GIFs have been around for years now. Yet appear to be a brand-new phenomenon for general people and marketers equally. So, what’s new about them?
GIFs first came into picture back in 1987 when Alexander Trevor, former chief technical officer of CompuServe, and his team created the GIF.
“The GIF was simply the best and most versatile image format around”, quoted Trevor in one of his interviews.
Slowly, GIFs were fashioned for easy sharing of animated images among people across their varying systems.
Back in 2015 (seems to be long time ago) – New York Times reported that 23 million GIFs used to be shared in Tumblr on a daily basis.
In the present, 2018, GIF is again reining the digital marketing roost and has become our most beloved image format to express around the world. The number would be beyond imagination of how many GIFs are shared across various social media channels every day.
Let’s move the focus to B2B marketing.
From past few years, the presence of GIFs in B2B has amplified drastically as brands started to use them in their social campaigns. Multinational organizations that lead the tech space such as Intel and SAP are some of the many who have actively been bringing in GIFs to take their social media marketing to the next level.
Ever wondered why?
GIFs are a wonderful way of storytelling without the excess time commitment unlike video or the limitation of a single image.
It’s simply unassuming and wow. GIFs get lot of attention (and that’s what anybody wants!)
While they have taken the center stage, we as social media marketers should critically evaluate their importance and exploit our options.
Here are five valid reasons why B2B marketing agency has been overtly utilizing GIFs lately and how they can add value to your social media offering too:
GIFs act fast
Goldfish is set to have an attention span of nine seconds. We humans under the cusp of digital era and smart phones have beaten it. Seemingly our attention spans are shorter than ever. We’re down from 12 seconds in 2000, to 8 seconds in 2018.
GIFs are one of the most efficient methods to capture users’ attention in a flash and convey your message instantly. Since GIFs are short and spot on, there is no boundary of commitment required as there would be to neither watch a longer video with the neither same message nor drab as a single still image with a message written to pay deep attention on.
Your audience will be seized for attention and identify your message before they go back to scrolling.
GIFs add a dimension to brand
One of the major benefits of GIFs is that they can help ‘entertain the viewer’ and allow your followers clearly realize the true personality of your brand.
Without owning up to the personal side of your brand and establishing a personal connect, you run into jeopardizing your social presence, thus becoming dull and unengaged.
GIFs convey emotions
Besides conveying your brand personality, GIFs also portray emotions vibrantly.
Studies state that we humans ‘feel first and think after’. When subjected to sensory information, the emotional section of our brain processes information in one-fifth of the time than the time needed to process by the cognitive part.
Pretty much is self-explanatory why our attention span is being beaten by the goldfishes.
Consumers who are connected with your brand on an emotional level are worth 2x more to bank on to your business than your regular highly satisfied average audience.