Graphic Interactive Format (GIF) has been used by brands for engaging audiences in campaigns that resonate with the Mobile audiences. Brands that have integrated the format in their campaign and found success, appeal to the audiences for humor and creativity in the campaign while fulfilling a need for belonging, as described in “Understanding the Psychological Impact of GIFs in your Marketing Campaign“.
According to Adweek, Facebook is about to let brands post GIFs, Twitter recently allowed for auto-looped GIFs on its native video player and as mentioned by The Content Strategist, Michael Peggs, CEO of Marccx Media, says, “So many studies have shown that captivating imagery leads to better engagement. If you can interact with those images, even better. Branded GIFs are the perfect combination of content marketing and interactive communication.”
The Format with a looping nature and ability to captivate audiences has been seen to be effective in getting the campaign message across with visuals. Some of the reasons brand campaigns with GIfs seem to be working are:
Microsoft’s GIF shared by The Verge shows a Ninja Cat riding a T Rex, that places the brand in a cool context by featuring Ninja cat riding the T.Rex in Skype.
According to Flurry Analytics, Phablets such as the iPhone 6 Plus and the Samsung Galaxy Note, led the mobile usage growth, with 148 percent usage growth in terms of number of sessions. The overall industry has increased by 78 percent for mobile and app usage for the same statistic- the number of sessions.
Sports, and News & Magazines, were the categories that grew the fastest on phablets, followed by Music, Media and Entertainment with a steep increase in content use in comparison with other device types. Sports grew 427 percent more on phablets followed by Music, Media and Entertainment at 255 percent when compared to any other device type.