Finding success in telling your story


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Participants will learn how to stand out from the crowd and better communicate their message using graphic and interactive design tools. Participants don’t have to be designers to attend. We will cover basic elements, give some free and inexpensive resource ideas, and show some inspiring projects. From information graphics to video, we will provide ideas to better engage your audience (even if the audience members are millennials).

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  • Lot of information to give students, whether its assessment or telling them about an upcoming event.Information delivery is extremely important.
  • We must first understand our audience.
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  • Another thing to identify when trying to communicate with students: where they are going on campus.Helps you know where to physically direct marketingStudent survey began in the University of California system: Student Experience in Research Universities Tailored to research universities and opened to AAU members outside California in 2009Surveyed all undergraduate students – not a sample!
  • Knowing your audience, you must also recognize Your time to make an impression and capture interest is limited:For Billboards – six words or less is idealOnly have six seconds to read itSlightly longer depending on location on campus, but that initial moment is crucialWell described data or visuals regarding an event can help you improve stay timeInformation graphics or graphics – are a great tool to useHere’s a few examples
  • Bad Pie Chart
  • Good Pie Chart
  • Tasty Pie Chart
  • Good Infographics are a communications trend that illustrates data in an attractive, easily digestible formatScience Can Help You Get Your Point Across.Left side of the brain – Processes verbal and some written information Right side – Processes visual informationBringing both together makes it more effective.Whole brain is thinking and helps absorb information fasterClear visualizations engage all cognitive functions.
  • They can be used to advertise or report.Steps to Solid, Useful Infographics:Explain it simply in a nonthreatening way – Don’t Say it. Show it. Think back to the billboard example. Less text is more.Use all the space at your disposal, but do not cram in the content - white space is an important part of the layout.Make it short in size. Don’t make viewers scroll and scroll forever. Instead focus on one story element. If it must be long, create a series of graphics.Ensure quality control. Make sure you have clean, interesting dataEach design choice makes a statement. Carefully consider color choices and extraneous visual details.More than stock graphicsTypography should not be a crutchMake things clean with color. If picking a color palette is hard for you, stick to the rule of three. Choose three primary colors. Of the three, one should be the background color (usually the lightest of the three), and the other two should break up the sections. If you need to add other colors, use shades of the three main colors. This will keep the palette cohesive and calming, rather than jarring.Workflowit’s important to determine at the outset what your overall goals are, and what message you want to convey. Find the story you want to tell with graphics, and mine your data to locate the facts that support that  idea.“Good infographics relate to and support an over-arching idea that’s trying to be expressed,” he says. On the flip-side, “bad infographics are extraneous or eye candy.”So:Focus on the storyline based off of goalsMake a list of the main data points you want to get acrossBrainstorm ways you can represent that information, whether through icon or chartWireframe - Wireframing an infographic enables you to work out a storyboard and layout for the designVisualize the Hook - Every good infographic has a hook or primary take-away that makes the viewer say “A-ha!” As a designer, you should make this hook the focal point of the design if at all possible. Placing the hook at either the center or very end of the infographic is usually best, so that it grabs more attention. Palm Beach Opera example: Has clear structure and flow. 1) General opera statistics.  2.) Things you didn’t know about opera. 3.) Details about their 50th anniversary season.
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  • Measuring an infographic’s success can be difficultFew ways you can:Anecdotal evidenceOptimize infographics with keywords. “Bots” can’t read the text in your graphic (typically a jpeg or png file), but any image inserted on a site can be optimized by adding a title, introduction and alt text (that’s text you see in lieu of an image on a site if the image loads slowly) into the HTML code. Use these words in the title.Incoming traffic. Since infographics can be easily shared via e-mail and social networks, a good infographic drives people back to your site to see the graphic in its original context to possibly learn more, or get a better view of it. Make it easy for users to share the piece by adding sharing buttons: Twitter, Facebook, Google +1, Pinterest, etc.Time spent. An informative piece on a topic with wide appeal makes a web page more interesting, so visitors are more apt to spend time on that page.Long-term effort to build brand awareness.
  • Good LabsIt doesn't get any easier than Good Labs. This site includes basic Venn diagrams and Pie Charts—but if you're new to the Infographic world, or students only have class time computer access, these are a snappy way to upgrade a presentation or lecture with some visual stimulation for the audience.Stat PlanetThis infographic will be an especially favorite tool for history teachers but every teacher will find it to be beneficial.  Stat Planet is a free Infographic Generator that allows teachers and students to build visual aids, using maps and general world statistics, in the form of interactive charts and graphs.  The program even has a good deal of global data housed right there at your fingertips.Easel.lyHang onto your hat, kid. If you are ready to wow your students with amazingly creative graphics, is the tool for you. And—like the name says—it's easy. There are lots of pre-made graphics, shapes, and colors for you to choose from. But you can also upload your own. Neat!Hohli Charts! For simple streamlined graphs and charts, check out Hohli. While it's equally as easy to use as Good Labs, it offers additional options in terms of more complex pie charts and visual perspectives. This is another one that would be easy for students to incorporate in a class-based computer project.PiktochartSo Piktochartdoes have a free user option, but there are fewer of the bells and whistles of course. However, at just $14.99 per month for the bells and whistles, it's a pretty affordable way to create stellar presentations with a seemingly infinite supply of themes. Check out their amazing samples!
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  • Marketing OpportunitiesInternal/ DSOFirst Year Florida NewsletterWeekly newsletter distributed to all FYF instructors, peer leaders, and studentsSubmit a short blurb to Kristina Netzler at kristinan@dso.ufl.eduSocial MediaFacebook Status updatesCreate eventWall PostsTwitter Campus WideGatorTimes ( a short blurb of 100 words or less describing your eventSubmit by noon on the Thursday before the Monday the blurb is to appear Submission site: Services DivisionEmail posters or slides of information in jpeg or pdf format to Leila Cantara at Info GatorCampus newsletter for faculty and staffVisit for submission directions and deadlinesMarquee (Located on University and Lemerand; 34th and Hull Road)Complete form at be sent two weeks before eventReitz UnionDepartment for Student Activities and InvolvementSubmit a slide or flyer to Carey Mays at careym@union.ufl.eduDisplay CasesLocated outside of the elevators where 8 ½ x 11 flyers can be postedSubmit poster to info desk at Department for Student Activities and Involvement Table TentsLocated on tables in Reitz Union Food Court4x6 flyers can be submitted to Reitz Union info desk the Sunday prior to being postedFlyers are approved and placed by Union staffRES TVThe closed-circuit television station that airs on channel 8 in UF residential areasCompose one powerpoint slideSend completed form located at to ResTV@housing.ufl.eduTabling (Reitz Union Colonnade, Turlington Plaza, Plaza of the Americas)Must submit a program permit to the Department of Student Activities and InvolvementMust make request at least 5 days in advance, but no more than 20.No amplified sound allowedTarps (Reitz Union North Lawn, Plaza of the Americas)Must receive permission from Department of Student Activities and InvolvementBanner request cannot be made more than 20 days prior to eventTarps can be hung for 5 daysGroup is responsible for hanging and taking down their tarpUF Calendar ( submit an event, visit ( submit two weeks prior to eventListServsHonors DailySubmit at for Leadership and ServiceBeth NahlikPreview StaffJaime GresleyConduct CommitteeMandy HambletonIdealHousing RA’sStudent Government Community WideAlligator- What’s Happening?The “What’s Happening “ column in the Alligator spotlights upcoming events in Gainesville on page 2Send an email to with What’s Happening in the subject line (Check the Alligator each semester to verify email changes) Include the event title, date, and locationCompose a short blurb about the eventInclude any links for more informationPress ReleaseCompose and send to University Press Relations (Ron Wayne) for review and distribution
  • Add to your rich content. Makes events, news more exciting and easier to read.
  • assignment with RAUses students as free talent. Great idea for a semester project.
  • Finding success in telling your story

    3. 3. SOME DEFINITIONS OFMILLENNIALS• Special• Sheltered• Confident• Team-oriented• ConventionalTerms from Howe and Strauss and the Pew Research Center• Pressured• Achieving• Confident• Connected• Open to Change
    4. 4. MILLENNIALS: THE ENTITLED• Children of Baby Boomers• Parents wait until later in life, moreaffluent• Marketing to children increases: Barney,Hanson, Spice Girls• Family decision making, e.g. vacations• Higher traits of narcissism
    5. 5. MILLENNIAL RELATIONSHIPSWITH PARENTS• Perpetual access to parents (cellphones) keeps them in a permanentstate of dependency• Median frequency of communication:1.5 times per day• Parents do problem solving for collegestudents and new professionals inwork world
    6. 6. USE OF CAMPUS SUPPORTSERVICES3%5%6%7%7%10%16%18%18%19%26%26%30%33%43%54%55%77%87%0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% 80% 90% 100%Veterans ServicesInstitute of Black CultureInstitute of Hispanic/Latino CultureCenter for Leadership and ServiceSupport Services with programs (FOS, AIM, OAS)Dean of Students OfficeStudy Abroad Services at International CenterHousing and Residence EducationGatorWell Health Promotion ServicesCounseling and Wellness CenterOn Campus TutoringSorority and Fraternity AffairsCareer Resource CenterCenter for Student Activities and InvolvementStudent Financial AffairsStudent Health Care CenterOff Campus TutoringRecreational SportsAcademic AdvisingStudent Experience in Research Universities Survey 2011
    7. 7. MEASURING SUCCESS• Anecdotal evidence• Optimize infographics with keywords• Incoming traffic• Time spent.• Long-term effort to build brandawareness.
    8. 8. INFO GRAPHIC GENERATORS• – Pre-made shapes/graphicslibrary• Hohli Charts – Complex charts andvisual perspectives• Piktochart – Infinite supply of themes• Venngage – Create and publishcustom infographics, engage yourviewers, and track your results
    9. 9. INFO GRAPHIC GENERATORS• – Resume Infographics• – Pick theme and build yourown• Good Labs – Clean, Simple VennDiagrams and Pie Charts• Stat Planet – Interactive charts andgraphs using maps and world statistics
    10. 10. ON CAMPUS MARKETING TOOLS• Social Media (different departments)• The LINK (Monthly Staff Newsletter)• Various Student Affairs Newsletters• Website• GatorTimes (weekly electronic newsletters orblogs)• Internal Audiences• External Audiences: don’t forget parents!
    11. 11. VIDEOS• Pre and/or post event videos• Camera or iPhone• In-camera editing:o Vimeo Video Editoro Magistoo iMovieo Cinefy