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Adding video to email

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Video: Adding video to email

Adding video to email is both easy and impossible. Only Mac Mail, MobileMe, and other Apple software lets readers play a video embedded in their email. But there is a way to gracefully include videos in email. I'll show it you now. This is from a Campaign Monitor article in their blog. Here is the code, and the exercise file also includes the URL to this post. The solution to add video in your HTML emails is to use the HTML5 video tag.

Adding video to email

Adding video to email is both easy and impossible. Only Mac Mail, MobileMe, and other Apple software lets readers play a video embedded in their email. But there is a way to gracefully include videos in email. I'll show it you now. This is from a Campaign Monitor article in their blog. Here is the code, and the exercise file also includes the URL to this post. The solution to add video in your HTML emails is to use the HTML5 video tag.

Specifically, in the video tag, we specify width and height and we specify what is the fallback image if the video cannot display in the email software. In addition, we set the source for our video file, the type of our video file, and we set a link around an image, which is our fallback image. This approach will allow you to include video, whether or not the email software can display video. In addition, you may find that if you use FeedBurner and you include video in your blog posts, people who subscribe to your FeedBurner account and use Apple Mail and use their iPhone will be able to see your video and click on your video and play it within their email.

While playing a video in your email is impossible for most people who read your emails, there are ways to include video with your content. This method is great because it includes a fallback image that can represent your video at the same size and width, and readers simply have to click the image to actually see the video.

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Effective HTML Email and Newsletters

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  1. 2m 25s
    1. Welcome
      1m 1s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 24s
  2. 13m 12s
    1. Understanding differences between HTML email and web pages
      1m 21s
    2. Seeing how HTML email displays in different email programs
      3m 27s
    3. Finding Acid tests and compatibility checklists
      2m 35s
    4. Understanding MIME types: HTML vs plain text
      4m 3s
    5. Exploring the future of HTML email
      1m 46s
  3. 15m 12s
    1. Defining spam
      2m 6s
    2. Examining legal issues with permission-based email
      1m 33s
    3. Planning email campaigns
      1m 36s
    4. Creating content for email campaigns
      2m 34s
    5. Understanding design constraints of HTML email
      1m 53s
    6. Designing effective HTML email
      2m 5s
    7. Building email address lists
      3m 25s
  4. 7m 28s
    1. Choosing tools for coding HTML email
      1m 27s
    2. Coding email versus coding web pages
      1m 14s
    3. Preventing problems with email coding
      2m 49s
    4. Understanding the ideal coding process
      1m 58s
  5. 17m 27s
    1. Planning
      1m 8s
    2. Coding HTML tables
      4m 38s
    3. Adding content
      4m 49s
    4. Adding inline CSS
      6m 52s
  6. 10m 44s
    1. Planning
      43s
    2. Coding HTML tables
      2m 41s
    3. Adding content
      3m 39s
    4. Adding inline CSS
      3m 41s
  7. 13m 13s
    1. Planning
      1m 13s
    2. Coding HTML tables
      3m 4s
    3. Adding content
      2m 37s
    4. Adding images
      1m 9s
    5. Adding inline CSS
      5m 10s
  8. 7m 32s
    1. Designing a plain text email
      4m 49s
    2. Designing a plain text email from an HTML email
      2m 43s
  9. 20m 45s
    1. Automating HTML email creation
      2m 5s
    2. Automating HTML email by category
      1m 6s
    3. Automating HTML email with WordPress
      5m 32s
    4. Automating HTML email with ExpressionEngine
      4m 27s
    5. Automating HTML email with FeedBurner from an RSS feed
      4m 27s
    6. Automating HTML email with FeedBlitz from an RSS feed
      3m 8s
  10. 6m 42s
    1. Deciding when and how to test email
      3m 18s
    2. Using testing services
      3m 24s
  11. 13m 56s
    1. Outsourcing your email campaign
      56s
    2. Sending email with MailChimp
      2m 40s
    3. Sending email with Campaign Monitor
      1m 51s
    4. Sending email with Constant Contact
      2m 20s
    5. Sending email with iContact
      2m 9s
    6. Sending email with VerticalResponse
      1m 52s
    7. Sending email with canned templates
      2m 8s
  12. 14m 34s
    1. Solving layout and spacing problems
      2m 50s
    2. Solving image problems
      3m 12s
    3. Solving Gmail display problems
      2m 19s
    4. Solving Lotus Notes display problems
      1m 55s
    5. Solving Outlook 2007/2010 display problems
      2m 40s
    6. Adding video to email
      1m 38s
  13. 1m 36s
    1. Next steps
      1m 36s

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