New in Direct Mail 3: Embed Video in Your Emails!

Some of the most exciting enhancements in Direct Mail 3 can be found in the message editor. In particular, we’ve added an easy way for you to embed video right into the body of your email. Videos can be a great way to engage your subscribers and stand out from the crowd. Read on for a quick tutorial on how to add video to your email.

Most email clients (like Gmail, Outlook, etc.) do a really poor job of displaying HTML email (i.e. more than just plain text). As such, most email clients won’t allow videos to be embedded and played right from the body of the message. The next best thing, then, is to embed a thumbnail of your video that links to the video.

How To Include a Video

After you’ve picked out your video (from YouTube or Vimeo), open up Direct Mail and click the spot in your message where you want to insert the video, like so:

Next, choose Edit > Insert Video from the menu bar. Paste in the URL to the video, choose the size of the thumbnail you’d like, and click Insert.

Direct Mail automatically places a thumbnail of the video into the body of your message:


That’s it! When your recipients click the thumbnail, they will be taken to YouTube or Vimeo and can watch the video online.

Adding video to your email is a great way to engage your subscribers and stand out from the crowd. With Direct Mail 3, adding video to your emails takes only a few clicks. Try it out in your next newsletter—and tune in next week for more Direct Mail tips and tricks!



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  1. CBerry

    Would this include slideshare?

    • Jonathan

      Hi CBerry,

      The “Insert Video” feature supports YouTube and Vimeo videos at the moment. Of course, you can always create your own thumbnail from a SlideShare presentation and insert that image into the message (and link it).


  2. James

    I have gone through the steps as listed above clicking on the ‘thumbnail large’ but the video appears quite small – is there anyway of increasing the size of the thumbnail?

    • Jonathan

      Hi James,

      If you choose the large thumbnail option, Direct Mail will download the largest thumbnail that YouTube (or Vimeo) provides. If that thumbnail isn’t large enough for your tastes, you can take a screenshot of the video and try using that:

      1. Open Direct Mail, click to position the text cursor where you want the picture inserted.
      2. Choose Direct Mail > Services > Capture Selection from Screen

      Good luck!