9 ways to turn ebooks into fresh content

Katy French

By Katy French

October 11, 2017

How can your brand get the word out, repurpose content, and generate more leads? Katy French from creative content agency @columnfive shares her tips for repurposing your ebooks. 


We love ebooks. They’re an awesome way to build relationships with people, provide valuable content, and, of course, get leads. But a well-crafted ebook takes work: great content, design, and promotion. Since you’re putting in the time and energy, you should be getting as much out of it as you can. But a lot of times we see marketers set one live and leave it behind the gate. Sure, it will get some eyes. But there are some simple and clever ways to turn all that great information into even more valuable content.

We want to see you get the most out of your work, so we’re sharing some of our favorite ways to reuse, repurpose, remix, and reinvent your ebooks. We hope it inspires you to dig into your archive and give new life to old content.

Infographics

Good ebook design is inherently visual, whether you use rich illustrations, eye-catching imagery, or detailed data visualization. These visuals are already on hand, so why not turn them into an infographic or mini graphics? Not only are infographics highly shareable but publishers are eager to enhance their stories with these types of visuals. Turning ebook information into an interesting infographic puts you on the fast track to more views. 

Webinars

If you want to really build a relationship through content, some good old-fashioned interaction will do it. Your ebook has a wealth of valuable knowledge, which you can easily share via a webinar. These are particularly great because they give you a chance to really demonstrate your expertise, and they give participants a chance to engage, ask questions, and have a personal interaction with you. Also, if you record your first webinar, you can post it as gated content, giving people yet another avenue to the info.

Interactive infographics

Interactivity is a great technique to create interesting, engaging content experiences. Ebooks have plenty of valuable info that might benefit from the interactive treatment. Say your ebook is about small business tax forms; you could make a quick interactive tool that guides readers through filling out the forms.

Blog posts

Sometimes people will take a collection of blog posts and turn it into an ebook, but reverse-engineering is a great way to tease the ebook and bring in different audiences. You might turn a whole chapter into a meaty blog post. You might spin a sidebar into an interesting article. You might expand on topics not comprehensively covered in the ebook, then kick readers to the ebook to find out more. It’s a great way to maximize your reach. 

Presentations and collateral

When you think about repurposing any sort of content, whether it’s ebooks, infographics, or data visualizations, consider every communication touchpoint an opportunity to reuse existing information. You might use an ebook data visualization to enhance a presentation. You might reuse a diagram in a sales brochure. You might even create a visual press release with ebook info. There are more ways to reuse it than you’d think.

Motion graphics and videos

People love video and motion graphics. They’re easy to consume. Just press play and watch. They can also save time in explaining concepts or delivering a story. Your ebook probably has lots of opportunities to tell a narrative story in a motion graphic.

Animated infographics and GIFS

Animated infographics and GIFs aren’t quite the same as interactives. (Interactives require the viewer to do something that triggers an action; animated content does it on its own.) But they can also be a great way to bring content to life. An interesting data visualization GIF series can enhance a blog post or be shared on social. An animated infographic will catch someone’s eye in a blog.

Podcast

This doesn’t mean you turn your ebook into an audiobook, but it can provide plenty of fodder to fill a podcast episode. You might use a chapter as a prompt for a roundtable discussion. You might break down a single subject and offer your best tips on it. You might have a debate between two experts. It isn’t always just about repurposing a visual. Information is information, and it can be translated into any format.

Micro-content

Micro-content is one of the easiest ways to repurpose all of your content. What is it? It’s the little stuff you extract to use on social, enhance blog posts, seed through your newsletter, etc. A single stat, data visualization, expert quote, or standalone image can help you promote content quickly and easily. Even better, they can be tailored to different types of people, helping you expand your reach.


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This article was written by Katy French from Business2Community and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network. Please direct all licensing questions to legal@newscred.com.

 


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