Update On 'Adding Autoplay' - Feedback Welcome

Last Update: Oct 22, 2014


Thank you to all those of you who took the time to answer my recent question about adding autoplay to a WA bootcamp site. And an extra dose of appreciation to the people who went back to watch my video and let me know what they thought. (You know who you are ;)

Back in the US, I finally got a chance to actually make that video clip and with a decent internet connection (uncertain internet is one of the not-so-great perks that comes with traveling), I've just posted it onto my site.

Based on the majority of the responses I've gotten I've decided not to make it autoplay, but rather allow the reader the option of pressing play, or ignoring it.

I would really love to hear your feedback, so if you would take a minute to check it out, I'd be really grateful: http://financiallyfreestudents.com/

If you feel that had it been on autoplay, you would have been ok with it, then please let me know. I think I will have to test both, but I'd really like your opinion.

Thank you!


Recent Comments


Just checked in to see what you decided ... great choice(s) : no auto-play, compelling content under the video which prompts people to play it and the background is much improved.

I clicked through and got to a page where you did have the book shelves and "dorm-like" background -- completely appropriate at that point because the explanation of you being a college student had "taken" in my mind.

Good work. :-)

Thank you so much for checking back in; I really appreciate it!

Just wondering which page you're talking about with the dorm-like background?

Thanks again :)

it was very nice, let the viewer press play. cheers

Awesome! Thank you for your feedback!

Don't you just love Keane!! Too funny...you know I saw the video!! Nice!

Humbled by your response, Keane covers face:-)

Your profile pic makes me smile every time I see it!! Cheers!

Thanks Kim! Always love talking to you, so motivational and encouraging:-)

And I'm just happy to have inspired this Adam-Levine-and-Blake-Shelton-on-The-Voice type conversation!

Likewise, thank you! :P

Ok Ms. TravelHacker. Here is Keane's take on your video presentation. In my honest and humbly opinion, I think it was really lovely. Here's why:

You get it honest, clean and to the point. So, it works for me and am sure that it will work for your website visitors as well (based on the fact that they are forming an opinion about you based off your website, and in this case - your video).

Also, I thought that the bit about "you forming a partnership with them" was important, because that's essentially what you'll be doing:-)

So, just Keane's 2 cents. You go girl!!! Great work! I'm proud of YOU:-)

Continue looking ahead!
Have a great night!

Thank you so much for your kind words, Keane! It really means a lot and in this business, we can all use as much encouragement and support as we can get ;)

Now all I have to do is get some traffic to my site!

As Melanie commented below, there actually isn't a comment section on that page and I'm still trying to figure out how to add it. If you've got any suggestions, feel free to help out!

Really excellent video, Stephanie! I'm not sure if I would have been okay with it on autoplay or not. I liked the fact that I could click on it when I wanted it to start. It might have been okay, though, because it was short and the music was playing quietly in the background. It didn't assault my senses, so to speak. Great song choice, too. Well done!

Thank you so much! Happy I was able to please :)

This is my go-to song for all things that require effort, perseverance and motivation!

I just wonder if I leave it as is - with no autoplay, will people actually press start?

See how the reaction goes. If you're not getting enough, then put it on Autoplay. I think people will press the button, though.

Right. Thanks!

You did a great job with this Stephanie! I gave it a G+. I felt compelled to watch your video rather than turning it off :)

Thank you so much! That really means a lot to me!

Stephanie, I love it! Great Job! :) I'm excited for you :)

Thank you so much! It's great to get such enthusiastic feedback :)

Now I just gotta build traffic ;)

Keep building your site and you will get there. You're doing a great job!

Thanks for the support!

Wow! That's great! Good for you. I probably would have listened to it on autoplay because it wasn't blaring and obnoxious. I think with what you say in the beginning of the video, you could give it a try. I am usually against autoplay but, in this case, I think it might work. I tried to leave a comment but there was nowhere to add one unless I missed it. You are doing a great job!

Thank you so much!

I think I'm going to try both - with autoplay and with out - and see which one coverts better. However, FIRST I have to get traffic ;)

Whoops. You're right! Thanks for pointing that out. I will have to see what I can do to change that!

I was really impressed with you after watching that video. I don't know if it's because your personality is open and unassuming but it works. I wish you the very best!

Hi Stephanie! -

Great job - as your Country men - would say! :)

Thank you, thank you!

I really like your website!
Definitely would have the video on autoplay.
Again, great looking website, Stephanie!

Haha! Majority of people told me that they would just exit a site that has autoplay. I guess I will have to test both.

Thank you so much!

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