By Robert Katai published October 20, 2017

12 Types of Awesome Visual Content You Can Use in Your Blog Posts

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How many times have you pondered over which images to use in a paragraph, blog post, web page, etc.?

I struggle choosing a visual for my content. Yet, it’s important, as frequently cited research shows that images attract more people to the content and help people retain the content they consume longer.

Knowing images are crucial to the success of the post, I focus on the matter even more. Thankfully, in my career I had to learn how to use Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, or even Corel Draw. A long time ago, I was a designer for a small advertising agency. Those days helped me understand the difference between good and bad design, which has been helpful in creating a blog.

Today I present 12 types of visuals you can use in a blog post. You do not have to use all of them. See what inspires you given your content marketing strategy, audience, and formats.

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By Marcia Riefer Johnston published October 19, 2017

Why Savvy Marketers Close the Pre- and Post-Sale Content Gap

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Do your company’s pre- and post-sales content teams coordinate their efforts, reaping all the benefits that can come of doing so? Or do the teams work on their own without much communication, maybe without even knowing each other’s names?

I’d guess that you’re nodding at the second question. It’s rare that I hear of these teams working together. When I do, as happened at the Intelligent Content Conference, my technical writer’s heart goes pitter-pat.

At ICC, Andrea Ames gave a talk ­– Closing the Gap Without Falling Into It – on IBM’s efforts to close the gap. In her case, the gap takes the form of marketing on one side and tech communication on the other. In other companies, the sides (aka silos) go by different names.

Whatever names your company uses, the idea is generally the same: Presales teams sell. Post-sales teams explain. Rarely the twain shall meet.

It doesn’t have to be that way.

This post sums up Andrea’s main points, including her insights and images.

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By Linda Formichelli published October 18, 2017

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By Diane Domeyer published October 17, 2017

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By Daniel Hochuli published October 16, 2017

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By Carlijn Postma published October 15, 2017

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By Joe Pulizzi published October 14, 2017

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By Ann Gynn published October 13, 2017

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By Marcia Riefer Johnston published October 12, 2017

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