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Are you bored with your email #marketing? Does it lack pizazz? Draw inspiration from #social media, and spice up your emails with animated GIFs! GIFs can be used for a variety of situations such as promotions and tutorials. Within an email, it can be an effective way to add animation to entice individuals to engage with and arrive on your landing page.
GIF stands for Graphics Interchange Format. This file format supports both animated and static images. GIFs can loop endlessly or only display a few sequences of the animation.
There are multiple online resources where you can import your pictures and create a GIF perfect for your email or website. Some of these resources include Imgflip, Make a Gif, and GIPHY. These websites simplify the process by creating the GIF for you. All you need are the images or a video file. GIFs can also be produced in Photoshop. With these tools, you can create GIFs as simple as an image that changes color to as complex as a short tutorial.
Individuals are more likely to watch a GIF all the way through instead of scrolling past an image. If your call-to-action is prominent within the GIF, there’s a greater chance of someone noticing it and clicking through the email.
It can sometimes be difficult to showcase all of the product options without creating a busy image. The goal is not to overwhelm the viewer, so a GIF allows multiple products to be shown through a quick animation.
If you’re implementing a promotion with a short timeline, it’s necessary to create a sense of urgency in order for your promotion to be successful. An animation can assist with creating this sense of urgency by including a count down or timeline.
A little creativity and animation is sometimes all you need to be noticeable in the competitive business environment. Bed Bath and Beyond showed the space saving benefits of Space Bags with a simple animation.
Be aware that not all email clients support the animation. Instead, they will show only the first image within the GIF. Windows Phone 7 and Outlook 2007, 2010, and 2013 don’t support the animation.
Many times, this issue can be solved by ensuring that the first image of your GIF includes the necessary information that you want the viewer to see such as the call-to-action, offer, or main image.
Also, be careful not to use GIFs too frequently. GIFs can be a pleasant surprise for the viewer or tiresome if they’ve grown accustomed to seeing them. When used sparingly, animated GIFs can add a new, welcoming element to your email and hopefully, invite people to engage with your content.
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