3 Resources to Help You Create Remarkable Visual Content

Copyblogger Collection: visual content that surprises and delights

As someone who made an intentional decision to have a career working with words, talking to you about the importance of visual content makes me feel a little weird.

But I have to tell you, when I’ve been scrolling through my Twitter timeline lately, it’s the updates with intriguing visuals that catch my eye. They’re the ones I read, and the links I click.

In the current digital marketing landscape, the strategic use of visual content — whether it accompanies text or stands alone — is a smart move as you strive to produce the best experience for your audience.

This week’s Copyblogger Collection is a series of three handpicked articles that will help you learn:

  • How to create simple, captivating drawings
  • How to use images to engage distracted readers
  • How to create a visual brand

As you work your way through the material below, think of these lessons as a mini visual content creation course.

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Why Don’t Some Online Courses Sell?

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Online courses are a great way to build a business. They’re also a great way to get better-qualified clients, or build an additional revenue stream by providing an alternative to your services.

But sometimes, things don’t go as planned. Your course isn’t selling as much as you’d like, or worse, it’s not selling at all.

There’s a methodical analysis you can perform to see if you can spot the problem. Of course, this is the same analysis you should perform before you create a course.

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Two Ways to Turn Facebook Fans into Paying Customers

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Jon Loomer has been using Facebook for business since 2007. And despite the ever-changing landscape, Jon has continued to thrive by marketing on the platform. Jon is now a leading Facebook marketing expert, and in this episode of Technology Translated, it’ll be clear why.

When host Scott Ellis asked Jon to come on his show, he had no idea what a treat his listeners were in for.

By the middle of this episode, listeners will recognize the gold mine of information Jon is sharing, including how he executed one campaign that converted Facebook fans to email subscribers at the whopping rate of 92%.

It might sound to good to be true, but tune in and hear Jon describe how he did it, and it’ll all make sense.

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What Craft Beer and Food Trucks Can Teach Us About the Power of Collaboration

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Your fellow Showrunners, even those serving the very same niche(s) that you’re serving, are not your enemies. 95 percent of the world has no idea what you’re doing as “podcaster,” so don’t turn a cold shoulder to the few who do.

This week’s episode of The Showrunner begins with a discussion about the value of meeting your listeners in person when you get the opportunity to do so. Hosts Jerod Morris and Jon Nastor offer up a few actionable ideas on how to bring the topic up with your audience.

Then, for the final time, they harken back to their experience at Podcast Movement for inspiration.

This leads to a conversation about the power of cooperation, collaboration, and craft beer (yum!).

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The Zen of Measurement, Optimization, and Focus

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In this new series on The Mainframe, hosts Tony Clark and Chris Garrett discuss the importance of the right metrics in growing your business, and why you should not be paralyzed by math.

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The Problem with the ‘Hell-For-Leather’ Writing Movement

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As of late, it’s fashionable to write hell for leather. In fact, there’s a hot cottage industry in the writing culture. But is it good for the writing community? Or detrimental?

For lack of better terms, let’s call this trend the “The Hell-For-Leather Writing Movement.” Or HFLWM.

You see HFLWM in titles like “How to Write Fast,” “Write an Article in 20 Minutes,” and “How Fast Can You Write?”

Growing content demands and aggressive editorial schedules shove this thinking into our faces. But it gets empirical with 5 Personal Writing Metrics Every Content Marketer Should Track by Nate Baker at Raven.

And it also gets personal.

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3 Easy Ways to Expand Your Creativity

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Imagination is more important than knowledge. – Albert Einstein

Remember when you were little and the best gift of all was a large cardboard box?

That box could be anything from a small family home to the vanguard of an intergalactic attack fleet. With a few hastily drawn lines in permanent marker — and a wild imagination — we could go anywhere and be anything.

If you were given an empty box to play with today, would you find as many fascinating uses as you could back then?

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How to Effectively Publish on LinkedIn, Part 3

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In this final episode about publishing to the Pulse Network, you’ll hear directly from special guest Katie Carroll, Social Media Editor at LinkedIn Pulse.

The Missing Link hosts Sean Jackson and Mica Gadhia ask Katie the burning questions sent in by audience members.

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How to Optimize Your Headlines for Content Discovery with Vinegar (Before You Die of Cholera)

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Are you curious how the beginning and end of this headline actually fit together? It’s quite a promise to deliver on. Well, hosts Demian Farnworth and Jerod Morris do just that on this week’s episode of The Lede, and they improve your content discovery in the process.

And that’s important, because optimizing your content for discovery is a foundational principle of SEO on the modern web. And the element that most influences whether your content gets discovered is the headline.

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One Product Does Not a Business Make

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Today’s guest on Hack the Entrepreneur is the founder and CEO of Digital Marketer, where he blogs and coaches for the Digital Marketer Lab and other training courses. He started marketing online from his dorm room in 1999, and has worked in over 500 different markets.

In the last three years, he and his team have invested over $15,000,000 in marketing tests, and have generated tens of millions of unique visitors.

He’s also a sought-after public speaker and consultant, and his work has impacted over 200,000 businesses in 68 countries.

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