Talking Kimoji: 5 Questions with Brand Behind Those Dancing Kims

We spoke to the company behind animated Kimojis to find out the secret of Kimoji’s success, what brands need to know about custom keyboards, avatars, and more…

At their developer event this year, Apple jokingly said “the children of tomorrow will have no understanding of the English language.” While they might have been exaggerating, there is no doubt that communication has transformed for young consumers, shifting away from text to photos, videos, and, of course, emojis. As this visual language has skyrocketed in usage, they’ve provided a new pathway for marketers to reach the coveted young consumer audience. As one expert explains, custom emojis are “tiny, adorable commercials.” 

Celebrity mogul Kim Kardashian’s custom emoji app Kimoji is the greatest example of the booming emoji business. For those who aren’t familiar, Kimoji is an app of Kim K-themed emojis, stickers, and GIFs that include references to the star’s life, loved ones, and TV show. The wildly popular platform is currently number two on the Entertainment App chart, and continually introduces additional packs of emojis for an increasing number of fans to use in chats and collect. The most recent update included “Kimogifs”: animated Kimojis created with the help of avatar chat platform IMVU, which was approached by Kim and Kanye to create expressive, authentic Kimoji content. Thanks to IMVU’s avatar technology, Kimojis have gone from static to animated. Users can now send moving icons like dancing Kim Kardashian and jump roping Kylie Jenner in their messages, which gyrate (and more) on their screens.

IMVU has 160 million registered accounts on their own platform, an online community that allows users to customize their own avatars, which then interact and chat. Now, they’ve launched a new 3D mobile app and iOS…


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