The Noisy Little Monkey Blog

must have reaction gifs for social media managers featured image

25 Gifs Every Social Media Manager Needs

Posted in Funnies, Posted in Social Media Marketing, Posted in Images by Holly Edwards on 08-Mar-2016 12:52:42

Who run the world? Girls. Who run the internet? Cats. And how do cats communicate? Well, hatred mostly. But if they were possessed of opposable thumbs, you know it’d be gifs.

If you're new to gifs, never fear – your friendly noisy little monkeys have got you covered.  Here’s our guide to the best reaction gifs you need when navigating the world of the soshul meeds. Bookmark it, file it, come back to it for all those times when words – and even emojis – just won’t do. Thank us later!

1. When you get spam likes.

1.gif

 

2. When your perfect tweet is over 140 characters.

2.gif

 

3. When your brilliant Facebook post reaches hardly any people.

3.gif

 

4. When your identical post reaches thousands of people.

4.gif

 

5. When it’s Friday and you’ve had the best social week ever.

5.gif

 

6. When you write a seriously great piece of content.

6.gif

 

7. When you don’t understand your content topic but you write about it anyway.

7.gif

 

8. When you get to 11 likes on Instagram.

8.gif

 

9. When you get loads of followers for no reason.

9.gif

 

10. When you crop a picture to the exact pixels you wanted it to be.

10.gif

 

11. When your boss asks you to tweet the annual report.

11.gif

 

12. When your parents try to act like they understand Twitter.

12.gif

 

13. When you put paid behind a post.

13.gif

 

14. When you see someone trying to make a hashtag catch on.

14.gif

 

15. When you nearly post something on the wrong client account and your whole life flashes before your eyes.

15.gif

 

16. When your content gets copied without credit.

16.gif

 

17. When someone says you can get 1000s of followers with just one link.

17.gif

 

18. When you see someone using hashtags on Facebook.

18.gif

 

19. When you lose a follower.

19.gif

 

20. When someone asks you to explain what you do for a living. 

20.gif

 

21. When you’ve scheduled content for the entire week by midday on Monday.

21.gif

 

22. When you think you’re popular on Facebook but it’s just notifications for the pages you manage.

22.gif

 

23. When someone acts like social media isn’t important.

23.gif

 

24. When you can’t believe how lucky you are that you get paid to hang out on Twitter and Instagram all day. 

24.gif

 

25. And finally, the ultimate gif that every social media manager needs...

25.gif

No longer the sole prerogative of Tumblr blogs or Reddit threads, gifs have become commonplace across all forms of social media. First created in 1987 by Steve Whilhite, the Graphics Interchange Format (ooo, fancy) allows you to visually communicate your ~feelz in a way that stands out from the content-inundated internet. It’s the same kind of appeal as emojis, but it moves!

And, just as smartphones drove the rise of the emoji, mobile devices are propelling gifs out of the depths of the internet and into the everyday. Facebook introduced gif messaging back in March 2015, and now reports more than five million of these snazzy little snippets being sent through its service each day. Adam Leibsohn, the CEO of Giphy (a website for finding and creating gifs with more than 50 million unique users each month), puts their appeal down to their accessibility. “Typing is an antiquated input method,” he says, “And you can’t express emotional dimension adequately with just a handful of emoji.” We hear ya, Adam. 

Smart brands have already hopped on board the gif-mobile, with sites like Buzzfeed regularly using gifs to explain everything from the Greek debt crisis to the UN Climate Summit. NASA uses gifs of satellite imagery to transmit info, and San Diego Zoo basically won the internet with its panda bear response to Twitter supporting gifs back in 2014.

Small, share-friendly and quick to consume, good gif content is primed and ready to go viral - you’ve only got to look at the google trends for ‘reaction gif’ to see what we mean. If you don’t already have a ‘gif reactions’ folder on your computer, it’s time to start building one now – especially if you work in online marketing. Tweets with images, videos or gifs have a much higher engagement rate than boring old text posts, but with approximately ten zillion of these things floating around the internet (nb: statistic may/may not be made up), these 25 are just a starting point!

So there you have it - go forth and conquer the world of the gif! If you’re a seasoned gif pro, tweet us with your favourite @NoisyMonkey.

Oh, and most importantly, it’s gif. Not jif. No debate.

Tags: Funnies, Social Media Marketing, Images

Holly Edwards

Holly Edwards

Holly is the long form content specialist at Noisy Little Monkey. She blogs about content marketing and cats. And gifs.