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Content repurposing – The afterlife of great content

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Any content marketer worth their salt can tell you how your content is performing. And, if they’re exceptional, they might tell you why. Performance is usually measured by engagement: for example, the most viewed blog posts, time on page, exit rate and so on. However, once you post your blog and share it on social media, it doesn’t have to be the end of the road.

Repurposing content breathes new life to the well researched, critically thought out and beautifully written content. It helps you to reach new audiences, showcase authority in your industry, and support your SEO efforts by helping to build genuine backlinks to your site. Additionally, repurposing content helps reinforce your key messages.

So how do you go about repurposing content?

1. Reframe your blog posts

Examine your recent blog posts and determine if you have anything new to add. For example,  you may want to expand on a particular point if it received a lot of interest from your readers, offer a new theory or point of view, or ask a guest blogger to weigh in. If the topic is broad enough, you should consider a blog series. Reframing or refreshing your content gives your followers a reason to return to your website and aids message retention.

Avoid rehashing the same points and be sure to change the title, introduction, subheadings and metadata.

2. Transform and reshare

Everybody digests content differently: some prefer to mull over an in-depth case study, others prefer to thumb through their social feeds to find high-level reviews. Your blog post, case study or white paper can be broken down into many formats to suit different media channels. Here’s a few examples:

  • Report > Infographic

Use your report to tell a story or share interesting statistics by creating an infographic. Although they need a lot of planning, infographics are often a crowd pleaser and may be easily shared across social media platforms such as LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter. Use visuals to make points clearer and condense your messages to a few words. If your data is from a third party source, give credit and shorten the source URLs using Google URL Shortener or Bitly.

 

  • Manual > Instructographic

Yes, you read that right. As the name suggests, an instructographic is a series of instructional graphics – think Ikea’s visual instruction booklets for its flat pack furniture. Instructographics are a great way for you to share a recipe, teach someone how to make arts and crafts, or even explain how to build a website.

  • Presentation > Slideshare

Turn your text-heavy presentations into short and sharp slideshows on LinkedIn’s Slideshare. Include a sentence or two only on each slide, and use graphics and symbols to aid meaning.

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Source: Neil Patel

  • Interview > Podcast

You’ve just finished a great interview with a subject matter expert and written an article. What’s next? Turn the audio recording into a Podcast. While reading lengthy blogs mightn’t be everyone’s cup of tea, podcasts may appeal to people on the go, including commuters, exercisers or holiday goers. We like using open source software, such as Audacity, to edit the recording.

  • Webinar > YouTube video

Convert your customer webinar recording into a video and share it on YouTube. If you’re familiar with video editing software, you can break down certain points into 60-second videos, then add background music and graphics to make it interesting. Don’t forget to share the YouTube link on on Facebook and Twitter and upload the video to Instagram.

  • Blog posts > eBook

Are you a prolific blogger? Always wanted to publish a book? Create an eBook. Step one: Gather posts on a similar theme. Step two: Arrange them into a cohesive order by writing an introduction, adjoining paragraphs and a conclusion. Don’t have graphic design skills? Try using a template from Canva. Publish your eBook it as a free download for subscribers and promote it through email to your database.

3. Answer questions

Question and answer sites such as Quora and Answers.com and industry or interest specific forums are a great place to interact with potential customers. People who post questions are already interested in the topic that you are knowledgeable about. Ensure that your answers are thoughtful and informative and avoid sales pitches.

4. Repost content on social media

Thanks to social media algorithms, instead of seeing posts in chronological order, we now see posts based on relevance. This means that only a small portion of your followers will actually see your content in their feed. So, don’t be afraid to repost old content after a reasonable time lapse. A great rule of thumb is around three months if you post as frequently as a few days a week. You may think that it’s redundant but, odds are, your followers will be seeing it for the first time.

What next?

Not all content is the suitable for repurposing. Focus on timeless topics related to your industry and high quality content pieces. If you’re not sure which content is worth repurposing, start by looking at your website analytics. And, most importantly, be creative.

We’re curious: How have you repurposed your content and what was the result? Share your ideas below.