So – you’re releasing video after video on your business’s website as per the online marketing demands of the 21st century, but you’re not quite satisfied with your view counts. What can you do to ensure that your video reaches the largest possible audience? Certain sources suggest that date of posting, time of posting, video length, and search engine optimization (SEO) play a huge role in attracting viewers to your video. Let’s dive in.
If you’ve traditionally been posting your videos on Fridays or Mondays, you may be hindering the potential of your videos to reach their maximized audience. Vidyard’s 2018 Video in Business Benchmark suggests that video consumption percentages peak in the middle of the week, and Tuesday mornings in particular are when the most video content is consumed (the Tuesday through Thursday time frame collectively makes up 54% of all online video consumption). If your videos are being posted to a feed or somewhere else where timing is paramount, consider posting your videos in the Tuesday-Thursday time frame, keeping in mind that view count percentages drop by 2% on Monday and Friday, and dramatically more on Saturday and Sunday.
As if it wasn’t already a chore to coordinate the days of your video posting, you’ll find that the time of day that you post your videos also has an impact on the amount of viewers that you can reach. According to the source above, video consumption peaks during the hours of 7 AM to 12 PM, so if you recall the information in the paragraph above, posting your videos between 7 AM and 12 PM on Tuesday mornings will take full advantage of these time-sensitive trends and boost your video’s potential view count.
Another important time-sensitive factor that could make or break the efficiency of your videos is their length. Recent trends have observed a decrease in the average attention span of online video consumers, and businesses have been adapting their videos to ensure that their brand can still reach and impact the largest possible audience. Vidyard’s Benchmark reports that 75% of all online B2B videos are under 2 minutes in length, so if your videos are largely product or brand-oriented (rather than something that warrants a longer-form video, like webinars or livestreams), it’s a good idea to keep them 2 minutes or under in length. Visible Measures’ viewer engagement research suggests that 33% of viewers have stopped watching a video by the 30 second mark, and that businesses should capitalize on drawing viewers in during the initial 10 seconds of their video. This means you have about 1 minute and 50 seconds to properly convey your message or market your product. If this seems daunting, keep in mind that time constraints will force you to be as concise as possible, and will likely result in a degree of simplicity that your viewers will appreciate.
But once you’ve accomplished all of the above, one big problem remains – how are prospective viewers supposed to find your video in the first place? The key to making sure that your site’s videos are ranked high in Google’s results (this post focuses on Google, though other search engines follow similar logic) is SEO, short for search engine optimization. Though the minutiae of SEO can be quite complicated to fully grasp, it’s simple in concept – there are certain ways to tweak your web pages that will advance their position within a search engine’s rank order. Videos, unfortunately, involve some slightly different methods to achieve the best SEO, mostly because you need Google to provide links to the indexed web pages that contain your videos.
The first step is giving your video a cohesive title that includes as many keywords as possible, while maintaining the standards of an interesting title. For example, a video about the best camera lenses to use for portrait photography should be titled along the lines of: “5 Essential Camera Lenses for Portrait Photography”, rather than: “Portrait Photography, Camera Lenses, Essential”. The description should follow the same logic: be informative, include lots of keywords, and don’t lose clarity. And if you’re uploading to YouTube, don’t forget to include all relevant tags – these will help guide viewers with related searches to your video.