C’mon Yahoo! – You Can Do Better Than That!

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Really Yahoo…was that the best you could do?  Is it just me or was the first GIF Yahoo posted when announcing their acquisition of Tumblr rather disappointing?  This faux pas shows what little Yahoo knows about the animated GIF and its immense influence on Tumblr.

My mom always told me that you never get a second chance to make a first impression and well…not so much Yahoo.  The Tumblr community is home to some of the greatest GIF creatives on the planet.  Yahoo could have easily reached out to one of them to blow us away with a GIF that rocked our world.

True artists and innovators like Jamie Beck and Kevin BurgINSAReed+Rader, Mr. GIF, and many others have worked hard for many of us and more importantly for consumers to move beyond the GIF of the past.  They have transformed it into a highly evolved, mesmerizing, and sophisticated medium.  Big brands like Neiman Marcus, Disney, GE, American Apparel, Amazon, Burberry, and MTV have assisted in the re-education process by sharing powerful and beautiful GIFs in email campaigns, web designs, ecommerce displays, and social media.  It’s a shame that all of this hard work, creativity, and thinking outside of the box was brushed aside by one of the most influential technology companies of the past 15 years.  It doesn’t exactly give you a warm fuzzy feeling.

The GIF is not the old low quality format that it once was.  It has matured and evolved into a professional, high quality image format that is as engaging as a video but as simple to use as a still image.  This is only the beginning of the ‘new and improved’ GIF.  At Cinegif, we are even taking it one step further by revolutionizing the GIF into the next rich media format.  For more information, please visit our website.

The 10 Best Marketing GIFs of 2012

As the year draws to a close, the time has come to celebrate the 10 Best Marketing GIFs of 2012!  So grab a cup of eggnog, sit back, and enjoy the animated GIFs that caught our attention this year.

#10  lovestru.ck

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Dessert never looked or moved so good before we saw this innovative GIF.  It’s clean, crisp, and tells a story simply and to the point.  This GIF shows us why the multi-faceted medium is here to stay and why it has become a major player in digital marketing and advertising.

#9  Google+

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We found this one while looking on Google+.  Its slight movement in just the right spots makes your mouth water and is a great demonstration of how slight movement elicits and expands emotion… and your taste buds.

#8  Craig Staggs

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Artist and videographer Craig Staggs used a bar in Austin, TX as the backdrop for this colorful GIF.  It shows absinthe dripping ever so slowly into a glass.  This GIF was used in a variety of digital marketing including email campaigns and website design.

#7  Diesel

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Diesel’s Autumn/Winter 2012 ad campaign will make you do a double take.  At first glance, the ads shot by famed fashion photographer Steve Meisel look like traditional, static outdoor ads.  But when you take a second look, you’ll notice they’re actually subtly moving.

#6  Burberry

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Burberry’s “Thanks A Million” campaign tweeted out this personalized GIF to its Twitter followers after successfully reaching the one million mark on the popular social media site.

#5  Looper

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The major motion picture Looper introduced us to the world’s first “official” GIF movie poster in October when the film premiered.

#4  Reed + Rader

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Created for NYC fashion line Verrier, this delicate but powerful GIF was included as part of a series of “lookbook” animations that appeared on their website.

#3  Jack Spade

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This GIF was included in an email sent out as part of their Fall Campaign.  One blogger commented, “When I saw Jack Spade’s email I was majorly impressed — it had one of the biggest animated GIFs in an email that I’ve ever seen! It immediately caught my attention and I watched the entire GIF play through, over and over again.”

#2  Amazon

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This GIF was included as part of Amazon’s Black Friday email campaign used to kick off their ‘Deals of the Week’.

#1  Jamie Beck & Kevin Burg

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True pioneers of the medium, Beck & Burg make every GIF shine with their masterful use of style and artistry.  This GIF was created for Lincoln Motor Company to celebrate the memory of romance alongside their timeless classic cars.

These GIFs are all great examples of the visual power of the medium and it’s just the beginning.  In 2012, not only did the GIF celebrate its 25th Birthday,  it was even honored as the Word of Year by Oxford Dictionary.  Yes, it’s been quite the year for the ‘new’ animated GIF and we’re looking forward to an even better 2013!  Happy New Year!

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