Exclusive: Substack adding video to lure new creators
Substack plans to launch a native video player in an effort to lure new creators to the platform, a spokesperson confirmed to Axios.
Why it matters: It's the company's latest expansion into a new format.
- Last year Substack funded the launch of its first-ever podcast network on its platform. In August, it announced investments in comic book creators.
Details: The new native video embed will allow Substack creators to upload or record a video onto a Substack post directly. (In the past, creators had to embed videos from other sites like YouTube in their newsletters or blog posts.)
- Writers can chose to make videos available to everyone or only paid subscribers only. Substack authors, including Bari Weiss, have been testing the new feature."
- The videos will be playable within Substack posts online. If a creator wants to include a video in an email, they can embed it as a clickable image that links out to the video.
- The company will add video stats to account dashboards that will provide the number of video plays, unique viewers, and viewer watch time per video.
The big picture: Substack launched as a newsletter platform in 2017 and has since expanded to make it easier for creators in various formats to use the platform.
- That expansion comes as Big Tech giants like Twitter, Facebook and Google push further to attract creators, including via new newsletter offerings.
What's next: The video feature will be made available to all creators in coming months after a limited beta test.