Should You Embed Videos in Your Marketing Emails?

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Should You Embed Videos in Your Marketing Emails?

There’s no denying it — video is a powerful marketing tool, no matter your goal.

Videos can increase conversion rates by 80% on landing pages, while 92% of mobile video consumers share videos with others.

That said, the question “Should you embed videos in your marketing emails?” might seem like a no-brainer.

But in my experience, many marketers don’t consider the real pros and cons of embedded emails before deciding.

Pros of Embedded Videos in Marketing Emails

This is the easy part. There are a lot of benefits of using video in your emails:

  • Better open rates

According to Cisco, adding the word “Video” in a marketing email can increase open rates by 7-13%.

  • An impactful message

Videos are better than any other content type at capturing your audience’s attention and keeping it.

  • Simplicity

Videos can easily synthesize complex topics, saving time for you and your audience.

  • Great user experience

Embed your video right in your email, and subscribers won’t have to click twice to watch it.

  • Encouraging action

Videos in email can lead to a 200-300% increase in CTR.

In recent years, many marketers have already started seeing the benefits of embeded videos in email marketing for themselves:

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So what’s not to love?

Cons of Embedded Videos in Marketing Emails

Embedded videos can offer a lot to your marketing emails, but they also create some unique challenges:

  • Compatibility

If your emails have embedded videos, there’s a possibility your audience’s email client isn’t compatible.

Here’s a breakdown of the email clients:

Supports Embedded Video: iOS devices, Outlook Desktop App, Apple Mail, Thunderbird 13

Does Not Support Embedded Video: Gmail, Yahoo, Outlook.com

Yes, the list of clients that don’t support embedded video is shorter, but together, they make up 24% of email market share. Would it be worthwhile to alienate that much of your audience?

  • Load times

Any type of rich media is bound to make it slower for your email to download and open. This is bad for user experience, and might cause people to delete the email before it loads.

And even if they do manage to open the email, maybe the video loads slowly, leaving your subscribers with no content at all.

  • Limited Actions

Say your subscriber’s email client was compatible, the video loaded quickly, and they watched it. Now what?

They have two options: (1) click through to your landing page and continue down the sales funnel, or (2) close the email and move on with life.

If the video is hosted on a landing page, you can offer lot more opportunities for interaction and engagement. They could:

  • Leave a comment
  • Explore other content on your site
  • Ask a question
  • Sign up for an account
  • Share the video
  • Lack of Scope

If you create a compelling video that really speaks to your audience, you shouldn’t limit its scope to marketing emails.

Keeping the video on a landing page makes it easier for viewers to share it on social media. It also encourages people to link to content on your domain, which is good for SEO.

What Should You Do?

So should you use embedded video in your marketing emails or not?

I would say no, at least not until more email clients are ready to support it.

But just because you can’t embed videos doesn’t mean you can’t use them at all.

Here’s what you can do:

  • Create an Animated GIF

Instead of embedding the video, use an animated GIF with a play button to mimic the look of a video:

Here’s an example from Marketing Land:

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When subscribers hit play, they’ll be taken to a landing page where your video is hosted.

  • Consider setting the video to autoplay

If you set the video on your landing page to autoplay, then your subscribers won’t have to click twice to get it to play (once on the GIF and once on the video).

However, autoplay videos can annoy some people, so be careful if you’re drawing visitors to the landing page from other sources.

Sign up for a free trial of Sendlane™ today to start using videos with your marketing emails.

What do you think is the best way to use videos in your marketing emails? Tell me in the comments!

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Dave Bender

Dave Bender

Project Manager at Sendlane
Dave is Sendlane's Project Manager. Raised in sunny San Diego, he has worked in all aspects of Internet Marketing for the last 12 years. He has acquired a deep understanding and knowledge that covers SEO, PPC, Social Media, and Digital Marketing.
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