Even a thriving enterprise can hit a content wall once in a while. While you’ve got all the right software, getting custom branded content that meets your goals can be difficult to source from time to time. Yet, there’s a way around this and it’s right in your email marketing campaign archive.
If you’ve written original email content, you can turn that content into blog posts. Since your content was initially delivered via email, it’s still going to be seen as original in the eyes of Google – which means you’ve upped your SEO game. At the same time, you’re providing another content piece to an audience that might not yet be subscribed to the blog. To complete the rotation, you can also include an email sign up link within the content at the end of the post, mentioning that this post first appeared in your email campaign.
On that note, anything that you’ve produced for email only can make it to a blog: podcasts, videos, and infographics can all be converted to blog content. Once you have it on your blog or perhaps even as a landing page, the next step is to weave it through social media channels to get both audience venues funneled in.
There are a lot of benefits to repurposing content. First, it’s economically feasible. Instead of spending man hours or dollars creating new content, and making sure it meets standards, you can go back to something you already have. It can cost, for example, $700-1500 to create an infographic. So first, you should repurpose that infographic at every opportunity. Second, create an article out of it and share it as an op-ed, a guest article, your own blog, part of a campaign, or in another email campaign down the road. You can even create spin off content series from that infographic, with the goal being that you get as much as you can out of that content piece.
Repurposing also helps you stay focused on a message by underscoring something that’s important to your organization or company. Any audience needs repeat exposure to a message at least three times before it becomes something they can remember, and seven times before they associate it with your brand.
It’s a good rule of thumb to start getting in the habit of repurposing content, which means beginning to create an inventory of your content. This inventory should include the file name, the file, where it’s been published and have some keyword tags to make future searches a lot easier. Evernote is a great way to archive content quickly and easily, though I recommend just one account for all your content inventory needs, rather than having a notebook or a folder for content in another account.
You can also create a content goal in order to measure where you’re at and what you’re producing, versus where it’s getting published and how it’s getting received. This elevates your content from just production to performance. It also helps you determine which content needs more mileage or which ones people might want to see converted into another form, such as a video presentation or an infographic, because it was a highly popular subject.