I’ve come across what was once a road-block and have created a workaround. With creative thinking there is always, and I mean always, more than one way to skin a cat.
CraigsList will not allow a user to embed a YouTube video. More specifically, CraigsList has a short list of acceptable HTML elements and the <embed> HTML element is not one of them. This means that you can’t “embed” any video in your CraigsList ad, thus a page visitor can’t watch video residing on your page.
Why this should matter to you:
If you are an investor and/or a Realtor, you can find great use for YouTube videos for property marketing.
Google reigns supreme as the most popular search engine, they have the greatest market-share of all search engines. In November of 2008, YouTube (a Google company) surpassed Yahoo in search engine market share to take the #2 spot and has extended its lead margin as of July 2009 (comScore). CraigsList is #7 worldwide in terms of english-language page views.
By implementing two heavy hitting websites such as YouTube and CraigsList together, you will greatly increase the marketing exposure of your business.
While you could just place a text hyperlink to your YouTube video on your CraigsList ad, this isn’t very effective. Web users respond more to imagery than to text. If you simply use a text hyperlink, chances are the end-user will skim over the link and never view the video.