Of course you know visual content is hot.
Instagram is hugely popular. Pinterest growth is meteoric. And everywhere you look you see infographics.
Have you noticed how quickly Vine became popular?
A few quick facts:
- Instagram had more daily users in August 2012 than Twitter
- Pinterest drives more sales and revenue than Facebook for jewellery retailer Bottica.com (source) and Pinterest drives more traffic than Twitter for Sony (source)
- KISSmetrics built 41,142 backlinks from 3741 unique domains by publishing 47 infographics (source)
Adding an image to each blog post is easy. But what else can you do? How can you turn information about boring industries into visual content? How can you create fascinating infographics about dull products?
It may seem hard to create enchanting visual content. But it really shouldn’t be so difficult.
Below are 28 simple ideas to inspire your visual content creation.
Help your customers with visual buying advice
How can you use visuals to help your customers buy the right product for their requirements?
How can you be helpful rather than sell?
Below follow eleven ideas to advise and help your customers:
- Develop a flow chart of the buying process; make it serious or fun.
- Explain the key features customers need to consider when buying your products.
- Help customers understand how your product works by creating a colourful diagram.
- Explain the key choices customers have to make when selecting your product.
- Address customer issues. What are their pain points and what advice can you offer?
- Create a visual how-to guide. Turn your instruction manual into drawings or photographs.
- Create a how-not-to guide. Highlight key mistakes people make.
- Be helpful and give free advice. Vetdepot.com for instance explains how to interpret pet food labels.
- Turn your customer testimonials into videos like Evernote does. Or answer customer questions on video.
- Show how your product is used or how it’s made.
- Share interesting product facts. Be inspired by these fun facts about Coca Cola or these interesting facts about Lego mini figures.
Build authority by sharing visual information about your industry
Can visuals help you build your online reputation? Can visuals help you build authority?
Of course, it’s possible. Just use visuals to share your industry knowledge. Below follow eight ways to turn your expertise into visual content.
- Create an infographic to share statistics about your industry or industry-related topics.
- Comment on the history of your industry. Do you know the origins of the humble business card?
- Share your vision on the future.
- Comment on industry trends such as cars becoming bigger.
- Show geographic, gender, or economic differences in the use of your product, service or cause.
- Gather quotes from industry experts and make them look appealing. Take your inspiration from Lifehack.
- Provide a visual comparison of products in your market.
- Turn a presentation at an industry event into an info-doodle.
Offer a look behind-the-scenes and have some fun
Customers don’t engage with faceless companies; they connect with people.
Allow your employees to show their passion. Tell stories about your company or have some fun.
- Create a timeline for your company.
- Celebrate an anniversary and share your achievements.
- Show behind-the-scenes pictures or videos about your R&D process or the latest exhibition you attended.
- Show the people behind your brand. Share pictures of days out or community activities.
- Include a team picture or introduce new staff. Interview employees about their jobs.
- Show your product in odd locations like this red chair.
- Inject your ideas into what’s popular – even if it’s unrelated and just for fun.
- Organize a caption competition. Turkey Hill holds popular competitions on their blog.
- Have some fun. Don’t take yourself too seriously. Create cartoons about your industry.
The truth about visual content
To create visual content for your company blog, you need to think beyond your company.
Get to know your customers and prospects. Understand what they dream of, what fascinates them, and what keeps them up at night.
Share visuals that delight your customers. Be helpful and share your expertise generously.
Most importantly: show personality. Be passionate. Have some fun. Your customers will love you for it. And they’ll reward you with shares, likes, tweets, pins and plusses.