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Visualize Google Analytics with Visual.ly

Have you ever gone into your Google Analytics account and wondered just how you can distill all the information into an engaging report that anyone in your company can understand and wants to read?  If so, you need to visit Visual.ly to try their new, free offering that takes your site’s Google Analytics data and populates it into an eye-catching infographic, easy for anyone to read.

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And it’s easy to set up.  Simply sign up on their website and allow them access to your site’s Google Analytics account.  Within seconds a graphic depiction of your web traffic will pop up.  Best of all, they will send you a report weekly straight to your email so you can track your website’s progress week over week. Visual.ly pulls in a number of metrics including traffic to your site via social channels (Twitter, Facebook) as well as SEO traffic.  It’s so easy and hassle-free, why not try it today?

If you’re interested in other types of infographics, and don’t want to create your own (see our last post on a service to create your own infographics), Visual.ly also offers an online marketplace to connect with designers who will create infographics for you for a fee.   They also have quite a gallery of fun infographics to peruse and waste away an hour or two… not that I’ve ever done such a thing!

Impactful Infographics with Piktochart

Do you feel like you’ve been seeing eye-catching infographics everywhere and wonder how you can produce one too?   Do you not have the $700+ needed to hire a graphic designer to produce one for you?  Are you not a graphic designer but secretly wish you were?  If you answered “yes” to even one of these questions, then you need to check out Piktochart.

Piktochart is an online platform that allows you to create your own infographic from their pre-designed templates.  Unlike other infographic services out there, the templates are easy to customize with your own colors, images, charts, etc. with Piktochart’s WYSIWYG editor.

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Piktochart offers a free version that includes access to 7 basic templates.  While not a huge range to choose from, they are each easy-to-use, customizable, and will get you started on the road to creating impactful infographics.  Once you get going, you can upgrade to their PRO version (currently $29 per month/$169 per year) which includes about 100 additional templates and removes the Piktochart watermark from the infographic.  After creating your infographic, you can export it as a jpeg, png or export to HTML and embed it in a webpage.

And voilà, your own, self-produced infographic to show off to friends and colleagues!