Mike asks, “What is the latest thinking on the best times to post on social media?”
This is largely a pointless exercise now in many respects. There aren’t magical times when social media works with any level of specificity, even for your audience.
What should you be doing instead? Determining with a much greater understanding who your audience is. Once you know who your audience is, days and times take care of themselves if you understand human behavior. Couple that with creating content worth consuming and audiences will make time for you.
Can’t see anything? Watch it on YouTube here.
Listen to the audio here:
- Got a question for You Ask, I’ll Answer? Submit it here!
- Subscribe to my weekly newsletter for more useful marketing tips.
- Find older episodes of You Ask, I Answer on my YouTube channel.
- Need help with your company’s data and analytics? Let me know!
What follows is an AI-generated transcript. The transcript may contain errors and is not a substitute for watching the video.
In today’s episode Mike asks what is the latest thinking on the best times to post on social media?
There isn’t any there shouldn’t be because this is a
an intellectually bankrupt question and no offense to Mike because I’m sure Mike is probably someone who’s been asked this by his superiors to come up with a a pat magic answer to their social media issues.
But the question is the wrong question. There are not magical times that social media to suddenly springs to life and, and and, you know, you all of your woes are solved as a marketer doesn’t happen.
What this quite line of questioning is indicative of is someone or an organization that’s asking of someone to find easy answers and there are
aren’t any there are no easy answers. When it comes to social media. There are no easy answers when it comes to marketing. It’s a lot of hard work. So what is the correct or the the more inquisitive, or the less incurious answer to this question, what should you be doing? instead?
The answer is to determine with much greater understanding who your audience is. And it may be a whole bunch of miniature audiences in one and then understanding how those people behave you once you understand who your audience is, dates and times, take care of themselves. Let me get walk you through a couple of examples. Let’s say that you are a b2c brand and you discover through tools like Facebook Audience Insights, Google Analytics, audience analysis, Twitter, Audience Insights, whatever the tool is that you use that the majority of your followers or your fans or your website traffic or whatever happens.
To be college students, is there a best day or time to post on social media for college students? Well, think about what a college student does. All right, during weekdays, there’s certain days and times when Yeah, they’re probably on their phones doing stuff on the weekends, are there days and times that they’re doing stuff that, you know, hasn’t engaged with their device? Yes, absolutely. There is.
I’m gonna say that probably not engaging with your brand Saturday night
at 11pm, maybe one of the highest engagement times but they’re not engaging with you. They’re engaging with their friends. Right.
And then think about the seasonality. So
from September through early December, yes, they’re engaged
in certain activities and they’re on break and then during the summertime they’re on break. And if your audience is international students, guess what sometimes gonna have a very different pattern than a domestic
So you get the example here the your audience is not just some a more of his blob of people from what you can extract top line data and expect to get good results. There are a lot of sub audiences within your group if you are a b2b company are there days and times that work better than others? Well yes if people are at work then Monday through Friday is generally better but
there are also people who Sunday evening like to get their their work together organize their week, there are people who are working in startups who are burning the midnight oil seven days a week so if you don’t know what companies your audience works for, then you may be making assumptions about them being say a fortune 500 or fortune 10 very regimented work week when fact that they’re all startups there’s no regimentation at all even time of day may wildly very
Audience works for agencies for examples, if that’s one of your market or your markets, guess what? A whole bunch of agencies have summer Fridays. So you need to understand who the audiences and how they behave as people in order to be able to understand the times and days when,
when they’re going to react to your content.
Are their periods of time when your audiences naturally more curious about what your product or services? Absolutely, and this is something you would get, say, out of search data you would look in, in all of your search analytics to see when are people actually searching for our product? When do they care about our product? When does our product solve a problem? Or when do they have that problem that is going to be a lot more informative for you. Then just wondering, in general when to post on social media.
If you are if you have development capabilities, or you work with brain trust insights that you will be able to get predictions and
forecasts of of different types of searches. Sometimes people are searching for their problems. Sometimes people are searching for their solution. Being able to understand both gives you a sense of what content you should be publishing and when. And honestly one of the the simplest, it’s not easy. One of the simplest things you can do to get an understanding of your audience is to go talk to them, have customers for coffee, call them up on the phone, email them interact with them on social media, not from a scheduling perspective or pushing content perspective but just have a conversation with them hey hey I got 15 minutes would like to know how I can serve you better as as a marketer is there content that
that you’re missing their questions that you have that we’re not answering tell us what we’re doing wrong. One of the easiest ways to to elicit information from people without making them run in fear of you because they’re gonna they’re afraid you’re gonna try.
Sell them a whole bunch of stuff is to ask them, Hey, what are we doing wrong? What don’t you like, right? Because that automatically sets frames in this slightly negative fashion. But in doing so
it’s logical natural that you’re probably not going to push a sale on them if they already don’t like you. So asked me for that candid feedback, what can we be doing better? What are we blogging about? That you don’t care about? What do you know what’s in our newsletters? What’s on our Twitter channel? ask people what do you want to see more of what and and if you do this on a regular frequent basis, guess what? As you do those interactions as you talk to people, as you get information from your audience, you are also already solved the date and time question because people will respond to you when they have time, right? So you don’t necessarily need to guess when is your audience most active you just need to ask them questions and questions that you legitimately care about the answers to and that helped the audience do their work better and solve their problems.
there is no best day in time. But they is understanding the audience and how they live, how they work, how they behave, what problems they have, what solutions you offer that solve those problems and
and how you can do that best to fit them. Because guess what? If you really solve people’s problems, if you help people make their lives better, you don’t need to worry about date and time, people will make time for you, right? Netflix doesn’t have to worry about when people watch necessarily, right? They have to make great content that convinces people guess what I want to binge watch this entire series this whole weekend. I’m gonna give my weekend and watch this thing, right? So Netflix has to care more about what do people really want to watch then necessarily trying to schedule stuff, right? They just have to make sure that their stuff is of such high value. People will make the time for them. You have to do the same thing people will make the
Time for your content. So Mike, change your thinking to how can I serve people best? How can they give the most value and people will make the time for you. As always, subscribe to the YouTube channel and the newsletter. I’ll talk to you soon. Take care
if you want help with your company’s data and analytics. Visit brain trust insights calm today and let us know how we can help you.
Want to read more like this from Christopher Penn? Get updates here:
Get your copy of Marketing Blue Belt!