Some content is so captivating and useful that it is not limited by time. It is “evergreen content.” But even evergreen content needs a little spritz and refresher now and then. Here’s how you can do that!
Evergreen content is content that you create without an expiration date. Unlike content that is time-bound (such as an event or recent news), evergreen content is content that your audience will not only find useful right now but also six weeks or six months from now.
With evergreen content, your social media audience has more chances to see your best posts, and you can leverage the time spent on creating the content.
So what’s the problem? If evergreen content is overused or becomes to feel stale, your social media will start to feel stale and irrelevant too. And how do you expect an audience to react to stale, irrelevant content?
With these tips, you can experience all the benefits of evergreen content without any of the downsides.
The first step to making your content feel fresh again is to notice when it is not.
Make sure you closely watch on your post engagement to notice both quick declines and slow-and-steady drops over time. Noticing these trends can help pinpoint exactly when you need to refresh your content.
Consider which posts are getting the most engagement (and see whether you can find out why), which posts have experienced a spike or a downturn, what posts can tie into new social content that you have published, etc.
Make sure that you have enough evergreen content, as well as overall content, to keep a variety of posts going out. If you lay a good foundation and are monitoring your results, then you are ready to implement the next five strategies for keeping your evergreen content relevant and appealing.
(If you need ideas for social media posts and help planning, download our FREE social media content calendar.)
The first and easiest way to update your evergreen content is to change the text of the post. You don’t have to invent something totally new … Just change the wording of your post.
For example, maybe I was posting this blog post on social media with the text “Are you doing all six of these things to keep your evergreen content from going stale?” I could instead change it to “Many businesses are missing out on the power of evergreen content because they don’t know how to do this…”
The same message, the same link—different wording.
Make reviewing all your upcoming posts a part of your social media schedule. And include evergreen content.
Occasionally something changes unexpectedly, and something that you thought would still be helpful suddenly is, well, wrong. In other cases, you create a new piece of content that does a better job of explaining the content and you would rather promote that instead.
Don’t be afraid to cut out content that is no longer serving your audience or resonating with your brand. Considering it weeding the garden of old posts that are choking the possibilities of the new growing posts.
Is your post text only? Add an image. Or maybe there is a video that you can include instead.
If you have a question, leave the text alone and make it a fill-in-the-blank question instead. You can also try adding a couple of spaces to split the text into multiple lines on Twitter, or change up the hashtags.
You can add questions, emojis (yes, really!), make the caption a list, include more info, etc.
Consider switching out the images you are using to illustrate your point. On Twitter and Facebook, you can attach images that are not included in the original post for a link post. Be creative, and have fun with your images and see which ones perform the best.
You can also consider adding multiple images which will also give your post a different look.
Often, evergreen content consists of sharing a blog post or other content that exists on your website or other online property. Occasionally rather than changing the social media version directly, you might want to update the source material.
Review the blog post to see if there is new information you can add, or update the images to match the most recent version of the software or other material you are reviewing. This will not only benefit your social media content but your overall content, presentation, and perhaps even your search engine results.
The idea of evergreen content is not new, by the way. What is bringing this concept to the forefront is that now tools exist to make the process of managing and sharing evergreen content easier and less labor-intensive.
For example, Agorapulse has a feature called “requeue” that allows evergreen content to be shared to Twitter multiple times automatically after adding it only once. You can watch the details of how it works in this video.