How do I add a video to my email in ActiveCampaign?

With the Video content block in the drag-and-drop email designer, it’s easy to include a link to a video in a campaign or automation email. The video content block generates a screenshot from your video and displays it in your email with a play button. When contacts receive your email, they will be able to click on the play button and will go straight to your video.

The video content block only works with videos hosted on YouTube or Vimeo that are made public. If you cannot host your video on YouTube or Vimeo, check out our suggested workaround below.

Note: It is not possible to embed a video directly into your emails. This is because most email clients will not display your video and it can cause your email to be flagged as spam.

In this article:

Add a video to a campaign

1. From the Campaigns overview page, click "Continue" for the campaign you wish to add a video to and navigate to the email designer by clicking "Design" at the top of the application.

2. Click the "Video" content block and drag it to your email.  

3. Type your video URL into the URL bar. As a reminder, this content block only works with videos hosted on YouTube and Vimeo that are made public.

Video setup modal

4. (Optional) Click the “Add An Action” button in the Video Setup modal if you want to perform any of the following actions when a contact clicks your video link:

  • Add tags
  • Remove tags
  • Subscribe to list
  • Unsubscribe from list
  • Add to automation
  • End automation

5. Click "OK" when finished.

We’ll generate a thumbnail from your video and display it as an image along with a play button. It is not possible to choose which thumbnail will be displayed here.

Video content block

Add a video to an automation email

1. From the Automations overview page, click "Edit" for the automation you wish to work with.

2. Click "Edit" for the automation email you wish to add a video to.

3. Click the "Video" content block and drag it to your email.  

3. Type your video URL into the URL bar. As a reminder, this content block only works with videos hosted on YouTube and Vimeo that are made public.

Video setup modal

4. (Optional) Click the “Add An Action” button in the Video Setup modal if you want to perform any of the following actions when a contact clicks your video link:

  • Add tags
  • Remove tags
  • Subscribe to list
  • Unsubscribe from list
  • Add to automation
  • End automation

5. Click "OK" when finished.

We’ll generate a thumbnail from your video and display it as an image along with a play button. It is not possible to choose which thumbnail will be displayed here.

Video content block

What if my video is not hosted on YouTube or Vimeo?

If you are not able to host your video on YouTube or Vimeo, you can still include a link to your video in an email by following the steps below:

1. Take a screenshot of your video.

2. Open your campaign or automation email.

3. Drag and drop the image block into your email.

4. Click the image block to pull up the image manager.

5. Click “Add New Image” to upload your screenshot.

6. Hover your mouse over the image and click “Choose.” Your image will be added to your email.

7. An "Options" tab will open on the right side of your screen. Paste or type your video URL into the "Link" field provided.

8. (Optional) You can perform any of the following actions when a contact clicks your image:

  • Add tags
  • Remove tags
  • Subscribe to list
  • Unsubscribe from list
  • Add to automation
  • End automation

To do so, click the gear icon in the "Link" field then click the "Add an Action" button in the "Add a link" modal. Then click the "OK" button.

Learn more about link actions.

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