Which do you prefer? Reading or Watching Videos?

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Personally I do both of them but when it comes to time management, I personally go for a video in doing research and learning.

Some expert marketers do article writing but at the same time, putting an additional video at the end of the articles makes it more enticing.

This will also drive a lot of visitors attention to stay for a long time. I guess this is important when speaking about bounce rate of your site.
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  • Profile picture of the author Mr Bill
    Video vs Text. Imagine if instead of watching TV they gave us all PDFs of the screenplay to read and imagine the show in silence. Text is great of course but if we can deliver compelling marketing videos that speak to our client's needs they will keep watching just like they are watching a great show.

    Me personally, I get many times more value by watching a video of someone explaining or showing me something than I do from reading a text. The visual has so many more opportunities to implant a message into my brain (that sticks) than text does. I would have to say that offering a video as well as text would be better than text alone. No need to isolate those who like read as well but even the readers would get something out of a video. With internet speeds increasing around the world video is going to be easier and easier to access.
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  • Profile picture of the author curtainsandblind
    we always like visual so that's why we follow it .. me to
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  • Profile picture of the author jalicia18
    Reading is just on old days. Tutorials can now be made using videos and it's more clear and easy to understand. Otherwise, you will keep imagining things what would that be.
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  • Profile picture of the author RatRaceWatch
    I prefer both equally (if that is even possible? :0), also on a different note, when comparing video to text on the same information, it's all about delivery. I've seen too many videos where the people drag on and on and on..... :/ missing the point. And then of course I've read my fair of share of jumbled articles that are poorly organized too.
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  • Profile picture of the author jackthomson1
    its depend upon nature of data, sometimes Video is better and sometime reading informational data is better.
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  • Profile picture of the author JimmyR
    The only reason I don't like video in the IM world is because people tend to drone on and on about things I don't care about. Either that or they go super slow for the newbies. I recently heard there's a tool for watching web videos at 2x speed which may get me to switch back to video. For the moment I far prefer text.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jenny4u1
    Most of the people interested in watching videos. Visualization can easy understanding method than imagination (While you are reading you should imagine).
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  • There is no doubt that seeing a video makes you understand better than reading but yeah sometimes only. I prefer reading because instead understanding anything just as basic I never preferred. I have always believed in complete or having most possible knowledge as less knowledge can harm you and even the one you will share with someday. Reading also creates a kind of inner satisfaction along with there is a advantage with reading that you can look for the meaning of sentences or words you didn't understood while in video mostly you could guesses if the video is a bit difficult to understand.
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  • Profile picture of the author PatrickP
    Usually a video is just a person talking so it might as well be audio.

    I prefer video because I can read something else while listening to the video.

    Reading seems sooo old lol
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  • Profile picture of the author gameutopia
    Video is nice, but some of them go so darn fast it is tough to comprehend what they are talking about or getting at. I find I need to stop backup and pause the video so I can see what is going on a lot of the times. Where text I don't have to worry about that. They are not always written the best either.
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  • Profile picture of the author paigelee
    I can learn more with watching videos. I really don't prefer reading it. Its too boring.
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    • Profile picture of the author sappacis13
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      • Profile picture of the author onepace
        It kind of depends on the topic for me.

        A lot of times I like text only because it is easier to go back and reread then try to rewind a video to find an answer.

        For shorter "how to", videos are great.
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  • Profile picture of the author Lyanna
    Reading is a million times better than videos 90% of the time for me. When I read I can spot crap a million miles away, sometimes just from spending 10 seconds reading the first paragraph.

    Videos have so much filler in it that I often waste 5 minutes just to realize "oh gosh his new revolutionary free traffic method is profile links," in other words something totally useless that I should not have wasted my time on. *cough*

    I actually remember one WSO video where the maker assumed we were all total newbies and started off explaining how to put in your name in the name field. Erm, excuse me but if we are on the warriorforum buying your WSO we obviously know how to register an account in a forum, okay? Please use your common sense!
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  • Profile picture of the author d0rhk
    I like reading if its doing research or something that is work related.

    I like watching videos of cats playing and people doing stupid stuff, not watching a slideshow or hear an article read out in some fake computer voice.
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  • Profile picture of the author nicktyler
    Im with d0rhk on this one. I would rather wait for the film to come out than read a book but if it is reasearch or learning or SEO blogs etc then I would rather read them than watch a presentation or video.
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  • Profile picture of the author Clyde
    If I had to pick one, videos.

    but the video has to be good with demo, examples etc.
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  • Profile picture of the author erob
    I think a good step by step informative video is always good to watch.
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    • Profile picture of the author sappacis13
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      • Profile picture of the author Lyanna
        Originally Posted by sappacis13 View Post

        Thanks for your opinion!

        Some guy try to say he is a "Mr. Know it All" (not to mention)

        But the bottom line is... not everything in this world you know!

        So it is better also to put a step by step video so that everyone on the internet can follow along.

        :p
        hey, are you the same guy who started his video with telling people how to put their name in the "name" field?
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        • Profile picture of the author JRCarson
          The answers here goes to show that BOTH are equally important depending on who is visiting, the mood the person is in, the hurry or no hurry they are in...etc.

          So if you want a compelling sales page, product review, etc, include a video AND text that is well written and easily "skimmed".
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  • Profile picture of the author Mr Bill
    Thanks for your opinion!

    Some guy try to say he is a "Mr. Know it All" (not to mention)

    But the bottom line is... *not everything in this world you know*!

    So it is better also to put a step by step video so that everyone on the internet can follow along.
    From what I can understand it looks like you're suggesting everyone start from the beginning for every video. This is not how education works. A University teacher shouldn't have to teach the class how to count to 10. They should already know that before they get to class. A new internet marketing method should not have to go back and teach people how to switch on a computer and click their mouse or what the keyboard is for.

    Some people teach advanced methods while others cater to fresh brand new people. If everyone stopped to explain every little detail every time they explained anything the world would be very boring, no one would move into higher learning and it would probably come to a slow stop. There is beginner's, medium and advanced in everything.

    You will never get an advanced course to cover the basics and nor should it...that's what the basic courses are for. I doubt anyone really ever thinks they know it all. Some are just teaching more advanced methods. If it's too advanced for you then you have to go and do the basics first. This is a big problem in IM. Everyone thinks everyone knows nothing. Many people know more than the basics and would consider it a waste of time to go back to the start just to learn a new technique or twist on an old method.
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  • Profile picture of the author dtang4
    I may be in the minority here, but I absolutely detest videos.

    With text, I can easily skim, skip ahead, search for keywords, etc. I find most videos to be unbearably slow and skipping ahead is too unreliable.
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    • Profile picture of the author Saito
      Originally Posted by dtang4 View Post

      I may be in the minority here, but I absolutely detest videos.

      With text, I can easily skim, skip ahead, search for keywords, etc. I find most videos to be unbearably slow and skipping ahead is too unreliable.
      +100 to THIS. They need to find a way for us speedreaders to do our thing but with videos.

      The only thing I've found close is adjusting Windows Media Player settings on audios to increase playback speed 50%, which cuts down on studying time. Not sure if it can do that for videos, though.
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      • Profile picture of the author TopKat22
        Originally Posted by Saito View Post

        +100 to THIS. They need to find a way for us speedreaders to do our thing but with videos.

        The only thing I've found close is adjusting Windows Media Player settings on audios to increase playback speed 50%, which cuts down on studying time. Not sure if it can do that for videos, though.
        Amen!!!!! I totally agree. And until they do...give me text please!!!
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  • Profile picture of the author outwest
    Depends

    if for example learning how to use MARKET SAMURAI
    its so much easier to watch a video, than read a tutorial
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  • Profile picture of the author Isaiah Jackson
    videos for this guy :-)
    now don't get me wrong i will read some reports or ebooks but i still prefer video
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  • hi friend,
    I prefer watching videos because it gives all the information practically so we can get the exact idea.
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  • Profile picture of the author TopKat22
    READING!

    I can read very quickly with high retention plus if I want to go back and review one thing, I can go to that page and read just that.

    I really, really, really do not like videos unless it is in training and they simply go through the steps and show me.

    If it is something that does not require a step by step demonstration then I much prefer text.

    As a matter of fact, I was give some great stuff today and instead of text, it was an hour long video so I just closed it.

    I immediately bounce of any website that has a video playing and no text first.
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  • Profile picture of the author thatkeywordguy
    I prefer watching videos - on FastForward

    VLC has a fast forward button
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  • Profile picture of the author optimizenewyork
    Books are great because I exercise my imagination and in a way create my own movie, my own interpretation, within my head based on what is written.

    Movies are good if I'm feeling lazy in the imagination department or if I'm more interested in what someone else has imagined.

    But of course I only read or watch something if I think that the story has meaning or is just plain old entertaining.
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    • Profile picture of the author watson229
      I prefer watching videos rather than reading text because video can have a good visual effect. And it is effective because what you see you carefully listen about it.Reading from pdfs and all is the old fashion.waching video is a time saving activity and I found it more effective.
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  • Profile picture of the author focused
    Videos are especially helpful and worthwhile
    if you can just follow along and replicate the steps
    for a new process you are trying to learn.
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    • Profile picture of the author ArthelJoyVallon
      Personally, I prefer text than videos because texts tend to be more detailed than what videos present. Although, there are occasions where I would fail to visualize exactly what the text pertains to, no matter how many times I re-read it. Having a video as a reinforcement to show what the text means certainly helps clear up the fog.
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  • Profile picture of the author BigNorm
    I prefer it 50/50 except on sales videos, when I go to learn about a product I just want the blood and guts. I don't care where you came from, your trials or tribulations or your long drawn out reasons why your better than everyone else, I can make that decision on my own.
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