The Secret to a Longer Life for Marketing Content


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I work with a lot of companies that are limited in their ability to produce enough marketing content. I don’t mean just any content, but content that resonates and serves as currency to buy prospect attention and actions. The truth is that the life span for marketing content is usually cut short prematurely.

The secret is rather simple, actually. It’s repetition.

But, before you can grasp the power of the secret, you need to understand what repetition is not:

  • Using the same piece of content over and over.
  • Saying the same things everyone else in your market is saying.
  • Using the same self-serving calls to action (schedule a demo today!)

For repetition to offer up a secret life to marketing content, it must be based on the ideas it shares, not on a content asset, itself. Contagious content (that which buyers love so much they can’t wait to share it with others) is based on the quality of the ideas and the context in which they’re developed.

The secret to repetition is to spin those ideas from a number of angles to create multiple content assets based on the strength of an idea. I often refer to this as the Rule of 5.

Here’s a basic example:

Let’s say the main idea is “The expectations of the new buyer.” The original idea is to write an article about how the buyer has changed, backed up with industry statistics and examples that are relevant for the target market you’ve selected.

To put repetition into play, determine other ways to spin this main idea. Examples might include:

  • 10 reasons you need to change what you’re telling buyers
  • Why your customer’s trust level has declined
  • How to have a conversation with today’s buyer
  • What sales needs to close the new buyer

Now you have 5 topics based on one main idea that you can develop into marketing content using the same research you’ll do to develop the content asset around the main idea. All with a different take or spin. Now, consider if you spin these 5 ideas based on vertical applications…

Prospects who are interested in any of this content will likely be interested in all of it. Now your calls to action can be “see also” links connecting these ideas in a way that motivates the prospect interested in that topic to engage with more of your ideas, influencing how they think about the topic.

Benefits for you include:

  • higher relevance with prospects
  • extended attention from prospect
  • a connected content storyline
  • less time and resources to develop the content
  • increased credibility and trust because you’re tackling the issue from a variety of perspectives

Why wouldn’t any marketer want to create a longer life for the content they develop?

One reason is we get bored. We know too much. We think that since we’ve written about it once, our prospects know the information and understand why they should do something (hopefully with us).

This isn’t necessarily true. It takes repetition for ideas to take hold. Up to 7 times or more for new ideas. The trick is that for repetition to be successful, it must be focused on the ideas – not the content asset. A longer life for marketing content is based on giving your ideas a bigger platform.

Republished with author's permission from original post.

Ardath Albee

Ardath Albee is a B2B Marketing Strategist and the CEO of her firm, Marketing Interactions, Inc. She helps B2B companies with complex sales create and use persona-driven content marketing strategies to turn prospects into buyers and convince customers to stay. Ardath is the author of Digital Relevance: Developing Marketing Content and Strategies that Drive Results and eMarketing Strategies for the Complex Sale. She's also an in-demand industry speaker.


  1. Ardath, your article on marketing content is spot on. Our philosophy is to create content that is leveragable and extensible. For example, a whitepaper with a strong content concept can be used to provide copy for an article, web page, blog post, and a chapter in an eBook. As you say, each subsequent use of the content should have its own spin and fit the medium.

    Another secret to content success is to go back to older content and update it with a new perspective. Even the content in a 10 year old article or whitepaper may have some relevance in today’s market, provided you make sure it appears fresh to your target audience.


    Chris Ryan
    Fusion Marketing Partners

  2. Hi Christopher,

    Thanks very much for you comment and for adding the example of repurposing content. That’s another great way to extend the life of content.


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