Author: Elizabeth Krecker
Predictions for marketing in 2017 offer everything from getting back to the basics of the marketing discipline to exploring the exotic world of virtual reality. We have been just as diverse in our first year at Krecker & Company, exploring everything from the history of infographics to new trends in automated behavioral marketing.
Even though the first infographic appeared 30,000 years ago on a dark, damp cave wall in southern France, in today’s fast-paced visual world, infographics are packed with data, painted with color, and move with history. Infographics have found their day in the sun.
Cave wall art led to symbolic paintings telling timeless stories about life, work and religion on walls, pottery and papyri. Art next evolved into realistic illustrations, starting with the ancient Greeks. While this art also told a story, we saw little data visualization. Why? Humans were becoming more realistic, however, data visualization was rare because data was rare.
According to Kahuna, more than 35 percent of U.S. business-to-consumer marketers say that building a comprehensive single view of each customer across all sales and marketing channels is an extreme challenge. I’m surprised this number isn’t much higher. Maybe we marketers aren’t being entirely honest with ourselves.
We’ve been embellishing our posts with infographics since we started this blog, but we’ve never actually talked about infographics as a medium. Because of their popularity, it’s easy to think that infographics are modern-day inventions. Here, we’ll share the story of the first infographics which were painted on cave walls more than 30,000 years ago.
In 2006, Daniel Yankelovich and David Meer introduced a tool in the Harvard Business Review that they called the “Gravity of Decision Spectrum” which focused on the form of consumer behavior that is of greatest value to marketers – the relationship of consumers to a product, not to their jobs, their friends, their family, or their community.