Mariana Ruiz
June 30, 2023
3 min read

Video Duration Essentials: How long Should My Video Content Be?

As video production and animation experts, we often field questions regarding optimal video lengths, the types of videos suitable for different purposes, and the most effective platforms for marketing these videos.

Here’s a brief introduction to these three essential aspects:

Video Length
The optimal video length can depend on various factors, including the type of video, the platform it’s being posted on, and the target audience. However, as a general guideline:

  • For social media platforms like Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook, shorter videos (around 30 seconds to 2 minutes) often perform well.
  • For YouTube, longer videos (between 2 and 15 minutes) are more common. Educational or informative videos may be even longer.
  • For professional platforms like LinkedIn, videos typically should be around 1-2 minutes.
  • For TikTok and Snapchat, videos are typically very short, around 10-60 seconds, due to the nature of these platforms.

Types of Videos

The type of video best suited to your needs depends on your objective. Here are some common types:

  • Explainer Videos: Brief videos that explain a product, service, or concept (usually 60-120 seconds).
  • Product Demos: Detailed showcases of how a product functions (2-5 minutes).
  • Tutorials/How-To Videos: Step-by-step guides on how to use a product or service (2-10 minutes).
  • Webinars: Longer videos designed to provide in-depth information and discussion on a topic (15-60 minutes).
  • Testimonials: Brief clips of customers sharing their positive experiences with a product or service (1-2 minutes).
  • Brand Videos: Longer videos that share a company’s mission, values, and story (2-5 minutes).
  • Social Media Ads: Short, engaging promotional videos (15-60 seconds).

Where to Market Videos

The best platform for marketing your video depends on your target audience and the type of video. Here are a few platforms and their strengths:

  • Instagram: Great for short, visually appealing videos, especially for a younger demographic.
  • Facebook: Good for reaching a broad demographic, with options for both organic content and paid advertising.
  • YouTube: Best for longer, informative or entertaining videos. A strong choice for tutorials, webinars, and product demos.
  • LinkedIn: Ideal for B2B marketing, professional content, and thought leadership videos.
  • Twitter: Good for short, engaging videos that can be easily shared.
  • TikTok: Excellent for reaching a younger audience with short, entertaining videos.
  • Snapchat: Useful for short, engaging videos aimed at a younger demographic.

Remember, regardless of the video type, length, and platform, the quality of the content and its ability to engage viewers are the most critical aspects to its success.

At Creativa, we are proud to have produced countless stunning videos and animations for a diverse range of industries, clients and their brands. We are here to help! Let’s talk.

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