Do People Watch Your Attorney Videos on the Weekend?

I’ll bet you don’t know the answer to that question.

You might not think it important, but it actually is. If you take the time to look at your YouTube analytics, it gives you an exact breakdown of when people watch.

For my own videos, the majority of people who watch my videos do it Monday through Friday. There is much less viewership on the weekend. That does not mean that people are not watching. Just not as much compared to during the week.

Think about it.

On the weekends, people are doing things that are important to them. Spending time with friends, family, running errands and more. I find it an interesting observation that the majority of views to my own attorney videos come during the week.

I also find it remarkable when video “gurus” tell you that you should not create video for more than 45 seconds-one minute long. They support that argument by claiming that viewers cannot keep their attention for that long.

You know what I say to that argument?

They are full of it.


Ask them to show you their own statistics of the average length a viewer has stayed around to watch any of the videos they have created for their attorney clients. They typically will not be able to.

My analytics, on the other hand, using 1361 of my own videos as a benchmark, shows an average view time of between 2 -2 1/2 minutes. That’s an average time. There are obviously outliers at both ends of the spectrum.

Strategic Question for you…

If you know that the majority of your viewers are watching during the week and not on the weekend, what strategy can you then implement in order to take advantage of that knowledge?

Some really savvy attorneys would say that they should only post their videos during the week. Others would say it doesn’t matter. What do you say?

Best Practices…

My personal opinion and best practices recommendation is to not pay attention to when your videos are watched. Don’t pay attention to what time of day they are watched. Don’t pay attention to what actual days they are watched during the week or weekend.

In my opinion, none of that makes any difference whatsoever.

Want to know why not?

It’s because a viewer who has a legal problem and is searching for information will do it at whatever time of the night or day, week or weekend they feel is appropriate. You have absolutely no control over when a viewer will be searching for that information.

Your goal however is to make sure you have fully optimized your videos in order to maximize the chances that they will find your content, find it compelling, and follow your call to action to reach out for more information.

Focusing on what day of the week or what time of day a viewer watches your attorney video is, in my opinion inconsequential.

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Gerry, I've read your book and watched at least 100 of your videos, and follow your blog, so "I feel like I know you already!".

I wanted to introduce myself, I work for an attorney, David Aylor, in the Charleston, SC area. I do all his in house marketing, and most recently have focused on video marketing, using your approach.

We started exploring the strategy last July, started filming by September, and published the first video to YouTube Nov. 1. I am now publishing 2 videos per week and the response had been great.

I want to share with you how we have be utilizing the material on Facebook, to build a community of "friends" of the law firm. These are previous clients, referral sources, friends of the staff, other attorneys, new media (radio, TV, and print) as well as other prominent folks in the community.

I really was against the idea of Facebook marketing at first (because I think there's alot of hacks and snake oil salesmen in the "social media/SEO marketing" world). But I was very wrong, the content we are creating is being liked, shared, and commented on, and Facebook's strong community platform (and it's EdgeRank algorithm) is giving us a great way to keep our "inner circle" close to the office, and relevant in the minds of them and their friends.

This was the first video we posted to Facebook-
"Can My Facebook Profile Be Used As Evidence In Court?"
95 likes, 25 comments, 27 shares

The local NBC anchor actually saw it in his Facebook feed from a friend sharing it, and interviewed David Aylor for a 6 o'clock news story on Social Media and Privacy in the legal system. (you can see here if you'd like

I would love to show you more about how I'm strategizing these videos for YouTube use as well as Facebook now. I think there are definitely some areas of practice and law firms that it wouldn't work for, but I'm sure there are a bunch that would benefit from it.

Thanks for all you do, and I hope I get the pleasure of meeting you soon!

David Haskins