Adding Motion to Your Images Evokes Emotion in Your Customers

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How many times have you heard the expression, “A picture is worth a thousand words”?

If you’re an integrated marketer looking for a way to hook your website visitor, a picture that adds something extra isn’t just worth a thousand words, it’s worth more clicks, more time spent on the page, and more conversions. Photos bring your story to life and make a powerful appeal to your audience’s emotion.

Get the Kens Burns Effect
Ken Burns is a famous documentarian with a very distinctive style: even using older photographs, he creates a sense of motion and even animation by zooming and panning across the images. (This short clip illustrates his famous style.) Zooming creates a feeling of intimacy with the subject, and the overall result mimics the feel of a unique story unspooling.

Who they’re best for: Businesses that need to communicate humanity and trust (think business services, insurance, health).

When to use them: Whenever you need to grab your customer by the emotions.

How to make it: For web image, there’s CSS but if you want to create for a video, there’s an effect in Apple’s iMovie that’s conveniently called “Ken Burns Effect.”

The Magic of Cinemagraphs
Another way to add interest to your web images is with a cinemagraph –to paraphrase Britney Spears, the cinemagraph is not a still image, yet not a video. They’re the high-end cousin to an animated gif, presenting just enough movement to fool the eye into thinking it’s watching a video. Even though cinemagraphs have long been declared the NEXT BIG THING by industry publications like Ad Age, you still don’t see a lot of them—which is exactly why you should use them.

Who they’re best for: Brands or companies that want to appear youthful, energetic, and vibrant, including fashion, retail, automotive.

When to use them: They give your landing page the enhanced converting power of a video, for a fraction of the bandwidth.

How to make it: In addition to free and low-cost stock cinemagraphs, making a cinemagraph is like producing a video, except you only need about 10 seconds or less.

Master the Art of Imagery
Back to that “picture is worth 1,000 words” idea: when integrated marketers use them correctly, pictures can telegraph your brand value, and much more. Here’s how to use images and video to drive results.

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Last modified: December 18, 2017