Infographics are a great tool to use to help people to visualize the meaning of information, and many individuals in the marketing world are starting to catch on to the infographics trend. This is a marketing strategy that will likely grow exponentially in use over the next few years. For this reason, if you are involved in the marketing industry in any way, or if you own a business and handle the marketing yourself, you will not want to be left behind when everyone else starts utilizing infographics. In order to utilize infographics in your marketing scheme, though, you have to have a good understating of what they are, as well as an understanding of the difference between good infographics and bad infographics.
What Are Infographics?
Infographics, also referred to as information graphics, are representations of information in a graphic visual form. More simply, infographics are pictures and symbols. Different types of infographics include graphs, signs, charts, maps, diagrams, and lists, just to name a few. It is quite possible that you see various infographics, and utilize them to decipher information quickly, on a daily basis. Knowing this is the first step to understanding what infographics are, and you can analyze the infographics that you see in order to then determine the difference between those that are good and those that are not. Obviously the difference lies in the level of understanding that can be gained from utilizing a specific infographic to communicate certain information.
There aren’t necessarily bad infographics, but rather more so infographics that are bad when used to communicate a certain type of information. In other words, it is important to choose which infographics communicate what information wisely, otherwise the purpose will be lost. This involves assessing the information you wish to communicate thoroughly, in order to best conceptualize the infographics that you will use. Infographics should not be too complex, as the point is to simplify, but they should also not be so simple as to seem like your trying to communicate information about your product or service to a child either. There needs to be a happy medium between the complexity of the design that you use, and the simplicity of the communication of the information. A bad infographic leaves people even more questions than they had before having the opportunity to see it, which is not the result that you want. A bad infographic is also onethat takes an excessive amount of time to decipher. Even if individuals can ultimately use the infographics to gain information, if it takes them a significant amount of time to do it, interest in your product or services may already be lost. In the end of all ends, think about the bad infographics that you have seen and you will better be able to pinpoint bad ones in your own marketing campaign.
Quite simply, good infographics are those that aid in the comprehension of certain information. A good infographic gets the point across with very little effort required on the part of the individual attempting to comprehend the specific information. An example of a good infographic is a pie-chart used to represent the different marketing trends that have come and passed throughout this decade. Another, more simplified, example of a good infographic is a railroad crossing sign. We see more good infographics on a daily basis than we do bad ones, otherwise we would be in a lot of trouble, considering infographics are used everywhere to direct us in our daily lives. Consider the good infographics that you see when planning your own visual marketing campaign and you will find that you have better success in coming up with good infographics for your needs. Just be sure that your infographics communicate your message simply and you should have no trouble benefiting from this useful tool.
Marketing strategies change all the time, and have considerably over the last few decades, thanks to advancements in technology. The use of infographics has been a marketing strategy for quite some time and from all indications seems as though it is going to stick around. For this reason, there is no time like the present to start utilizing infographics for your marketing needs.Frederic is a guest blogger, interested in SEO, online marketing, Mac How, and different software programs.