Videos make websites more engaging and lively, promising audience “stickiness” and return visits. However, research studies show that slow startup or playback stalls of videos often leads to visitor loss. In fact, Akamai found that after a two-second delay, each additional second of stalling could cost you a 6-percent depletion of audience.
Doug Sillars, a digital nomad and a freelance mobile-performance expert, answers questions about video streaming and delivery, website optimization, and more.
Doug Sillars, a freelance mobile-performance expert and developer advocate, is a Google Developer Expert and the author of O’Reilly’s High Performance Android Apps. Given his extensive travels across the globe—from the UK to Siberia—with his wife, kids, and 11-year-old dog, Max, he has been referred to as a “digital nomad.” So far in 2018, Doug has spoken at more than 75 meetups and conferences!
It should come as no surprise that video use on the internet is exploding. You can see the dramatic growth of video on the average site in this SpeedCurve blog post.
With the growth in video comes greater bandwidth use, which is not only costly for your IT budget, but for your visitors as well. Beyond the expense, there is the user experience to consider. The heavier the page, the longer it will take to load, and the greater likelihood visitors will abandon your site. Page load speed is also an important factor in SEO ranking, so clearly video is something we need to take seriously and get right. Video is challenging, presenting terms still unfamiliar to developers - like codecs, bitrate and adaptive bitrate streaming. As a result, mistakes are being made in video implementation.
Short-form videos are starting to pop up on the web in places never seen before--hero banners, product pages, ads, social content, and the like. This trend could be problematic because of the many formats and codecs, let alone inadequate expertise on what best to adopt for web consumption. Nowadays, most people are familiar with image formats (JPG, PNG, and so forth) but ask them what HEVC, Vorbis, and VP9 are and their eyes glaze over.
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Before deciding whether to watch a movie, you would likely check out its reviews and ratings on sites such as Rotten Tomatoes, IMDB, or Metacritic. You’re not alone. Online reviews figure prominently as a factor that influences viewers’ decisions on which movies to see. In addition, filmmakers always produce trailers to be shown as previews that showcase the highlights of their movies in the hope of stirring a buzz and anticipation for the debut.
My work demands that I stay away from my phone and mobile notifications in order to be as productive as possible each day. It’s not unusual to find me at my desk for a total 12 hours a day (I work remotely), with four hours going to browsing the internet.
The last time you scrolled through the feed on your favorite social site, chances are that some videos caught your attention, and chances are, they were playing silently.
On the other hand, what was your reaction the last time you opened a web page and a video unexpectedly began playing with sound? If you are anything like me, the first thing you did was to quickly hunt for the fastest way to pause the video, mute the sound, or close the page entirely, especially if you were in a public place at the time.
It doesn't take a genius (or a statistician) to know that video represents a significant proportion of web and mobile content these days. But did you realize that in 2017, video will account for about 75% of all internet traffic and that 55% of people watch videos online every day? In fact, 52% of marketing professionals worldwide believe that video is the content type with the best ROI, with people spending up to 2.6x more time on pages with video than on those without.