(I wish there was a “poll” option on the forum)
I often wrestle with whether or not to use “autoplay” for videos, especially in my case when they are used as a core piece of the marketing at the top of the homepage.
Mostly I’ve been choosing to not use autoplay, to give the viewer the option. This stems from the fact that when I’m reading a news story the associated video always wants to autoplay, which to me is highly annoying because I just want to read the written content instead.
And I’ve noticed that many times when I’ve sent a site to friends for a real-world preview they will often skip right past the video. This could be because it might appear it’s just a large visual banner and not see the “play” button to engage. Which means they’re missing out on a big and dynamic piece of the marketing and enticement to engage the service offering.
I know that for advanced users they can stop autoplay either in browser options or with a plug-in, so in that case it doesn’t matter. But the general populace doesn’t change browser options, they use default settings.
So I thought I’d ask you folks what your thoughts are. Doesn’t matter if you’re a dyed-in-the-wool web designer or not, we’re all web-content consumers regardless, so your opinion matters.
Let me know your thoughts.
(1 vote for adding a “polling” option to the forum)