Video Views

Date created: Dec 9, 2019  •   Last updated: Oct 19, 2020

What is Video Views?

Video Views is a count of the number of times a video is watched. It can also be used to count the number of times a video is started.

Alternate names: Video Streams

Formula

ƒ Count(Video Views) *Subject to individual platform methodologies

Video Views

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More about this metric

Video Views, also referred to as Video Streams, is one of the many subjective digital metrics out there. Most popular in the marketing, advertising, digital publishing, social media, and entertainment industries, Video Views are used as a video performance metric to measure success based on the number of times the video was watched. Video Views can be used alongside the related metrics "minutes watched" or "retention rate" to gain more granular insight into viewing habits. When used alone, the metric Video Views is simply a count, much like a "page view" on a web page.

Broadly, a Video View refers to the count of times a video is watched or started. However, video hosting platforms have their own unique methodologies for defining the term “view”. We recommend you refer to the specific platform's documentation for more information.

For example, Facebook and Instagram define a standard “video view” as 3 seconds of watching. They may provide additional "view" metrics for 10-second or 30-second views. They may even define additional "view" metrics using percentages of video viewed. For Twitter, LinkedIn, and Snapchat, a standard “view” is 2 seconds of watching. On YouTube, a standard “view” is 30 seconds or an engagement with the video (e.g., like, dislike, comment, or share). If the video length is shorter than 30 seconds, the Video View is registered upon completion of the video.

Social media platforms, private video hosting services, and publishers define a Video View using their own methodologies. Keep in mind that these platforms may change their methodologies at any time. Therefore, it’s critical for metric users to continuously check the definitions of these metrics using official documentation from the providers. It’s also worth noting that Video View metrics that are registered for paid advertising or via a third-party may differ from standard organic Video View metrics.

Note: As methodologies change, this metric definition also changes so you’re encouraged to edit or add to it!

Recommended resources related to Video Views

An article on the YouTube help site on how Video Views are counted.