Making Your Content Work for You 

by ed.weeks April 23, 2018

Meta: Make your content work harder for your business. HV Social Media shares tips on ways to repurpose your content including revisiting old topics and cross channel posting. 

At one point or another, we’ve all heard that we should work smarter, not harder. That raises a question: is it possible to make your content work harder without taking too much time out of your day? Experience has taught us that the answer is a definitive yes.  

Five Ways to Repurpose Your Content 

HV Social Media shows how and why you can repurpose your content to make it work better for your business. 

Revisit Old Topics 

Did you make a set of predictions for your industry or resolutions for your company in January? Revisit your promises and predictions and see how you’ve done. You can take a similar approach with evergreen topics of all shapes and sizes, coming back to them in light of what’s changed in the industry. What are some new best practices in your industry? What are some things you did a few years ago — with great enthusiasm — that you’d never do again? Don’t let your content become encased in amber. 

Pay Attention to Your Analytics 

Your Google analytics, or even something as simple as the JetPack stats on a WordPress blog, can give you a lot of information about your readers. One of the most useful is how they’re finding you and your content. If you pay close attention, you can see the kinds of questions your readers are trying to answer. You may want to update existing content, or reach out to a broader audience on different platforms, based on what your analytics are telling you. 

Take Your Content Off-Label 

Don’t “just” write a blog post, or post a YouTube video. Don’t just ask yourself, “What is this?” Ask yourself, “What else could this be?” Infographics can be sliced and diced for PowerPoint decks. Blog posts can be changed up and used for video scripts. Your Instagram posts can be adapted to Facebook, or the more interesting bits of research that ended up on the cutting room floor repurposed for Twitter.  

Change the Channel 

Think about the shared content you’ve seen. Some of it has been co-branded (those infamous sponsored Buzzfeed lists and quizzes), some of it from media outlets like Fast Company, and some from companies that recognize quality when they see it. Sometimes the best way to build authority is to let someone else blow your horn. 

Find New Boxes 

Just like a shark will grow to the size of its tank, if your business is feeling constrained, it’s time to find a bigger tank, or a bigger box to think outside of. Rather than keeping everything in-house and restricting your messaging to your own social media presences. Crossover and collaboration — in the form of a podcast with other thought leaders, interviews with customers and influencers on YouTube, or taking your thoughts offline and into the real world via print and in-person talks — can breathe new life into your business. 

Five Reasons to Repurpose Your Content 

Now that we’ve covered the how of it. let’s look at why you should repurpose your content.  

If at First You Don’t Succeed…. 

Content doesn’t always work the first time. It could be that the timing is wrong. It might be that you’ve targeted the wrong audience. It could also be that the medium isn’t quite right. Your long-form blog post might get more traction as an infographic. A picture might be worth a thousand words if those words give context or tell a compelling story. New developments may make a piece that was a bit ahead of its time perfect here and now. 

Time is Money 

As much as we’d like to hand-craft completely unique content for each channel, there are only so many hours in the day. Creative re-use lets you blanket multiple channels without taking too much time on each. 

Reach New Audiences 

Finding new channels takes work, but the reward is finding new audiences with whom to establish your authority and worth. A well-placed guest post on a related blog or site, or a think piece in a venue like Quartz or Medium that fleshes out an idea an earlier blog post only hinted at can bring you much-needed attention. 

Reinforce Your Message 

If your customer is doing their homework on you, they may be keeping tabs on what you’re saying across multiple channels. Seeing the same information presented in different ways in different places hammers that message home and converts shoppers to buyers, or clients to evangelists for your brand.  

Expand Your Content Comfort Zone 

Maybe you’re not confident in your writing ability or you’re uncomfortable in front of a camera. Each effort you make in an area that’s unfamiliar or a bit uncomfortable doesn’t just grow your audience. It grows your skill set and expands your comfort zone. That makes you, and your business, stronger. 

 Of course, there are many more ways — and at least as many more reasons — to expand how you create, distribute, and think about your content. The only limit is your imagination. For a fresh perspective on content production, bring a partner like HV Social Media to the table. 

 

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  • Hello ,

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    I’m also interested in this topic + have recently started my journey as young entrepreneur.

    I’m also looking for the ways on how to promote my website. I have tried AdSense and Facebok Ads, however it is getting very expensive.
    Can you recommend something what works best for you?

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    I have subscribed to your newsletter. 🙂

    Hope to hear from you soon.

    P.S.
    Maybe I will add link to your website on my website and you will add link to my website on your website? It will improve SEO of our websites, right? What do you think?

    Regards
    Jan Zac

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    • ed.weeks

      Jan Zac,
      I apologize for the long delay in responding to your comment. Honestly, I hired a web designer for this website and never understood all of the functionality here.

      I am all in on Facebook Ads. Yes, they have definitely increased in price, but the ROI is amazing. In real language, I spent a little over $600 in August of this year (2018) to land 2 new clients that equate to $30k in revenue for my agency. Now I scale from there.

      I am also testing Smart Campaigns on Google this month (Sept 2018) to see if the platform is better than AdWords express. I’ll let you know.

      I’ll always exchange links. Let’s talk more. Send me a direct email to ed@hvsocialmedia.com !!

      Regards,
      Ed Weeks, Jr. MBA
      Founder, HV Social Media

  • Hi,
    recently I have started my own news portal.
    Can I ask you to provide me some feedback?
    https://fomoaf.com/
    Thank you very much! God bless you!

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    • ed.weeks

      Tray:

      I’ll look into your website. Is there anything in particular you are looking for feedback on?
      Maybe shoot an email to me at ed@hvsocialmedia.com to further discuss.

      Regards,
      Ed Weeks, Jr. MBA
      Founder, HV Social Media

  • Hi,
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    Cheers!
    Joe

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  • Make a more new posts please 🙂
    ___
    Sanny

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