Infographics: Keeping it Simple!

Infographics for all!
As a nonprofit organization, it goes without saying that the numbers matter.  By numbers, we mean data.  Hard facts.  Without tangible products to market or profits to boast, numbers are testament to what your organization can do.  Data can showcase the need for your organization’s work and can reinforce the work you’ve done.  Infographics make this data beautiful.  Data and facts can be presented in a visual layout, educating the viewer in an entertaining way.

Thinking of creating your own info graphics? Here are three simple tips to get started!

  1. Do your research!!!  Make sure the statistics are gathered correctly and calculated flawlessly.  It is important to also look at all parts of the data and understand the study that was initially conducted.  Also, keep in mind the problem that the infographic will ultimately address.  When looking at all your raw data as a whole, it is easy to lose sight of the point your graphic his trying to make.
  2. One design site advises that it is most helpful to “create a hierarchy” for your data.  Out of the research and raw data, you may have a fact that is more substantial than the rest.  Try organizing the rest of your facts and data around this fact.  This is a good starting point and brings the entire graphic together.  This also helps you to distinguish the type of visible structure you want to use.
  3. Pick a format!!!  Depending on what kind of problem you are trying to address and what kind of data you have, your format could range from simplistic flow charts to more creative, labeled pictures.  Many free websites allowing anyone to easily create their own infographics.  Here are some of the best!

    Canva
    Starting with fun tutorials and guiding you through the site Canva is extremely easy to use.  Graphics are colorful, clean, and simply moved to create a completely original graphic.  Layouts to choose from also include formats created for different social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

    Easel.ly
    Intimidated to start from scratch?  Easel.ly offers a wide variety of aesthetic pre-made formats to easily insert your own data into.  Many of the layouts come with extra cartoon or picture graphics to add to plain numbers.

    Piktochart
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    f only using the free version, three initial themes are available; however, the layouts, graphic designs, and fonts are easy to place and customize specifically to your organizational needs.  When finished, exporting is simple whether posting on social media, on your website, or just to save.

    Looking for some further inspiration?  Check out Wired Magazine’s Top Infographics of the Year or look up some cool nonprofit infographics on Pinterest! 

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Simple tips to guarantee Twitter success!

1. When setting up your Twitter account, make yourself as accessible as possible. Create a username relevant to your organisation, an iconic image to represent your organisation’s individuality and make sure your bio has a clear description of what you’re all about, with links to your other social media platforms! More startup tips here.

2. Need some hashtag inspiration? Social Brite has complied a list of 40 popular not-for-profit hashtags to help get you started! More hashtag tips here.

Why use hashtags?

  • Hashtags help to get your Tweets seen!
  • Use key words as hashtags to help people sort through the clutter and find your Tweets more easily!

3. Did you know there are websites to help manage your Twitter account? Organise your Twitter page by scheduling Tweets with sites such as Hootsuite and Tweetdeck! Discover more organisational tools here.

4. Post a combination of visual and written tweets to keep users interested. Infographics and videos can be great alternatives as text is restricted to 140 characters on Twitter.

5. What is a cause without followers? Start following like-minded others on Twitter! You can find followers through the #Discover option or by searching key words relative to your cause. More tips on gaining followers here.

What are the benefits that you can think of? How Twitter actually help you in achieving objectives and goals? How Twitter helps fundraising your nonprofit with 140 characters? Click here and find out more.

Wonder how Twitter makes non-profit organisations succeed? Click here to find out what are the Top non-profits on Twitter!

What have been your experiences with non profit organisations on Twitter? Think we’re missing some information? Send us your feedback through our Facebook page or tweet us @DNPsocialmedia!