June 7, 2023

Content Recycling: 19 Ways To Repurpose Your Content For Better ROI

Over 50% of marketers said that creating quality content was one of their biggest challenges in recent years, yet many don’t make the most of the content that already exists! 

In this article, our content experts share the most effective ways to repurpose your blog & video content to improve reach online and better utilise your marketing budget. We’ll also discuss how this fits with the 3 Rs of content marketing.

What is repurposing content and how do you do it? Repurposing content means taking existing content, such as an article, and altering it to serve a different purpose. For example, turning blog content into an infographic, social media post, e-book, or gated content. You can also repurpose video content by turning it into a TikTok, or Instagram Reel, or by adding it to your website. 


Read on to find out about the 3 Rs of content marketing. We’ll deep-dive into the third ‘R’ – repurposing content – and show you how to do so for blog and video content.

What are the 3 Rs Of Content Marketing?

Let’s start with the basics. The 3 Rs of content marketing are; Reduce, Resurrect, and Repurpose. The purpose of the 3 Rs is to help marketers focus on quality over quantity in order to increase ROI from their content marketing efforts. 

Reduce

This step includes reducing or completely eliminating all of the content that does not align with your brand and wider business objectives. Utilise Google Analytics or Google Search Console to review blogs, landing pages, or other pieces of content that don’t deliver value. Removing this content will free up the crawl budget, helping Google index more of your important pages. 

Resurrect 

Once you have reviewed your underperforming content, it’s time to breathe new life into it. You may choose to add testimonials, videos, add internal links, optimise for keywords, or update the key headings. The actions you take will vary page-to-page. Don’t forget to optimise & update existing blog content for SEO

Repurpose 

To maximise the performance of your refreshed content, you need to get eyes on it – this is where content recycling happens. Transform your content into another format, such as a video, infographic, or whitepaper, and share it across your marketing platforms. 

What is ‘Repurposing Content’?

Content repurposing, sometimes called content recycling, is when you reuse all or parts of existing content (including a blog, video, etc) to transform it into a new format. This could include turning a blog post into a Twitter thread or turning a webinar into short social media posts.

Many people often get confused by repurposing content and think that it is something that it isn’t. Repurposing content is often confused with:

If you want some creative ways to repurpose your content, keep on reading!

What are the Benefits Of Repurposing Content?

There are many reasons why repurposing content should form part of your marketing strategy:

Saves Time

A lot of time goes into creating content, particularly long-form blogs, which often include extensive research, data, and quotes, to name a few! So why wouldn’t you want to save yourself time in future, all whilst doubling or even tripling the amount of content you can share across your marketing platforms?

Increases Reach

When you maintain a consistent publishing frequency on your blog or social media profiles, it is likely that your content will get more shares. This not only improves your reach but will likely benefit your follower count and leads generated, helping you gain authority in your niche.

Engages Audiences

Catering to the needs of different audiences is an integral part of any marketing strategy. For example, some of your audience enjoy reading a 2,000-word blog, whilst others may prefer bite-sized pieces of information that they can digest on the go. Repurposing your content helps you to connect with a range of audience segments without spreading yourself thin.

Maximises ROI

By maximising the lifespan of one piece of content, you’ll spend less time creating new content (which is often expensive, if not time-consuming!). As a marketer, you may have also heard of the ‘7 touchpoints’; it takes 7 interactions with your brand before someone will convert. Therefore, the more quality content you put out across your marketing channels, the more likely you are to generate new leads for your business.

19 Ways to Repurpose Content

Fresh, unique content takes time. Yet some marketers publish one blog and leave it there – and yet wonder why they’re not seeing much traffic! Repurposing your content across other marketing channels is an excellent way to boost your reach whilst minimising time spent on content creation.

There are so many ways to get more eyes on your original content and scale your reach. We’ve outlined some of the most effective ways below:

Repurposing Blog Content

Blog content offers so much value, and not just for SEO. Of course, you shouldn’t recycle the same 5 posts all the time, but instead, choose one or two that you think resonates best with your audience. Here’s how you can repurpose your blog content for other marketing channels…

Infographics

Infographics work really well on a number of social media platforms, in particular, Pinterest and Instagram stories. To make your infographic, pull the most important points or pieces of data from your blog, and add them to a template with engaging graphics and visuals.

Graphic design software, such as Canva, has a range of helpful & free infographic templates to help you get started.

Podcasts

Podcasts are a great way to connect with your audience on a personal level, which is particularly important for B2B businesses. Start by looking at your most successful blogs in terms of views and dwell time to find the topics your audience is most interested in. 

When it comes to recording, don’t just read the post aloud. Instead, cover the key points and expand on what you wrote. You could invite a guest to discuss the subject with you, or even ask your audience to send in their questions. 

Once live, don’t forget to include your podcast episode in the original blog post to encourage new listeners!

eBooks & ‘Ultimate’ Guides

If you’ve written multiple blogs around the same topic, you could condense that information into a digital asset, usually in the form of an ‘ultimate’ guide or an eBook. Use graphic design software to create an easy-to-read layout with the addition of graphics or images. Export it to a PDF and add it to your website.

If you wanted to, you could charge for users to access this gated content, or use a lead generation form. 

If you’d like help creating your own ‘ultimate’ guide or blogs for SEO, why not get in touch with our content experts? We’ll work with you to improve the visibility of your brand, helping you stand out from the competition.

Research Report

If you have a set of original data included in your blog, why not deep dive into how you did it? A research report will follow the same principles of an eBook, but instead, you’ll add information on:

Share your research report on social media, on your website, use it as part of an online course, or share it with publications in your niche.

Extract Quotes

If you’ve interviewed or referenced an industry expert or a celebrity in your blog post, why not repurpose some of the best bits? Simply extract a quote that you think will resonate with your audience and use it on an eye-catching graphic with your brand colours and logo. 

This type of post works well on pretty much all social media platforms. What’s more, your special guest may share or repost your quote, therefore increasing your reach! Don’t forget to mention who said the quote and encourage readers to read your blog for more information.

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Gated Content

If a blog post is performing particularly well in terms of traffic, but not so much in terms of sales & ROI, why not try gating some of the content? Gated content requires a user to pay or fill in contact details before viewing the blog post.

This is an effective way to generate inbound leads or to build up your email marketing list. Once a user has completed their contact information, you can nurture prospects with other marketing efforts, or reach out directly to connect. 

Online Course

For those of you who have created ‘how-to’ blogs around a content ‘pillar’ (i.e. created numerous pieces of content around the same core topic), why not consider educating your audience by creating an online course?

An online course shares the same principles as gated content. You’ll simply combine all of the content you have around one subject (restructuring or adding content as needed), and publish it on an online course platform, such as Udemy or Teachable. Users will have to sign up to access the content, helping you generate new leads and revenue. 

If you have the time, consider recording videos to add to your course material. Not only will this make it more engaging for your audience, but these videos are great for repurposing across social media.

Think about your marketing objectives when pricing your course. Is this a new product? Do you want to increase revenue? Or do you simply want to generate new leads? The value that your content provides should also influence the price of your online course.

Answer Forum FAQs

If you’re a subject matter expert, consider finding users on forums asking questions about what you do best. Answer their question clearly and concisely, taking snippets from your existing content. If it feels natural, add a link to your blog.

Don’t overdo this, however, as being overly promotional may get you banned from forums and threads.

To find forums in your niche, similarly to how you’d find guest blogging opportunities, simply search for ‘keyword’ & ‘forum’.

Slide Deck

Over 60 million people visit websites like SlideShare monthly, making it a useful resource for people looking to share their expertise. Simply take the key parts of your blog and reformat them into a simple presentation before uploading them to a slide-sharing website.

SlideShare, SlideWorld and Scribd are all fantastic platforms, each allowing you to share your side decks for a small fee, or even for free!

Instagram Carousels

According to Hootsuite in 2022, over 51% of marketers are struggling to consistently produce creative content for social media platforms. But sometimes you don’t have to reinvent the wheel for great social content. Carousels are super engaging on Instagram, so create one highlighting the main points of your blog content.

Twitter Threads

Tweets limit you to only 280 characters, which certainly isn’t long enough to inform or engage users. Instead, try turning the main headings and subheadings of your latest blog post into a Twitter thread. A thread connects multiple Tweets together, making it a great option for sharing snippets of long-form content. Complete your Twitter thread with exciting visuals to help further increase engagement.

Social Media Groups

Join LinkedIn & Facebook relevant to your niche and share your expertise. If anyone has a question or query that relates to your blog, kindly share an answer to their question with a link to your blog. As with posting on forums, don’t aggressively promote your content on groups, only do so when genuinely helpful. 

Repurposing Video Content

Video content is often the most expensive and time-consuming to create but it is one of the most effective mediums. Here’s how you can utilise your existing videos:

Landing Pages

Did you know that using video on a landing page can almost double your conversions? You heard that right!

Whether it be product demonstrations, video testimonials, or company showreels, putting your video on a landing page is a great way to boost audience engagement and increase dwell time. Keep your video short and to the point on a landing page, and keep in mind that you may need to resize it for mobile users. 

Teaser Videos

Teasers are a great way to generate interest before or during a launch. Simply post the first 10 seconds of the most exciting snippet of your video and post it on Instagram, Facebook, or a similar platform. In the caption, encourage your social media followers to head to your website or YouTube channel to watch the full video. 

TikTok, Reels, and YouTube Shorts

Short videos are everywhere in 2023. Whether it be TikTok, Instagram, or even YouTube, scrollable videos are a great way to engage your audience with content that already exists. 

If you have a video recording of your podcast, don’t hesitate to post clips and snippets on social media. A product review? Share that as well. The options are endless but think about the content that would resonate best with your audience. Don’t forget to resize each of these videos for mobile. 

Text Transcripts

Text transcripts are perfect for boosting the accessibility of your content with assistive technology, but they can also help boost your Google & YouTube SEO efforts. You can upload the transcript to your blog, or use it as a caption under a website video.

Text transcripts are generally recommended for:

Webinars

On-demand webinars are a great way to capture leads and inform your audience, without the complications of a live webinar! To create your webinar, first, decide on your topic – what might your audience want? What topic adds the most value? 

Once your topic has been decided, chop and change your existing video content on the same topic until you have a 30-60 minute video. Add it to a landing page on your site and promote it via email and social media marketing.

If you’ve ever held a live webinar, find the recording and put it on your website. If your goal is to generate more leads, add the video as gated content.

GIFs

GIFs make for amusing and engaging social media content, not to mention they are so easy to make. You could make a GIF previewing the construction of your product, small animations, or go for something funny like video bloopers.

Using a tool like Adobe GIF Converter allows you to simply upload any video from your computer, resize it for numerous social media platforms, and download your already-shareable gif. 

Video Rich Snippets

Video rich snippets come up on Google’s search results and are pulled from the Structured Data (or Schema Markup) added to your site. If you have added a video to a landing page, video snippet tags are a great way to take up more real estate on the SERPs, in turn, boosting the clicks through to your website

Video rich snippets are best for recipe videos, event videos, or interviews. To add your own, use Google’s Structured Data Markup Helper to create your Structured Data, and add it to your webpage using Google Tag Manager.

Technical SEO can be complicated to get your head around; if you are looking for SEO help, or simply want strategic advice, don’t hesitate to contact our team. Alternatively, find out more about technical SEO in one of our recent blogs.

Get Results From Your Content With Wildcat Digital

In this blog, our expert content writers have taken you through their top tips for repurposing content, which should help you save time whilst maximising your marketing budget. 

If you’re still stuck, or you don’t have time to create your own content for SEO, why not work with our experts? Contact our team for a free, no-obligation consultation and marketing proposal.

Related Questions

Can I Repurpose Someone Else’s Content?

No, you shouldn’t repurpose someone else’s content unless you have their written permission. If you don’t have permission, you may face prosecution for copyright infringement or a penalty from Google for ‘duplicate content’. If you use someone else’s work, you should always credit the original creator.

If you’d like to find out more about duplicate content and its effect on SEO, read one of our recent blogs

How Long Should You Wait Before Republishing Content?

If you have repurposed or updated your content in some way, it can be republished straight away – just make sure not to bombard your audience with the same piece of information over and over again. 

If you are syndicating your content, you should wait at least 1-2 weeks before republishing on another site.

How Do You Promote Content Once Published?

There are several ways to promote your content, but how you choose to do so should depend on your target audience and marketing objectives. You could:

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