With ContactMonkey's Email builder, you have the option of using both custom and public GIFs to spice up your email.
In this section:
Public GIFs with GIPHY
- Format your template and row, then drag in the GIF content block from the right sidebar.
- Click Search for gifs with GIPHY.
- The following screen will bring you to the options available to you with GIPHY. Use the search bar to look for GIFs to suit your theme.
- Click on the one you would like to select, and it will populate in your Email. You are ready to go!
Using Custom GIFs
ContactMonkey's email builder allows you to easily embed GIFs in your emails using the Giphy library. All GIFs uploaded from here are fully compatible and will animate even when inserted into Outlook.
You may also use the file manager to upload custom GIFs as an image (insert image content block > browse > upload > insert). Sometimes, these GIFs may not appear animated once inserted into ContactMonkey's email builder, which requires some additional work to be done by the user:
1. Configure your .GIF
The first step is to create your .GIF using any third-party software.
2. Generate .GIF URL
Visit https://gifyu.com/. Drag in the desired GIF and click upload to generate your GIF URL. Right-click the GIF and click "copy image address".
3. Insert the .GIF into your Email
After you insert an empty row into your builder, drag and drop an image content block. From there, paste the URL into the URL field within the content properties section (as seen below).
Creating Your Own GIFS and Image Carousels
If you would like to create your own GIFs or a carousel of images. You can do so using a using a series of images in PowerPoint.
How do I create GIFs in PowerPoint?
- Create the slides you want to save as a GIF.
- Click File > Export and select Create Animated GIF.
- Click on Create GIF to export and save the GIF.
- Then follow the instructions above for Using a Custom GIF
Limitations with GIFs
- GIF animation within the email is only supported for Office 365 and Gmail readers.
- Readers using Outlook 2007, Outlook 2010, Outlook 2013, Outlook 2016 and Outlook 2019 will have to display the email in a browser for the GIF to animate. However, readers using the Outlook mobile app will see the animation.
- For Office 365 readers, the GIF animation will not loop indefinitely but will only loop three times. After three animation loops, the animation will stop, and a Play button will show on the image. Pressing this Play button will loop the animation another three times.