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A Marimekko chart displays an overall picture with multiple variables at a glance. For example, a Marimekko chart can show a company's sales per product and per region at the same time. We will show you how to present data clearly in a Marimekko chart with examples. You will also learn how to create a Marimekko chart in PowerPoint and how to highlight the key message of your chart.
If you want to show sales per product, per region/area, you can use a Marimekko chart to show each region, each product, and their respective sales all at once.
You can also mix completely different data, like digital or classic home entertainment usage: your categories could be Digital and Classic in relation to Streaming Subscription or Purchase.
Before we show you how to create a Mekko chart in PowerPoint, we want clarify the different terms. Both the Marimekko chart and the PowerPoint Treemap count as a Mekko chart. But there are differences between the two.
The Marimekko chart consists of bar charts stacked side by side, with each axis representing 100%. Products A, B, and C add up to 100% sales of all products and Areas A, B, and C constitute 100% sales of all regions. In this example, you can see that Product A has the most revenue because the bar is the widest.
In a Treemap chart, the sheets are not stacked, but arranged side by side within a category. With a Treemap, only categories and subcategories are compared with each other. In addition, no values are displayed, which you must insert manually in the settings.
Which type of Mekko chart is most suitable for you is up to you. Both native Treemap charts and Marimekko charts can be created directly in PowerPoint. You can either create them the hard way (manually) or save yourself time with the PowerPoint add-in empower®.
The PowerPoint add-in empower® saves you valuable time when creating and formatting a Marimekko chart. In less than a minute you can create the chart with correct formatting directly in PowerPoint.
Just click on Insert, Chart, and Marimekko in the empower® ribbon: you have created your chart! Above the Marimekko chart you can link your chart directly to existing Excel data.
Your presentation can benefit from an easy-to-understand but highly meaningful Marimekko chart. In the following section you will learn about quality-enhancing chart formatting from empower® to highlight the key messages of your data.
We hope this introduction to Marimekko charts will help you. A Marimekko chart is a good choice if you have data sets with multiple variables, like different product performances in multiple countries. Besides the Marimekko chart, empower® includes many other special charts directly in PowerPoint. These include Gantt and Waterfall charts. Here is a list of the most useful PowerPoint charts. With empower® you can include all formatting to save time and use features like arrows or totals with just a few clicks. You can find all information about empower® Charts on our website.