should a video be?
If you have
ever asked yourself this question, this blog article may shed some light on
your dilemma. Lots of marketers and other business savvy people will tell you
to always keep your videos as short
as possible, with the most common reason being that viewers lose their focus
after a short time. In reality, it
all depends on the situation and the type of video you want to produce.
In this blog
post we will explain the benefits and challenges of short videos vs. long
videos, so keep reading to solve this dilemma once and for all.
statistics released by Hubspot in 2017, videos under 90 seconds see an average
retention rate of 53%, but videos over 30 minutes retain only 10%.
does this mean?
that short videos are ideal for most social media platforms, such as Facebook,
Instagram and Snapchat, where people scroll through their timelines very
quickly. The only true way to capture the attention of social media users is by
feeding them short, fast-paced content. Once you capture someone’s attention on
social media, the chance of them sharing your content is fairly high. According
to statistics released by Single Grain, 92% of mobile users share videos.
words, posting short videos on social media will get you more engagement, which
will ultimately create more brand awareness.
explainer videos help build engagement on social media in an efficient manner,
but are only effective if your product or service is easy to explain and also
easy to grasp for your viewers. Consider the inevitable connection between
complexity and the average social media user’s short attention span.
also a high chance of viewers retaining the presented information, since 65% of
the population consists of visual learners.
duration is an ideal characteristic of how-to videos. How-to videos are meant
to teach the viewer how to accomplish a certain goal, usually within the
shortest amount of time possible.
If you saw “How to water plants in 1 minute” and “How to water plants in 20 minutes”
appear In your search results, which one would you be more inclined to watch?
the former, right?
videos are more effective when they’re short. The reason for this is simple: people
value time, sometimes even too much. Like we mentioned before, viewers
like to save time and learn something new in the shortest amount of time
surprised at how much information you can convey about your product or service
within just sixty seconds.
Now that we
understand the use of short videos, let’s take a closer look at its counterpart:
long videos. First of all, let’s distinguish ‘long’ from ‘short’. Let’s
consider ‘short’ videos to be under two to three minutes, and ‘long’ anything
longer than three minutes.
As you may
have noticed, short videos come with lots of useful benefits. So many benefits,
in fact, that you might be wondering why one should create long videos at all.
can’t translate ideas into short videos, simply because there is too much
information or storytelling to implement in a short video. Long videos are
meant for explaining complicated ideas and providing a lot of information.
videos are all about storytelling, which means that you should take your time
developing the storyline throughout the video.
observation that’s worth noting is that longer videos tend to be presented to
an audience in multiple ways, and not just through social media. For example,
long videos can be more effective when displayed at events, where people are
seated and attentive.
inspirational videos relate to our mutual human emotions; something we can all
relate to. By making viewers relate to your story they will become more focused
lots of details should be of longer length, since one should offer in-depth
explanations for viewers uneducated about your topic. Detailed videos are often
full of claims supported by facts.
The art of data-rich
videos is to get your complicated message across in a manner that is easy to
understand by a general audience.
always keep in mind what type of video you are planning on shooting, since
video length can sometimes make or break your video marketing strategy.