Recently, the Grammar Chic blog has really harped on the idea of creating and following an editorial calendar. We believe that it’s important to establish a plan and a schedule for your content marketing campaign—to decide what you’re going to post well in advance of actually posting it. The clear implication of this is that you’re not always going to be posting “newsy,” time-sensitive content; much of what you post is going to be more timeless, steady in its relevance and appeal.
In other words, you’re going to be posting evergreen content. If you’re still fairly new to the world of content marketing, this term may be unfamiliar to you—but it’s vital that you cozy up to it ASAP!
What is Evergreen Content?
Evergreen content—according to most any content marketing professional you’ll find—is a key component in any blogging or social media endeavor. Evergreen content essentially refers to content that is not particularly time-sensitive—content that will remain relevant to your audience over a long period of time, largely unaffected by trends or current events. Evergreen content never goes out of fashion, so you can write it and post it at any time—allowing you to streamline your editorial calendar and fill your blog or website with content that content that will prove interesting year-round.
What are the Advantages of Evergreen Content?
Indeed, there are many advantages to investing in evergreen content. One of the main ones is that it removes some of the pressure of having to write timely, up-to-date content week in and week out. It brings flexibility to your content marketing schedule, and it also provides you with a sustainable, long-term content strategy: A piece of evergreen content can be shared and posted regardless of trends and current events, so it can potentially offer you steady website traffic. Additionally, you can periodically use evergreen content as social media fodder, really getting a lot of mileage out of a single piece of content.
How is Evergreen Content Created?
Of course, evergreen content can come in many forms—and some specific formats that we recommend include:
- How-to guides
- General articles about your industry
Essentially, anything that offers value to your readers, and that isn’t tied to current trends, can qualify as evergreen content; as you endeavor to create it, keep some of the following tips in mind:
- The entire point of evergreen content is to offer your readers something that will be interesting and relevant to them throughout the seasons, so ensure that the content is written with your end user in mind, conveying immediate value and benefit. You might look to what the top posts on your blog currently are, to see what kind of topics people care about. Also make sure to pay attention to questions that your readers are asking you, to help guide you toward relevant evergreen topics.
- While evergreen content may need to be updated or refreshed from time to time, you don’t want it to become dated too quickly—so avoid referencing current events or brand new studies, when you can.
- You don’t want your evergreen content to get lost in the shuffle of your timelier blog entries and content updates, so consider including a sidebar on your blog where you link to some of your most popular evergreen posts.
- Promote your content! Evergreen content can serve as social media fodder, so periodically (every few months, maybe) share a link to your article on Facebook, Google+, Twitter, and so on.
To learn more about the benefits of evergreen content, please reach out to the Grammar Chic, Inc. team today! Visit www.grammarchic.net, or call 803-831-7444803-831-7444.
Amanda E. Clark founded Grammar Chic in 2008. She is a graduate of Eastern Michigan University and holds degrees in Journalism, Political Science, and English. She launched Grammar Chic after freelancing for several years while simultaneously leading marketing and advertising initiatives for several Fortune 500 companies.