Marketing is often more an art, than a science. At the same time, it is a quite complex business area, which accumulates dozens of concepts and tools. In this post, we gathered ideas on how you can illustrate frequently used marketing concepts.
Company review presentations often contain a section about planned and achieved marketing results. You can use plain numbers in tables to show these results or you can do better. Illustrate those data and concepts in a more interesting visual way.
The five commonly used marketing concepts we address here are Content, Deadline, Innovation, Flexibility, and Product
To bring these concept ideas to life, a good idea is to apply icons and diagrams in the presentation. Some of our favorites are below. Check icon ideas from the flat icons collection – suitable for style-neutral graphics fitting to any presentation style or get informal and go for creative hand-drawn symbols. Such a style is more personal and unique.
Marketing Concept #1: Content
The very first word that pops into the mind is content. Every day marketers struggle to deliver relevant and valuable content to their audiences and this war is won by those who can do it in the fastest and most efficient way.
Depending on the type of content you want to talk about, you may choose the following symbols:
- general content: communication symbols, such as message, letter, and smartphone with a message, search or discovery, laptop, document, input and washing machine, commerce icons, e.g. a suitcase or a box, speech bubble.
- or be more specific: media data, writing pen and book, present, magnifying glass.
Find particular examples of presenting content in this blog article.
Marketing Concept #2: Deadline
How often do we hear the word ‘deadline‘? All the time, right? We have to set specific deadlines because if there’s no time limit, there’s no real work.
Besides using obvious deadline associations like the hourglass, stopwatch, and man with ticking time, we propose going a more creative way: choose a skull with crossed bones, the dead man’s leg, or a poison – to represent the final termination, finish line banner to show that your team has reached the planned result.
Grab more inspiration and take a look at the blog: Ideas to show deadline in any document.
Marketing Concept #3: Innovation
The struggle comes with deciding how to best graphically represent innovation and novelty in your presentations. You may use icons of drones and rockets, beakers, satellites, and wind turbines as well as the general ‘new idea’ icons like light bulbs and stars The scribbled light bulb, novelty stars or a chemist figure designs are perfect for presenting fresh ideas or new projects.
Further ideas on illustrating innovation and novelty – click to open another blog post.
Marketing Concept #4: Flexibility
We’d suggest representing the idea of something adaptable or flexible with a simple pictogram: equalizer buttons to represent changing settings, strategy symbol showing a planned transformation, recycling arrows pictogram illustrating a change, process icon for showing dynamics, universal puzzle blocks for various setups and flexible assembly, renewable energy symbol representing an innovation, or evolution into new technologies, cycle symbols to show a change process.
Here’s an article with more specific inspirations on presenting Flexibility within your slides.
Marketing Concept #5: Product
Marketing is all about promoting products or services. There are two cases you can experience: the first one is when you already have a real product, then it’s easy. In case you are presenting a new product, or doing a kind of product launch, it can be harder. In both cases, we have a proper solution.
Here are a few ideas on how you can represent a generalized product or service on your presentation slides: an opened box, shopping cart and basket, a tablet and a smartphone, household goods, or home appliances.
Get creative and visualize your marketing presentation
Those were a few ideas on how our you can picture those core marketing concepts: content, deadline, innovation, flexibility, and product.
Of course, what picture you will choose, and what style depends on your specific presentation content and branding style you have to follow. Whatever icon you choose, decent and safe flat or more outstanding hand-drawn graphics, the most important is to remember about keeping consistency within slides:
- Use one graphical style over your presentation, unless you have a specific reason to use more (e.g. to underline some part). But also, in this case, stick to 2 styles at most.
- Use a limited set of colors (your company colors palette) and fonts.
- Adapt the colors of the icons to your branding style, to create a unified graphical look. If the icons are vector ones, you can do it easily in PowerPoint.
- Check if icons and other elements are aligned.
- Don’t stick too much text and icons into one slide.
Need to show another concept in a presentation, besides marketing? Action, Structure, Strategy Growth? We’re sharing visualization ideas for other business concepts too.
Check our ultimate Concept Visualization List blog post
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