JibJab is an online site for sending video eGreetings. The site allows users to personalize and send a wide variety of humorous online greeting cards. The site also produces videos which parody politics and other subjects, and some of their videos have become quite famous.
Many of the online greetings can be customized with the user’s choice of the picture used for the head of the character in the video. Users can also enter a personal message when composing an online greeting to send to someone.
The site features cards for all special occasions such as Valentine’s Day and Christmas, and also a section called Everyday Fun that features categories such as Friendship and Sports. You can also view the company’s parody videos (mostly political in nature) on the site. Users have a convenient My eCards page where they can track all of the cards they have sent, store pictures (heads) to be used in videos and access their account and profile settings.
JibJab was launched in 1999 in a garage in Brooklyn, NY by brothers Evan and Gregg Spiridellis. The company moved to Los Angeles in 20004. In late 2007, the company launched the Sendables site as a direct competitor to eCards.
The site has millions of monthly visitors, with a large and devoted userbase. Traffic on the site tends to peak around special occasions or when they launch a new parody video. The site has an Alexa page rank well below 5,000.
JibJab’s main competitors include e-Cards.com and Hallmark.com. Both of these sites offer animated egreetings that can be personalized and sent, but do not have the video capability and level of quality humor to be found at JibJab. Egreetings are only a portion of Hallmark’s overall site, while e-Cards is dedicated to personalizing and sending egreetings. Also, neither site offers the humorous parody videos offered by JibJab.
Even though advertising is displayed on the site, JibJab has a clean and uncluttered look and feel. Navigation is intuitive, with a top menu bar that is shown on all pages on the site. The top menu bar has only 4 items – Home, Send eCards (cards for special occasions), Everyday Fun (cards for general interests), and Originals (features the company’s original parody videos). There are also small links to Help, My eCards, and My Account. The site is very responsive, with pages and videos loading quickly. Most pages load almost immediately and most of the videos load in a few seconds.
Registration is required to send eCards on the site. The registration process asks for first name, email address, password, date of birth, gender, country and postal code. Verification of the email address is required to activate the user’s account. The site accepts credit cards (Mastercard, Visa, Discover, American Express) or PayPal for paid memberships. The credit card procedure asks for full billing information and the security code on the back of the card.
JibJab users with a free account have limited ability to send eCards. They cannot send any of the special occasion cards, but can send a number of the items located in the Everyday Fun category and can email links to the site’s humorous videos.
For full access to the site with unlimited eCards in all categories, there are two membership options available. The first option is for a 1-year membership for $15.99/year. The second option is for a 6-month membership at $9.99. The only difference in the two plans is the length of the membership.
JibJab is recommended to anyone who has a need to send humorous online greeting cards at a reasonable price. The site is cheaper than Hallmark or e-Cards as long as you send 2 or 3 eCards in 6 month’s time. The free membership is useable, except for special occasions.
The free membership is recommended to anyone with an interest in watching humorous parodies and other videos. Most people will find that none of the content is objectionable.