Putting/ Embedding YouTube Video in Email – How to

Sharing Professional network videos to your email. Specially in google mail, just get the URL and include in Gmail editor. Remember to read for other email networks like Yahoo/Hotmail.

“Time is Money,” is the old adage, and it is particularly true for small business owners and managers. Therefore, when composing a new email message to a potential customer, a vendor, an employee or anyone else, you should try to prevent unneeded follow-up or clarification mailings by providing as much useful information as possible in your email messages. One way of helping people accomplish tasks or better understand your message is to provide access to a video that complements your email text. YouTube has millions of videos that can help you provide useful information in your email messages and help clarify ideas or requests. You could instruct your recipient to search for a specific video on YouTube, but embedding the video, or a link to one, in your email messages saves the recipient time and it help you avoid seeing “I can’t find it” emails in your inbox.

HTML Email Required

Need to put any clickable content or custom clickable image?. An HTML email is the only solution to send hyperlink in email. Most modern email applications allow you to create email messages with graphics, borders and other HTML elements. Have an older version of email client then, upgrade with newer version to attaching hyperlinks and  YouTube videos in your messages.

Microsoft Outlook composer allow you to insert images, media, links, quotes etc.

Mozilla Thunderbird or Pegasus are another free programs to create such emails.

Other Email Providers Problem

Sometime you are unable to insert an actual YouTube video into your email message, even if you use a client that supports HTML. Email providers try to prevent spam and due to security purpose they didn’t allow anyone to embed videos objects in email messages. Embedding videos consumes resources to scan of mail servers and delivery of message may be delay an unacceptable level.

For many email providers you can only insert YouTube video link in email not the whole video embed or streaming in visual.

Send YouTube Videos in Gmail

Google provide best services to email users and Gmail will not regret you. Gmail and YouTube belongs to Google so they already monitor video embed. Therefore, you can send videos to their users.

How to Attach video in Gmail

  1. Open youtube and copy the URL of any video you want to send.
  2. Paste the URL in your message body and press enter.
  3. After a second your pasted URL will converted into YouTube video player.

Furthermore, you don’t need to use any special formatting or linking with the URL address.

Video Embed Alternative in Other Email Clients

As mention above most of the email provider do not allow the direct embed of video either not in HTML email as well. Stop sending boring email to the client so they just delete it. You can attach inline image in any of email client. Below is the way you can show your reader a video thumbnail preview.

Image Thumbnail Instead of Video

When your email client not allowing you to attach video, it must allow you to send image. Save a copy of image and create clickable link on it.

  1. To create a screen shot image of a YouTube image quickly, play the video in full-screen mode and press the “Prt Scr” or “Print Screen” key on your keyboard.
  2. Go back to your email application and position the mouse cursor where you want the image to appear in the body of the message.
  3. Press “Ctrl-V” to paste the image into the email. Create a link for the image to the YouTube video page just as you would with any other plain text or image link.

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