If you’re interested in learning how to create the perfect social post for your small business, JC Sweet & Co. found this article on The Social Media Examiner on how you can repurpose your blog content into a social media post.
How to Repurpose Blog Content Into Short-Form Social Media Updates
#1: Curate Quotes and Takeaways From Your Top Blog Posts
To convert long-form blog posts into social media posts that engage your followers, start by making a list of your best blog posts. Your website’s Google Analytics can tell you which articles have the most visits.
For each blog post, gather information that will help you write social posts based on your blog content and place your findings in a master document that’s easy to access. Write a list of 5-10 reasons you think each post will fascinate your audience.
Also, list the best quotes and key takeaways from each blog post. For example, your blog post might include statistics, surprising statements, and quotes from influencers. Look for passages that boil down the post’s core message, too.
Below you see the beginning of a document that a beekeeping business might create. As you gather content based on each blog post, you’ll begin to see how your social posts can highlight a blog post’s value and grab your audience’s attention in busy social feeds.
#2: Assign a Content Format to Each Key Point
Turning a 1,200-word blog post into a series of riveting social media posts seems daunting, but the key to conveying big ideas in small social posts is to change the type of content.
Everyone learns differently. Some people absorb information best in a visual format, others through audio, and still others by reading.
As you review the content you gathered in your master document, determine what kind of content you want each element to become. You might turn statistics from your blog post into a video that talks about your five most shocking statistics. Key takeaways are also good for a short video.
If your post contains a surprising statement that would grab your followers’ attention on social, you might save that statement for a text post that links to your blog.
#3: Draft Social Posts That Reference Each Article’s Hook
After you know what valuable content you want to share, you need to write a compelling, unique social media post that’s different from the blog post’s headline and adds a layer of interest. Focus on why the blog post matters to your audience so you can write social posts that resonate.
If you simply repeat the headline of your blog post as your social media post, your social post looks redundant and careless and it doesn’t add context. However, having a great headline still saves you some work. All you have to do is add perspective and incorporate it into persuasive copy.
In a headline, the hook usually will raise questions in the reader’s mind that are answered in the blog post. Find those answers and write a social post that hints at the solution without giving away the entire explanation. Your social post should provide just enough information to prompt the audience to engage. Share a great statistic, statement, or visual, and then hint at the value in your blog post.
For instance, your blog post might include a statistic such as “79% of social media users say they use their accounts daily.” To create intrigue in your social post, you might ask, “What percentage of people do you think use social media every day?”
Add Keywords, Hashtags, and Tags
You want to ensure your social media accounts are optimized for search. Start by incorporating your website’s homepage keyword phrases in your social media profiles.
You also want to use your blog post’s focus keyword in your social posts. To illustrate, if your focus keyword is “Instagram Stories,” include “Instagram Stories” in your social post.
Turn your focus keywords into hashtags, too. Try not to use too many hashtags at a time so your post looks clean.
Tip: If your social or blog post includes a quote from an influencer, make sure you tag the influencer in your post.
Edit Your Social Media Posts to Emphasize Value
After you write a draft of your social post, you want to make sure the text is concise while still conveying all of the important elements such as your hook, the value the post provides to readers, and your keywords.
To polish your copy while amplifying the value, remove anything that doesn’t mirror the objective of your audience by highlighting the core message of your blog post. Delete any filler text and rework weak sentences, such as expletives (sentences that begin with there is, there are, it is). Try to replace wordy phrases with a single word.
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