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Intro or no intro?

Discussion in 'Branding and Channel Design' started by Furry Gurus, Feb 5, 2016.

  1. UnboxingSve
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    @StupidStoriez maybe if you fix your link. I was thinking about the same. Some viewers asked me to do make some intro. But I personally think it is waste of time for viewers. So, now I am trying with a new idea: for each video before jumping into start, I will extract some interesting part of it in the beginning like some short teaser that will keep the viewer not to go :). And I think it is a really interesting idea. Will let you know doest it works, because until now I just upload one video with that "intro" idea.
     
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  2. MegaHarv
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    Taking an exciting moment from the middle of your video and using it as an intro is a great idea! I'm probably going to start doing that now!

    As for a TV style intro I'm not so keen on it in this day and age. I still like the concept of an outro as it's a place to leave end cards and subscriber buttons to assist in keeping traffic on your channel. An intro slows things down unless you use fan submitted art in the intro to promote viewer engagement. or as I just learned, to use a captivating teaser of your video to kick it off.
     
  3. Julia and Claire
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    We make an intro introducing ourselves, and then saying a brief overview of the video that gets the viewer interested. I think intros are great as long as they aren't too long, because you don't want the viewer to click out before the video starts
     
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    I've heard a 1.5 second intro video works well if you aren't a big channel yet, and then dump all your various social links into your outro. The bigger the channel you become the more...fancy your intro can become. I find the

    HEYYYYY IT YOUR BOOIIIIIIIIIIII JASSSOONNNNNNNNNNN COMING ATTT YOU LIVE WITH SOME FRESH NEW INFO! !!!!

    To be repulsive and you are seeing a growing trend of folks who hate it, but it works.
     
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    It depends on the video imo, if the intro is just put in the video willy nilly it can look wrong but I think a short intro can be a nice way to bring people in, gives a certain look of professionalism.

    Again it has to be done with taste, a good example I think is Jacksfilms, his intros are always well placed

    Just my opinion :)
     
  6. Zorohh
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    depends what video, if it's a vlog, intros are a N-O. if it's a gaming video. intros are a M-A-Y-B-E, or if it's a tutorial or something, intros are a M-U-S-T. aka Y-E-S. but, that's just my opinion.

    EDIT; I use intros for everything on my channel pretty much.. I dont VLOG so,, thats why lmfao
    --- Double Post Merged, May 18, 2017, Original Post Date: May 18, 2017 ---
    Also depends what the intro LOOKS like. If the intro isn't good or doesn't sound good, people will lose interest and click off. AGAIN, it's just my opinion.
     
  7. DigDug
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    I think it depends on the channel, niche, and "competition".
    But... is that whole thing the intro?
    That's a good channel trailer but is way too long for an intro.

    7-10 seconds max for an intro.
    (a bit longer if it's preceded with a clip from the accompanying vid)

    I'm a gaming channel and I have a little clip from the video, then a 7-second animation, and the vid.
    It works well given the niche and sphere of influence I'm in...
     
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    10 second attention grabber - 2 or 3 second intro - content - end screens

    That's the format I follow.

    Good Luck!
     
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    I also used to have like an 8 second intro, though the entire intro was nice to look at, which music..most people lost interest. People's attention spans are very short when it only takes 2 seconds to hit back and see what else is in the search results.

    I no longer use an intro, as a lot of successful youtubers do not either.
     
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  10. IceTwig
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    short intros are definitely ideal if you're going to have any sort of intro. I've thought about it and could never get the right clip put together. Everything just seemed like it was too much, too cliche, whatever. So I just stuck to ironically the most cliche thing of all and just stuck with introducing myself in the beginning of the video.
    Basically, it doesn't matter if you do or don't have one, as long as its not annoyingly long, and as long as you consistently use it.
     
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