You Ask, I Answer: Reposting Year-Old Social Media Content?

Lindsay asks, “Does anyone repost content from a year ago on social media? Like “one year ago today” – has this been successful?”

Reposting and recycling content is a fine idea as long as the original content performed well, or circumstances have changed that would make the old content do better now. Look at 3 data sets when you consider old content – yours, your direct competitors, and the overall landscape. Are there topics done by others that you could do a recap perspective on (which would technically be original content but using old, top-performing ideas)? Never plagiarize, but do tap into the historical zeitgeist.

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In today’s episode, Lindsay asks, Does anyone repost old content from a year ago on social media, like one year ago today time hop stuff that has this been successful.

So reposting old content, reshaping it, recycling it, etc is fine.

It’s a it’s a perfectly good idea that can get, you know, decent performance on older content as long as the original content performed well, or circumstances have changed that would make the old content do better.

Now, there’s videos that you released, for example, that didn’t get much traction the first time because people were watching other things and you feel like now your viewership on your YouTube channel has gone up.

For example, now it’d be a fine time to reshare that and see if it does any better.

reshare reshoring old content is it’s just tapping into this.

Is that was and the advantage you have with older content is that you already have the analytics for it.

Obviously, every time you put a new social media post, you have no idea how it’s going to do me think that a piece of content is brilliant or fun or whatever and it flops.

And Alternately, you may find that something that you didn’t expect to do well took off.

Well, good news.

You never have that problem with old content because you know what happened, you know where it went, you know how it performed.

So look at three different data sets for older content number one, and the one that you’ll draw from the most is your own content.

What did you post that did well, and if you go to reshare, it repost it is there a new spin or a new point of view or a new perspective that you can put on it that would give you a fresh take on something old, even if it’s just a new caption on it at all.

This picture from a year ago, a throwback Thursday, whatever.

You’re seeing a lot of this right now, in the middle of a crisis that we’re currently in.

people sharing photos and videos and things of parties and stuff of good memories they have of times past.

That’s a really good example of something where the circumstances have changed.

And so the context of the old content can be updated to be contextually relevant today.

The second data set you’ll want to take a look at is for that same time period, plus or minus seven days in either direction.

You have yours.

What are your direct competitors doing what stuff of theirs did? Well, if you go back into the older social feeds, do you see posts of theirs that did really well? Is there an idea or a topic that you could refresh like a year ago in our industry? This idea was popular without plagiarizing.

Never plagiarize? But without outright stealing their content, is there a perspective of your own that you can offer on what was happening a year ago? And then the same is true for the sort of the overall landscape in your industry, you know, non direct competitors, vendors, partners, things like that.

Looking at those three different data sets, which you can get from any social media monitoring application that lets you go back a year in time, what was going on? What was doing well, and then how do you create a new perspective on it? How do you create something that was really relevant, this works really well, really well, when you’re about to go to some kind of event or conference under normal circumstances.

But even now, being able to look back like we’re coming up, it’s the end of March, as I record this, coming up in April would have been a marketing Technology Conference can look back at the previous years and say, hey, these are the topics that were popular back then.

And while the event this year has been cancelled, the the context has not been canceled.

People still need marketing technology.

What were the trends that were identified at last year’s event that we could see how they’ve changed or grown since then, that gives you the ability to stay timely to leverage the data you collected about that conference or that industry event previously, and offer a spin on it.

And because the current event in this example has been cancelled, you might be one of the few voices actually talking about the thing during that time period instead of being a diamond among millions, right? If you’re is a major event that would have happened what what would you be saying that would have gotten drowned out because of bigger or, or better funded competitors that you could now get a little bit more of the spotlight for you know, Hey, remember With this great time we had at this, this past thing and some of the ideas from it.

Here’s what we took away from it, then here’s what we think has changed now.

And we’re not able to go to that event.

But here’s what we would have shared if the event had been on.

But the look back works fine No matter what, as long as you’re dealing with older content that is still relevant, or old content that’s not relevant that you can offer a new point of view on.

So never should never plagiarize, create new context around the old content, and then identify the content that performed best those are the three things to do to repost old content from a year ago or two years ago or five years ago or whatever, on social media that can give you really good results.

Because you know, the original stuff did well and can help you stay relevant even take advantage of the fact that people are looking back at better times.

That’s just the nature of things.

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