Facebook is slowly allowing brands to use GIFs in posts
If autoplay video ads weren’t getting your attention, then these infinitely looping GIFs should do the trick.
Facebook is rolling out GIF support to brand pages, with Wendy’s and Coca-Cola-owned soda company Kuat being the first two try out the dizzying new post formats.
Only a “small percentage” of brand pages are part of the experiment and are being judged to see if it “drives a great experience” for its users, a Facebook representative told TechCrunch.
Of the two GIFs, Wendy’s looks more on-brand. It shows one of its salads being assembled with the caption “choosing a favorite ingredient is tough in this bowl.” None of the commenters seemed to be bothered by the hyperactive GIF with lots of people being attracted to the bacon and calling it “yummy.”
The post, seen below, racked up 4,700 likes and 110 shares in a day.
Brandon Rhoten, VP of Advertising for Wendy’s told Digiday that using GIFs “is a great opportunity for us to speak to our audience in the same language.”
Still, Wendy’s is proceeding cautiously since because they don’t want to be a “jerk” by filling people’s News Feeds with the constantly moving pictures. “Annoying people in their social feed, which this sort of thing has the potential to do, isn’t something we’re interested in,” he said.
Then there’s Brazilian beverage Kuat. The brand just superimposed one of its cans onto Nyan cat’s flying body and called it a day. “Welcome to the joke. Welcome to the Internet. Welcome to kuat,” it says (according to Google translate) in a very accurate caption of what the World Wide Web encompasses. The post garnered 18,000 likes, 600 shares and dozens of smiley emojis in the comments.
Initially resistant to GIFs, the social network is finally joining the ranks of Twitter, Tumblr and Imgur of permitting brands to use them. It only started allowing users to posts GIFs in May, so it’s not that surprising how cautious its being with brands.
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