For a while now, it's been clear that Instagram isn't just a social network for selfies and brunch pics. In fact, Instagram sees a whopping 500 million users -- a 25% increase in audience size over less than a year.
In a world where Read More
Before the days of smartphones -- if you can remember such a time -- taking a great photo was a labor-intensive process. You'd have buy a fancy camera and editing software for your desktop computer, and invest some serious time and energy into learning how to use them.
But thanks to our mobile devices and the editing apps that come with them, we can now take high quality photos and edit them without too many bells and whistles -- all from the same device that we use to make calls.Read More
Infographics are an awesome way to present information. When you combine data visualization, contextual information, and graphics, it's much easier to capture and maintain the attention of your audience.
However, creating well-designed infographics that actually help increase your traffic can be quite the process.Read More
You and I sift through a lot of data for our jobs. Data about website performance, sales performance, product adoption, customer service, marketing campaign results ... the list goes on.
When you manage multiple content assets, such as social media or a blog, with multiple sources of data, it can get overwhelming.Read More
At one point or another, we all need inspiration to do our jobs better. It doesn't matter whether you're a marketing veteran who has navigated through years of changing technology or a newbie fresh out of college -- we all need examples of outstanding content. It helps us get through creative ruts, make the case to our boss for experimentation, and improve our own marketing.Read More
With 46% of marketers reporting that photography is critical to their current marketing and storytelling strategies, it should come as no surprise that quality photos are in high demand.
Trouble is, most commercially available photos on the internet were taken to visualize broad overall concepts rather than concrete messages. That means they can be used in all sorts of campaigns ... but also end up looking generic.Read More
It’s difficult to communicate emotion through just text -- and as a digital marketer, you’re always looking for ways to make more meaningful connections with your audience.
Images make it easier for you to bring your stories to life, as well as overcome linguistic and cultural barriers between you and your audience. If you’re not using graphics to your advantage, you’re missing out on a huge chance to make a personal connection with your audience and increase engagement with your content as a result.Read More
Designing your website can be a long and expensive process. To ensure the process goes smoothly and that your end product is the best it can be, test early and test often. By revealing flaws in competitors’ websites as well as flaws in your current website, you can save time and money during your redesign.Read More
Like many of you, I'm a trained marketer and more of a "do-it-yourself" designer.
Sure, I read through The Marketer’s Crash Course in Visual Content Creation and learned some sweet PowerPoint and Photoshop tricks that have helped me a lot with my content marketing job. But I really wanted to take my design skills to the next level.Read More
"Everything’s already been thought of."
"I don't even know where to start."
"I’m just not a creative person."
We've all had those frustrating moments -- when when we're expected to come up with a brilliant new idea, but no matter how much we squint at our computer screens, we just can't seem to think of anything good.Read More
What if I told you you could visit an art gallery ... from the comfort of your own home? Or from a bus seat on your commute to work? Or while you're taking a break for lunch?
If you follow the right people, that's what Instagram can do for you. There are a lot of really talented artists and designers out there who use Instagram as a sort of mini art gallery -- a social portfolio, if you will.Read More
When you think of great website design, you probably think about a website's homepage, or their blog, or their product pages.
But what about a website's 'Contact Us' page?
Far too many website designers put contact pages near the bottom of their priority list in terms of copywriting and design.Read More
What do you think to yourself when you see someone's Twitter avatar is the default image of an egg? Chances are, you probably assume they are either inactive, a fake account, or someone not worth following.
While almost all businesses understand that the egghead approach isn't doing them any justice, they often fail to understand that a plain, flat Twitter cover photo can be equally as off-putting to potential followers.Read More
Choosing any color scheme -- whether for graphics, websites, brands, etc. -- is a challenge in and of itself. That choice of colors sets the mood for anything and everything you create.
When it comes to data visualization, color is especially important. The color scheme sets the tone of the imagery and each color serves to represent a unique piece of information.Read More
When it comes down to it, design is all about making choices. Each color, shape, line, font, text, and graphic you use will ultimately influence the message you're trying to get across.
I’ve often been in conversations with people who know they should get better at design, but they don’t feel they have a “natural sense” for creativity.Read More
Now more than ever, businesses are focusing on creating delightful mobile website experiences.
After all, Google has been heavily favoring mobile-friendly websites since they updated their algorithm in April 2015 and again in March 2016. And that's crucial, seeing as there have been more Google search queries on smartphones than on desktop computers and tablets for over a year now.Read More
Visual content is in high demand. Just about every piece of content you create can be enhanced by some kind of visual element. In fact, content with relevant images gets a whopping 94% more views than content without relevant images.
And in social media, visuals pretty much make or break your presence. According to Buffer, visual content is more than 40X more likely to get shared on social media than other types of content.Read More
Whether you’re writing a blog post, putting together a presentation, or working on a full-length report, using data in your content marketing strategy is a must.
Using data helps enhance your arguments by make your writing more compelling. It gives your readers context. And it helps provide support for your claims.Read More
When it comes to establishing trust, it doesn’t matter how compelling your calls-to-action are, how engaging your content is, or how quickly your pages load on mobile screens. If visitors to your site have any doubts about how trustworthy you are, they’ll bounce right out and never come back.Read More
There’s no doubt that Photoshop is an incredibly powerful tool for marketers. Photoshop has thousands of features, tools, settings, and shortcuts that have drastically changed and shaped graphic design and photo editing over the last few decades.
With the sophistication of today’s design capabilities, however, comes the hassle of learning and staying up-to-date on Photoshop’s features.Read More
When people arrive at your Facebook Page, where do you think they first look?
I'll give you some hints. It's a visual piece of content that sits at the top of your page. Its dimensions are 851 pixels wide by 315 pixels tall. It takes up almost a quarter of the screen on most desktop browsers.Read More
You never get a second chance to make a first impression -- that’s why your homepage is undoubtedly one of the most important web pages on your website.
For any given company, the homepage is its virtual front door. If a new visitor doesn't like what they see, their knee-jerk reaction is to hit the "back" button.Read More
There's no denying that Adobe Photoshop is a powerful photo editing tool, with loads of built-in features and effects. In fact, if you're a marketer with little (or zero) photography or graphic design experience, Photoshop can sometimes feel a bit overwhelming.
Oppositely, however, if you've spent years learning the ins and outs of Photoshop, you might now be arriving at a point where you feel like you've exhausted all of Photoshop's built-in benefits.Read More
Before the days of neon lights and marquee signs, business owners had to get creative when it came to advertising their establishments. In fact, wine bars in ancient Rome used to hang bunches of vine leaves outside their door as a nod to the God of Wine, Bacchus. And when weather conditions left them with a short supply of vine leaves, barkeeps turned to bushes -- inns called Bush, or Bull & Bush, still exist today.Read More
This year, 73% of content creators plan to prioritize creating more engaging content, while 55% plan to prioritize creating visual content, according to a report from Content Marketing Institute.
This means more infographics, more social media images, more video content, and more visually appealing advertisements. What constitutes as visually appealing advertisement?Read More
One of the tenets of inbound marketing is to not annoy people. So why is it that many websites are still chock full of the elements that so many visitors have bemoaned over and over?
Perhaps with the sheer excitement (or terror, depending on your personality) that comes with designing your own website, all of the user experience quirks that have driven you crazy over the years escape your mind.Read More
When it comes to designing or re-designing a website, it can be easy to get hung up on the aesthetics. "That shade of blue just doesn't look right .... Wouldn't it be cool to have the logo on the right side of the screen? .... How about we put a giant animated GIF in the middle of the page?"
The use of Growth-Driven Design (GDD) is an effective, dynamic marketing approach. Unlike traditional web design, which can be hypothesis-based and largely static, GDD is dynamic, evolutionary, and implemented based on real feedback and user data. As such, it is particularly valuable for ecommerce retailers’ websites.
Redesigning your website is a great way to get a fresh start. But how do you know when it's actually time to get the ball rolling on an overhaul?
Many times, a redesign begins when an executive or marketer begins to feel like the website is outdated. This can especially be true if a competitor, or someone in an adjacent industry recently redesigned their site.Read More
A well-executed survey has the power to uncover insights that you can use to hone your strategy, shape your product, gauge customer satisfaction, and more.
While it's temping to share your findings right away, sometimes it's better to pause and reflect. By taking time to find the story in your data, you might find a way to share your findings that is far more valuable than a bunch of jumbled stats and takeaways.Read More
Nowadays, getting a website up and running isn't nearly as difficult as it once was. Optimizing the design of that website for improved user experience (UX), on the other hand, continues to be something that marketers struggle with.Read More
As someone who dabbles in Photoshop, I often get odd requests from coworkers asking if I can take person A and insert them into situation B. Usually, it's for an internal slide deck, or a Wiki post, or for a Slack-related practical joke.
And while there are usually a bajillion more important things I could be doing when these requests come in, I nearly always say yes -- with the caveat that I'll spend a maximum of 15–20 minutes working on it.Read More
I joined HubSpot in September 2011 as a blogger. At the time, I needed to know how to write and educate through my writing.
Flash forward to today. My content role has evolved eons beyond what I could ever have imagined. To conquer lead gen, I mastered ebook production. To help spread data, I learned how to create infographics.Read More
Think about all the times you've signed up for things in your life. Did you once download Evernote? Dropbox? Spotify? Maybe you've even taken a class on General Assembly.
Each one of these signups is likely a result of an effective call-to-action.
And it's really important to guide your visitors through the buying journey using strategic calls-to-action (CTAs).Read More
It's that time again. You've spent countless hours creating and executing a campaign, and now you're finally ready to present the results to your boss. You've rehearsed your presentation meticulously, and feel great about the whole deck ... except that one slide that shows a report that doesn't quite make sense.
Even though the rest of your data is compelling, you know your boss will somehow find a way to focus on the one chart that isn't.Read More
They say the best things often come in small packages. Think about it: jewelry, Snapchats, books, the keys to a brand new car ... all of these things support this notion.
And with our attention spans shrinking below that of a goldfish, it should come as no surprise that we're beginning to crave more focused content at a smaller scale, too.Read More
Think of the most successful salespeople you know. They’re equal parts artist and scientist, skilled at building trust, telling their products’ stories in a persuasive way, answering and overcoming objections and, finally, closing the deal.
If you’re an ecommerce company, your website is your salesperson. And like a good salesperson, your site should bring your brand’s personality to the forefront while leveraging a few fundamental tactics of artful online dealmaking:Read More
Raise your hand if you've ever wasted time in Photoshop.
I know the feeling: You know what you want to do -- like crop a photo, select a certain tool, or change the size of the canvas -- but you're not quite sure which buttons to press to make that happen.Read More
When is the last time you visited a website on your smartphone and had to wait for the page to load?
According to Akamai, 73% of mobile users say they've encountered a website that was slow to load. Many times, this happens when users aren't on WiFi and are relying on a cellular connection.Read More
Believe it or not, driving traffic to your website -- albeit challenging -- isn't enough to sustain your business. In an effort to truly leverage that investment in traffic, marketers must use conversion rate optimization, or CRO, to convince said traffic to complete a desired action.
In some cases, these optimization techniques might be as basic as changing the color of a CTA. In other cases, there's a lot more that can be improved.Read More
Just like an awesome photo or graphic can really make your design stand out, so can the right font. But the wrong font can also make your design stand out ... in a bad way. If you've ever seen a design with really out-of-date typography, you know what I mean.
But what makes a font or typography design out-of-date? What's "in" right now? Whether you're designing a one-off project or you're a seasoned designer, it's important to stay on top of typography trends so your work looks and feels current.Read More
Don't use more than three typefaces. Follow a grid. Keep it simple.
You've heard these common design rules repeated over and over again -- by your teacher, your art director, and even that friend who uses Microsoft paint to design his band posters.Read More
We all know visual marketing works. Visual content is 40X more likely to get shared on social media than other types of content. Not to mention, infographics are Liked or shared on social media 3X more than any other type of content.
The problem is, it can be hard to actually create these visuals -- especially when you're a small marketing team with too much to do and no designer on hand.Read More
It's an exciting time to be a content marketer. But it's also a challenging time.
As more companies continue to jump on the inbound marketing bandwagon, the influx of content seems to be turning into a bit of a traffic jam. And few things have the power to cut through this noise like data storytelling.Read More
Over the past few years, we've seen content become more visual. Marketers have experimented with infographics, videos, and more -- and they've made plans to keep it up this year.
In fact, 73% of content creators plan to prioritize creating more engaging content in 2016, and 55% plan to prioritize creating visual content.Read More
Wouldn't it be great if creating infographics was as simple as writing regular ol' text-based blog posts? Unfortunately, the reality is that making visual content like this usually takes a lot more time, effort, and let's face it -- skill -- than the written word. Usually.
But considering the popularity and effectiveness of visual content in marketing today, you can't just afford to throw in the towel.Read More
Infographics have become one of the most powerful tools in a marketer's arsenal.
Content marketers often find themselves wanting to explain complex topics to their audience in a way that's easy to understand. Not only do infographics help break these topics into digestible chunks of information, but they do just that in a content format that people actually like reading.Read More
The past few years have been exciting ones for great design.
Some of the web design trends from last year have proven themselves popular enough to stick around in 2016, like flat design, background videos, and robust mobile app design. More importantly, we've seen the rise of a few new trends that marketers and designers alike need to stay on top of, such as card-based interface design.Read More
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