Depending on the medium used, you may spend a considerable amount of time and energy trying to create the most appealing and eye-catching written or verbal messages to convey to your target audience. The matter of visual content may seem less meaningful and impactful than what your message textually or verbally says, but this is actually not the case. In fact, visual content actually tells a story to your target audience as well, and it can increase memory recall that benefits your brand image substantially.
To save time, energy and money, your business may be one of many that pulls stock photos from the Internet to finalize your marketing efforts or to add to your website. In fact, according to a Venngage survey, approximately 35 percent of the 300 marketers surveyed used stock photos. After all, these are readily available through a simple online download, and it may seem like a more advantageous option than creating your own photographic images.
However, some people may have seen stock images in other areas, and this could dramatically reduce the overall credibility of your website and your brand. In addition, the image quality may not be superior with some stock photos, and this also could negatively reflect on your business and brand.
It may be beneficial to use your own customized photos. However, you could also customize stock images through a photo editor, such as Canva, to create more unique visuals for your marketing material.
If you choose to use one of the many free stock photos found online, remember that the number of images you use is less important than the combination of quality images mixed with concise and focused text. The ideal amount of text to use per image is 75 to 100 words.
Another excellent way to communicate effectively with your target audience through visuals is to use infographics. In fact, approximately one-third of all marketers surveyed use infographics in various ways because of how effective they are.
Infographics are usually supported by scientific data or research. The visual element of these graphics makes them easier for your target audience to learn from and absorb in comparison to plain text. Therefore, the power of statistics and other data that you use may be more impactful and memorable.
When creating an infographic for your marketing material
- be sure to incorporate supporting websites to back up your facts and figures
- choose an eye-catching design
- remember to use color psychology for maximum benefit
- only use data that actually supports your case and
- avoid using so much data that the graphic is overwhelming for your target audience to review and understand.
After you have created an exceptional infographic, use multiple methods to share it. For example, you may use social media to encourage views, and you can even pass it on to bloggers for them to use in different ways. They likely will reference your website when introducing the infographic to their followers, which may draw traffic to your website.
More than half of all marketers surveyed have cited videos as the type of content that generates the best overall return on investment. One reason for this is because studies have indicated that those who view related videos are 1.81 times more likely to buy a related product than those who do not view videos.
One of the great things about video marketing is that it can be used to sell almost any type of product or service. For example, product features can be highlighted in videos, or the benefits of specific services can be visually demonstrated to your target audience.
However, if you are selling luxury items or collectibles, such as high-end clothes, antiques or something else, you likely need to use audio in your video. For example, while you are showing the exceptional features of your products on video, audio can be used to further emphasize the luxurious or high-end attributes of the images in the video.
Remember to maximize the benefits of videos when you are incorporating them into your website, and this is particularly relevant to live videos or webcasts. Because the technology for this type of marketing is readily available and more affordable than it has been in previous years, it is increasingly popular for businesses to use.
Live videos can be used to directly communicate with your audience and even to answer live phone calls or chatted-in messages. You may also be able to use 360-degree views of your products and communicate with jargon or lingo that has direct appeal to your target audience.
While it may be common for many marketers to focus more heavily on text and verbal content in a marketing message than on images and videos, you can see now how important it is to use customized videos, images and graphics.
More than that, there are various ways for you to incorporate different visual elements into your marketing efforts so that you can more effectively take advantage of the benefits. In fact, almost any type of visual may have so much appeal to your target audience that it can potentially go viral and have pronounced reach and benefits to your brand and company.
As you prepare future marketing materials, keep these valuable tips about visual content in mind so that you can make a more impactful statement with your many marketing images and other visuals.