Using GIPHY for free brand awareness
Giphy serves 7 billion GIFs and stickers to 500 million people every single day. Their API powers pretty much every messaging app out there: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, TikTok etc .
This has opened up a novel way for brands to get exposure. All you need is a Giphy brand channel. Then any GIF you upload is publicly available on Giphy's search engine. And there's nothing stopping you slipping in your logo, product, or even URL.
For example, if you open up Facebook Messenger and search for a Premier League footballer you'll see the BT Sport logo in the top right-hand corner. A reminder that they own the rights to Premier League matches:
Levelling the playing field
While Google Search is dominated by big companies and backlinks, Giphy search is more of a level playing field.
Take Karla and Co., a home-run, Latina clothing brand. They have no real presence on Google. But on Giphy they can pull in 100,000 views each day from just 16 sticker uploads:
The key is creating GIFs which both match what your audience might search for and have little competition.
For example, one of Karla's stickers is of the Latin American phrase “Ay Mama”. It's the only sticker on Giphy with this tag, so anyone searching just sees their sticker and crucially their URL:
Who should be doing this?
Currently, it's consumer brands who are jumping on this strategy. For instance Starbucks domination of the Pumpkin Spice Latte search term alone pulls in more than 1M+ daily views.
But that's also where most of the competition is at. If you’re in the tech world, for example, very few keywords are tagged.
Stickers or GIFs
One final consideration is whether to make GIFs or stickers.
Facebook, Twitter, and WhatsApp use the GIF API. Instagram, TikTok, and Snap use the sticker API. So your decision depends on what platform your audience hangs out on.
1) Create GIFs which match what your audience might search for
2) Add your logo, product, or URL
3) Upload to Giphy and tag with relevant keywords
4) Make 5 GIFs. Then you can apply for a free brand channel.
This last step is crucial. Only with a brand channel are your GIFs publicly searchable. And to be accepted the GIFs you make must be original content. I learned this the hard way after all my Startup GIF's were rejected.
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