I immediately think of storytelling as the written word probably because words have always been a major part of my work as a marketing creative. I love talented wordsmith marketing copy, perfect DIY copy and great history. Although I’m not fond of fiction, I recognize and sometimes enjoy great writers of that genre. But what about audio and video?

The choice is often determined by the nature of the story and its distribution as much as the predilection of the story teller. Then there is the development cost factor. Video will always win when it comes to entertainment and demonstration value, but it’s costly. Audio alone worked in the days of radio, but it requires imagination and processing time. Don’t take this personally, but web visitors are lazy. They want to immediately see why they should read further.

When we are all competing for a few seconds of that precious commodity — a viewers attention — adding the power of a visual is a must. This suggestion is reinforced by Ekaterina Walter, author of The Power of Visual Storytelling, who says the brain processes visuals 600,000 times faster than the written word. However, like all forms of communication, the caveat for successful story telling is in the execution.

Infographics – the bad and the good

At its best, an infographic will tell a complicated story quickly, with an economy of words and production cost. But all too often the infographics I see are horrible with poor design and way too many words. So when we come upon a compelling infographic, we want to share it.

We applaud the company Business Backer that has found how to explain to their clients the difference between eight business models. They used a cow to help describe them. Yes, that’s what I said, a cow. The person (or team) who came up with this concept is a truly creative and just plain smart. The concept took courage, and it works. So we hope you will be inspired.

You will see the Business Backer reasoning is simple. Here is their infographic. Visit their site to read their full descriptions which include well known companies representing each business model.

If you want to explore other infographic solutions the website creativebloq.com claims to have found 100 best infographics. Use your own judgement.

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How Will You Tell Your Story?
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How Will You Tell Your Story?
Using an infographic to educate the differences between major business models.
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