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The 7 Key Elements to Creating Successful Infographics

By: Jeff Bullas


Communication has changed so fast in the last decade that it is almost another language.

Tweets, likes and shares were not in the marketing lexicon. If you said to someone a few years ago that you would send them a “DM” on Twitter or “mention” or retweet them, their eyes would have glazed over.
And it not just Twitter language, it extends to Pinterest, and “pinning” has also been added to the dictionary.
The visual web
The change extends not just to the words and platforms but also to visual communication. We are rapidly moving to a visual web that communicates with 6 second videos captured on mobiles using social visual platforms like “Vine.” We have fast growing social networks that destroy the communication (photos or videos with a text) after the receiver has read or viewed the message. That ephemeral and temporary service is provided by the exploding social network SnapChat (which has just turned down a $3 billion cash buyout from Facebook).
We all know the importance of images and photos to drive sharing on Facebook. Twitter has just added images to the stream and research shows that it increases engagement. That is why infographic creation and sharing has exploded in the last couple of years. Short attention spans require optimizing communication that tells a story in a glance.
Creating successful infographics
Infographics are the combination of text and images to create maximum impact. There are two core activities to infographic success.
  1. Great design
  2. Successful promotion and marketing
Designing an infographic that isn’t marketed properly is like building a great car but not telling anyone about it. It remains parked and hidden in the garage.
Here are the 7 key elements to creating successful infographics that has been put together by Donna Moritz at Socially Sorted.
#1. Story
Tell a story that isn’t about you but your audience. You need to work out what is an area of interest that will be relevant to your audience. Listen to what blog posts resonate, what gets shared the most and what drives the most traffic.
Don’t make it about your product!
#2. Style
Style is subjective but a good designer will know from experience what works. Chunk it down so you are capturing the main points. It needs to be hierarchical and digestible.
Less is sometimes more.
#3. Simplicity
Minimalist design is an art form that limits the types of fonts, shapes and image styles. It means avoiding confusion by creating flow and connection.
#4. Size
Optimizing for size means considering the number of pixels (735 pixels is best width for Pinterest) and also the size of the file. You don’t want the infographic to take a long time to download. In terms of length you don’t want it too long. Try creating an infographic that is 1,500 to 2,000 pixels in length.
#5. Statistics
If you want to create impact about growth and have lots of stats then infographics are perfect for that. Make sure they are factual and reliable, current and helpful.
#6. Shareability
Make your infographic easy to share. Provide an embed code. You also need to make sure it gets shared by letting influencers and your fans on social networks know about the “awesome” new infographic that you have just created.
Success is not set and forget.
#7. Source
Make sure you attribute and let your audience know where you got the facts and figures from. Credibility is an important factor for a successful Infographic.
Infographic Creation
Infographic source: Socially Sorted

This article was originally published by Jeff Bullas
Published: December 16, 2013

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Jeff Bullas is a consultant, blogger, strategist, and speaker. He works with companies and executives to optimize their online personal and corporate brands through the use of social media channels. Author of the Amazon best-selling book Blogging the Smart Way—How to Create and Market a Killer Blog with Social Media (Jeff Bullas, 2012), Jeff's own blog is included in AdAge.com's Power 150 ranking as a top 50 marketing blog.

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