Repurposing content is an easy, often time-saving practice, that brings a plethora of benefits
Are you making the most of your content? Repurposing content – i.e. finding new ways to re-use your content – is an easy, often time-saving practice that brings a plethora of benefits: from reaching a new audience to saving time creating new content and improving your search engine optimization (SEO).
In this short guide, I’m going to show you how exactly you too can repurpose your content.
Audit your content
If you’re going to repurpose any of your content, you should ideally start with the best, most popular pieces you’ve already created:
- Blog posts and resources from your website
- Email marketing campaigns
- Social media
- And any other channels you’re using to create and publish content
Start by making a list of your most popular content; in order to do so though, you’ll need to check your analytics:
- On your website: go to Google Analytics and follow this path: Behaviour – Site Content – All Pages; here, you’ll be able to see a list of your top performing content. Then, change the date ranges (at the top of your dashboard) to see what other top performing content you’ve had during other periods of time:
- Email marketing: check your email marketing tool’s analytics to see what your top performing campaigns and newsletters are.
- Social media analytics: which of your social media posts generated the most engagement/clicks? On Facebook, you can find the list of your most popular posts by going to your Page Insights and clicking on posts. On Twitter, it’s similar – just click on Tweets in Twitter Analytics and then on Top Tweets; like with Google Analytics earlier, you can change the date range:
If you use any other channels to publish content, repeat the process; then, make a list of all of the top performing content on your different digital channels (not just blog posts and social media updates, but also any lead magnets on your website and basically any content you’ve ever created).
Once you’ve got that list ready, you can start thinking of ways to repurpose this content – although, you might not be able to repurpose all of it. In some cases, you’ll be able to repurpose almost the entire piece of content while in others, only small parts.
Here are some of the best methods of repurposing content:
Update and expand older pieces of content
Some of the content you create can continue driving results over long periods of time (even years). These are usually evergreen pieces of content, such as how-to guides and listicles.
One of the easiest and quickest ways to repurpose content is to take these pieces of evergreen content (blog posts, resources) and update them and/or expand them with new content.
For example, if you’ve written a guide a year (or several years) ago that is, in large part, still relevant today – let’s say it’s a guide on how to repurpose your content - then you can make sure it’s 100% relevant by updating it and adding new content: are there any new and interesting ways of repurposing content? New rules that readers would need to know about?
Then, all you need to do is update the post and write down (preferably right at the top, under the headline) that the post has been updated, together with the date and re-promote the post to get more traffic, leads and reach a new audience.
Turn a blog post into a different format
Another way to repurpose content is to turn it into a completely different format so that you can republish it (on the same channel) or publish it on a completely different channel. It would result in a new piece of content and it will help you reach a new audience. Here are some of the best ways to turn your blog posts into different formats:
Turn a blog post into a presentation, which you can re-post on your blog/website and on other channels – particularly Slideshare, which can help you reach a whole new audience.
Use your best posts – for example, educational content, content with lots of interesting statistics (generally, evergreen content) – and turn them into powerful presentations to use on Slideshare, on your website as a blog post or a downloadable resource/lead magnet, in webinars, and so on.
If you have any content with lots of interesting statistics, it’s a great opportunity to turn it into an infographic. Use tools like Canva or Visme to help you create your infographic. You can then re-post it on your website, share it with your email list, submit it to various infographic directories and other publications, and share it on your social channels.
Do you have several pieces of content on the same topic? If so, you could combine them into a short e-book, with some rewording to make sure it all flows well together. E-books make great lead magnets so you can create opt-in forms on your website to generate more leads through e-book downloads.
Use your content to create social media updates
Your blog posts and other content can easily be turned into great social media updates; for example:
- Use quotes and statistics from your content and turn them into social media images (with the quote/statistic/interesting fact over a relevant, eye-catching image)
- Turn a popular blog post into a short social media video – for example, you can use a tool like Wave to create your video
- Re-use images that you’ve created for your content on your social channels
Repost your content on other platforms
One of the great benefits of repurposing content is that it helps you reach a new, wider audience. And one of the ways to do this is to repost your content on different channels:
- Repost your content on different websites: BizSugar, Medium, Buzzfeed, Growth Hackers
- Use your existing content to answer questions on Quora: Quora is a popular social platform when anyone can ask questions on any topic, and anyone (with an account, of course), can answer. It’s a great opportunity to grow your online profile, boost your influence in your niche and reach a new audience; plus, you can, on occasion, link to your own blog or website where relevant and generate more traffic. Search for questions on topics that you’ve written about and use relevant parts of your content to respond to them:
Turn your content into a lead magnet
Some of your most valuable content can easily be turned into a lead magnet and help you generate more leads for your business.
Check the list of your top-performing content and select any evergreen posts that provide a lot of value to your target audience: how-to guides, educational content, useful listicles, and so on.
Then, simply create opt-in forms on your website to offer these pieces of content as downloads for your audience.
A very easy and quick way to do this is to turn this content into downloadable PDFs.
As you can see, there are numerous ways that you can re-use and repurpose your content and generate more results from content that you already know, works – instead of constantly creating new content for your blog and website, social media, and other digital channels.