Visual representations of your data have several important uses. Charts, graphs, maps and infographics can be helpful to inform others and highlight the significance of your findings. They can serve as quick references for further research. A well-designed infographic can be used for marketing purposes as well. Being able to interpret your relevant data to those who aren't in the know but still hold the keys to your startup's success is critical. When pitching your business to potential investors, you'll need to clearly convey projections, trends and other data.
Fortunately, there are several solutions to translate your data into professional-looking graphics you can add to presentations, business plans and marketing materials without necessarily hiring a graphic artist. These programs can help you sort through mountains of data to better understand your findings. They range from basic and affordable to comprehensive and high-end.
Tableau is one of the most popular and sophisticated analytics and data visualization tools on the market. It can integrate dozens of data sources and compile them into customizable and interactive visualizations. When you're dealing with big data, the platform helps you structure your analytics and sort through the clutter to what's most relevant. It integrates with the most popular forms of data sources, including SQL Server, Excel, Google Analytics and Salesforce. With display options such as heatmaps and scatter plots, you can make your data interactive and shareable throughout your organization for collaboration. Tableau is a complex program, but the website features a comprehensive knowledgebase and guide, filled with help and tips on creating impressive visualizations.
Tableau is available on desktop in both personal and professional editions, priced at $35 to $70 per month per user. A server version for both on-premise and public cloud is available for $35 per month per user, and a cloud-hosted version with 100GB of storage called Tableau Online is available for $45 per month per user.
The cloud version of the platform starts at $59 per user per year. The on-premise version starts at $9,960 per year. Plotly also offers consulting to analyze your data needs and help you get the most out of the platform.
ArcGIS is an advanced geographic information system with numerous applications, including data visualization with geographic parameters. You can create interactive and visually impressive maps with your compiled data. It lets you craft heatmaps, location-based analytical models, interactive maps with pop-up windows and even 3D renderings of maps. ArcGIS includes hundreds of ready-to-use base maps of the entire world that include topographic information, borders, boundaries and street maps, which you add layers to and customize with your own data. ArcGIS Online is cloud-based and customizable with dozens of add-on applications.
Contributor accounts for ArcGIS Online, which allow you to create and customize maps, are $42 per user per month. You can add viewer accounts, which allow users to access the interface just to view maps created by your organization, for $9 per user per month.
Infogram is an ideal platform for creating impactful, data-driven graphics for presentations and marketing. This program allows you to not only generate accurate visualizations of your data, but also customize the presentation and aesthetic of the infographic in great detail. You can import your data from multiple sources, including CSV files, Excel files and several compatible online databases. You then drag and drop elements in the graphic to make it look visually appealing and consistent with your brand. You can export the graphic as an image file to add to reports and presentations. You can also make dynamic and interactive graphics to add to a website.
Accounts with annual billing start at $19 per month for the Pro tier. Team accounts beginning with three users start at $149 per month. There's also the free Basic account with limited features that you can use to try out the interface.