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7 September 2023 Video production tips and best practices

How to Measure the Impact of Your Promotional Videos

Explore vital metrics beyond views and likes to gauge promotional video success, understanding engagement, conversion, and ROI effectively. T

For marketing professionals, gauging the success of a promotional video isn't merely about 'likes' or 'shares'. It's about tangible outcomes, a return on investment, and the extent to which a video shifts the needle towards your brand objectives. To truly understand the impact of your promotional videos, you've got to delve deeper. So, let's unravel the secrets to measuring video effectiveness.

1. Start with Clear Objectives

Before you can measure anything, you need to be crystal clear about what you're hoping to achieve. Are you looking to increase brand awareness? Drive sales? Boost website traffic? Your objectives will steer your metrics.

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2. View Count and Watch Time

While view count gives an idea of reach, it's watch time that reveals engagement. A video viewed a million times but only for the first three seconds doesn't have the same impact as one viewed half as much but watched in its entirety.

3. Engagement Metrics

Comments, shares, likes, and dislikes offer a glimpse into how your audience perceives your video. For instance, high shares might indicate that the content resonates, while comments can offer qualitative insights into what worked and what didn't.

4. Click-Through Rate (CTR)

This is especially pivotal for videos with a call-to-action (CTA). If your video encourages viewers to 'learn more' or 'shop now', the CTR gives a direct indication of the video's persuasiveness.

5. Conversion Rate

Beyond clicking through, how many viewers took the desired action? This might mean signing up for a newsletter, making a purchase, or downloading an eBook. Conversion rate is arguably one of the most potent indicators of a video's effectiveness.

6. Social Sharing

In the age of social media, a video's shareability can amplify its reach exponentially. Track shares across platforms to gauge organic spread and potential virality.

7. Feedback and Surveys

Sometimes, the best insights come straight from the horse's mouth. Consider running short post-viewing surveys or polls, asking viewers what they thought. This can give you actionable insights for future content.

8. Bounce Rate (for landing pages)

If you've embedded your video on a landing page, monitoring the bounce rate can provide insights. A lower bounce rate can suggest the video's effectively holding the viewer's attention, encouraging them to explore further.

9. Video Heatmaps

Tools like Wistia offer heatmaps for videos, showing exactly which parts viewers watched, skipped, or re-watched. This can be invaluable for understanding which segments of your video hit the mark.

10. Sales Metrics

If the objective was sales-driven, then tracking metrics like the sales conversion rate post-viewing is crucial. Remember to account for the lag effect – a viewer might see your video and make a purchase days or even weeks later.

11. SEO Impact

If your video's hosted on YouTube or embedded on your site, monitor the traffic and search rankings. An effective video can enhance search visibility, drawing organic traffic.

12. Audience Retention

This metric shows the percentage of the video the average viewer watched. It helps pinpoint where viewers drop off, offering insights into pacing, content relevance, or other elements that might need tweaking.

Wrapping up

While the golden age of television might've been about ratings, the digital age demands a more nuanced approach. Measuring the impact of promotional videos requires a blend of quantitative and qualitative insights, all aimed at offering a holistic understanding of performance. But it's not just about figures and graphs.

It's about understanding human behaviour, interpreting data with discernment, and continuously refining your strategy to captivate, engage, and drive action. So, next time you launch a promotional video, don't just set it and forget it. Dive deep, measure, iterate, and watch your impact soar.

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Emily Malone

Written by Emily Malone Marketing Manager for Venture — a full-service video production agency that specialises in producing creative videos & campaigns that get real results.

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