The Content Lemon: Squeezing Your Content for All It’s Worth

The Content Lemon: Squeezing Your Content for All It’s Worth
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The Big Smoke introduces the ‘Content Lemon’. A strategy which seeks to squeeze every last opportunity out of juicy concepts and content to connect to wider audiences and redefine your digital presence.


Lemons often get a bad rap. A lemon is synonymous with something faulty or undesirable – a dud. Then there’s the age-old adage, “when life gives you lemons, make lemonade,” which encourages us to make the best out of bad situations. But at our agency, we have a different take on lemons. We see lemons for what they truly are: a zesty and refreshing fruit that adds flavor and pizzazz to otherwise boring consumables.

Introducing the ‘Content Lemon’ 

At our digital marketing agency, we believe in the power of the ‘Content Lemon’ – one idea or piece of content that, like a ripe lemon, can be squeezed and re-squeezed, producing a variety of flavorful content types. From blogs to podcasts, emails to social media carousels, the Content Lemon strategy is about extracting every drop of value from a single, juicy idea.

This approach isn’t about making the best out of a bad situation; it’s about recognizing the inherent value and potential versatility that lies within a single, well-chosen piece of content. Just as a lemon adds a refreshing twist to a glass of water, a Content Lemon can invigorate your marketing strategy, ensuring that your message is not only heard, but also felt and remembered across your digital ecosystem.

A Strategic Squeeze: The Beauty of the Content Lemon Strategy 

In the world of digital marketing, content is both king and kingdom, so the ability to leverage value from every piece of content is invaluable. The Content Lemon strategy can help:

  • Build Familiarity and Consistency: Repurposing a single idea into various content forms helps in building a consistent brand voice and message. This familiarity breeds comfort, making your audience more receptive to your messaging over time.
  • Enhance Cost Efficiency: Developing multiple content pieces from a single idea or leveraging one content type for several digital marketing platforms is significantly more cost-effective than creating new ideas or content from scratch. By squeezing your content for all it’s worth, you are saving time and money.
  • Broaden Your Reach: Different segments of your audience prefer consuming content in different formats. By squeezing a Content Lemon, you ensure that your idea reaches them in the format that appeals to them most, whether it’s a podcast for the morning commuter or a social post for the evening scroller.
  • Refresh Your Brand’s Digital Presence: Creatively repurposing content not only maximizes the utility of existing ideas but also sparks new ones. Reimagining your content across different platforms can spark innovation, keeping your digital presence vibrant and dynamic.
  • Boost Engagement: By presenting your content in various formats, you cater to diverse learning and engagement preferences, and introduce your brand to audiences in new and exciting ways, increasing overall engagement with your brand.
  • Capitalize on SEO: Repurposing content across multiple platforms can significantly improve your SEO rankings by creating multiple backlinks to your site and encouraging more organic traffic.

It ensures consistency in your messaging, maximizes your reach and enhances engagement with your audience, all while being cost-effective. Whether it’s transforming a podcast episode into a series of blog posts, infographics, and social media snippets, or turning a comprehensive research study into an engaging webinar, downloadable guide, and interactive Q&A session on social media, the Content Lemon strategy allows you to cater to the diverse preferences of your audience, ensuring that your brand remains top of mind.

How to Implement the Content Lemon Strategy

Reworking a Whitepaper

Suppose you have an insightful whitepaper on consumer behavior trends in 2024. You and your team poured hours of research and surveying into the study and then hours of editing and formatting on the other side. You uploaded the paper to the resources tab of your website and have shared the results with potential clients in face-to-face meetings. That’s certainly giving you value, but it can be leveraged for so much more!   

You could discuss the study and its implications in a thought leadership blog post, summarize findings in an engaging infographic, discuss insights in a podcast episode or break down key takeaways into a series of social media posts. By adding platform-specific flavors, like interactive polls on social media or a downloadable PDF of the study for email subscribers, you provide value in the format that best suits your audience. 

Capitalizing on a Podcast Ep

Let’s say you’ve just recorded a super valuable podcast episode interviewing an industry expert. While those who follow and listen in to your podcast will benefit from these industry insights, if you don’t revise and rework this content, you’re not capitalizing on other, potentially broader audiences.

Any podcast episode can be transcribed into a comprehensive blog post, standout quotes can be turned into graphics for social media and key insights can be condensed into an exclusive EDM. If you record video along with your podcast, you can create a short edited reel of exciting highlights that can be shared on socials and encourage viewers to listen to or view the whole episode. 

Need help Juicing Up Your Brand? 

For marketers aiming to quench their brand’s thirst for visibility in a cost-effective way, embracing the Content Lemon strategy is a great way to keep your brand’s digital presence fresh, dynamic and engaging. Got great content that needs juicing? The Big Smoke is here to help you rework concepts in fresh and innovative ways. We’ll help you squeeze every last drop of potential from your content, ensuring you get the most out of every idea.


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