Consider that the average Facebook video is approximately 44 seconds long, according to Socialbakers. Yet, even that relatively brief visual message may be longer than ideal. Recently published data by Socialbakers indicates that Facebook videos shorter than approximately 21 seconds performed in the top 25% for completion rates. Additionally, 20% of viewers click away from a video after only 10 seconds or less; 33% of viewers click away in 30 seconds and 45% by one minute. Considering that video converts consumers better than other forms of digital content (71% of respondents to a fresh Vidyard poll revealed that video converts better than text and images), digital publishers, content providers, and marketers alike need to give careful thought to the runtime of their marketing videos, experts insist.
Chris Sherman is Executive Editor of SearchEngineLand.com and President of Searchwise LLC, a Boulder Colorado based Web consulting firm. He is frequently quoted in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, Business Week, USA Today and other publications, and has appeared on CNN, NPR, CBS and other television and radio networks.
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