In the ongoing battle between short-form and long-form video content, one might assume that only one can emerge victorious. However, the reality is far more nuanced. Leveraging videos for your business has proven to be an effective means of enhancing engagement with your audience, leading to increased conversion rates, email click-through rates (CTR), brand association, and overall audience engagement. Rather than pondering whether to adopt short-form or long-form videos for your brand, the crucial question is how to seamlessly integrate both into your video marketing strategy.
Distinguishing short-form from long-form videos is straightforward: short-form videos are concise, while long-form videos are more extensive. To be precise, short-form videos typically span less than 10 minutes, whereas long-form videos extend beyond this 10-minute threshold. Short-form videos frequently find their place on social media platforms (though they can also be utilized on other channels). For instance, Target effectively deploys this video format on Instagram for product promotion.
Conversely, extended videos are commonly featured on a company’s website or platforms like YouTube. Wistia, a video and podcast hosting service provider, harnesses long-form videos to educate its audience on the intricacies of video production costs.
The rise of video as a medium for establishing audience connections dates back to the early 2000s. Remarkably, YouTube, in its early days in 2005, was primarily a tiny video dating site, a far cry from the colossal video search engine and social media powerhouse it has since become. TikTok, IGTV, Reels, and other video-centric platforms we now take for granted were nonexistent back then. YouTube serves as an exemplary testament to the importance of combining both lengthy and bite-sized videos within a content strategy. Until 2022, longer YouTube videos were the reigning format, and the duration of viewers’ engagement with videos significantly influenced its algorithm. Apple’s hour-long event videos on their channel provide compelling examples. To compete with short-form giants like TikTok and Instagram, YouTube introduced its Shorts feature, capping video length at 60 seconds or less.
YouTube creators and businesses benefit from sharing extended and concise content, all under a single platform’s umbrella. The diverse array of video marketing channels necessitates a flexible strategy. Whether it’s YouTube, Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn, or your website, each platform adheres to its unique video best practices. In 2023 and beyond, creating short-form or long-form videos is not a binary choice. Both formats have their place within a comprehensive content plan. Continue reading to learn when and how to deploy each type of video content for your business.
The platform where you intend to disseminate your videos plays a pivotal role in choosing between short-form and long-form video content. As mentioned earlier, there’s room to deviate from the norm regarding the type of content suited for a specific marketing channel as long as it aligns with your objectives. Various platforms enforce constraints on the maximum duration of videos. When composing this article, Instagram Reels can only run for 60 seconds, TikTok videos are limited to 3 minutes, and LinkedIn grants a 10-minute maximum for videos. On these platforms, long-form video content can only be accommodated if you have a different inclination. The limitations extend to video ads as well.
Before determining the length of your videos, conducting thorough research on the platforms where you intend to share them is imperative. The last thing you want is to invest in a video that proves incompatible with your chosen platform.