5 Easy Steps to Create Stunning Content Marketing Images [Examples]

Content marketing image examples are all around us …

Just look at social media platforms these days to see that visual content marketing is on the rise.

Words are great. So is video and audio.

But images? They communicate fast …

Images are processed in the blink of an eye — 13 milliseconds, according to recent research presented in an MIT study.

When you’re coming up with content marketing ideas, are you thinking visually? Are you remembering to include image creation in your content marketing plans?

If you’re not, you’re effectively ignoring a fast track that goes straight to the brains of your audience members.

Yikes!

All images communicate fast, but the kind of images I’m going to cover in this article are what I call “signature branded images.”

You can think about them as “engagement images.”

No, not this …

Content marketing image engagement isn't this

This is what we’re aiming for …

Content marketing image engagement looks like this

We want our prospects and customers to be pulled right into our content because of the images we add.

Our goal is to use images to:

So … how can you make these “engagement images” a part of your content marketing strategy?

Read on for content marketing image examples and tips you can use right now.

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What is Visual Content Marketing?

Content marketing is how we reach our prospects and customers today. I’m a fan! I even wrote a book about content marketing.

But these days, there’s another powerhouse method in town. There’s another channel we need to use. I call it visual content marketing.

What is visual content marketing?

Visual content marketing refers to using images to convey valuable information in an engaging visual format. The purpose? To attract people to your website, your cause, your offers.

Visual content marketing examples include images with educational or inspiring text, infographics, and “signature branded images” that promote written, audio, or video content.

(Scroll down for visual examples!)

Remind me, please: what’s content marketing?

Content marketing is any information, online or offline, which informs and educates prospects and customers as a way to build trust and engagement.

The most common formats for content marketing today are:

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Free Stock Photos: My Favorite Resources Today

On a world wide web full of words, images cut through the noise and get to the point. And free stock photos? Well … they’re a great place to start looking for images.

A well-chosen image will enhance what your words say, and add meaning to your communication. If you’re smart, you’ll use diverse stock photos that attract all of humanity to your business.

The good news is that finding great stock photos — even free stock photos — is easier than ever.

There are dozens of websites that offer free stock images. Their business models vary:

  • Some are supported by advertising
  • Some are supported by user donations
  • Some serve as portfolios for a photographer’s work

The free stock photo image resources here — as of this writing — allow you to use their images for free, even for a commercial website.

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How to Draw Attention with Images: No Artistic Skill Required

What if I told you that getting attention with images is as simple as adding one image to your web page? And that this alone could increase the time and attention people pay to your marketing?

You’re already spending time writing your web pages, brochures and emails. Why spend time on images?

They’re important because:

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How to design a powerful logo in 3 simple steps

How to Design a Powerful Logo in 3 Simple Steps [Infographic]

Did you ever wonder how to design a logo?

Better yet — how do designers create logos that are simple, memorable, and effective?

In today’s post, I’m letting you inside my designer brain so you can see what goes through my head when I make website images, logos, and other visual content.

In the infographic below, you’ll see the process I went through to design a logo for my newest product — The Image Lab.

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How to fix social media images

How to Fix Social Media Images That Aren’t Doing Their Job

It crushes me.

Each time I see an image on social media that does NOTHING — zip, zilch, nada — for a brand’s image, sales, or traffic, the conversion-loving copywriter in me is crushed.

If you’re an online business owner who uses images in any shape or form, recognize that those images have a “job” to do — a purpose to fulfill.

That job is to establish your presence, increase brand recognition and yes, propel your audience to take action.

If your images aren’t doing all of these jobs, chances are your marketing wouldn’t have the impact it should have and you’ll be shedding some very expensive tears at the end of the year, too.

If your social media images haven’t been delivering and aren’t giving you the return that they totally can, do not despair.

Help’s at hand in the form of this post, peppered with real-world examples of social media images that are crushing it with their calls-to-action and on-point branding.

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