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How to maximise and repurpose the content you create for your business

Today’s episode of the podcast is all about how to create content, and what you need to do to repurpose those ideas and really make the most of them.

Over the years I have done a fair few episodes around the theme of content, and they've always gone down really well.

So, I hope you enjoy it and as always, feel free to connect with me on my socials, and let me know what you think! 

 

KEY TAKEAWAYS COVERED IN THE PODCAST

  • The difference between long and short term content
  • How to maximise and repurpose your content
  • Finding the type of content you like creating

 

THE ONE THING YOU NEED TO REMEMBER ABOVE ALL ELSE

Successful content creation is about consistency, not how frequently you do it.

 

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Transcript

Hello and welcome to this week's episode of the podcast. How are you doing? Okay, so last week I talked about having online courses and the three things that I felt were super, super important to have in order to have a more successful chance at having an online course and selling it, and those three things, were creating content, building an audience, and making sure that you understand your customer's problem and the transformation there're after.

Because obviously that's effectively what your course is. You're helping them get a transformation. So what I thought I would do is this week I thought I would talk about content. Now, we've done a fair few episodes over the many, many, many episodes of the podcast around the theme of content, and they've always gone down really, really well.

And one of the things I thought about was the fact of like, is there ever any new content, right? Not only from a point of view of there is a ton of content out there in the world, and obviously I'm talking about my industry, but your industry too. There is so much out there. We are all content producers now, and we have Google and you can literally search anything.

So is there any new content from that point of view, but also what do you do when you get to my level of 285 episodes of the podcast? So effectively, like every interview was round an hour and every solo is probably less than half an hour. Like that is a ton of me talking for starters, you poor people, but also a ton of content.

We have talked about so much stuff, so what do we do? Like how do we keep coming up with content ideas or what do we do with the fact of we already have so much content out there? So today I wanna talk about that. I wanna talk about coming up with ideas and then what you need to do in terms of repurposing those ideas or how you make the most of them.

If you are serious in your business, if you are actively trying to grow and you know, be seen by more people, then content is one of the ways you're gonna do that. Even, and I'm gonna kind of stick my neck out here. Even with a product-based business, there is still content that you can produce. So what do I mean first off, by content?

I'm confident you all know by now, but let me just cover it of. So we've got long form and short form content. So long form content tends to be things like podcasts, blogs, articles, videos, lives, anything that's a bit more meaty where you're going into a bit more depth. Short form content tends to be things like social media, tends to be posts, tends to be kind of quick, short stuff.

So often businesses are pretty good at the short form content. They know they need to be on social media. They know they need to show up. They're not always great at the long form content. Now, I'm not gonna sit here and say you have to have long form content, cuz no one has to have anything. It's your business. You get to decide.

However, it is a very helpful thing to have, especially when you are in a knowledge based industry. If you are offering something that is based on your knowledge or that you think needs some explanations. Let's just take one of my lovely members of the club, one of my members does inflatables and soft play hire, and for instance, long form content for them might be blog articles around some of the common questions that they get asked.

So even with something like that where you think, well, I don't need a blog or a podcast for that, somewhere where they can go and get more confidence and more comfort around the thing that you are selling or how good you are at your service. So yeah, so I would recommend that most businesses have some kind of long form content.

Now, the first thing is you need to decide what you like to do. I do not like writing, therefore, a blog is not for me. I do have a blog on my website. If you go and look those three blogs written ages ago, I should probably just remove this now. But I tried. It really wasn't for me, and I'm just not big on writing.

You know, I do write, I'm gonna stop saying I'm not being write. I do do a lot of writing, I journal and stuff. But when it comes to this sort of thing, put me in front of a mic, put me on a stage. That is where my zone of genius is. Writing is not where that is. So the first thing to decide is what do you actually like to do?

And start with that. So if you like talking, then a podcast or a live might be good for you. If you like writing, then a blog might be good for you. So, and I didn't really wanna get into too much of like getting started cause I'm hoping lots of you are well and truly started with your long form content. But it's about then taking that bit of long form, which takes time and effort, and how do you then maximize that time and effort to really, really work for you.

Now one of the things I think I'm gonna do an episode on, like things I wish I'd thought about when starting a podcast. because if I was to start my podcast today, I'd do it very differently. Anyway. One of the things I was thinking about and, and maybe you guys should think about this too, is we are put in a world where I produce weekly content.

So every single week I do a podcast episode, or every week you might do a blog or that is a lot of work. So who says, we've gotta do it that often. So what if you did a podcast that came out every other week? What if you did a blog that came out every other week? What if you over went only went live every other week?

It's more about the consistency than how often you are doing it. And the other thing is, if you are spending a few hours creating a blog or you know, for me it's probably like 30 minutes for 20 minutes worth of podcast. Now, bear in mind, I've done a ton of episodes, so I can do this fairly quick. Although I have to say I yawn every time I do an episode.

It's really weird. So the reason it takes me 30 minutes or a 20 minute episodes cause have to keep pausing so I yawn do like, am I really finding myself that boring? I think it's like constant talking about anybody interrupting you. So if you are spending a chunk of time doing that bit of content, then why do one every week?

Why not do it every other week? But the thing is, it's not about, I think lots of times people will create a bit of content and do one post and go, there you go. I've created a blog. I put it on social media. Done. No, no, no, no, no. You've gotta be absolutely maximizing that content. You have gotta be pulling out as much as possible.

And if you've been doing anything for length of time, and if you have a team with you or you have processes that you put yourself in place for yourself, then this is what you should be doing. Like you should be trying to maximize the core bit of content, and if you have a team, brilliant. You have to do the core content.

Okay, I have to record the podcast. If suddenly one day one of my team turned up on the podcast, you'd be a bit like, what the what? So I have to record this bit. That's fine. That's my job. But I don't need to do any of the things subsequent. And you know, hopefully by now, if you've listened to the podcast for a while, I have a team who helps me with all that good stuff.

But we could be doing more. And you know, we often talk about this, and it's probably me who's to hold upon this, but like when you have a bit of content, so if you are doing a blog, for instance, You might wanna think about like what happens after you've done that blog? Okay. You created a post, you put it out.

Brilliant. Can you create a quote post from a quote that you've said in the blog? Can you start a discussion thread on Twitter? Can you do a poll on Instagram story about something you said in that blog post? Can you create a reel about the content of the blog post or a kind of discussion point, and then go, go read my blog post to find out more.

Can you create it as an article in LinkedIn? And the other thing to think about is, Not only do we have to choose our long form content in terms of what we like and what it is, i e I like speaking, I do a podcast, but we need to think about the social platforms that we're on and are we using them in a way the platform likes us to use them.

So for instance, yeah, great. Say I'll hold my hand. I'm not the best of this. Becci, my social media person has been kicking my butt to do reels and for whatever reason I seems to have a bit of a mental block with it. But we'll get there. But like, you know, I could be doing a reel for every single episode of the podcast.

I do. I could be doing a live with a guest if I have guests anymore. Like there is so much we could do round it and that you could do round it. So if you are getting to the point where you're like, do you know what? I'm really tired, or, I've done a lot of episodes and I feel like this is. Like doing the same thing over and over, then why not either pause.

And I had this conversation with someone recently. They had an episode and not an episode, they had a podcast and it went into like the hundreds of episode and they were like, I'm just falling outta love with it, but I feel like I need to keep it going. And it's like, you don't need to keep it going if you are falling outta love.

And this is the other thing. Yeah, it's all about consistency, but don't do something you hate and don't forget you still have all that content just because you pause and do something different or you know, whatever it is you wanna do instead, doesn't mean that all that content goes in the bin. She could effectively re-release an episode every week for the next hundred and something weeks, because that's how many episodes she got.

I have that much content. In fact, I was listening to podcast myself, Dr. Chatterjee, I hope I've said his name right, and I can't remember what his podcast called. Anyway, I was listening to his podcast and he does these bite-sized podcasts of old episodes, and I was like, brilliant, we could do that. Like, and, and in my head I'm thinking, how could I make that happen without me being the person to make it happen?

Because I know I'm the one that will hold it up. So it's about kind of really using that content and stretching it and exploring it and molding it. The other thing I want to think about, and like I said, this is where I am currently. You know, 285 episodes is a ton of episodes, so the fear is about repeating myself.

So what I did, Becci and I did Next Size not so long ago, where we went through the stats of the podcast and we looked at the ones that were really popular. And content is a really popular like subject. Whenever we do a content episode that seems to get really good download. So doesn't it make sense to do another episode on content?

This in itself is creating more content. You know, it like this weird, paradoxical world we're in. But what is it that really gets people talking? What is it that people really enjoy to hear from you or what episodes are most popular? And do it again? Like there's a part of me that would love to re-invite some people back on because they were such good episodes.

But whether I could get them again and if I, you know, it's a big thought for me to have really, but, but yeah, like what episodes are really good? Why can't you do those episodes again? The other thing that we thought about and we talked about is my opinions have changed a lot. Like I have learned so much in, and I can't, it's it 2018.

I started my podcast, I think it was 18, 19 21. Yeah, I think it is 2018, like me in 2018 and mean 2023 is very different. Like what I speak about is different. What my opinions are on things are different. So again, there's no harm in me going back to some of my old episodes and rerecording them because I have different thoughts and opinions now.

So this episode's a little bit all over the place, but the key thing for me to talk about is, one, you don't need to keep creating brand new stuff. Also the other way to do it. So let's say you are thinking about starting some long form content. Go to your short form content and see what work. So if you've done a social media post and it really resonated with people, or got lots of comments or started a conversation, then great.

Use that as a kickoff to do one of your episodes if you're doing a podcast, or go live and talk about the thing or write a blog about it so you can use it in both ways. Don't think that you've gotta sit there with a blank sheet of paper every time and try and come up with more ideas. So next week I'm gonna do an episode on lead magnets because I haven't done one for a while.

And in this kind of little theme that I've given myself where I talked about the online course and about, first thing is create content. Second thing, as an audience, I thought a lead magnet would be great. And one of the things I'm gonna talk about is do PDF lead magnets still work? Because there is lots of people out there go and they're boring, they're dull. No one wants them.

So that's gonna be the theme of my episode next week. Now, the very first lead magnet episode I did was episode number two. Don't go back and listen to it. I did. I regretted it. I sounded very professional, like maybe I should take some hints from the old Teresa. I think so. I was probably very nervous.

Also like there was a lot of stopping and starting and probably a lot of editing in those episodes. But yeah, like so why wouldn't I do another episode, 200 and something episodes on? So, Think about that long and short form. Think about how they can support each other. How you can extend short form into long form.

How you can tweak long form to drop it into short form and think about maximizing that long form content. You should be really, really maximizing it and in an ideal world. I wouldn't be doing something every week, like I'm in the habit now and it's the way it is and it's the way it always has been. And personally, I don't think I'd wanna change it.

And I think podcasts are a wee bit different because they are, they do tend to be a weekly thing, unless you do seasons and then you check a season out. but, If that means you get to maximize, I nearly said milk that content. That sounds horrible. If you get to maximize that content by giving yourself more space in between, then great.

Do that. Like that is cool, but make sure that you are trying to maximize it as much as possible, but also put those processes in place. So like I said, I have the team now and once I've recorded it the rest just happens. And that's, that's brilliant. I'm very happy with that. So where can you bring in some processes in order to maximize the content that you're putting out there?

Okay. I hope that help. I hope it's given you a few ideas. If you are starting on your content journey, as in you are looking at creating long form content and you need some help. Then do please come and check out the club, and if you wanna work one-to-one with me, do please check out coaching. I'll make sure all that's linked up the show notes, because sometimes this can be hard and sometimes you need someone to walk you through the process and get you going.

I've had someone just start, one of my one-to-one people have just created a podcast. We've done it in a very short space of time because I was able to do it in a very succinct, right, do this thing, do that thing, send me this, do this, and I'm really excited for it. I think it's gonna be amazing. So yeah, if you are wanting to start it, then come and have a conversation with me. I would love to help.

Okay. Have a wonderful rest of your week. As I've already mentioned. Next week I'll be talking about lead magnets. Do they still work? Is it still right to do PDF ones? What other ways can you bring people on your list? So if you are interested in that, then please make sure you check that episode out.

Also, if you have a friend that you think would find these episodes really helpful, I would appreciate it massively if you would share this episode or share my podcast, that would be so very kind. Okay. Have a wonderful rest of your week, and I will see you then.