But the fact of the matter is the safest thing you can do is generate a screenshot of your YouTube video player, insert that image into your email, then link it to your actual video landing page.
It’s a miserable process that we just made easier with our YouTube (and Blip.tv and Vimeo) merge tag…
If you want to include a video in your MailChimp campaign, and it’s hosted on YouTube, Blip.tv or Vimeo, just get the video ID, and stick it in our new video merge tag like this:
MailChimp will go to the video, grab its keyframe (a still image from your video), then overlay some video control elements to make it look playable:
Whenever users click, it’ll take them to the hosted version of your video.
No need to screenshot anything, upload to MailChimp, etc. Just use the merge tag, and you’re done.