Creating content and sharing that content is essential in making your presence known online. It’s a key part of any content strategy to regularly provide new and engaging material for your audience to consume, whether it’s a blog post, video, photography or graphic.
However, as vital as content creation is, it is also often viewed as time consuming; you have to plan, execute, edit and publish each new piece of material. To that end, when things feel tedious, refresh by recycling.
Repurposing old content is easy, here are three ways Serendipity Media does it.
1. Search For Evergreen Content
Go through your blog archives and look for the pieces that still hold up today. Examples range from employee spotlights to case studies to tip articles. You could share this evergreen content as is, giving it a second chance on your social platforms, but if you truly want to stretch it and deliver the content in a fresh way, read through blogs and look for statements that are quotable. Once you have a list, identify or create new graphics that relate to your quotes. Now, you have a new eye-catching graphic that you can now share with a link back to the original blog post, giving new life to both the quote and the post.
2. Reformat Videos
One of Serendipity Media’s predictions for marketing in 2021 is that video will prove itself to be powerful. We’re talking short-form content, like TikToks or Instagram Reels, long-form content like YouTube videos, and time-bound content like Instagram Stories and Facebook Lives. As daunting as all of this sounds, it is easy to produce quality video content with a smartphone. Not only that, but you can take that video and reshare it across multiple platforms. For example, our in-house publication, West Michigan Woman, has an upcoming photoshoot for our next cover. Our plan is to create an Instagram story showing behind the scenes of the shoot, but because stories only last 24 hours, we are then going to take that same video and craft an Instagram Reel, giving our video content a second chance of being seen.
The same can be done with YouTube videos. Instead of resharing the whole video though, identify the snippets that you would like to share. Use those snippets to create an Instagram Story, a Reel or IGTV with them.
3. Upgrade Content and Convert
When you create strong standalone content, you can upgrade that content by putting it in a collection or reformatting it to market it as gated content. Gated content involves an exchange – in exchange for a visitor’s email address, they are given access to a full article, blog eBook, cheat sheet, template…you name it. This is a popular list building method that doesn’t require as much work as if you were starting from scratch.