Don’t You Just Hate It When a Video Doesn’t Play IMMEDIATELY? Yeah, Everybody, Too

We’re an impatient lot–and we’re getting more impatient by the hour.  A new study says that viewers of online videos start to bail if it doesn’t start playing within two seconds.

Yes, I said two seconds.

From GigaOm:

As revenues decline for traditional forms of online advertising, video is emerging as a bright spot for many media companies. It offers an opportunity for long engagement and hefty ad rates — but also a challenge to make it work.

A new study reports that faster internet connections have made viewers more impatient, and that people begin abandoning videos if they don’t load within two seconds. Every second of additional delay results in approximately 6 percent more viewers jumping ship. This chart shows how about 20 percent of viewers are gone after five seconds but that viewers are slightly more patient for long-length videos.

You’ll want to read the rest.  Trust me.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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