We are very busy here at Gifyyy HQ working on a significant overhaul of your studio, events, and event management areas. We know that as Gifyyy grows, and we add new functionality, we need to keep things organised and easy to use.
Along with that, sharing emails are going to get a lot more awesome, and there’s one little part we just couldn’t wait to release.
You now have an option to set an email address that we’ll send sharing emails from. This means anybody who receives a share email can just hit reply to get in touch with you, make an inquiry, and so on. Once you’ve set this up, no more emails from email@example.com!
Have you ever wondered how much traffic your galleries are getting? How about what proportion of visitors to your galleries use the sharing options?
We have. That’s why we’ve engineered a powerful, simple analytics system, right into the Gifyyy event management pages. Starting today, you’ll be able to view detailed numbers on page views, visitor count, and sharing engagement, right from within Gifyyy.
For any events created since August 21st, you’ll see a new statistic on the Manage Event page: “Page Views”.
Underneath that we’ve added a link that will let you view more detailed information, like how many people have interacted with the share buttons, and which sharing options are most popular.
We are so excited to announce the launch of gifgo, a new lightning-fast gallery hosting platform, engineered from the ground-up to host gifyyy galleries.
Gifgo galleries are faster, more social, and open up new possibilities for branding. And because they run on a separate domain from Gifyyy.com, they will avoid confusion between your brands and ours. We call this Grey-Label. It’s not your own domain, but it’s also not ours: neutral territory, ripe to make your own.
Gifgo is a rocket ship for your gifs. It’s is a new gallery platform, built on the latest and greatest web technology. From first principles, it is built to be fast. And unlike the galleries on gifyyy.com, pages are rendered on the server, which means huge improvements for load-times and performance on mobile. And it means things like GIF previews in imessage will work.
Beyond just being fast, gifgo is a foundation for the future of Gifyyy. It’s extensible. It contains a framework for much richer branding possibilities — we’ll be taking full advantage of this in future platform updates that will give you much more fine-grained control over branding and gallery customisation. It also lays the groundwork for new gallery and media formats.
Gifgo also adds beta-support for platform-native facebook sharing. We’re still ironing kinks out here, but bear with us. It’s going to be so worth it. Some of our tests show playable gif previews on Facebook, others don’t. Working with GIFs on Facebook has always been a bit of an unpredictable venture, but we’re actively trying to work through this with the facebook developer portal. I’ll keep you posted.
There are two headline reasons we built gifgo
1. We wanted to give you a gallery space that wasn’t connected to the Gifyyy brand.
2. We wanted our gallery experience to be faster and more nimble, especially on mobile devices.
We put a lot of time into branding Gifyyy, and we know you put a lot of time into branding your own Gifyyy-powered photobooth offerings. We don’t want our efforts to conflict with yours, or to leave your users confused as to who you are.
Gifgo uses an advanced content delivery network from Amazon’s AWS, and delivers galleries ready to go (unlike Gifyyy.com which creates galleries on-the-fly on your device). We’ve seen improved gallery loading times anywhere between two and fifteen times faster than Gifyyy.com galleries.
Gifgo is a blank slate. Right now we offer the same theme options as Gifyyy.com, but it’s built for growth. If any of you are interested in beta-testing custom gallery colours, hit me up.
It’s purely an image delivery platform. Just the gallery sections of Gifyyy.com, but on steroids.
Gifgo is live today. Any events created today and going forwards will be delivered via gifgo. If you want to check out any of your existing galleries on gifgo, you’ll see a link in the manage page for that event.
We’re working hard on our next iOS release
This is going to bring hybrid gif/still mode, and a bunch of performance and stability enhancements. We’re aiming to have that in the app store around the end of this month
Next on the web platform, we’ll be releasing more detailed branding and theme customisation, including getting your event logos into sharing emails.
Towards the end of the summer we’ll be launching an event reporting and analytics module.
Good morning all. Just a quick post to let you know I have rolled out a web platform update that addresses a couple of things.
We have removed references to Gifyyy from instagram sharing emails, to avoid confusing your users.
This update also addresses an issue with overlays for Still Image events.
We’re rolling out a few little web platform updates tonight:
Some of you have mentioned that it would be useful to be able to lock galleries in some scenarios, for example if you are waiting for payments. Now you can! Locked galleries are totally locked down — visitors won’t be able to see any of the GIFs, either directly, or via the gallery page. If you visit the manage page for an event, you’ll see a button to toggle locking. If you wanna see it in action, fire up a test event and give it a go!
We’ve heard from a few of you that it would be useful to require an email before showing visitors their GIF. You can now set Gifyyy to do this: navigate to the manage page for an event, and select “Require For One Up” as the capture emails option. This will ask a first-time gallery visitor for an email before they are able to see the GIF they have sent themselves. Different email capture settings will work best with different crowds, so play around and see what works for you.
We had some feedback that the subtotals on the billing page were confusing, so instead of calculating subtotals, we now show an itemized bill, with the cost for each event. We still show a total at the bottom.
We have also updated the layout for previous transactions, to show an itemized breakdown.
We’re excited to announce new accessories for the Gifyyy photo booth kit. We have a new 12V dual-output battery pack featuring high power li-on cells and secondary USB charging, a business card holder to help promote show material during events, and a front plate that conceals the iPad.
The business card holder and front plates are on pre-order with an estimated shipping date of April 24th, 2017.
The battery packs are currently in stock.
Come see us in the marquee room, on the right hand side at booth 1750. We’ll make beautiful GIFs together. Or JIFs, if you’re into that kind of thing 😉
Come say hi! We’ll be on the trade-show floor. Come play with Gifyyy and ask us about how Gifyyy fits into a profitable creative wedding studio.
And we’ll see you at the bowling on Thursday!
Canada Photo Convention – Toronto – October 2015
Gifyyy was featured at Canada Photo Convention’s Toronto event in October 2015. We plan on joining them in April 2016 at their Vancouver, BC, event. We so appreciate the support of awesome people like CPC’s founder Jasser Abu-Giemi, who has been super supportive of new and emerging companies in the wedding photography industry. Read more about Canada Photo Convention by clicking here (https://canadaphotoconvention.com) Photograph by David Miller (@orangetronic).