I'm looking to start including video in our monthly newsletter. I'm aware this will only play directly on iOS and Apple mail but that's creeping up towards 40% of our opens so I'm happy to put the work in for that, with an image fallback linking to the video on our site for the other 60(ish)%.
My question is, is it possible make this editable in a campaign monitor template, similar to the way the <img editable> tag works?
Hi there MrMark, good one for experimenting! While it isn't possible to upload a video directly, it's possible to add the video embed quote to <source> in any multiline editable field. Does this help? :)
Is <source> part of the editable content http://www.campaignmonitor.com/create/editable-content/
I'm thinking I could just give the video a generic name such as /newsletter-vid.mp4 and change the file on our server. It does mean people looking at old newsletters will see the new video, but type of content we're looking at including it won't really matter.
Hi there MrMark, sorry, I should have clarified things here. If you create a <multiline> editable area in a template, you should see a <source> button when adding content in the editor: http://cl.ly/image/1J172G1Q052X
You can then paste your video's <embed> code into the HTML source view.
> I'm thinking I could just give the video a generic name such as /newsletter-vid.mp4 and change the file on our server.
Yes, that will work, as the video will be served from your server (ie. not imported into Campaign Monitor). Let us know if you have any questions about this :)
Thanks for all your help that's working well.
I'm seeing a few interesting things with outlook which I thought are worth sharing...
Outlook 2011 THE VIDEO WORKS!!!!! (didn't see that one coming).
Window Phone 7 I'm seeing the video controls instead of the fallback image but the play button doesn't work.
On outlook.com I can see the video controls, I can drag the video navigation bar to show the video content but the play button doesn't work.
Also Thunderbird just shows a black square, which is annoying.
I was going to do an outlook condition comment to hide the video and display the fallback image but then I'd loose it playing in Outlook 2011 and it doesn't fix the thunderbird issue, so I'm just going to add a "Having trouble viewing this video" type link underneath.
Wow, nice one Mark! Thank you so much for posting your results here, what a positive result! :D