KPI ExamplesAverage View Duration

Average View Duration

Average View Duration is a measure of the average length of time viewers spend watching a video. This metric gauges whether a target audience finds the video content to be engaging and useful.
Average View Duration

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Why Tracking Average View Duration Is Important

Average View Duration (AVD) is a straightforward metric. It gives clear feedback as to whether viewers enjoy a video or not, by showing how much time they spend watching before they click away. A high Average View Duration signifies to the algorithm that viewers find a video useful. Subsequently, the algorithm recommends the video to more viewers. 

Average Viewer Duration specifies where audience interest peaks or dips, thus allowing for strategic video targeting and optimization. It’s a barometer of content effectiveness, guiding marketers to tailor future campaigns for heightened engagement and impact.

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How Average View Duration Relates To Other KPIs

Average View Duration is strongly related to other key performance indicators—Bounce Rate, Click-Through Rate, and Conversion Rates—that collectively show the success of a campaign.

This metric has an inverse connection with Bounce Rate. A high Average View Duration results in a decreased Bounce Rate as more viewers remain and engage with a video. 

An increase in Average View Duration suggests higher engagement and interest among viewers. Engaged viewers are more likely to make a purchase, sign up for a newsletter, and refer friends and family, increasing Conversions.

KPIs like social Shares, Likes, and Comments are also affected by Average View Duration. Viewers who find a video interesting are often quick to engage with it on their socials, increasing social engagement and brand awareness. 

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High quality audio and video go a long way to keeping a viewer watching. If you have cheap microphones and cameras and generally poor production, your viewing metrics such as Average View Duration, Click-Through Rates and Views of your other videos will be poor and this will hurt your channel’s visibility.
Will Mullins, Will Mullins Search Engine Optimisation Services

How To Calculate Average View Duration

Average View Duration has a straightforward formula. It's calculated by dividing the total watch time (in minutes) by the total number of views. 

For instance, if a video has a watch time of 700 minutes and was viewed 100 times in total, the Average View Duration would be 7 minutes per view. To find Average View Duration in YouTube studios, sign in, navigate to analytics, select the video tab, choose video, and scroll down to view “audience engagement metrics > Average View Duration.

Average View Duration Formula Example

Average View Duration
Total Watch Time
Total Number of Views

What Is a Good Average View Duration?

An Average View Duration of 50% and above is a good one. This implies that viewers are watching at least half of the video or more. This allows marketers enough time to present compelling evidence in support of the video topic, as well as clear CTAs to increase Conversions.

What Is a Bad Average View Duration?

An Average View Duration of 40% or below is a bad one. It suggests that viewers are not resonating with the video content and do not find it engaging. A poor Average View Duration often leads to an increase in Bounce Rate and a decrease in Ad Revenue.

How To Set Average View Duration Benchmarks and Goals

Historical data from industry peers and competitors helps gauge what is attainable versus what is a lofty goal to set. For instance, aiming for an Average View Duration of 60% is attainable. However, aiming for 90% Average View Duration might be too ambitious when compared to industry benchmarks, available resources, and audience engagement levels. 

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Why Average View Duration Matters to Clients

For clients, Average View Duration has a binary significance. An increase implies that a video campaign is successful and captivating to their audience, while a decrease means that something is wrong and should be fixed.

Average View Duration is also related to revenue. An increase in this metric means that viewers are engaging with the video for longer periods, indicating an interest in the topic, service or product featured–and enhancing the chances they’ll click a link to buy or learn more.

This metric is also important for brand visibility and recall. In a saturated industry, a high AVD implies that a company is breaking through the noise, capturing the attention of its audience, and expanding its reach.

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Why Average View Duration Matters to Agencies

Agencies always look beyond the surface. Understanding the elements, visuals, and add-ons that prompt an increase or decrease in viewer behavior is paramount for them. Average View Duration helps agencies decipher what attracts viewers, retains them, and when viewers drop off or engage more, thus allowing for fine-tuning of content to increase efficiency and maximize engagement.

Average View Duration should be treated like a roadmap into the minds of viewers, revealing their preferences and desires. This metric empowers agencies to optimize content strategies to be aligned with client objectives and the desires of a target demographic.

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Best Practices When Analyzing and Reporting on Average View Duration

Reports on Average View Duration helps to measure ROI over time and provide room for continuous improvement through a feedback loop. Using this information, strategies are iterated for ongoing success.


Analyze Over Time

Observe AVD trends across weeks, months, quarterly, or annually to understand long-term audience preferences.


Compare Across Channels

Compare this metric across channels to understand viewer response and pinpoint channels that generate higher AVD.


Put KPIs in Context

Report Average View Duration and its effects on other KPIs and the overall marketing strategy.


Align to Client Goals

Show how changes in Average View Duration bring clients closer to their campaign goals of increased ad revenue and increased conversions.


Visualize Performance

Use visuals, charts, and graphs to report and analyze data. This makes it easy to spot anomalies, trends, and areas of improvement.


Include Actionable Recommendations

Based on trends and analysis, provide steps to take and adjustments to make in order to optimize resources and drive impactful decisions.

Video is a big part of our strategy–it’s the most informative and interesting way to get your message out. From dynamic animated logos to how-to videos and short format social media video, it hits all the marks for introducing our clients to solutions, putting our brand out there, and catching your eye in a high-value way!
Michelle van Blerck, Digital Freak
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YouTube Dashboard Example

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How To Improve Average View Duration

Average View Duration isn’t a vanity metric. It directly impacts the bottom line of every business. Whether an agency is aiming to increase Ad Revenue or Retention Rates, these tips will help.


Optimize Video Thumbnails

Give videos a strong visual appeal by using compelling words, and colorful pictures on thumbnails.


Use Short and Engaging Intros

Reduce video bounce rate by keeping intros short and getting to the point quickly.


Create High Quality Videos

Keep viewers engaged with high quality graphics, transitions, and video elements.

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