How Long Should Your Videos Be?

Let's take a deep dive into the ideal length of your promotional videos, so you can retain more views.

If your promotional videos too short, you won’t have enough time to really develop an emotional connection (critical to your sale).

But if they’re too long, people won’t watch them.

So how long should your videos be? What is the ideal length?

Answering that question is very simple:

It depends.

It depends on what stage people are at, in your sales funnel.

In this blog, I will go through three different stages of the funnel and breakdown the beset video length so that you make the most of your videos.

Time is ticking (pun intended).

Top Of Funnel (Cold leads)

Picture this as the first date.

Would you go for dinner, a movie, salsa dancing, dessert, and meet the parents – on a first date?

Gosh, I hope not! Didn’t work when I tried it 🙁

The same goes for your new prospects.

They don’t know you, they don’t trust you, and most importantly?

They don’t have time for you.

The average business owner is scanning your video with haste.

Don’t bore them!

Keep your videos short and sweet. Your intention here is to peak curiosity

You can achieve this with highly original messaging, and brand humanity.

For introductory promotional videos, we’ve had the best success with 45-60 seconds.

People who don’t know you will accept a video that’s less than a minute.

Psychologically, it feels like a low commitment. But anything over a minute is dangerous ground!

Middle Funnel (Warm leads)

Now that you have their attention and curiosity, they’ll cut you a little slack – and give you another few minutes of their precious time.

Keep working it!

Put less focus on attention-grabbing material that’s punchy and bold, and shift into educational content.

Show them you know things!

What kind of videos should you have?

  • Vlogs
  • Webinars
  • Teaching
  • Interviews

All great examples of middle funnel videos and they can be up to 4-8 minutes in length.

Important: Still try to err on the side of shorter videos. Their time is still precious.

But now your prospects want to actually learn something from you they didn’t know.

And that takes more time.

So take your time and do this well. Just don’t blunder on.

Lower Funnel (Hot leads)

This section is reserved for hot leads or repeat business which means,

Trust has already been established.

Often people at this stage are excited about your offering, they’re just on the fence with one objection (usually time or money).


Time to ramp up the pace!

Time to create urgency!

Get them off the fence!

Client testimonial videos or short personal video messages are great tools for this stage.

All your content should be focused on at this point is handling objections – and you shouldn’t take long to do it.

So keep these ones short and potent! 1-3 minutes max here, folks.


This whole sales funnel process is like an ocean current.

Fast >> Slow >> Fast.

Time your videos right, and you will see massive acceleration in sales thanks to your videos.

Don’t forget to say a silent prayer to the video gods.

If you’re using video, they are watching over you, waiting to bless you with more sales!

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Good luck, and happy video production!


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By Anthony Madani

Anthony is the Director at UpMedia Video, and an expert at Video Marketing, with a rapidly growing business. He’s spent over 18 years in media production, from award winning television shows (on Netflix and HBO), to producing ads for large corporations such as Toyota, Flight Center, and Canada Life.

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