Yahoo! supports Flex Media with new Motion Ads

aycucmprd07807004406Yahoo! announced this week that it is now offering advertising support for Flex Media.  Yahoo! is providing brands the opportunity to combine beautiful images with elegant animation, creating a very powerful form of brand storytelling. And when brands have a flexible canvas to design beautiful ads, Yahoo! sees experiences that engage our readers more and ultimately drive higher results for advertisers.

New ad format combines beautiful imagery and subtle animation for brand storytelling.

The Cinegif platform is the perfect place to create and deploy Flex Media such as Motion Ads on Yahoo!.  Kraft is the first brand to take advantage of this new feature, showing off a steaming grilled cheese sandwich that is sure to awaken the taste buds.  The above image is a perfect example of the power of Flex Media; constant motion + emotion = attention.

Kraft Cheese is proud to partner with Yahoo on the brand new Kraft Singles Motion Ad. We are always looking for opportunities to engage our consumers in unique and innovative ways that deliver our news – Kraft Singles are now made with no artificial preservatives. Yahoo brought forward a great executional idea and we are excited to be the first brand to launch it,” said Brian Gelb, Senior Associate Brand Manager, Kraft Cheese.

Kudos to Yahoo! and Kraft for jumping on the Flex Media band wagon to improve the advertising experience for all of us.  We at Cinegif are bringing this technology to all brands regardless of size.  Starting at $29/mo. you can easily create your own Flex Media to deploy in motions ads, email campaigns, website design, e-commerce displays and social media.  Sign-up for a free trial today at www.cinegif.com.

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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.