Compelling imagery and visual design ruled marketing in 2012. Never before have pictures and images been so important for igniting engagement in your social media, email, and content marketing campaigns/strategies. With that, the popularity of infographics (information graphics) has also taken the marketing world by storm, and it’s easy to [literally] see why. Infographics are chock full of interesting stats, actionable items and a plethora of knowledge all wrapped up in a pretty package that’s ridiculously easy to share – A marketers dream! Let’s take a look at 20 of the best marketing infographics of 2012:

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Social Media:
“Like Us!” – What Motivates People to “Like” or “Unlike Brands on Facebook; Lab42

How Much Time, Money Do Small Businesses Spend on Social Media?; VerticalResponse

The Power of Pinterest; Internet Marketing Inc.

How LinkedIn Works; InfographicLabs

The ROI of Social Media – Is Social Media Marketing Effective?; MDG Advertising

12 Things to Do After You’ve Written a Blog Post; DivvyHQ

The Anatomy of Going Viral; Single Grain

15 Grammar Goofs That Make You Look Silly; Copyblogger

Content Marketing:
Understanding the Content Marketing Explosion; BlueGlass

The Anatomy of Content Marketing; Content+

22 Ways to Create Compelling Content When You Don’t Have a Clue; Copyblogger

Email Marketing:
Email Best Practices; eMerge

How to Create a Winning Email Marketing Campaign; VerticalResponse

It’s All About the Images; MDG Advertising

Colour Psychology in Logo Design; Muse Design Inc

Does Design Matter to Small Businesses?; 99designs

The SEO Puzzle; Vayu Media

Social vs. Search; MDG Advertising

What Infographics Are; Infographic Labs

World Wide Webinars; ClickMeeting