Why Exceptional Visual Social Content Wins Every Time

As a marketer, I’ve always appreciated great design. The kind that captures my attention and pulls me in to discover more. From a consumer standpoint, the story remains the same. Great design wins every time. In fact, studies suggest that we don’t just admire great visuals, we engage with it more positively too.

So what makes ‘great visuals’ and how do we leverage them in a way that makes others want to engage and share them? Read on, as that is precisely what this post is all about!

THE MAGIC OF VISUAL CONTENT

65% of senior marketing executives believe that visual assets (photos, video, illustrations infographics, and more) are at the core to how their brand story is both perceived and communicated today.

Infographics for example are still a winning recipe for conveying a lot of information in a concise, visually pleasing package. But next time you find yourself lazily asking “can we put it this in an infographic?” consider the alternatives that are quicker to digest, and easier to share.

SlideShare for example has quickly become one of the the leading platform for discovering and publishing slide show decks; hosting your slide shows on SlideShare helps your content gain visibility, while keeping them super simple to consume and embed on platforms, especially LinkedIn.

Have a great video clip? YouTube is great, but Giphy makes it even easier to share on social. GIFs (which aren’t just for funny cats by the way) they’re also great for creating simple animations that illustrate changes over time.

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OK so maybe Cat videos are funny…

One more alternative to the standard visual elements, are using real people, or better yet, personas with a strong online reach within your intended audience. Reaching out to the right individuals adds a human element to your brand marketing tactics.

SUBSTANCE OVER NUMBER

As a general rule, It’s always preferable to use original images or ones taken by you, as we do here at BIGINTRO. This adds a much more desired personal touch to your brand. High-quality attractive images can tend to be expensive to purchase. Fortunately, with resources such as Canva, you can create unique, captivating images for free, or just a few dollars, using a simplistic drag-and-drop interface.

There are other alternatives that offer royalty free images on photo-sharing sites such as Flickr, Pixaby and Morguefile, but the free images you will find online tend to be very generic. That being said, due to the vast number of photos on these sites, it’s unlikely that other businesses within your niche will have used them already so it’s worth saving a few stand out images you discover online. Just make sure they fit with your overall brand and theme.

If I had to point towards one royalty free image provider it would have to be unsplash.com.

The featured photos on Unsplash (10 every 10 days) are chosen by notable creatives. Since the curators are from varied backgrounds, it brings a wide range of photographs and different styles to the featured photos. The free images are captivating and thought provoking to say the least.

FROM GUERRILLA TO MILLENNIAL MARKETING

Gureilla marketing has been all the rage over the past few years, but more recently, the rise of millennials & mobile content consumption has caused a perfect storm from a marketing stand point. The traditional rules of selling have given away to attracting, capturing and retaining your audience in a much more creative way, bound only by your creative imagination.

Millennials have been forced to become keen discriminators because of the thousands of ads that they are bombarded with every day. In order to make an impression on Millennials, marketers need to appeal to their unique values and interests, which requires identifying the target audiences and refining their messages to match them.

The upside to this challenge is that millennials are equally willing to share a brand’s content—especially visual content—with their friends when they find something they like, generating organic (free) exposure.experience-2

Online consumers today, especially millennials are looking for marketing with a message that appeals to their ideals, sense of justice, social interests, humor, etc. This makes visual social content the perfect weapon in your marketing arsenal. Unless, of course leaving money on the table is your sort of thing.

VISUAL CONTENT MARKETING TAKEAWAYS

  • Colored visuals increase people’s desire to read content by 80%.
  • Content with images increases a view rate by 94%.
  • Visuals generate more backlinks than any other form of content.
  • Posts with images produce 180% more engagement.
  • People are 85% more likely to buy your product after watching a video about it.

DON’T STOP HERE

Of course, there are many other types of visual content that you can produce for your blog, site or social channels to add a bit of variety into the mix, some that will work better for your niche than others. Consider this post as spark towards moving your creative marketing needle. I hope it serves as a bit of food for thought when planning future posts.

Need to give your marketing strategy a serious upgrade? Contact us, today. We’d love to talk.

Cold Truth: PR is Dead, Visual Content Is The New King

It’s nothing personal. It doesn’t  mean your news isn’t interesting. In fact, I’m sure it is. It’s just that most people don’t care enough to even notice your PR announcement.

For the vast majority of early-stage companies, working with a PR firm should constitute only a small component of a sensible marketing plan. In other words; If you’re in the early stages of building your brand, hiring a traditional PR firm may very well be a complete waste waste of your limited resources.

This doesn’t mean that the PR industry is going anywhere, but it does mean that if you are an early-stage company without a major story to share, or any significant milestone, you’re going to have to get a whole lot smarter, and much more interesting with your outreach strategy.

INFORMATION OVERLOAD

How do people consume content? We scan through it. We prioritize. We note what’s trending. We skim through social networks, and read what our friends are sharing.

People stir the content soup in myriad ways and, in doing so, your PR story gets lost in the content abyss.

Of course, knowing the right editor and reporter at TechCrunch, The Wall Street Journal, CNBC, Institutional Investor, Bloomberg, and other traditional media never hurts, but a good media mention will still only take care of one day out of the year. You still have 364 more days to worry about!

WHAT A VISUAL CONTENT STRATEGY CAN ACHIEVE

46% of marketers say photography is critical to their current marketing and storytelling strategies. This is in part due to the value and impact of visual content.

At it’s very core, visual content is about human emotions, in the same sense, marketing done right strikes an emotional chord, it gains attention, emotion and ultimately the trust of your audience. With time becoming an ever increasing valuable asset, visuals are essential because of the speed at which they are consumed, shared and elicit a response.

There are dozens of ways to create visual content for our audience.

You can read about some of the best tools available today:

3 Killer Visual Content Creation Platforms

5 Ways to Make your Visual Social Content Explode 

Putting the tools aside, the first thing any serious brand needs to do, is acquire a solid understanding for how the press talks about your industry.

Step 1 Head over to Google, run a visual search for your brand’s keywords, your competitors, your service or product. Spend time getting a good grasp of what people are talking about in your space. What are the big questions, controversies or trends? How do different publications approach these topics? What are people getting wrong? What are they missing? How can you help them visualize your offering?

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Step 2
Identify what information you can leverage to help your brand stand out. Share visual info, tips, or trends within your industry to connect with your followers. One solid piece of visual content gets shared 40x more than textual content.

A DEFINED STRATEGY IS ESSENTIAL 

Knowing that you need a visual content strategy is not enough. Defining your visual style, gathering your content and executing your strategy are all essential steps towards your success.

54% of B2B marketers and 50% of B2C marketers cite creating enough content for their marketing efforts as a top priority for their marketing initiatives. Don’t fall for the trap of thinking that having a social media presence is enough. Especially if you’re counting on Facebook likes. Those are worth close to ZERO, but I’ll get into that in a future post.

in the meantime, If you’re looking for more resources check out our previous posts on visual content marketing.

Need to give your visual content strategy a serious upgrade? Contact us, today. We’d love to talk.

3 Killer Visual Content Creation Platforms

With the tools and services available online today, marketers can create and add authentic social content onto their websites, display, social and content marketing strategies to immediately boost trust, advocacy, sales or just make their products pop.

Knowing where and how to start creating eye catching visuals isn’t so trivial. To get you moving in the right direction, below are 3 of our favorite visual content creation platforms. These services are just the tip of the iceberg, but they’re sure to get your mind racing with fresh ideas towards capturing your audience’s attention.

#1 CANVA

Easily create beautiful designs + documents. Use Canva‘s drag-and-drop feature and professional layouts to design consistently stunning graphics. The Canva platform delivers all the basics you need to start creating visuals for Facebook, Instagram, your website, or any other purpose you can think of. Additionally, it’s advanced features such as; grids, textures, blur, transparency and more allow for all the freedom you need to look like a pro.

#2 GIPHY

Giphy is the quite simply the world’s largest library of animated GIFs. Why are GIFs so important? BlueFly found 12% increase in revenue generated from emails with GIFs. Dell Computers started using GIFs and saw increases of 103% for conversion, 42% for click-through rate, and a 109% increase in revenue; all from emails with GIFs. Need I say more?

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#3 PROMO by SLIDELY

Recently launched Promo is a one-stop video service that uses premium videos with licensed music and attention-grabbing copy to create instant promotional videos. I can go on and on about how incredible Promo is, but I’d rather let their videos speak for themselves. After all, this is visual content we’re talking about right?

So there you have it, 3 go-to visual content creation services that will make a huge impact, without putting a dent in your marketing budget.

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