Starting videos with a short highlight clip?


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Basically, do you guys think it's a good idea to have a short funny/entertaining clip from the video right at the start before the intro to get people interested or not?
I've seen it used quite a bit by larger channels, so there has to be something to it. Just try to keep it in the under 10 seconds range (same for intros), otherwise people will just get frustrated and click away.
I think it's a good idea to offer a different intro from time to time. I wouldn't necessarily do it every time but it all depends on your type of content.
Thanks for the advice guys. I think I'm going to give it a try next time editing and see how it looks but I agree with you Markkaz about it not working for every video - I think only keeping it for videos that have really exciting/funny short moments in would work best for me.
I think it's a great idea! It certainly catches the viewers attention and results to making them want more. Maybe do it on a couple of videos and then leave it out from a few others and monitor the viewer retention, that way you'll gain a better understanding on whether it's the right thing to do or not.
One of the panels at VidCon discussed this exact thing, actually. The presenter recommended it as a way to grab your audience (pick footage that is really short and really interesting/funny though). He likened it to magazines that pick out interesting sections from the article and write it again in a larger font. It then grabs the reader's attention, making them read the article to find that highlighted section.
Pewdiepie uses this technique now. Go check his videos out (especially the one that got jumpscare moments)