You wouldn’t trade in your car at 10,000 miles, right? It’s still “new” with lots of life left. Same goes for marketing content. Many of us PR pros and marketers assume the content we create is “old” just weeks after it publishes; that the only way we can keep the content stream fresh is to develop more and different. Not so. Do you know the actual shelf life of your content? Hint: it’s much longer than you might think.

Yes, tools and tactics change every day, but the fundamental challenges we’re addressing through content remains mostly the same. For example, a post I wrote on responsive web design more than three years ago still rings true – even more so – today. So, stop throwing away perfectly effective marketing content.

Increase the shelf life of your marketing content. Here’s how.

In his popular post “Content Shock,” Mark Schaefer wrote, “the amount of available web-based content is doubling every 9 to 24 months.” That was more than two years ago; the pace will surely continue to increase. And in a recent Forrester report on content marketing, Michael Brenner, NewsCred’s head of strategy, was quoted as saying, “Many large enterprises see that more than 50% of their content is going completely unused.” That’s a whole lot of time, energy and resources seemingly going to waste on content that isn’t having any impact – or even being read at all.

Maximize your content’s shelf life by creating complementary pieces across the PESO spectrum.Click To Tweet

In a previous blog post, I wrote about how to build an audience using thought leadership content by “thinking beyond the blog.” I could play my own devil’s advocate and make the counter-argument for why a strong blogging strategy is equally, if not more important given “content shock” and the importance of organic search discovery. But the reality is that a true content marketing strategy employs an effective mix of channels across the entire PESO (paid, earned, shared and owned) spectrum.

The next time you have a great idea for a new piece of content, don’t stop there. Consider where the topic fits within the buyer’s journey (what challenge are we helping our audience solve?) and think about how to create complementary pieces to extend your core content’s shelf life. Tapping a mix of other blogging platforms (e.g., Medium and LinkedIn), engaging social media influencers and creating complementary visuals (e.g., video, infographics or slides) will all help increase reach and impact.

Follow these 5 tips to maximize the reach and impact of your marketing content:

  • Identify additional popular platforms (with built-in reach) to repost your written content
  • Ensure you’re leveraging a healthy mix of the entire PESO spectrum
  • Consider ways to mold your content into different, more visually-engaging formats (e.g., YouTube and SlideShare)
  • Engage social media influencers to help link to and/or re-post your content
  • Consider whether it’s appropriate to conduct additional 1:1 outreach based on your content (e.g., stakeholders, customers, journalists)

While molding your content for new platforms will undoubtedly take more time – and likely team members with different skills – the impact will be immense. So, before you rush to write that next blog post, consider ways to maximize the mileage of those you’ve already created. Just like your car, I promise your content has life well beyond its first 10K miles.

For more insights on creating – and marketing – effective content, check out our guide.

How to Launch a Content Marketing Strategy in Eight Easy Steps [Guide]
Justin is responsible for leading overall direction on all digital programs and projects as well as overseeing and advancing the agency's digital competency and teams. He works alongside our senior management team to provide strategic and tactical client counsel; help set client expectations; and collaborate with account teams on project implementation and competency training. Justin holds a Masters in Business Administration with a dual concentration in Marketing and Management Information Systems, and a Bachelor of Arts in English, General Literature and Rhetoric from Binghamton University.