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On Youtube and Social Media, you only have 5 seconds to succeed. Learn how to optimize your content

07.08.21

If you’re reading this, you already know that the digital landscape is highly competitive and overcrowded. As a marketer, making your brand stand out is a priority. Your competition is not only other brands in your industry. But also influencers, regular users that create entertaining content, and an infinite stream of videos of puppies being cute and cats being hilarious. As you understand by now, the attention economy is brutal. That’s why the first 5 seconds of your ads, commercials or branded videos are crucial to turning views into engagement and engagement into sales.

Let’s look at some of the reasons why the first few seconds are so important, as well as the best way to create content with impeccable, compelling, and effective beginnings.

Why the first 5 seconds are essential

We’re all Ad skippers
The truth is that even marketers skip ads all the time. It’s almost an automatic response to advertising. We don’t like to think about it this way, but the user is trying to watch something else, and suddenly, your brand interrupts them. With this in mind, your top priority should be to make those valuable seconds worthwhile.

If you can only get 5 seconds of their attention before they can skip the ad, it becomes essential to communicate your message within those seconds. On the other, those seconds should generate enough curiosity for the viewer to decide to continue watching.

Storytelling as a hook
The importance of the first moments is relevant for all storytellers. Marketers, writers, podcasters, you name it. The beginning lets the audience know what kind of story it will be, and that first impression determines their experience and expectations. For instance, if the first seconds are exciting, the viewer naturally expects more excitement in the future. Even if the story gets a bit boring later, that initial thrill was a promise, and the viewer emotionally commits to it to receive that reward again.

OK, enough theory. Let’s talk about the practical ways that technology can help you improve your first 5 seconds.

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How to analyze your first 5 seconds
Here’s how you can remotely test and optimize the first 5 seconds of your content with the help of AI:Review your audience’s emotional responses.

Instead of speculating about the emotional impact of your content, biometric technology and emotional recognition allow you to detect the reactions of your audience as they watch your content. Synapbox’s platform can test hundreds of targeted users from the comfort of their homes by recording and analyzing their emotional responses through their webcams. With this information, you can find out what percentage of participants felt positive (or negative) emotions during the first seconds of your ad.Find patterns in the audience’s reactions.

In addition to a general emotional response, the second-by-second analysis of your content gives you more information. You can find out, for instance, that only 20% of participants showed a positive reaction like happiness or surprise in the first 5 seconds. But luckily, 90% of participants felt excited by the scene a minute later. Such insight can be practical as you can improve your ad in the editing process by showing the most exciting moments or elements in the beginning. Identify the most attractive elements on the screen.

Not only can you identify your audience’s emotional patterns throughout your ad, but you can also pinpoint the exact element on the screen that generated the emotions. With the help of eye-tracking and object labeling, our reports can show you heatmaps with the areas of interest of your videos. With this information, you can understand if viewers focus on your product or logo and if a particular character or element attracts their attention.

To stay ahead of the game, today’s top brands take advantage of market research innovations and the technology of content testing. Are you ready to propel your brand forward with the help of content testing? Learn more about Synapbox!

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