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The Best Way to Repurpose Content: Long-Form to Short-Form or Vice Versa?

The Best Way to Repurpose Content: Long-Form to Short-Form or Vice Versa?

When you think about repurposing content, you probably picture breaking down a long-form video into shorter videos for social Or a blog post into LinkedIn content, a podcast episode into audiograms...and so on.

It’s all about the slice and dice!

But is there another way?

The fantastic thing about content repurposing is that there’s no ONE way to do it – repurposing doesn’t flow in only one direction.

If there’s potential for your content to become something else that works for your audience, then go ahead and create it!

Your repurposing process doesn’t have to be as strict as long-form becomes short-form, and then back to the drawing board…

It could be short-form becomes long-form, long-form becomes even longer form, or short-form becomes micro-form.

In this post, I walk you through some examples showing how you can increase the ROI of your short-form content by repurposing it into long-form content. And I share how shifting your mindset can help you uncover a new realm of content repurposing possibilities.

Press play to watch the video…

Or you can listen to the podcast episode…

Or keep reading to learn the alternatives to repurposing your long-form content into short-form content!

Why remix your content repurposing process

Content repurposing can look like a straight line from A to B.

The Best Way to Repurpose Content: Long-Form to Short-Form or Vice Versa?

You create your long-form content – e.g., a blog, podcast episode, or video – and chop it up into short-form content – e.g., social media posts, 30 second videos, short and shareable audiograms, etc. Then rinse and repeat each week.

But it can also look like this.

The Best Way to Repurpose Content: Long-Form to Short-Form or Vice Versa?

You could create a social media post, that becomes a blog post, which becomes a video podcast series. Then that gets repurposed into snackable 60 second video bites for social media, which get repurposed into a book…

You see where I’m going. There’s no one best way to repurpose content.

Depending on your content, your content’s repurposing possibilities could be endless. And it doesn’t have to look like an A to B system. It could look like the messiest, craziest route ever!

Now, I’m going to talk a little bit about why having a system in place is a brilliant idea shortly, but here are two reasons why you should consider mixing up your content repurposing process.

Evolve your content repurposing mindset

Of course there are techniques and processes that you can (and should) follow to consistently create and repurpose great content. However, you should always be on the lookout for what else your content can evolve into.

Getting stuck in a fixed mindset could limit your possibilities for growth – which is the absolute opposite of what repurposing is supposed to help you achieve!

Being open minded about new content formats, platforms, etc. can help you see the potential your content could have, big or small.

I spoke more about developing your content repurposing mindset in episode 114, The Content Repurposing Mindset. So if you want to hear more about how shifting your mindset can help you create better content, do check out that post.

Continually improve your process

All systems and processes within your business can get stale without constant refinement. I am always iterating systems in my business to make sure that things run as smoothly and effectively as possible – and that goes for my content repurposing process too.

Diversifying your strategy from time to time and exploring new avenues will help you figure out what moves the needle in your business, and what doesn’t. So never be afraid to experiment!

That was the focus of episode 195, Could your Content Strategy Be Holding You Back? So do take a look at that post if stagnating strategies are a concern within your business.

So what happens when you approach repurposing your content with an open mind and a desire to refine your existing system? You get a repurposing process that defies all limitations!

Now let’s take a look at the difference between the structured vs. more creative approach with some examples…

The best way to repurpose content: the long-form to short-form process

Let’s call this the more “traditional” method of content repurposing. It’s the method we rely on to create our content week-in-week-out at Content 10x and the system we recommend to our clients too. So for us, it is the best way to repurpose content.

Why? Because it’s usually faster, easier to streamline an entire repurposing process from, and a brilliant way to consistently produce lots of fantastic repurposed content.

That’s to say the long-form to short-form process is an excellent foundational system for any business wanting to reliably and repeatedly create and repurpose their content.

Here’s a quick example of what this long-form to short-form repurposing process might look like:

You create a 20-minute podcast episode once per week. Then you repurpose that into content you can distribute over many weeks, such as a blog post, three 30-second audiograms, two social media graphics, and some accompanying text posts for social media.

Then it’s back to the drawing board to start creating the next long-form piece.

This is a perfect content repurposing process – and it’s what we help a wide range of clients achieve every single week – but if you want to mix that format up, you can.

Another best way to repurpose content: the short-form to long-form process

Now I’m going to share the reverse approach – starting with short-form and repurposing into long-form content.

The Best Way to Repurpose Content: Long-Form to Short-Form or Vice Versa?

Social media posts are arguably the most abundant short-form content there is and it’s likely you’re already sharing tips, opinions, or just putting your thoughts out there via your favorite social channels. But how can you increase your ROI on these posts?

Simple: extend their value and lifespan by repurposing them into longer-form content.

Here’s an example:

Short-form to long-form content repurposing: social media

Say one of your LinkedIn posts really struck a chord. People are liking, commenting, and sharing your post. You could repurpose that same idea to other social media platforms to see if it generates more responses and keeps that conversation going.

You could then take that post and build on your point. Then create an article for a blogging site like Medium, a blog post for your own website, or even an industry article.

If you’re thinking that a single LinkedIn post isn’t meaty enough to turn into a long-form article, how about this – group a selection of posts together. Find posts with a common theme and pull them together where each post is a section of the blog.

It’s often the case that you can curate lots of short-form content to create longer content, and make it last longer too. For example, repurposing Instagram posts into Instagram Guides.

One added benefit of repurposing social media posts into long-form content is you’ve already validated your idea. I really recommend this approach as it means you’re not wasting time creating content that your audience aren’t interested in.

Validating your long-form content with a short-form piece first is a brilliant strategy for anyone experimenting with new ideas. I explain the complete step-by-step process to doing this with social media posts in episode 183, How to Validate Your Content Ideas.

Now let’s look at one more example:

Short-form to long-form content repurposing: video

One of the best ways to create and repurpose your content is to segment it.

If you’re a podcast host or conduct video interviews, you might ask your guests the same killer questions, such as “what’s your biggest tip for someone starting out?”.

Segmenting your content in this way makes it super easy to repurpose. You might pull this section out every week, create a short video, and share it on your social platforms.

How about finding the best responses you’ve had to that question, and repurposing them into a brand-new long-form video. For example, “What 20 Top Experts Say About Getting Started”.

You could also collect each short video into a blog post and write a short synopsis of each interview. Otherwise, email your new video out to subscribers with some top takeaways or quotes, and, of course, back into lots of short-form content for social media!

You can see how meta it all gets when you open your eyes up to the possibilities!

So it’s easy to see there’s no absolute best way to repurpose content. Just use the best way for you. Whether that’s backwards, forwards, or upside down, the most important thing is maximizing your content, reaching your audience, and making an impact.

Just keep an open mind, and who knows what you’ll repurpose your content into next!

To get your hands on the most comprehensive guide to content repurposing, check out my book: Content 10x: More Content, Less Time, Maximum Results. It contains everything you need to know about getting started with content repurposing, developing a workflow that suits you, and so much more.

If you want help implementing your repurposing process, perhaps you need help staying consistent or creating all the content you need, check out our industry-leading end-to-end content repurposing services. We empower business owners, leaders, and more to make the most of their time and their content by taking repurposing out of their hands – enabling you to focus on what you do best.

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