How to Turn Newsletters into Engaging Videos

Jakob Marovt
Updated:
August 8, 2022
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Text-based newsletters are cool... But a bit "old school." In today's world of Instagram stories and TikTok videos, your readers' attention spans are shorter than ever.

So how about turning those newsletters into short videos? Well, that's now possible.

With Synthesia, you can create engaging, bite-sized video newsletters in less than 10 minutes - it's as easy as writing an email.

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Before we dive in to how you can do that, let's get over some basics:

What is a video newsletter?

The name speaks for itself - it is videos in newsletters. It is a process of transforming just a plain newsletter with a bunch of long text nobody reads into a captivating email with high-quality personalized video content.  

Why should I create video newsletters?

Newsletters today are still some of the most effective email marketing strategies. According to the Content Marketing Institute, 87% of marketers use email as part of their content strategy, making it the second most used content distribution channel. Sounds promising, doesn't it?

However, we guarantee that almost every other company in your line of business has cracked the code of traditional newsletter creation. The template is quite standard:

  • create a powerful message and story the audience can relate to
  • add a creative image here and there to make it visually appealing
  • finish off with a call to action and a link to the website

Sounds familiar?

Your goal with email marketing through newsletter is to stand out, and it's hard to stand out when you're doing exactly what everybody else is doing. That's where video marketing in newsletters comes in. Sending a video directly to your customers' inbox is a guaranteed way to increase engagement and keep their focus on your newsletter instead of the 100 others in their inbox.

But don't just listen to us, here are some stats from industry experts to back us up:

Those are good reasons, aren't they? Add to that more engagement with your readers, and the fact that you stand out from the rest - all in less than 10 minutes of work. It’s a no brainer, if you ask us 😉

Video Newsletter Use Cases

Using videos on website landing pages is common practice. That's not surprising, because research shows that websites using video see 41% more traffic from search than websites that don't. But video can be used in even more engaging ways, such as:

  • Replace written testimonials with video testimonials to build brand trust. Testimonial videos are one of the most powerful forms of keeping people engaged with businesses.
  • Connect with your audience by sending personalized videos across all stages of the marketing funnel.
  • Boost brand awareness by sharing exciting company/product updates.
  • Drive action to your website and boost sales by keeping your audience interested and engaged.
  • Create informative how-to videos to teach your customers more about your product/service.

How do I create a video newsletter?

You might be thinking: "That sounds great and all, but creating videos for every newsletter campaign and thousands of subscribers is way out of my budget".

That is where AI-driven video creation comes into your content marketing strategy. With Synthesia STUDIO, you can create a professional looking video newsletter with a human-like AI avatar at scale and on a budget.

All you need is:

  • a Synthesia account
  • your video newsletter script, brand assets (e.g. logo, images etc.) - all the stuff that you already use for your "normal" newsletter.

No camera, fancy equipment or complex editing software needed.

Here are the 3 basic steps to create video newsletters with Synthesia STUDIO:

  1. Create or go to your Synthesia account. Click on create new video and select your avatar. Choose an avatar that better represents your brand, and experiment with different voices, tones and accents. Check this article for more tips on how to improve pronunciation.
  2. Prepare your script. Write your script and make sure your video is no longer than 2 minutes. Research shows that this is the optimal length for an informative video, and you don't want to bore your customers.
  3. Edit the video. Edit the layout by adding custom backgrounds, images, shapes and text. You can watch a few "how to" videos in this youtube playlist to learn more about features that will help you be more creative. Keep it simple and clean, you can always go back and edit your video.

Now that the easy part is over, let's go through a few tips and tricks for sending videos in newsletters.

Video Newsletter Tips & Tricks

How long should a video newsletter be?

The length of your video will depend on the type and goal of the video. However, with the amount of video content being shown to us daily, our attention spans are getting shorter and harder to capture.

That's why we recommend keeping newsletter videos under 2 minutes, ideally at 1 minute.

How do you introduce a video in an email?

This doesn't have to be complicated: a study by SuperOffice found that including the word 'video' in the subject line increased open rates by 6%. So let your audience know that they're about to see a video already in the subject line.

Alternatively, you can add a few words at the beginning of your email to make sure it doesn't come off as spammy. Use whatever wording you already use for your email clients.

How do you insert a video into a newsletter?

There are multiple ways of adding video files to email messages, from turning the video into a GIF to embedding it into the email itself.

If know that the majority of your customers use email clients like Outlook, iOS Mail, Apple Mail, embed your video using HTML5.

For Gmail and other clients that don't yet support email embedding (which they should), here's a hack: use an image with a play button instead to get the look and feel of a video. Then, add your video link to the image, and voila!

Alternatively, if your video doesn't include sound, turn your video into an animated GIF.

Quick tip: don't simply paste a link to a YouTube video or upload a video file. We are all taught to not open suspicious links and files, and that is an example of video marketing done wrong, if you ask us.

Excited to start?

You can start slowly by replacing parts of your newsletter with video, or you can decide to go full in - experimentation is the name of the game. With Synthesia, you're sure to find it easy, fast and efficient - and your customers will love it. In fact, when we tried the concept of video newsletters internally in our company, one of our colleagues said:

"I never would have read the newsletter, but I watched this 2-minute video and loved it".

Try it yourself, creating a video is as easy as writing an email.

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