.

Also, competing blogs may have already used this as a topic for a previous post. Being up to date on this will put you ahead of other bloggers.

3. Make sure that you read the whole infographic before dedicating your time writing a post on it. The infographic may only possess a few pieces of information that are relevant to you.

This will not be enough to support an entire blog post dedicated to the infographic. Instead you could use it as a supporting piece for another topic.

4. Some people may wonder how you measure the quality of the infographic? Unfortunately, there are some poorly executed graphics that are circulating the internet which demonstrate what you do not want to place in your blog.

Poor research, over generalisation and ineffective imagery leads to a picture which does not capture the imagination of the audience.

For instance, take a look at this infographic which is on gender division in the workplace. It does not deliver on its promise of explaining the difference of gender in the workplace instead it simply states some opinions with no objective evidence. To be honest, it’s pretty pointless. gender

An infographic which is clear in its objectives and delivers them in a fun and informative way will certainly grab the attention. However, some of you may be wondering how you will create an entire blog post around one image.

Here are some tips to writing about infographics:

Take this infographic on the trends of budget travellers in 2012-2013:

Budget traveller trends It is a relatively modern image that is simple yet offers some interesting figures on global cities, traveling needs and wants. Using information from their website they have calculated emerging cities and those which have fallen in popularity since their previous survey.

Firstly, to write a blog about this infographic you would need to outline the topic area that is being addressed. You need to introduce your audience to what the blog will be about and why they should be interested. How could this affect them?

For instance, you could discuss why travel is important for both the cultural and economic development of society. You will need to conduct some more research into the area and to not simply rely on the infographic alone.

Discuss the key findings of the infographic and its implications. Tokyo is emerging as a new tourist area for 2013 according to the hostelbookers survey. Could this mean that people are traveling further afield for holidays.

Go through each stat on the infographic and pick out which fact is most useful to you. The whole image does not need to be discussed in a blog only the key points.

Including a conclusion to what the infographic has taught you will also provide a strong ending to a blog and could encourage comments from others who agree with you (or even those who have a different view).

In the travellers image we can see that Europe is where all the most popular cities are for budget travellers according to Hostel Bookers an interesting fact that a reader may not have been aware of.

An infographic can also be used purely to support a topic that you have a knowledge of. Simply by using an image that is easy to share, you can increase the amount of people heading over to view your blog.

Another added benefit of using an infographic as the basis of your blog is that quite a bit of the content is already prepackaged for you. The infographic is providing you with a lot of data that you can use without much need for researching.

There is a whole host of reasons for using infographics but, as always, the most important is the increase of followers to your blog through presenting interesting content. Why not give it a try?

Chelsea Varney is a Community manager at Brandwatch , a social media monitoring company. You can connect with Chelsea onTwitter or Linkedin

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Comments

  1. No serious blogger can ignore infographic. People are attracted to images. As they say a picture is worth a thousand words. If you can create a good infographic you can easily triple your clickthrough rates.

  2. JR John says:

    The only not-so-good thing is that infographics take either a lot of time or a lot of money to create (if you outsource).

    • It certainly takes time and/or money to create an infographic but for me the benefits certainly make all this time or money well spend. A great infographic can easily shared on many blogs and as a result bring more readers on your own site…

    • Dominique says:

      This is very true. There are some services out there that help making infographics a little easier, but if you want a completely custom infographic made, you’re going to need:
      a) Graphic design skills and time (for researching and compiling data)
      b) Money to have one made

      Using infographics you find online is another option, but it won’t have as great of an effect as making and distributing your own.

  3. Asif says:

    I think that Infographics are just fancy stuff that doesn’t work for every blog the same way.
    I mean you need resources to create a quality one, go ahead if you’ve got one.
    But once you start sharing infographics from other people, many will try to pitch theirs and you will end up annoying your users.
    In short, Infographics are not for everyone.

  4. Hi Chelsea,

    The time element is huge. Never use a dated IG; if I see one I immediately leave the blog.

    Post timely, helpful IG’s to see the greatest results. People will always dig ‘em because people love eye candy.

    The more eye candy the better in my opinion.

    Thanks for sharing!

    • Hi Ryan,

      Glad you liked the post! Yes time is a massive factor when it comes to infographics. No one like out of date data!

      Chelsea

  5. Matt Schmidt says:

    Developing infographics is a definitely a skill that can be advantageous. One good thing ids that developers of quality infographics are progressive enough to allow other bloggers to embed them on their own sites. Sharing the love so to speak.

  6. Prabhakar says:

    Your point about clarity of objective is very true and important. We find that many times an inforgraphic is good enough to tell the story and you need not write explanatory narration alongside it.

  7. Sunday says:

    The power of infographics in helping to enrich a blog post and ultimately, the overall internet marketing, cannot be denied. It is important that marketers consider how to leverage on this successfully.

    Some of the tips about writing infographics as discussed in this post are revealing but I also find them practical. If done rightly, infographic would become a very important online marketing tools for bloggers!

    In Kingged.com, the content syndication and social networking website for Internet marketers, this comment was left where this post was shared.

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  8. Kalen Bruce says:

    I actually just published my first infographic last week. It covered a topic that is fairly controversial, so instead of writing about the topic (the size of men vs women’s pay raises), I used an infographic that merely contained the statistics. Very effective!

  9. Rohit Batra says:

    Infographics are one of the best ways to represent information in a well balanced manner.
    if you are using infographics keeping in mind that they will provide you with the real and exact information. You will succeed defenately.

    thanks.
    Cheers.
    Rohit

  10. Azalea Pena says:

    Great post Darren. Infographics are a marketing trend this 2014 but it doesn’t mean that we can all use the data we get from it immediately. You’ve pointed out a list of things to watch out for, to make sure that the inforgraphic you’re using as a source of information is actually legit. Back then, I used to be easily attracted with infographics and with all the data it provides. The effect really got to me so thanks for sharing this, it made me open my eyes.

  11. Azalea Pena says:

    Great post Chealsy. Infographics are a marketing trend this 2014 but it doesn’t mean that we can all use the data we get from it immediately. You’ve pointed out a list of things to watch out for, to make sure that the inforgraphic you’re using as a source of information is actually legit. Back then, I used to be easily attracted with infographics and with all the data it provides. The effect really got to me so thanks for sharing this, it made me open my eyes.

  12. Azalea Pena says:

    *Chelsea

  13. I agree that infographics can be very helpful, and they are definitely trendy. Unfortunately, so many are mediocre and don’t visualize the data well. They become jumbled masses of charts and icons. The infographic here is a prime example. The folks who create infographics spend hours and hours crafting it, so they know all about it, not realizing that the casual viewer – the target audience – has to spend as much or more time digesting the infographic than they would if they read a well written narrative.

    • Hi,

      Yes I agree! An infographic should have a narrative that flows just like the blog post you are writing. Without this an infographic can become confusing and pointless.

      Thank you for your comment.

  14. Larry says:

    I love infographics and I can definitely see their value. Is there any copyright issues with using an existing infographic or are you suggesting we either create our own or outsource the project?

    Thanks!

    • Hi Larry,

      Many infographics are marked with a company’s logo so I don’t believe you need to worry about copyright. Infographics are meant to be shared and are a marketing practice. The more they are mentioned the better. Outsourcing can be expensive but a well executed infographic will provide great ROI!

      Thanks,

      Chelsea

  15. Sotsji2014 says:

    Very nice article on infopraphics. Thank you for that Chelsea. I will use them on my own blogs. Unfortunately, there are not much Dutch infographics to be found yet.

  16. Waqas Khan says:

    such a nice idea to write an article. I was totally unaware from this. thanks Chelsea :)

  17. Monitance says:

    Great article, thanks Chelsea.

    I think infographics can be extremely effective and if they represent something like your blog image or something that is consistent then it won’t necessarily outdate and can be used again.

    Some people are also visual people so it can open up appeal to a whole new audience.