How Long Should A Video Be?

An experienced direct marketer knows the length of a direct mail letter is dictated by how long it takes to close the sale, generate the lead or get the contribution. Not surprisingly, there are those who believe a video should never be longer than 30 seconds or a minute. For those who bark “keep it short,” we suggest that you should replace those words with

An experienced direct marketer knows the length of a direct mail letter is dictated by how long it takes to close the sale, generate the lead, or get the contribution. Not surprisingly, there are those who believe a video should never be longer than 30 seconds or a minute. For those who bark “keep it short,” we suggest that you should replace those words with “keep it tight.”

Today’s message highlights how to use data from YouTube analytics (not merely someone’s well-meaning opinion) to determine how long your video should be. And we’ll also discuss five video formats—educational, product demonstration, fundraising, lead generation and case studies—with guidelines on the length of your message for each format.

Please share with us your comments, below, about your experience with video length. If your data dictates that a shorter video always works better, we’d like to hear about it.

(P.S. The Online Video Marketing Deep Dive webinar is coming on Oct. 24. Register here. It’s free! And if you have any questions that you would like us to cover, please send me and email).

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