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Why Corporate Videos Should Be Under 3 Minutes Long.

Updated: May 23, 2023

The power of video as a marketing tool is undeniable in today's digital age. From engaging customers to conveying brand messages, corporate videos have become an integral part of marketing strategies for businesses across various industries. However, with shrinking attention spans and an abundance of content competing for viewers' attention, it has become increasingly crucial to keep corporate videos concise and impactful. This is why we generally recommend corporate videos be three minutes or less. In this article, we will explore the reasons why.

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Behind the scenes: Global Pictures produce a corporate video for OWD.

Long vs. Short Corporate Videos

Firstly, the attention span of online viewers has drastically reduced over the years. In a fast-paced world filled with distractions, people have limited patience for lengthy videos that fail to capture their interest quickly. Studies have shown that the average attention span of online users is around 8 seconds, highlighting the need for videos to make an immediate impact. By keeping corporate videos short and concise, businesses can ensure that their message is delivered effectively within this limited timeframe, maximising the chances of retaining viewers' attention throughout the video.

Corporate video for Safran produced by Global Pictures.

Secondly, shorter videos are more shareable and have a higher likelihood of going viral. In the age of social media, where content is rapidly shared and consumed, a three-minute video is more likely to be watched, liked, and shared by viewers. Social media platforms like Instagram, TikTok, and Twitter are designed for bite-sized content, and videos that align with these platforms' format tend to perform better. By creating shorter corporate videos, businesses increase the potential for their content to reach a wider audience and gain traction through shares and engagement.

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Behind the scenes: Global Pictures filming interviews for the Buildcorp Ainsworth Building corporate video.

Furthermore, shorter videos promote better retention of information. Studies have shown that viewers have a higher likelihood of remembering information presented in shorter videos compared to longer ones. A concise and focused three-minute video allows businesses to deliver their key messages without overwhelming viewers with an excessive amount of information. By condensing the content into a shorter timeframe, companies can enhance message retention, ensuring that viewers walk away with a clear understanding of their brand, product, or service.

Corporate video for Direct Couriers produced by Global Pictures.

Additionally, shorter videos are cost-effective to produce. Producing high-quality video content requires time, effort, and resources. By keeping videos three minutes or less, businesses can optimise their production costs while still delivering a powerful message. Shorter videos require less planning time, filming, and editing, resulting in a quicker turnaround.

Corporate video for Infomedia produced by Global Pictures.

Moreover, shorter videos enable businesses to maintain viewers' interest throughout the entire video. Long videos often suffer from viewer drop-off rates, where viewers lose interest and abandon the video before it reaches its conclusion. By keeping videos concise, businesses can ensure that viewers stay engaged from start to finish, increasing the chances of conveying their intended message and call to action effectively.

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Behind the scenes: Global Pictures shooting the Neptune CRM corporate video.

The effectiveness of corporate videos lies in their ability to captivate viewers, deliver key messages, and drive action. By adhering to the three-minute rule, businesses can optimise their videos for the modern digital landscape. Shorter videos not only accommodate shrinking attention spans and encourage shareability but also promote better information retention and are cost-effective to produce. By crafting concise and impactful corporate videos, businesses can maximise their marketing efforts and leave a lasting impression on their target audience.

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We hope you found this article helpful for when it comes to producing your next corporate video. At Global Pictures, we have produced hundreds of corporate videos for companies of all sizes and our expert team bring a wealth of knowledge, creativity and experience to eery project. If you have project, we'd love to chat. Simply get in touch with us here.


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