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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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I would suggest that you create an account on youtube.com and upload the video. After it’s published or uploaded successfully, create an image of the video and add to your newsletter. Set the image to either link to a page on website or directly to the video on your YouTube channel. Here is an example of a video that we had linked from a newsletter. It pointed to our landing page and within the landing page the newsletter recipient would click on the video to play. The video was an interview with Constant Contact's Regional Director. To view, go to http://www.yourhostsolutions.com/email-videos.html I hope this helps. Please let me know if you have any questions or need any clarifications on how to integrate video into your email newsletters. Africa Riviera, Web Consultant YourHostSolutions.com
DadBlaze has already mentioned the Video in Email - A Definitive Guide which definitely has all the answers you need http://tinyurl.com/aw44s6 In short embed is not an option, but there are other far more effective ways to get around that and adding video to your email marketing campaign could increase your click-throughs significantly.
I recently read a side by side online review that analyzed several email marketing companies. I recall CTCT not offering a video service. A video service/interface would be great though.
The ONLY email client that allows you to display an embedded YouTube video is Gmail -- and then ONLY if you have added one of the new "lab tools."
So, I would not get my hopes up. The best way, still, is to use a still frame from the video with a play button superimposed, that links to the Video on a server.
You need to capture a screen grab of the video and include it has a graphic link. I have done this for clients many times and can tell you the click rate did increase a lot. Pay a lot of attention to the frame you grab and make it as compelling to open as possible. Even if the frame grab isn't the initial frame of the video.