Including Clear Takeaways and Calls to Action in Your Visual Narratives

Crafting a clear takeaway or incorporating a call to action in your titles or subtitles is essential in engaging with your audience and ensuring they understand the data insights’ true meaning.


Provide a Clear Takeaway

What we mean by a clear takeaway is a concise and impactful explanation of why the data insights matter. We must go beyond just describing a chart and directly address the audience’s key concerns, questions, or interests. After identifying the primary message or main takeaway you want your audience to derive from the visual narrative, designing succinct statements that convey the main message and providing a quick summary of what the audience should learn from the visual narrative supports the overall effectiveness of a visual narrative.

Example: Let’s say we have data on customer satisfaction levels after using a new product; instead of simply showing a chart with percentage improvements, we can make our takeaway more compelling by framing it this way:

Title: “85% of Customers Report Improved Satisfaction After Using Our Product!” 

Subtitle: “Here’s why it matters to our business growth…”

In this case, highlighting supporting evidence through a statistic reinforces the key message.


Give a Call to Action

This is where we explicitly request or encourage our audience to take a specific action, such as approving a budget or making a decision. After determining the particular action you want your audience to take after engaging with the visual narrative, crafting and strategically positioning a concise and compelling call to action using action-oriented verbs encourages immediate audience response.

Example: Imagine we have data on cost reduction from an energy efficiency program within our organization. Instead of presenting the raw numbers, we can make the message more actionable by formulating it like this:

Title: “Implementing our Energy Efficiency Program has Reduced Operational Costs by 15%!” 

Subtitle: “Tap into further savings by approving the proposed budget for next year.” 

The call to action aligns with the overall objectives of your visual narrative and ensures that it provides value to your audience.


Notice that we’re not just presenting data in both examples – we’re telling a story. We’re compelling the audience to think, engage with the material, and, most importantly, take action. 

To sum up, incorporating a clear takeaway or call to action in your titles or subtitles greatly enhances your data storytelling, making your visual narratives more engaging, impactful, and actionable. Keep this in mind as you create your own data stories, and don’t hesitate to make bold statements that inspire action and curiosity among your audience.