Adrienne asks, “I’ve seen some good examples of Data and the use of infographics in Pr and lends themselves to social. Still a tactic in 2022?”
Tactics always work. It’s how well they’re executed that matters. Infographics are just a tactic and if done well, they can be very effective. However, if the data is invalid or if the infographic is confusing, it will not be effective.
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Christopher Penn 0:13
In this episode and asks candy corn yes or no? Now, they look like teeth and it tastes like wax.
Adrian asks, I’ve seen some good examples of data and the use of infographics and public relations and social media.
Is this still a valid tactic in 2022? Yeah.
Well, here’s the thing about tactics, tactics always work.
It’s how well, they’re executed that matters is how good you are at them, right? It’s like, is frying still a valid method of cooking in 2022? Yes, of course it is.
Unless you’re an idiot.
And you’ll you stick your hand in the fryer, the no huge under no circumstances, be frying anything.
Infographics are just a tactic.
They’re a method of condensing and distributing data.
And so if you’re good at it, if you’re good at putting together something that tells a good story that is appealing to look at that is helpful and useful and valuable, it will absolutely work.
The reason for your question is because there’s a whole bunch of people out there, particularly in the public relations field, who are really bad at infographics, they create infographics that are just confusing to look at.
They don’t say anything, or they do say something that’s blatantly self serving, the data of the underlying data is invalid.
This has been especially a problem with surveys, I can’t tell you the number of times that I have talked to a public relations person about serving data, and how to explain basic mathematics like, No, you can’t add up certain percentages, you just can’t do that.
And so we have seen over the last 10 years, in particular, last really last five years, but especially the last 10 years.
Infographics went from something novel as a format to something pretty trite.
But that doesn’t mean they don’t work, it just means that you have to be better at them than you have in the past, you have to be really creative.
You have to partner with good designers, right? People who are visual communicators, if that’s not you, you have to partner with really good designers to distill down and tell the kind of story you want with data, you have to, you’ve got to have good data.
Right? If the data you’re putting together and an infographic makes no sense or is too hard to understand, which is something I’m guilty of a lot, then it doesn’t land people look at and they don’t understand it.
One of my favorite infographics of all time that I did, was mapping the size of social networks to the Kingdoms of Westeros Game of Thrones, like, here’s how large this social network is this social network is, it was so so much fun, we actually made like a wall painting of it.
That was pretty easy to understand.
People could look at that and understand Oh, this is, that’s how big, you know, Facebook really is? Or how big WhatsApp really is.
It’s the size of whatever the Lannisters controlled.
And so it’s just a question of, of developing those storytelling skills with data.
That makes it a working tactic.
And again, there’s a lot of, there’s a lot of garbage.
There’s a lot of mediocre stuff, too.
One of the things that we don’t talk about enough in content marketing is your contents got to add value somehow.
One of the things that is in Google’s webmaster guidelines, the search quality rating, rater guidelines that I thought was really insightful was the middle score, which is pretty much guaranteed to not have you show up well in search.
There was this expression they wrote says nothing wrong, but nothing special.
Right? That is sort of like the doomed category of content in their search quality rating islands.
Nothing wrong, but nothing special.
When you look at an infographic that isn’t done well.
You look at it, okay, nothing wrong with nothing special.
And that’s I think, is the worst.
I think I think that’s even that’s even worse than a bad infographic because a bad infographic it’s like, you know, a bad movie after a certain point.
It’s funny, right after certain points, like, that’s so bad that it’s actually good.
But when you get into the the territory of the mediocre, that just doesn’t stand out that doesn’t do anything like Wow, your eyes are sort of slide off into the next thing.
And that’s really dangerous.
That is really dangerous YouTube content marketing because again, if
if people notice something thing, good or bad? You’ve gotten their attention for at least for a little while.
But if you put something out that is bland that is unremarkable, you’re not gonna get any action on it no heat whatsoever.
You won’t get critics you won’t get fans you just get nothing.
Take a look at the feedback you get about your marketing now, in your customer service inbox, in your email inbox in your newsletter and marks in your social media.
What feedback are you getting? Are you getting people like yeah, I really enjoyed that PSA.
Well, that was good, or that was really wrong.
I don’t I didn’t like that.
I think you’re wrong about that thing.
Or are you getting nothing? Nothing but crickets.
If you’re not getting feedback, good or bad.
You’re you’re content marketing has fallen flat.
And an infographic will not help that it will not fix that because whatever is fundamentally wrong with your marketing is going to spread to every tactic that you try, right? If you are working with bad ingredients, it doesn’t matter whether you fry Baker boil, it’s still bad ingredients.
So infographics absolutely still work in 2022.
If you’re good at them, just like email still works just like direct postal mail still works.
If you’re good at it in 2022.
The challenge is you’ve got to be good at it.
And that is the mountain we all have to climb.
Thanks for asking.
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