Danielle asks, “I have started writing blog posts on our company website. Should I use the same content for email marketing? Should I just reuse the content or link back to the site? What about social media?”
Content re-use is a fine strategy to get the most out of high-value content. The reality is that we’re only going to produce a few amazing pieces of content at a time, except for those companies that have heavily invested in large content teams. So absolutely, repurpose your best performing content in a technique called content atomization.
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In today’s episode, Danielle, so I have started writing blog posts on our company website.
Should I use the same content for email marketing? Should I just reuse the content? Or link back to the site? What about social media? So content reuse is a fine strategy to get the most out of high value content? Look, the reality is we’re not going to create the best content all the time, right? We’re going to create YouTube’s model I think is probably the one that makes the most sense hero hub help you’re gonna make a lot of help content How do I do this? How do I do that? Is it going to be award winning and groundbreaking now, it’s it’s very tactical content.
It’s, it’s good.
It’s not amazing.
You’re gonna have hub content, monthly campaigns, major promotions, and then a couple times, you know, maybe once a quarter, you’re gonna have hero content, that big piece of thought leadership that you put out that that massive, groundbreaking research.
And the more you invest in a piece of content, the more you should be looking at reusing it.
My friend Todd different created a concept back in 2008, called content optimization, where you take a piece of content, you break it up into as many pieces as possible.
You take individual quotes, turn them into graphics, you, you take images, and you make photos that go on photo sharing services.
you record a webinar and you extract You know, one minute snippets of video for the Instagrams of the world, the TIC tocs, if you want to.
But fundamentally, you’re taking a piece of content, you’re breaking it up into as many pieces as possible, distributing that to as many places as possible in formats that are appropriate for each channel.
So when you talk about blog posts for a company website, yes, absolutely.
Those or pieces of those should go In an email newsletter, if you’re blogging at a high frequency, you may want to do a summary of each of the posts that goes into the newsletter.
So like a one paragraph for each post, if you’re doing a daily post, that’s a great email newsletter because it helps people encapsulate and see everything you’ve published.
And it doesn’t overwhelm them.
They can read the teaser the trailer, if you will, and go Well, I’m not going to read that one that does sound interesting or that actually is worth paying attention to.
In doing so, you’re going to make it a lot easier for them to figure out what’s worth reading, what’s not.
Should you do the whole thing in the newsletter? It depends.
If your newsletter is powered by a service that publishes your newsletter on the web for the view and browser functionality, and it’s publicly accessible.
Now, don’t put the whole content of the blog post in the newsletter because you’re going to create duplicate Get content, right? Create excerpts instead and put those in the newsletter.
If on the other hand, you have a newsletter where there is no public, publicly available web page version, then yes, you can if you want to make that the entire newsletter.
Another option, depending on your blogging service is services like WordPress can email a blog post to people who subscribe to it.
So you may want to look into that.
Other services like feed, press do the same thing.
Whatever the case is, you’re going to want to make sure that the content is optimized for each particular medium that it’s on.
So if your blog post is 3000 words, you may not want to put that in email.
Right? That’s just a that’s a really long email.
And unless you write for mobile device screens, there’s a very real possibility that it will it will not interest people.
blog posts also typically, depending on how you structure them, meaning Be as visually appealing in an email.
The shorter excerpts may do better for social media, look into multimedia look into even something as simple as reading your blog post out loud.
turning that into a podcast or using a text to speech generator, Amazon has a fantastic one called poly that allows you to create very natural sounding audio from text.
So if you don’t feel like reading something aloud, you can feed your posts to that, turn them into mp3 and now you’ve got a podcast.
It’d be the world’s best podcast, but it’s not bad.
So yeah, absolutely.
Repurpose your content.
Now the one other thing that I would suggest you to think about is don’t necessarily immediately go and put every blog post into a newsletter.
If you can, if it makes sense to do so.
Give yourself a little bit of lag time, maybe a few days, maybe a week, you know, maybe put the previous week’s blog post in the newsletter because What you want to do is you want to look at the analytics.
If you’re blogging at a high frequency and you put out, you know, one post a day, what would happen if you ignore it, if you stack up all five days, looked at the analytics on them, and said, I’m only gonna put the top two, or the top three posts by traffic into the newsletter to to reinforce the fact that not every post is a great one.
That’s a really good way of handling a situation where you’ve got a lot of content.
When I do content curation, I will look at the analytics for different pieces of content that other people have written and share only the ones that rank most highly because I don’t want to put things in an email newsletter that aren’t of interest to other people.
By having filtering by having scoring, you can create sort of a newsletter that is the best of the best and that’s that’s really what you want to give people you want to give people your best.
Email is still a great way to get the attention of others.
So those are the suggestions for reusing content is absolutely a good idea.
Make sure that you do it well.
Make sure that you make content for each channel as appropriate to that content, and focus on the analytics so that you’re only showing the best stuff to people in any medium in any format.
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