Slow your pre-roll: Short videos becoming less popular
Analytics firm Parse.ly finds that user engagement for posts with short video is significantly less than short-form posts, slideshows and long-form posts.
- Auto-play: Visitors are silencing or pausing videos because of the disruption
- Slow load times: Videos take longer to load, causing viewers to bounce
- Market saturation: Publishers are scrambling to create more pre-roll inventory
Digiday spoke with several publishers who echoed Parse.ly's findings, saying that short-form video views on Facebook have been cut in half, likely due to the fact that video is becoming cheaper to produce.
Smart take: The drive to create scalable video stems from business needs, not reader demand. Publishers can place high premiums on pre-roll ads because they sell out so quickly, particular among larger brands. The New York Times, for example, won't even offer advertisers the ability to geo-target pre-roll because it sells out so quickly at the national level, usually by the end of the summer.
What's next: Publishers will invest in alternative post formats.