We talked about the great attraction power of infographics and visual content in a recent Blogger Babes post, where we also promised you a list of tools that you can use to create your own. Here we’ll talk about few such tools that can help you get your message across to more readers visually.
As we mentioned then, infographics are not best fit for just any data, but when they are suitable, they can get lots of quality attention and engage people in taking actions. Check the visualization options of Many Eyes to find the right way to view your data.
If your infographic is good, and you promote it on other blogs relevant to your industry, or get people’s attention on social media, other bloggers may also see it as valuable and link to it. This is the best and most natural link-building strategy that brings long-term quality results for all bloggers.
So, let’s get to the tools…
Piktochart is an amazing online tool that lets you create innovative infographics by simply dragging and dropping different visualization elements – themes, icons, charts, and images. In just a click you can share your infographics on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Google+, or export them to PNG and JPG in both print and web quality.
Piktochart infographics are also search-friendly, meaning engines can crawl the content embedded on the graphics and rank you in their results based on this. The tool is available for a free trial before purchasing, and if you decide it’s worth paying for, the yearly subscription is $14 a month.
To get started, make sure to check Piktochart awesome tutorials, e-book and videos.
Infogr.am is another great web-based tool for creating static and interactive charts, graphs, and infographics. The tool has a built-in spreadsheet where you can easily upload and edit raw data to create anything from bubble charts, tree maps, and pie charts, to amazing infographics that speak to readers, with videos and maps included along with text and images.
Your infographics are available for download in PNG or PDF format, so you can easily add them to your presentations or email them to a friend or fellow blogger. You can embed the infographics in blog posts, publish them online and share on social media, and if your data is sensitive, you can set a password or share the graphic with a private link.
Infogr.am’s next feature is a video infographic creator, the world’s first. Leave your email if you want to be among the first to know when they launch.
Easel.ly is a fun tool with thousands of free infographic templates and design elements that you can build on or start from scratch to create and share your visual ideas online. You can select an existing canvas from their extensive vhemes (visual themes) library, or upload your own backgrounds and drag-and-drop objects to make unique visualizations and infographics. Once completed, you can export and save the graphic as PNG, JPG, PDG, and SVG file, and easily share it on social media.
Visual.ly is “the world’s marketplace for visual content” and a community of over half a million members, connecting you with number crunchers, developers, designers, illustrators and their eye-candy data visualizations and infographics, to get you inspired when creating your own. Once you sign up you can connect your account with your Facebook and Twitter page to let Visual.ly analyze your stats and create diagrams, graphics and even feature Twitter showdowns.
InfoActive is another great tool that lets you illustrate the data you want to share with your blog audience the easy way, with a simple drag and drop feature, and turn live streams of numbers into engaging interactive stories. You can use their pre-designed themes or customize your own infographics, embed them on your blog, promote on social networks, or privately share with a secured URL. Simplicity is one of InfoActive’s key features – creating is so easy that anyone can do it, and you don’t even need a tutorial to get started.
Many Eyes doesn’t technically qualify as an infographic tool, but this experiment brought by IBM Research and the IBM Cognos software group provides a range of visualization features, from ordinary to experimental, that are not available on other platforms and services and can be used to add variety to other, previously mentioned, tools. You can select a data set from the site or upload your own, and then simply apply and customize the desired visualization style to complete the graphic before publishing.
Good work visualizers! In case you know other great tools that ease visual communication online, please feel free to share them in the comments below.
Canva gives you everything you need to easily turn ideas into stunning images. Create designs for Web or print including blog graphics, presentations, social media covers, instagram graphics, flyers, posters, invitations and so much more. We love Canva due to its simplicity and ease of use. The interface is quite intuitive and easy to learn. After spending about 10 minutes completing some basic exercises provided with the account, you’ll be good to go. Canva also comes with dozens of beautifully designed, pre-set templates in many standard sizes for social media and marketing materials (and the template library is frequently updated!) This is a wonderful time saver.
There is no cost to use Canva. You can upload and design your own images. There are also professional stock images and illustrations available for $1. Paid images are clearly labeled.