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The Pros And Cons Of Video Auto-Play For Websites

home officeVideos are important aspect of your online marketing efforts. They can help explain your products, brand message and other aspects significantly better than text can. So when you place a video upon your website, you might be tempted to put the video on auto-play.

While this is understandable, is it a good practice, or should you be wary of having your video play automatically?

If you are using a video on your website, consider the pros and cons of setting an explainer video to auto-play when your audience visits your website.

The Advantages

Explainer videos are the best way to grab the attention of your audience as soon as they land on your website. It is the perfect combination of picture, sound and movement that our brains are wired to notice and pay attention to. When done correctly, you are practically guaranteed to elicit a response from your visitors.

If your video serves as the primary on-page feature, then setting your video on auto-play seems like a good idea. Being the centre of attention on the page and somewhere that can’t be missed, the video is not going to catch anyone off guard when the sound starts.

Alternately, use a silent auto-play to run the video but not scare anyone with a sudden burst of sound.

The Disadvantages

Auto-play is not always a good strategy. If the content being played is sensitive (i.e. medical conditions) or personal, your visitors might not appreciate the video starting automatically, especially if they are accessing your site in a public space.

Some web users also hate auto-play as it can ruin their user experience and would rather just read the information on the page without a distraction.

Sometimes it is more polite and more effective to leave the video off until the audience chooses to engage with it.


Whether your video is on auto-play or not is a personal decision based on the content of the video, its purpose and your audience. Whatever your choice, ensure that the user can mute the sound or pause the video, especially if they are in a public space.

Do you have a video on your website set to auto-play? What kind of call-to-action do you think can make it more effective?

Take Action:

– Research how your competitors on the same industry are doing to determine if auto-play is acceptable in your industry.

– Setup analytics on your site and run a test to see if you get more conversions when using auto-play versus not using auto-play.

– Pick a winner from the result, and continue testing so you are aware if there is a change on the trends, don’t be afraid to run another test later.


Where To Place Your Explainer Video For Maximum Results

Productivity is never an accident. It is always the result of a commitment to excellence, intelligent planning, and focused effort.
– Paul J. Meyer –

Want your explainer video to result in greater productivity? Whether it’s through an increase in your website’s traffic, more orders or new subscribers, if you’ve read the quote above you understand that it won’t be easy. You need to know exactly where to place your well-made explainer video so it won’t go to waste. You can opt to let things flow, it’s your choice, but achieving an excellent result would then be a matter of sheer luck.

So, just where would be the right spot to place your explainer video?

Well, that question is actually question number two. Question number one would be “what’s the ultimate factor behind your decision to produce an explainer video in the first place?” You can pretty much divide the possible factors into two options – the first being to increase traffic, which then will automatically bring you new potential customers. The second factor would be to raise brand awareness.

If your aim is the first option, which is to increase traffic, there are two potential spots to place your explainer video: a website and a blog. Why a website? Some of you might have heard this fact before, but I’ll repeat it just in case you haven’t. Having an explainer video on your web page will make it 53% more likely that your website will show up on the first page of Google search results. This means two things: a major push for your business’ SEO and also, as I mentioned before, increased traffic. Again, increased traffic equals more potential customers.

But which page in your website should you place the explainer video on? Now, take a good look at your website. Identify the 3 pages that get high views everyday then check the bounce rate for each of those pages. Write both pieces of information down. For example:

Page A: 5278 views, 64.22% bounce rate
Page B: 4092 views, 26.91% bounce rate
Page C: 3821 views, 31.59% bounce rate

We’re going to do a little math now, gang. Here’s how you calculate which page out of the three would be the best spot for your explainer video.. Page A has 5278 views with a 64.22% bounce rate:

5278 – (5278 x 64.22%) = 1,888. This means there were 1,888 viewers who invested their time and followed a link to check out more of your website. It’s a great number, but before we make any decisions about video placement let’s move on to the next page. Page B has 4092 views
with a 26.91% bounce rate:

4092 – (4092 x 26.91%) = 2,990 viewers that invested their time to follow a link and view more of your site.

Between page A and B, page B somehow succeeded in getting more visitors to check out the rest of your website. Bottom line is, if they’re interested in clicking on links to other pages of your website, chances are they’ll be enticed to click on your video’s link as well. Based on that calculation, you already know where to place your explainer video, right?

Now that we got the website covered, the next step would be a blog. Start blogging. Plan your content and upload it weekly or monthly, whichever is manageable for you during that time. For what reason, you ask?. If you think the arrival of blog-like social networks like Twitter resulted in people abandoning the real blog, then you’ve got it wrong. People still dig blogs. According to Ignite Spot, 77% of Internet users read blogs. Now it can be your blog they’re reading, with your explainer video featured on the sidebar or attached to the end of every article.

Let’s move on to the second option: Raising brand awareness. If this is your main goal, rather than increasing traffic, you have to remember that raising awareness means getting interest from a lot of people. Your explainer video has to go viral. In order to do so, focus on two things: Youtube and your social media accounts.

Youtube is a great place to make your video go viral. It’s the world’s second largest search engine by a wide margin and statistics show that over 6 billion hours of video is watched on Youtube, every month. So upload your explainer video on Youtube, and start linking it to your social media accounts. If just twenty of your followers find the video interesting and they forward it to their circle of friends who then share it with their circle of friends, you have taken the first step along the road of going viral.

Remember that there’s no easy way to gain success, though. Here’s the thing, this strategy won’t work if your video is not what people expected. To give them the ‘push’ to click that share button, you have to make a video that stands out. You can achieve it by being over the top hilarious, emotional or just plain nonsensical. Don’t overdo it, though. Remember to stick to the message that you want to go with.

So which option best fits the intention behind the creation of your explainer video? Is it to increase traffic or raise brand awareness? Whichever it is, I hope this will help you attain your goal!

This article is a part of our 8-day course, where I will share my knowledge on various topics related to explainer videos – from the 6 decisions you have to make before producing your explainer video to the best spot to place your explainer video for maximum results.

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Getting Quality Traffic for your Website by Using Explainer Video

Explainer Video TrafficIt is always better to have 20 web visitors who that converts 5 into buyer than 100 visitors and no conversion at all. This is exactly why you have to find a way to make your website visitors stay at your website and convert into sales when you plan an online marketing campaign.

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Publishing Your Explainer Video

Publishing Explainer VideoPublishing your explainer video is one crucial thing you have to think of when you start to create it. You have to conceptualize where or how you will publish your video, because it will lead the production of the video. You can start by deciding the purpose of your video and then plan the content to meet that purpose.

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