Embedding Video in Email

In the earlier years of email embedding videos was quite common. People would design emails to contain welcome videos, marketing webinars, and even short videos on how to make millions from the comfort of your own home. However, as the Internet has matured the range of media that is supported by mail clients and web-based programs has dramatically changed.

Nowadays most email clients have completely done away with the different calls and styling that supported embedded videos. The majority of the time, plugins must already be installed on the recipients’ mail client to even make viewing an embedded video possible. As of today, Mac Mail seems to be the only client that supports video without the need for plugins in most cases. This is due mostly to Mac Mail’s support of the HTML5

Gmail is able to show previews of YouTube videos, but through our tests the support they offer seems to be limited and inconsistent on different browsers.

Now that we have gone over the information regarding the possibility of embedding videos in your emails, we need to establish the expected results of a campaign that contains an embedded video. As I mentioned earlier, unless you have segmented your list by mail client and have designed client-specific coding to embed these videos, they will most likely not be viewable or supported by anything other than Mac Mail and possibly Gmail (if you’re using Youtube previews).

Aside from these videos simply not being supported by most mail clients, the next challenge you can expect to face would be the spam folder. There is an industry-wide trend showing that emails containing videos are often listed as spam or junk, or in some cases are not delivered at all. Over the years mail client algorithms that label messages as good or bad have determined that messages with embedded videos are generally unwanted. These trends, combined with the fact that most mail clients can’t inherently support video, causes a lot of spam and junk folder deliveries.

OUR VERDICT

Do not embed videos. As we discussed, videos are rarely, if ever, supported by the mail client without the use of plugins, and inbox trends have shown that emails containing embedded videos are all too often labeled as spam or junk. If you absolutely have to embed a video then you should make sure to segment your lists based on the mail clients which support video, then embed the video specific to the calls that the mail client can support.

GIFs are supported by most mail clients, so if the need is there then experimenting in that format is usually much safer. In the Support Team’s opinion, the easiest and most reliable way to share a video with a recipient is to simply place a link in your email body that redirects the recipient to the original video.

If you have any questions regarding this information, or if you would like further assistance in understanding this subject, please feel free to contact our support team and we will be happy to help!