Why are infographics so popular?
Robin Powell gravatar avitar

Why are infographics so popular?

Author: Robin Powell | Posted on: 4 October 2016

Sites like visualcapitalist.com curate great infographics which serve as an inspiration for content marketers

I love the website VisualCapitalist.com. Based in Vancouver, the company was founded five years ago on the belief that "art, data and storytelling can be combined in a manner that makes complex issues and process more digestible". As well as producing amazing infographics of its own, it also curates the best of the rest on the web, with a focus on business and investing.

Visual Capitalist recently produced a brilliant infographic which illustrates and explains the huge popularity of visually stimulating content.

Since 1990 there has been an increase in the use of infographics in books of 400%. Since 2007, on the internet, the figure is a staggering 9,900%.

The obvious question, then, is why people like infographics so much. There are, apparently, three main reasons:

1) Human beings are visually wired

Almost 50% of the human brain is involved in visual processing, and 70% of all our sensory receptors are in our eyes. It takes just 150 milliseconds to process a symbol, and 100 milliseconds to attach a meaning to it.

2) Information overload means we need to understand things faster

The amount of information out there has increased five-fold since 2014, which helps to explain why, on average, just 28% of words on a web page are actually read on an average visit. Colour graphics not only increase our willingness to read by 80%, but they also reduce the amount of time it takes for us to process and understand something.

3) Infographics are more persuasive than simple text

A US study found that if 50% of the audience of an audience is persuaded by purely verbal presentation, 67% are persuaded of the presentation is accompanied by visuals. Also, people remember about 80% of what they see and do, in comparison to 10% of what they hear, or 20% of what they read.

The lesson for content marketers is clear: blogs and audio podcasts both have their place, but there really is no substitute for visually appealing videos and graphics. Those in your target audience are not only more likely to consume visual content; they're also more likely to understand, remember and act on it.

Here's the full infographic. Enjoy!

 

Why are infographics so popular?
Courtesy of: Visual Capitalist

Author: Robin Powell

Robin Powell gravatar avitar
Robin worked for many years as a television journalist with ITV, Sky and the BBC. He is the founder of Ember Regis Group and heads up Regis Media, a niche provider of content marketing for financial advice firms. He blogs as The Evidence-Based Investor and also works as a consultant to disruptive companies in the financial services sector. https://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=45830333&snapshotID=&authType=name&authToken=6sSD&ref=NUS&trk=NUS-body-member-name https://twitter.com/ember_robin https://plus.google.com/114307932267328112195/posts
Why are infographics so popular?

Blog

...

How to choose the right web designer

These tips on how to choose the right web designer aim to help you have a more stress free and cost effective experience when building a new bespoke website.

...

How best to tell your story?

In a world so saturated with stories, how you tell yours is more important than ever. So, what inspiration can marketers take from the narrative techniques of TV, film, and literature?

...

When does it make sense to use paid social?

Algorithm changes have made organic social media less effective. For reluctant businesses then, the question is: when does it make sense to use paid social?

...

Content marketing and advertising: what’s the difference?

Content marketing and advertising have a lot in common. But there are key differences between these two strategies that raise the question: what does content marketing offer to brands that traditional advertising does not?