GIF 101 – How to and Why?

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With social media marketing, creating diverse kinds of media can be a useful strategy to keep people’s attention. In addition to images and video, incorporating gifs in your posts can be a fun way to showcase your brand and company’s personality. Gifs are not only entertaining, they can also be a powerful tool to communicate with your audience.

A GIF is essentially a series of bitmap images that are linked together into a single animated image. They have lower frame rates than videos so they generally are smaller files that are easier to share online. They can also be quick and simple to make using GIF conversions sites online like GIPHY, Make a Gif or Gifs.com.  

Using these sites you can choose a video to upload that you have on your computer or find one on YouTube or Vimeo and simply paste the URL into the converter. Once you upload the video to be converted you can decide on the length that you want for the GIF and set it using time stamps. You can then add text to highlight dialogue in the video since GIFs don’t include sound.

Once you’ve completed your GIF you can download it and drag it into your web browser where it will start looping. GIFs are useful because they play instantly and will continually loop so that people browsing social media will see it immediately. They don’t require any time or commitment to watch it the way a longer video might so it can catch user attention more easily.

GIFs are simple yet appealing and engaging for social media users. They also offer variety to your posts so that you are keeping people interested with different types of media instead of only sharing photos or videos. Using GIFs occasionally in your social media posts can be an effective way to boost engagement and increase brand awareness.

 

Matt Ramage is founder of Emarketed a web marketing agency located in Los Angeles. He loves coffee, good design, and helping businesses improve their look and getting found on the Internet.