I am considering adding an autoplay video to my affiliate bootcamp site. Not to convince people to sign up for anything or to make them sit through 26 minutes of me talking nonsense (like so many other scams that we know about ;), but rather to create a personal connection.

I would like my readers, fellow college students, to see that I'm a real person, same age, doing the same stuff they do and just building a relationship.

However, I feel that since most scam sites start off that way - with someone talking in your ear without you asking them to - it might be a bit off-putting.

I'd really appreciate your take on this.

How would you feel if you came to a site that started an autoplay video?

Just to be clear, if the reader wants, they can just pause it (I believe in pause buttons!) and it would just be on top of the page, so they can scroll down and continue reading whether I am talking or not.

Here's a (very) rough example of what it would look like (and the 'hold up' came out louder than I intended ;) :

http://youtu.be/M5FTPLo9eMw

Thank you,

Stephanie

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steveo5770 Premium
I think it's a physiological thing. If I have the option to watch a video, many times I will. If the site owner makes that decision for me, I will usually pause and not watch it. I'm just rebellious that way I guess :)
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TravelHacker Premium
I hear you ;)
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TravelHacker Premium
Would you mind watching the above sample and let me know if this type of thing would bother you?
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steveo5770 Premium
It's not a bad video. No hype or sales talk. You can always test by seeing how many minutes your video is watched compared with exposures.
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TravelHacker Premium
Thank you.
Right. I think this is just going to be a matter of testing and experimenting...
Thanks again!
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MarionBlack Premium
"Yes" to video and "No" to auto-play. I'd also suggest that you have some written content above the video to engage your readers before they decide whether or not they want to watch your video. It's also good for SEO. ~Marion
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TravelHacker Premium
Thank you for your feedback.
What do you mean that it is good for SEO?
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MarionBlack Premium
Google and other search engines can't read videos they only read written words. So having words at the top enables the search engines to rank your website.
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kholmes Premium
I agree, I find it annoying myself when something starts playing and I have no way to shut it off or turn it on later after I check out the site and decide if I want to watch it or not. :))
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TravelHacker Premium
I'm with you.
If, however, it autoplays, but you have the option of immediately pausing it or skipping it, would that make a difference?
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kholmes Premium
That would be better, althiough I think its a matter of preference. It may catch someones attention, or it may annoy that person.
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TravelHacker Premium
Gotcha. I think I may just have to experiment both ways, and see the different responses I get...
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kholmes Premium
Good Idea. :))
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TravelHacker Premium
Would you mind taking a minute to watch the sample I added and let me know how you would feel about having this autoplay on a website you hit?
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kholmes Premium
That's not too bad, how many times did you practice doing the video? You may want to try to tweak it just a bit more, but a good idea as long as you leave the stop video up to the viewer.:)) Good job!
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TravelHacker Premium
That's not my final product! Just wanted to give you an idea of what I'm taking about...
Thank you so much for helping me out with this!
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kholmes Premium
Great, I didn't want to say too much but i was counting on that. I had the same thing happen when I would put up a rough draft of some content and I would get some saying this and that, but I wasn't done yet...Lol...Good luck.
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TravelHacker Premium
;-)
Aside from the aesthetics and practicing, anything specific that you suggest I change?
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kholmes Premium
Nope, that would cover it. The presentation part sounded good, just do what you said, and sound confident but not pushy. Good luck, shoot your final copy out to me when you get it done. :))
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TravelHacker Premium
Thank you!
Probably won't be for another week or so, but I'll try to remember ;)
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kholmes Premium
Well, I will probably notice it when you send out for opinions...that will work. :))
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TravelHacker Premium
Done!
You can check it out here - http://financiallyfreestudents.com/
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kholmes Premium
Wow, rock on and I am really impressed! You did a great job with it. I love the nice background, may just go a slight lower on the music volume....I started to get distracted with trying to hear the words...lol, but that may be me. It really is well done, Congrats!! :))
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TravelHacker Premium
Thank you! Staying at Grandma's till I move into my apartment. Gotta love the wallpaper ;)

Ok. So far, no one's said anything about that - in fact, people have commented on how they appreciated that the music is low. So, I'll keep evaluating the feedback.

Thanks again!
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kholmes Premium
No, that's great..leave it alone...I just got a bit used to not being able to focus on someones conversation well if music's playing. I can read fine with it playing...just me, no biggie. I really do love it! Grandma has good taste...Lol :))
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TravelHacker Premium
Awesome! Thanks again.
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kholmes Premium
Your welcome Stephanie. Now if I could only get mine done...had too many other projects lately...Lol.:))
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TravelHacker Premium
Good luck! I'd love to see it!
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steveo5770 Premium
Auto-play videos always irritate me.
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TravelHacker Premium
Me too. Hoping that a girl with a pretty face will startle them into watching :)
Seriously though, I haven't really come across an autoplay video with a female on it...
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No. Give them control of start stop rewind fast forward .
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TravelHacker Premium
Thank you!
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