When it comes to content marketing, sometimes less is more. So while an entire video might be necessary to communicate an in-depth story, sometimes all that’s really needed is a brief clip for emphasis or demonstration. Thankfully, a new tool has come around that allows brands to get the best of both worlds: Entire YouTube clips and GIF snippets.
The function, which is accessible simply by putting ‘gif’ in front of ‘youtube’ in any YouTube URL, is a much simpler way of grabbing a few seconds from videos. Instead of having to download a third-party software, users can just add a few letters to the address bar, select two time markers, and voila: Custom GIFs. They can be used as previews of video content to add emphasis on social media posts or simply to show off your web marketing prowess.
GIFs: The best of both marketing worlds
GIFs, short for graphics interchange format, used to be a compromise for webmasters who wanted richer media but who couldn’t afford to host entire videos – or trust visitors’ connection speeds to display visual content exactly as it should be. But GIFs have been making a comeback in the past few years and they’re taking over the digital landscape, to the point where they’re an important tool for sharing reactions, previewing content or simply making jokes.
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