how to embed video in an email?

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how to embed video in an email?

Hey, our ministry would like to embed video in the email itself.  Our videos are hosted at Vimeo but we send out most everything in a CC email campaign.  What's the best way to make the video look like it is actually in the email?

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Hello,

Videos are a great way to add interactive content to your email and Constant Contact has quick and easy way to share your videos. 

Embedding a video directly into your Email campaign can increase the chances that your email becomes undeliverable because some email client's can't play videos and some Internet Service Providers (ISP's) block video attachments because they are commonly used to spread viruses but don't worry we have a solution!

You can make a YouTube or Vimeo video appear embedded in an email using the third-generation editor. With our 2GE users you have the option to use only YouTube videos in an email.  

For out 3GE users use these steps:

 

1. From the Build tab, Place your cursor over the Video block and click to drag into your layout. Release your mouse to drop it into place.

 

Have you copied your video URL yet? If not, open a new window and navigate to your YouTube or Vimeo page. Copy the URL.

 

2. Paste the video's URL into the field. Use the Test Link button to make sure you've got it right. Click Insert.

A thumbnail of the video will be added to your email.

When your contacts click on the video thumbnail, a new browser will open to play the video. If you want to add a caption below your video, drag in a Text block and add one.

 

For 2GE users:


When you insert a link for a video to your campaign email, you have the option of also adding a thumbnail image of the video that includes a video player icon.

 

  1. Copy the URL for the video you want to add to your email.
  2. Place your cursor over the block where you want to add the video and click Edit this block.
  3. Place your cursor where you want to insert the video image.
  4. Click the Insert button. Place your cursor over the Video Link icon and click the Plus button.
  5. Paste your URL into the Video URL field and click Create Image.

Note: The video image is automatically generated from the link and does not count as an image within your Image Library.

 

6. Adjust the size of the thumbnail by dragging the slider.(Optional) Edit the the title that displays beneath the video's thumbnail.

7. Click Insert.  Make additional edits to your text as necessary and click Save to continue editing the rest of your campaign email.

 

I hope that helps!

 

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Hi there, How about you embed a picture that looks like a video (with the little "play arrow" in the middle and when people click on the image, it directs them to your video. That way, they don't necessarily click on the video but you can lead them to a page with the video and more information on it. IOW, make the image look like a video.
Occasional Participant

Are there plans to add short video clips to our Constant Contact customers? This would be extremely valuable without having to go through another service or system.

It would be a time-saving addition, but I see a few problems, most of them revolving around bandwidth issues.

Glenn, Video per say can't be included in an email. It would eventually have to be directed to a site storing it, just as VIMEO, YOUTUBE or somewhere else. Standard practice is to include a screen grab and create a link to the video which is stored at one of those sites. Bandwidth is usually not an issue as those sites are run on state of the arr hardware, tuned for high bandwidth applications. Regards, Tony

My understanding is that Constant Contact is actually looking at the possibility of adding this as a feature sometime in 2011. I believe you would be able to store your videos through Constant Contact much as you store your pdf documents currently.

Maureen Dudley
Dudley & Nunez Communications
Master Certified Solution Provider

I'm totally ok with storing and running the video somewhere else. But I need to embed the HTML code to display the video's image and the "go" button in an email. Joe Taylor Seattle

Regular Participant

A video that is stored elsewhere - e.g. YouTube, Vimeo, ScreenCast, etc.

Just add a link to it. Or you can add an image and make the image clickable with a link to it.

That won't launch the video - it will only take the viewer to another place where the video can be launched. I want to actually launch it from the Constant Contact email.

Joe, Embedded video isn't supporting in any email clients that I know of currently. This isn't a limitation of CTCT. Regards, Tony

A multimillion dollar email marketing service can't add the code for video in their client emails? This is by far the simplest and most effective way to get someone to actually click and stay. Very disappointing. Are there plans to upgrade asap? This is the age of social media and video as most of my customers only watch videos due to their hectic lifestyles.

Occasional Participant

May I please get direction on how to insert a video into an email campaign?

I tried many times to embed a video into our email newsletters to no avail. I found that the best solution was to simply put in an image of the video (play button and all) and link it to our YouTube page (or where ever your video is hosted online). I think that it looks nicer than just putting in a text link, and increases your chances of someone viewing the video. It also gets them to our YouTube page, where they are able to view other digital ads/videos we have made!

That's because embedded video isn't supported in any current email clients. The current best practice method is the one that Don has described. My clients have realized a >50% increase in open rates by using video. Have a fall back message / call to action in text though if possible. Regards, Tony

re:>50% increase in open rates That would of course be click through rates not open rates.

Employee

You've been asking for it! Now it's even easier to use videos with your social campaigns. Read all the details on how you can embed a video into your campaigns here: Insert a Video in an Email

Jaime McCall
Knowledge Base Writer
Constant Contact
Marketing Advisor

Hello,

Videos are a great way to add interactive content to your email and Constant Contact has quick and easy way to share your videos. 

Embedding a video directly into your Email campaign can increase the chances that your email becomes undeliverable because some email client's can't play videos and some Internet Service Providers (ISP's) block video attachments because they are commonly used to spread viruses but don't worry we have a solution!

You can make a YouTube or Vimeo video appear embedded in an email using the third-generation editor. With our 2GE users you have the option to use only YouTube videos in an email.  

For out 3GE users use these steps:

 

1. From the Build tab, Place your cursor over the Video block and click to drag into your layout. Release your mouse to drop it into place.

 

Have you copied your video URL yet? If not, open a new window and navigate to your YouTube or Vimeo page. Copy the URL.

 

2. Paste the video's URL into the field. Use the Test Link button to make sure you've got it right. Click Insert.

A thumbnail of the video will be added to your email.

When your contacts click on the video thumbnail, a new browser will open to play the video. If you want to add a caption below your video, drag in a Text block and add one.

 

For 2GE users:


When you insert a link for a video to your campaign email, you have the option of also adding a thumbnail image of the video that includes a video player icon.

 

  1. Copy the URL for the video you want to add to your email.
  2. Place your cursor over the block where you want to add the video and click Edit this block.
  3. Place your cursor where you want to insert the video image.
  4. Click the Insert button. Place your cursor over the Video Link icon and click the Plus button.
  5. Paste your URL into the Video URL field and click Create Image.

Note: The video image is automatically generated from the link and does not count as an image within your Image Library.

 

6. Adjust the size of the thumbnail by dragging the slider.(Optional) Edit the the title that displays beneath the video's thumbnail.

7. Click Insert.  Make additional edits to your text as necessary and click Save to continue editing the rest of your campaign email.

 

I hope that helps!

 

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can you add the video link and have it play within the email, without having it open another window when clicked?

Hi @SPCCustomizedTraining,

 

That's a great question! Because embedding a video directly into your email campaign can increase the chances of it not getting delivered (some Internet Service Providers (ISP's) block video attachments and some email clients can't play videos), you'll want to instead insert a link to your video. Because of this the video will open and play in another window.

 


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