There’s no official way to embed your videoask in an email yet, but we have a workaround that creates the illusion of an embed experience. The magic happens by adding an animated GIF with a link in your email, as explained below.
You can’t actually embed a videoask in an email because most email clients don’t support the use of video. You can only simulate the effect using the workaround described here.
You’ll have to use a few external apps for this one, so before we begin, here’s what you’ll need:
- A link to a videoask (created by you or someone else)
- A GIF maker app (in this example, we’ll use GIPHY)
- (Optionally) An emoji finder app (in this example, we’ll use emojifinder.com)
- An HTML embed app (in this example, we’ll use HTML Inserter for Gmail)
- An email account (in this example, we’ll use Gmail)
First, let’s go to the videoask you want to add to an email and save it as a video.
To save your video:
1. Open up a videoask.
2. Right click it and select Save Video As.
3. Optionally rename it and save it to a folder.
Great! Now we have the video we’ll turn into a GIF, so let’s get Giphy with it!
To turn your videoask into a GIF:
1. Open the GIF creator app of your choice. I’ll be using Giphy here, but any other service should work.
2. Click Create.
3. Select the Choose Video option.
4. Upload the video file of your videoask and click Continue to Decorate. In this example we’ll add a play button and a caption.
5. Use an emoji finder app like emojifinder.com to choose your play button:
6. Copy and paste the emoji into the text field, and type a caption. Optionally, add some fancy effects, then click Continue to Upload.
7. Click Upload to GIPHY.
8. When your GIF is ready, click Copy link.
Cool! Now we have the content we want to embed, so let’s go to an HTML inserter application to create our code.
In this example, I’ll be using the HTML Inserter for Gmail Chrome extension.
To create your HTML embed code:
1. Go to the Chrome Web Store and search for HTML Inserter for Gmail.
2. Click Add to Chrome and follow the instructions to install the extension.
3. Open up Gmail and click + Compose to start writing a new email.
4. Click the extension button highlighted above in the composer. Now you’ll see the area dedicated to HTML code on the left. Don’t worry if you’re not familiar with HTML code, just follow the steps below.
5. Add the image tag <img src=“” > to your HTML code, then paste the link of the GIF that you copied earlier.
6. Wrap the image in a link tag and add an alt tag <a href=“” alt=”” />, then copy and paste the URL of your videoask, and add videoask as the alt tag.
7. Finish it off by adding an end tag HTML code: <a/>
An example HTML code would look like this:
<a href=“https://www.videoask.com/fs5kt0u52” alt=“videoask” />
<img src=“https://media.giphy.com/media/iiVGTlUZucwDJ2T5bg/giphy.gif” >
You can use the example above as your HTML code– just replace the videoask and Giphy URLs with your own links.
8. When you’re ready, click Insert HTML.
9. Now you’ll see a preview of your email. Add the email address of your recipients and a catchy subject line, then click Send.
This is what the email will look like once it’s in their inbox:
When they click it, it’ll open up your videoask, thanks to the link we added to the HTML code.
Now you can ask your VideoAsk buddies if they can figure out the trick to the illusion of the embedded videoask–or just share this article with them.