Why Should Marketers Repurpose Content?Repurposing content simply means taking one asset and reusing it somewhere else. That sounds simple enough in theory, but it can get tricky in execution. To really make it work, it helps to produce content with repurposing in mind, so you can easily slice and dice it into different formats. The benefits to repurposing content are considerable, too. When you focus your energy on producing one awesome asset (say, an in-depth blog post or video), you’re likely to produce a better piece of work than you would by dividing your attention across every platform you’re responsible for. By creating said content with repurposing in mind from the beginning, you can reuse pieces of it elsewhere without your audience feeling like you’re cutting corners. That frees you up to focus on doing one thing really well, while still getting tons more work done with way less effort. In this post, we'll show you how to repurpose your way to content marketing nirvana.
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Grab Your Free Content Repurposing Guide + InfographicThis post goes deep into the content repurposing process. However, there are tons of different ways you can repurpose content. In fact, there are far too many to cover in this post alone (and once you get started, you'll probably come up with even more of your own). So, we thought you'd enjoy this bonus guide packed with 50 content repurposing tips. That way, you'll have the process and the inspiration you need to create more awesome content in less time than ever. Plus, we've included a detailed infographic on all things repurposing for you to keep on hand as a reference.
Start By Building Your Content Repurposing ToolboxIn this post, we’ll show you some tools you can use to help with your content repurposing process:
- Google (free): Self-explanatory.
- Google Analytics (freemium): It’s free. It’s powerful. We’re 99% sure you’re already using it.
- PrintFriendly (free): This is a great tool for turning blog posts into PDFs. Paste in any URL, click a button, and you're done.
- SlideShare (free): Turning existing content into a slide deck is a great way to maximize the mileage of your efforts.
- BuzzSumo (paid, optional): This is one of the best content research tools out there. It’s awesome for finding top-performing content for a given keyword.
- CoSchedule (paid, optional): We have a few features in our own platform that can help with this process, too. We'll talk about those at the end.
Step 1: Create a Piece of Large-Scale 10X ContentIf you’re unfamiliar with the term “10X content,” it refers to the idea of creating content that’s ten times better than anything that already exists. In order to create that kind of content, you’ll need to buckle down and focus deeply on producing something truly exceptional.
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Start With Keyword ResearchIf you’re working with limited time, money, and resources, you’ll want to make the most of every minute you’ve got. Starting with strong keyword research gives you hard data to ensure people are going to care about the content you’re creating before you get too far into your process.
Apply the Skyscraper TechniqueOne of the fastest ways to create a piece of 10X content is to apply the Skyscraper Technique. Coined by Brian Dean of Backlinko, it’s an easy and repeatable process for creating the best stuff possible on a given topic.
- Review the top ten search results for your chosen keyword.
- Make a spreadsheet (or just make mental notes) of what information each post contains.
- Pay attention to missing information, lack of important details, or types of content that are missing from each post (videos, infographics, etc.).
- Write your own post that includes all the information a person searching for that topic would need. Add resources that are missing from existing content. In short, create something that is objectively better-researched and more resourceful than anything else that currently exists.
- Do a simple Google search. It's free and easy.
- Use BuzzSumo. Sometimes, what gets shared on social media can differ from what ranks highest in organic search. So, use BuzzSumo to find all the top-shared content on social media for a given keyword. This can help you find even more inspiration than using a search engine alone. The team at Duct Tape Marketing put together this video to demonstrate how it works and help you get started:
Craft a Solid OutlineHere at CoSchedule, we never write a blog post without an outline. They’re essential for saving time by figuring out what you’ll cover, before getting started and realizing your ideas are a disorganized mess. Plus, outlines also make it easier to break your post down into sections so you can think more clearly about how each piece might be reused somewhere else.
Then, Write the Crap Out of Your Blog PostRemember, our goal here is to start off with one awesome 10X piece of content. An ordinary, run-of-the-mill blog post isn’t going to cut it here. You’ll need to dig deep and produce something truly great. Furthermore, you’ll need to write while keeping repurposing in mind. Your post should:
- Be substantial. That’s probably going to mean it’s at least 1,500 to 3,000 words in length. That’s not because longer posts are inherently better, but because you’re probably going to need that kind of length to include all the information your post will need.
- Be relevant. Make sure you’ve selected keywords and a topic your audience cares about. One idea here is to look through your Google Analytics account, see which content has received the most traffic or conversions and try coming up with something similar.
- Be better than anything else that currently exists. This is a tall order, but it might be more achievable than you think. We’ll get into this in our next section.
Design Visual Content You Can Use ElsewhereWhether you’re creating your own images or working with a designer, include graphics you can share elsewhere in your post. Those could include:
- Quote graphics
- Instructional images and how-to illustrations
- Blog title header graphics
- Stat graphics
- Can be embedded inline in your post.
- Makes sense in context on your social channels.
Step 2: Optimize Your Post for RepurposingNow that you’ve got a draft of your post complete, let’s see how we can use pieces of it on other channels and platforms.
Use Your Email Introduction in Your Email NewslettersConsider crafting your intro with an email-friendly conversational tone. That way, you can easily copy and paste it into your email software, tweaking it slightly as necessary. This will likely only work if your emails are text-heavy rather than image-based. If you send a lot of plain text emails though, this can be an immense time-saver.
Turn Your Blog Post Into Inspiration for a YouTube VideoYou’ve heard the cliche that a picture is worth a thousand words. That means video has to be worth like, what, half a library? Well, something like that. Anyway, what we’re getting at here is if someone wants to read about a topic, someone probably wants to watch a video about it, too. So, shoot a video based on your blog post. That’s something we’ve done in the past with our #OverheardAtCoSchedule video series, and it makes time spent on ideation go a lot quicker:
- Break down the main points of your blog post. Ask yourself, “What are the main takeaways I want someone to learn from reading this?” List them out.
- Write a condensed script or outline that you could read through in under ten minutes (give or take).
- Shoot your video. If you don’t have access to a videographer or professional gear, use your phone. Get something together that will show your audience what you’re trying to tell them with your blog post.
Reuse Your YouTube Video on Facebook and TwitterAlternately, you might want to shoot your video natively for Facebook or Twitter. For our purposes here, let’s say you’ve shot a five-minute video for YouTube. If you wanted to get further mileage out of it, consider sharing that video directly on Facebook too, or break it down into smaller chunks and create a mini-video series for Twitter.
Use Your Blog Post Intro For Your YouTube DescriptionIf you created a video to include in your blog post, use your introduction for your YouTube description. Substantive YouTube descriptions are important for a few reasons, including:
- Improving your YouTube SEO.
- Clearly communicating to viewers what your video is about.
- Giving your YouTube videos a clean, complete, and professional appearance.
Reuse Graphics on Social MediaWhen you’re creating graphics for your blog post, create a few different versions sized appropriately for your social networks. If you need a primer on the best sizes for every network, we’ve got you covered. Also, consider which types of graphics you could both embed in your blog, and share on social media. Long infographics are great for Pinterest, while quote graphics and images with quick stats are a good fit for Twitter. Here's an example of a blog post graphic we repurposed on Twitter:
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Turn Your Blog Post Into a SlideShare DeckWhile there has been some questioning around its long-term future lately, SlideShare is an awesome place to share presentations and slide decks. Your blog post should easily have enough text and images to repurpose into a slide format (and you might even want to keep this in mind as you’re writing your post). This isn’t too difficult, but there are some steps to follow:
- Break down the main points of your blog post. If you created an outline for your blog post, your sub-headers could each be a title slide.
- Resize images to fit your slide presentation. You can borrow graphics from your blog post, but do make sure they look good.
- Consider embedding your slide deck back in the original blog post. This is a great way to offer people a more condensed version of your post if they'd prefer to click through slides than read.
Repackage Blog Post Elements Into a Content UpgradeContent upgrades are an excellent tool for building an email list. An easy way to build a content upgrade is to turn your blog post into a downloadable PDF, or convert data or information from your post into a downloadable infographic. You could also consider creating a checklist based on your post that helps readers apply your advice.
How to 10X Your Repurposing ProcessWe’ve now covered how to turn one piece of 10X content into several smaller chunks of content. The next step is to take multiple pieces of 10X content and multiply its value by creating even bigger 10X assets without a ton of effort.
Turn Multiple Blog Posts Into an EbookDo you have multiple blog posts you could group together under one topic? If so, why not turn them into an e-book? The process for self-publishing an ebook is in-depth, but it’s not too difficult. Here are some simple steps to follow:
- Choose four or five blog posts that would fit well together.
- Copy and paste your content into a Word doc.
- Remove all text links. Press CTRL, then CTRL + Shift + F9 to remove them all instantly.
- Remove any stray HTML or coding elements that might have tagged along when you copied and pasted your content.
- Edit as necessary to ensure each section flows logically into the next. You may find you need to write some additional segues or write additional content to make each post fit into the next.
- Keep an eye out for anything that doesn’t make sense out of context on your blog versus being placed in a book.
Build an Online Course Based on Your Blog ContentOnline courses are extremely popular. However, they can take a long while to build from scratch. According to this piece from Forbes, “it takes about the same amount of time as writing a book.” Good thing we’ve already established a method for producing a book fairly quickly, then. You can apply a similar process for producing an online course, too. Once you’ve got your blog packed with helpful how-to posts, it’s not too difficult to turn it into study material for an online course. If you need a technology platform to host your cost, check out these options: follow this guide. There are a lot of benefits to launching a course too, including:
- Building your email list. Requiring students to exchange an email address for course access is a great way to build email followers.
- Establishing yourself as an authority. If you know your stuff well enough to teach it to someone else, then you’re clearly authoritative, right?
- Growing your community. When we recently launched a marketing certification course earlier this year, we created a Facebook group for students to share information with one another. This helped us build a community around the course.