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Are Infographics Still Effective?

Aug 7, 2019
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Are Infographics Still Effective
Do infographics still work?  I saw this question posed in an online marketing community and it got me thinking. Ever since I've been working in the digital marketing space, I've seen post after post claiming the end of one form of media or another. While these articles can attract a lot of nervous readers, the truth is, most of them are not based in reality. What I hope to show in this post is that infographics or any other type of content can work when used properly.  
It's no secret that visual content works. In fact, the brain processes visual content  60,000 times faster than it does text. (Source) Infographics are a great way to convey complex information in a simple and concise way and are especially effective in B2B marketing . They grab your attention and, using graphic design elements meant to move you through the "story," they hold your attention, which is the goal of every piece of marketing content. 
The infographic below has 10 stats that show the effectiveness of infographics. Yep, it's an Infographic infographic.
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  • Infographics are "liked" and shared on social media 3X more than any other type of content. (NNGroup)
  • Infographics were the B2B content marketing tactic with the biggest increase in use, from 2015 to 2016, up from 50% to 58%. (CMI)
  • People following directions with text and illustrations do 323% better than people following directions without illustrations. (Springer)
  • High quality infographics are 30 times more likely to be read than text articles. (Search Engine Journal)
  • Publishers that feature infographics grow traffic 12% faster than publishers that don’t feature infographics. (Visme)
  • The words “infographic” and “infographics” are searched an average of 547,000 times per month in Google.
  • 90% of information transmitted to your brain is visual. (Shift eLearning)
  • Content incorporating color into the design has been shown to increase reader attention span by up to 82%. (Xerox)
  • When readers approach most copy they read an average of 20% of the text they see
  • In 2014 alone, 5 infographics topped the 100,000 share plateau—that’s not views, that’s shares. Nineteen infographics had 50,000 shares or more, and over fifty were shared more than 25,000 times.
Bonus statistics:
  • Visual search is on the rise. Pinterest hosted 250 million visual searches in February 2017, and that number increased to 600 million in February 2018. (Hootsuite)
  • Infographics can increase website traffic by 12%. (Demand Gen)
  • Content with relevant images gets 94% more views than content without. (Quick Sprout)
  • 37% of marketers say that visual marketing is the most important form of content for their business. (Social Media Examiner)
  • 65% of Senior Marketing Executives believe visual content is core to how their brand story is communicated. (Media Post)
Looking for a tool to create infographics? Check out Visme. It's easy to use, includes templates, and has a free plan that allows you to download your image.
At the end of the day, what separates good content from poor content is whether or not it meets the end user's expectation. Whether you're writing a blog or creating a visual, make sure that you have your users in mind.
Editor's Note: This article was originally published in April 2017, and has been updated for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.
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Ryan Shelley, CPBI

By Ryan Shelley, CPBI

Ryan is passionate about helping companies make a more personal connection online with their customers and prospects. He is a regular contributor to Search Engine Land, the largest and most popular SEO news site on the web. His works have also been featured on the HubSpot Blog, Business2Community and by LinkedIn Marketing Solutions.

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