TECHNOLOGY TIP - EMBEDDING YOUTUBE AND OTHER VIDEOS IN YOUR CRAIGSLIST AD

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Real Estate Agent with PREA Signature Realty - www.preasignaturerealty.com

Embed Video in Craigslist Ads

For real estate agents, Craigslist is an invaluable marketing tool. However, it isn't exactly technologically advanced platform, visually pleasing or even user friendly.  It does, however, generate leads. As with any marketing medium, it is important to differentiate yourself from your competition.  The text ads offered by Craigslist offer little visual appeal.  Craigslst ads created using html code - whether cutting and pasting html from Postlets or your ActiveRain blog or some other html editor - are more visually appealing and project a more professional image.

Screenshot - Youtube Video

Despite the title of this post, Craigslist doesn't support embedded YouTube or other videos.  If you attempt to embed a video, Craigslist simply strips it out  of your ad when it is posted to the site.

However, there is a simple solution.

  • Step 1:  Take a screenshot of your YouTube video
  • Step 2:  Upload the photo to your favorite photo hosting site. 
  • Step 3:  Using your preferred html editor, upload the photo and then create a link to your YouTube video URL.
  • Step 4: Cut and paste the code into your Craigslist ad.

The code should look something like this: <a href=”[insert YouTube URL here” rel=”nofollow”><img border="0" src="Insert Photo URL here" width="480" height-"295" </a>

By following the steps above, your Craigslist ad has the look and feel of an advertisement with an embedded video.  As a result, you have distinguished your advertisement from those of your competitors on Craigslist.  More importantly, you increase the likelihood that the ad reader will watch the video.  An embedded video (or even a pseudo embedded video) is more likely to be watched than a video linked to the ad by a hyperlink.  The method described above is effective because the ad reader is accustomed to clicking on the start arrow to see a video.  The second advantage offered by this method is that it captures the ad reader.  By clicking on the image, the ad reader is then taken from the Craigslist site to the site where your video is hosted.  If your video is hosted on your YouTube channel, website or blog, you have increased the likelihood that they will view other videos or information from your hosting site.

To see an example, visit:  http://stlouis.craigslist.org/reb/1828371425.html

INTERESTED IN SELLING YOUR HOME IN ST. LOUIS USING?  Contact Ryan Shaughnessy at PREA Signature Realty at 314-971-4381 or by e-mail to Ryan@PREASignatureRealty.com to discover how to use technology to more effectively market your home for sale.

 

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Rainmaker
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Susan Laxson CRS
HomeSmart Professionals - La Quinta, CA
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Ryan, this is a GREAT tip and Craigslist has been a steady source of leads for us.  Thank you!!    ~  Susan

Jul 07, 2010 05:40 AM #45
Rainer
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Susan Gaieski
Water Pointe Realty Group - Jupiter, FL
Director for Social Media & Technology

Ryan

It's great when we all share tech tips, and this one is going into my file.  Appreciate you sharing tips.  Paying it forward is what life is all about.  Thanks..

Jul 07, 2010 06:27 AM #46
Rainmaker
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Dave Keys
MOVE UP in Google Search Learn How Here - Brea, CA
Chief Search Strategist Real Estate SEO Expert

That's the deal, for sure. People just can't seem to help drifting over to that right-arrow icon and hitting what they think is the play button. A little tricky? Maybe, but you're giving the visitor what they want- the video content, even if Craigslist is skittish about video.

Jul 07, 2010 08:31 AM #47
Rainmaker
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Dave Keys
MOVE UP in Google Search Learn How Here - Brea, CA
Chief Search Strategist Real Estate SEO Expert

Very effective indeed.

Jul 07, 2010 08:37 AM #48
Rainmaker
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Ritu Desai
Samson Properties - Ashburn, VA
Virginia Realtor-Fairfax/Loudoun/PW-703-625-4949

Great idea!! never occured you can do that way

Jul 07, 2010 09:14 AM #49
Rainer
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James Chai
agentlabs - Manhattan, NY
Real Estate Websites

That's one way ... or you could just write the words "Watch Our Video" (or something else) and hyper link that?  Users don't mind clicking links as long as there is a perceived value.  Basically make it so that they will want to click the link.  

 

Jul 07, 2010 09:36 AM #50
Rainer
229,238
Ryan Shaughnessy
PREA Signature Realty - www.preasignaturerealty.com - Saint Louis, MO
Broker/Attorney - Your Lafayette Square Real Estate Partner

Bill - Thanks for reading.  Pretty simple - but big difference in results for us.

Joan - You can use AR.  Click on icon for photo and insert URL where photo is located.  Then click on link and insert URL where video is located.  Post as draft.  Click on edit and switch from WYSIWYG editor to HTML editor.  Cut the html from AR and post in Craigslist.

Mary - It made a big difference for us and good feedback so far.

Cheryl - There is a way to embed MLS photos because the Facebook Profile widget from Realtor.com does it... but I don't know how to do it.  Our MLS links expire after 30 days or so.

Sharon - Been on a sabatical from blogging.  It is a cheat - but we get better results (so far) with it.

Jason - Not a true embedded video but the best solution that I could come up with... Hope things are well in Austin.

Mike - Love Loreena's blog.  Hope things are well in Frisco.


Jul 07, 2010 10:23 AM #51
Rainmaker
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Scott Baker
www.eHomeReports.com Coldwell Banker West Shell - Liberty Township, OH
Realtor Homes for Sale in Cincinnati, West Chester, Mason, OH Area

Great idea. I will certainly try this.

Jul 07, 2010 10:31 AM #52
Rainmaker
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John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA
ePRO, SRES, GRI, PMN

Darn you, Ryan! You are trying to get us to move into the 21st Century.

Thanks for the great information.

Jul 07, 2010 12:27 PM #53
Rainer
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Colin Moody
HCo Properties - Durham, NC

Ryan, great tip. I've bookmarked your post for my next Craigslist post.

Jul 07, 2010 01:45 PM #54
Rainmaker
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Kimberly Thurm
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices KoenigRubloff, Naperville, IL - Naperville, IL
Broker / Relocation Consultant ABR, CRS, GRI, SFR

Boy oh boy....  I really need to take a week off from real estate to try out and learn more about all the cool things you pick up here.  However; that kind of freaks me out, you know the whole missing leads, not making money and all that stuff.  What's a person to do??

Jul 07, 2010 05:19 PM #55
Rainmaker
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Lana Robbins Realtor ® Licensed Real Estate Broker
Aloha Kai Real Estate - Clearwater, FL
Licensed in Florida, Washington, and Hawai'i

Hi Ryan. That obviously sets you apart from the rest. 

Jul 08, 2010 12:38 AM #57
Rainmaker
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Jeff&Grace Safrin
F.C.Tucker 1st Team Real Estate - Valparaiso, IN
SpousesSellingHousesTM

LOL Ryan can you point me to a post that describes in detail how to do steps  1, 2 and 3 - then i would be able to do step 4 which is pretty easy/clear to me :)

We get alot of spamm but also some legitimate leads from craigslist and your add definitely stands out from the rest!

post bookmarked for future learning and application

thanks for sharing 

sincerely,

grace

p.s. i saw this go by in my twitter stream the other day and made it a fav :) without even opening the link... i like that you can do that in case I'm not on AR I can still find your blog days later!

Jul 08, 2010 05:02 AM #58
Rainmaker
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Jeff&Grace Safrin
F.C.Tucker 1st Team Real Estate - Valparaiso, IN
SpousesSellingHousesTM

oops - Just read your" How to" explaination on steps 1, 2, 3  in your comment stream to Joan - excellent Ryan - i understand now ;)

thanks!

sincerely,

grace

Jul 08, 2010 05:07 AM #59
Rainmaker
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Lisa Glowacki
Lisa Glowacki - Rhode Island & Massachusetts - Tiverton, RI
Real Estate Broker - RI & MA

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you.  I am soooooo happy.

Jul 09, 2010 10:03 AM #60
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Jon Zolsky, Daytona Beach, FL
Daytona Condo Realty, 386-405-4408 - Daytona Beach, FL
Buy Daytona condos for heavenly good prices

Ryan,

Basically the whole image is now linked, so the play button is just mimics the player, but in reality you can click at any place.

Thanks

Jul 10, 2010 11:19 AM #61
Rainmaker
881,155
Debbie Walsh
Shahar Management - Middletown, NY
Hudson Valley NY Real Estate 845.283-3036

Ryan this is a great idea.  I am going to bookmark this for future reference.  Thanks for the info!

Jul 14, 2010 12:07 PM #62
Rainer
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Jark Krysinski *PREC (Personal Real Estate Corporation)
REMAX CREST REALTY WESTSIDE - Vancouver, BC
TeamYVR Team Leader, BA,ABR,IRES,IMSD,LLB

Ryan, thanks for that post.  I've also found a great way of embedding .PDF files INTO your posts, at a size that resembles an embedded youtube video.  The article on that is at the following link, hope it helps with your purposes: http://activerain.com/blogsview/1840559/a-great-way-of-embedding-pdfs-into-your-articles-

Cheers, Jark.

Sep 20, 2010 01:54 PM #63
Rainmaker
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Lanre-"THE REAL ESTATE FARMER" Folayan
Keller Williams Select Realtors-Buy a home in Washington DC. Sell a home in Washington DC - Bowie, MD
I don't make promises.I deliver results.SOLD HOMES

Ryan can I give you a call about this. I get lost once I get to number 3. Have a great weekend. Great post.

Nov 26, 2010 02:52 PM #64
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Tracy Santrock
Fonville Morisey/Santrock Realty Group, Inc. - Cary, NC
Raleigh - Cary Realtor/Broker In Charge

This looks interesting.  I've cut and pasted the html but never included a video.

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