Timing is one of the key components for social media next to social proof. To be clear, the title doesn’t mean you tweet, post, or reshare 20 links on one day in the space of an hour.
Let’s have an example: If you are an awesome coffee shop with the best java in the city, does it make sense to advertise your specials at 3 am when the business is closed and most of your customers are asleep?
So how do you find when it is the best time to post? If you have a Facebook page, and I suggest that you do – even with only 12 people who like it, you can see a pretty good graph. On the top bar, choose the tabs in this order: Insights, Posts. Then you should get data screen like this one:
This looks VERY confusing. it’s not. The top text tells you just that. For a week, it shows how many people were looking at your page. The blue boxes show the number of people. The “time” graph at the bottom? That’s the gold.
On this particular graph, you can see there’s a big dip from midnight to about five am. In plain words? Next to no one is looking at the page. We see a sharp incline from five am to about 8am. At eight? the numbers stay high with a few spikes then starts to dip about ten pm.
So what does this mean? For maximum exposure, posts should be up by 8 am. This page can catch a few more visitors at noon and five pm. After that? It’s a bit of crap shoot. To recap: The target audience is checking before work, on their lunch hour and as soon as they get home. Fewer people are looking on Monday, but not by much. So posting something every day by 8 am is the best way to spread the word.
Now comes the dreaded task of deciding of what to post. That’s easy as well on Facebook. On the top bar, choose the tabs in this order: Insights, Posts. Then choose “Post Types.” You should get data screen like this one:
Well there you have it folks. The proof is in the post. Photos – of any nature, get the most “reach.” Now remember, “reach” doesn’t mean how many people have clicked or liked the post. Reach means how many feeds your image has shown up in across Facebook. With the current changes in Facebook’s magic algorithm, you can see that even though 65 people saw my photos, only seven clicked “Like,” shared or commented on it. Now that doesn’t mean that I give up from this point. The key to any type of marketing is learning to adapt and roll with the changes. Let’s look at Twitter.
Go to our main Twitter Account. Click on your icon and choose “Analytics” from the drop down menu. You should get a screen that looks like this:
Well that doesn’t tell you a whole lot. However, the information you want is hiding. Let’s look at my top tweet:
The one on the left will tell you the information about that particular tweet. That’s great. However, the one you really want is on the right “View all Tweet Activity.”
This is the information you want! Much like Facebook, you can see how your top tweets fare, your tweets and replies and promoted ones. Let’s take a look at a seven day period:
So from the looks of the graph, I got the most activity on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Now be aware, you won’t get a pretty time graph like you do on Facebook. However, you can go back through the Tweets listed below to see the time stamps and see what times were the best for retweets. This is not advised however. Why? Many people flag hashtags in Twitter to read later. This effects how many retweets you get during a day. I could have posted a link and a photo a week before and find that it gets retweeted a million times a month later. What you can do is compare the months. Here is my September and October:
For my @beauxmagique account, no matter what I’m posting, there is a lull after the first week, things pick up around the middle of the moth, then a few dragging days, then I finish strong. Since I have a record of what I’m posting, I can go back, see what posted on what day and make some change. My September was much better than October. So I have to go back, figure out what I changed and change it back. Let’s go back to my an average week for this account:
If I find that I just can’t get all the posts up and running every day? Then I make sure I have them on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. My audience already knows that something they are looking for will post on those days. From there I can just build into the expectations.
Yes, this seems very daunting. It’s not, I assure you. With a great product to sell, this work on your marketing will work wonders to get the word out. All this way too confusing? Just want someone to do it all for you? Please see our Social Media Services page and let us know how we can help.