This trick will teach you how to auto play a voice message right in your recipients email. No external clicking required.
Notice: This is an advanced lesson for webmasters familiar with HTML.
Record your message and create a standard audio button using MyWebsiteTalks.
Upload all files to your server as you would like any other recording.
Add a "Background Sound" tag to your email
In this example, we'll assume you're email client is MICROSOFT OUTLOOK. Other email clients may have similar features, but the bottom line is, you'll need to be able to edit the source code of the HTML email you intend to send. MICROSOFT OUTLOOK does not provide a user friendly way to do this... It must be done manually.
To do this, you'll need to manually edit the "stationery" that's included in MICROSOFT OUTLOOK. The fastest way to implement this trick is to go to the folder on your harddrive where your MICROSOFT OUTLOOK stationery templates are stored.
The directory of your Stationery folder by default is:
Next, open up a text editor like "notepad". Drag and Drop one of the stationery templates into "Notepad". Note, the files you want to edit are HTM files, not GIF images, look for HTM files like this picture shows below:
Drag an HTM file into Notepad so you can edit it, after you drag the file to notepad, it will look like this:
You can use any of the provided stationery templates that are included in Outlook. In this example, we are using the "Fiesta" template.
Add the following HTML tag to the file:
<BGSOUND src="http://thePATH TO YOUR MP3 FILE HERE">
Paste the above code in the "Fiesta" stationery template like this:
The file should now look like this:
Now SAVE the template file you just edited (File--->Save).
Your new edited template is now ready to be emailed using OUTLOOK.
To choose this template and send an email, Launch OUTLOOK .
Click on Tools---> Options--->Mail Format
You'll see a screen like this in OUTLOOK:
(2) Note: You should UNTICK "Use Microsoft Word to edit email messages". You'll want to use OUTLOOK as your email editor, as MS Word will strip any changes you make to your template files.
(3) Click on Stationery Picker and select the template you edited. In this example, you would select the file "Fiesta".
Click OK, then OK again to close the Options Dialog box.
Now click NEW to start a new message. You should see your new edited stationery file in your email, like this:
If you set your "Path to your MP3 file" correctly, you will also hear your audio message play at this time. When your recipient receives your email, they will hear it without having to click on anything.
You can verify that your template includes the BGSOUND tag, by "right Mouse" clicking in the body area of your email and selecting "View Source". You should see the BGSOUND tag. (You can view it, but windows will not allow you to save or edit it from there)
If you don't hear your audio playing at this stage, then you need to check that the path you defined in the stationery file you edited is correct.
To check this, Open up MyWebsiteTalks and look at the code you generated when you created the audio button.
MyWebsiteTalks creates several files when it generates your Audio buttons. What is shown above is going to be the path on your server of where these files reside on the internet. So it's crutial you define exactly where the sound file will be called from, in the stationery template you have edited.
You may notice that the filename shown above ends in .swf, the file you want to call, which is also on your server is an .mp3. So be sure you are calling the correct file which would end in .mp3.
You'll need to adjust this code in your stationery template, and call the mp3, not the swf file.
A quick and easy way to make sure the .mp3 file IS IN FACT on your server is to simply paste the file location into your browser, and see if you can hear it.
For example, try copying and pasting this code into your browser, then click on ENTER on your keyboard.
(Im not going to hyperlink it below, try copying and pasting the link below into a new browser window)
Once you've correctly defined the proper path to your MP3 file, and the MP3 file is on your server, then it will all work.
A reminder, the use of "Stationery" is only available if you've defined the use of HTML as your email format from your email client settings. Outlook should also be your default HTML editor, not MS Word. This trick will not work if sending plain text email.
If you still have problems with this method, then we recommend you stick with the easier method of simply copying and pasting the email link which is created for you using MyWebsiteTalks.
Please be advised this is an advanced HTML trick and is more a function of your email client than our software. Therefore, we do not support this method for creating audio email and will not respond to questions or problems regarding this trick.