Want to add another income stream to your offline business? Then you should consider offering infographic design services. There is a huge demand for this service. First, find out why your business needs to promote using infographics and how to convey the benefits of infographics to your clients. There are plenty of whitelable infographic design services, that you can basically resell their services, at a 100%-500% markup and your clients will be thrilled. But before you can create a GREAT design, you need GREAT content, and here’s a few pointers how how to create that content.
Understand what “great” content means
Before you start looking for inspiration from the best infographics out there, do yourself a favor. Answer one question first: what exactly makes great content? Without knowing this, you can start searching for inspiration and ideas without really knowing what you should be looking for. So, here are three things that answer that question:
Great content is relevant and valuable.
As explained in the previous section, the data or text is the essence of your infographic. It’s what gives your infographic meaning and is the main reason your target viewers will connect with what you have created. This means you have to think about a broad topic that is relevant to your service or product and will provide value to the reader.
If you constantly produce infographics that are timely, informative and relevant to your client’s business, your existing clients and prospects will regard you as an expert resource. If you create content that has value for your clients, they are very likely to pass it on to other people who may also find value in it. This can directly lead to your content getting passed through social networks and creating more traffic to your website.
Great content is helpful.
Some of the most popular infographics are the ones that offer helpful tips and advice to people. Use infographics as a quick source of help for your target audience. Stop thinking so much about link building and instead focus on what information is relevant to your business that you can share that would help your target audience. For example, if you’re in the wedding planning business, you can come up with a wedding infographic all about planning weddings, wedding budgets, or other helpful tipsfor couples.
Great content stirs emotions.
In addition to providing content that is useful, great content must also be compelling and capture viewers’ emotions. Include a data set in your infographic that will strike an emotional connection with your audience. Make viewers relate to your content. Make them laugh or even tear up a little. Make them stop and think. Give them something to be curious about. You want a part of the infographic to connect to people emotionally to spark conversation, which will lead to content sharing and linking or brand awareness.
Dig for ideas
Once you know what kind of content you want to put out there, it’s time to dig for actual ideas so you can zero in on one brilliant topic. And you do this by research, research and research. Even if you already have an idea of what your content is going to be about, you still need to do some research about it. This is the stage that eats up a lot of time in content creation, but you just cannot bypass it and expect to end up with great content.
Simply put, what you need to do is determine what topics are popular in your business niche. What are your customers and prospects currently talking about or interested in? What are the most relevant and trending topics in your industry or your business area? What topics are likely to become popular in the near future? What do I do now, is probably what you’re thinking next. How do you get all this information?
- Start with a basicGoogle Searchfor infographics on your keyword.
- Turn to Visual.lyto view existing infographics in your area of interest.
- Go to Google Newsand Alltopto find out the broad trends in your industry and what stories are being talked about the most.
- Use Google TrendsorTwitterto explore current trending topics or compare topics to see which is more popular.
- Use Digg or Redditto discover the most popular topics and stories that are being shared the most online.
Try to take a different approach
After you’ve decided on a topic, how do you want to feature it? It’s terrific if you have something new to add and you can come at the topic in a totally different angle. But there are also many ways to present one topic using the same angle but with different approaches or positioning.Would you like to make it into a “how-to” guide or a “did you know” kind of piece? Maybe you can give it a humorous or satirical spin.You can also do an overview, a checklist, a workflow or a comparison of things. How about focusing on just one specific bit of information? Or, if it’s a big topic, you can break it down to different chunks of information. Look at different infographics in various fields for ideas in style and presentation.
Consider outsourcing content
Infographics are brief and direct to the point, so they should be a breeze to write, right? Unfortunately, it’s not always the case. They do take time and effort to develop and create. If you’re finding this out for yourself as you struggle to produce an infographic, consider outsourcing to a competent copywriter who can devote time to research your topic and produce your content. Just provide the copywriter the topic of the infographic and a simple outline or project brief to let them know your expectations.
Use a knockout headline and sub headlines
Headlines should be short, direct and filled with keywords. More importantly, they should grab attention instantly. Good headlines always have one strong word that creates an emotional hook to attract viewers. Create interesting headlines that pose intriguing questions or a promise to share useful information. Addressing the viewer directly in your headline and using numbers are other great tricks to draw attention—a perfect example of this is the headline of this post!
In addition to your main headline, use sub headlines to highlight the different sections of your infographic. Create sub headlines as you would the main one, using them to keep your audience interested to read the rest of your infographic.
As with any content strategy, branding is important when creating an infographic but too much will kill it. Of course, you want to brand your infographic to let viewers know your company created it, but you want to do this in a subtle way. You’re not putting together mere promotional material but an infographic.
Don’t be tempted to stuff your content with mentions of your brand name or product/service names because then you’ll only come out as being too “salesy” and that’s a big turnoff for viewers. Remember, if you have engaging and interesting content, people will be naturally interested to find out more about you, so you don’t have to constantly sell yourself.
Use accurate information
Obviously, half of the equation of an infographic is the information it contains. The very purpose of an infographic is to relay information. You want to put content that people can use, so it must be accurate. Whether you’re the one supplying the data or you will be presenting facts taken from another source, always get your facts straight. If you’re including statistics, make sure to use the latest figures.
Check your data and check it again. Use only trustworthy sources and cross-reference them to verify facts. There are many reliable websites to get correct data from, so it doesn’t reflect well on you if you have inaccurate information in your infographic. It shows you’re lazy and sloppy. Of course, don’t forget to list your sources at the bottom of the infographic to establish credibility.
Side Tip: If you’re planning a long-term content strategy using infographics, make sure any data you include can be used and is still accurate 6 months from release.
Wrap up your infographic the same way you started it – with impact! Whether it’s a question or a statement, end with something thought provoking.
Needless to say, a powerful infographic can greatly boost your organic web search ranking. In order to succeed with your infographic, it’s very important to choose the right idea to begin with – one that matters to your audience – then make sure the actual content is informative, compelling and tight. Follow this with effective design and distribution strategy and you’ll have a winner in your hands.