A social media presence is pretty important. Best of all, it’s essentially free marketing, with a little bit of work. So with that in mind, we thought it would be a great idea to share the best times to post on social media. Think of this post as an awesome social media cheat sheet. And since different platforms call for different requirements, we’ve broken things down to make it even easier. We’re also sharing some great tools with you to help you maximize your time and efforts.

the best times to post on social media

For now the social media platforms we’ll focus on are Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Let’s dive in…

FACEBOOK
Facebook is a breeding ground of personal connections and brand interactions. So trying to find the perfect time can take some finesse, just like herding cats into a cardboard box. Throw in Facebook’s algorithm and this might feel even more difficult. It takes about 5 hours for your FB post to reach 75% of its engagement. Therefore you should post at least once a day, if not twice.

But be sure to make the most of your time. Because most people use Facebook on Monday-Friday. The majority of that time happens while at work, just don’t tell your boss. As for what times to post, different sources say different things. We suggest using these times as a starting point and find what works best for you:

  • Quick Sprout: Thursdays and Fridays, either at 1pm for the most shares, or 3pm for the most clicks.
  • Optimizely: Mondays through Thursdays between 6pm and 8pm
  • Hubspot: Thursdays and Fridays from 1pm to 3pm

Some tools to consider are Canva.com, Buffer.com and Facebook Page Insights.

TWITTER
With a constant stream of information, finding the best times to post is akin to rocket science. Trust us, it’s not. Since the lifespan of a tweet is roughly 24 minutes, you should post up to 5 times a day. It may seem like a lot but Twitter moves super fast! Don’t forget to engage with others. Also, throwing in some retweets here and there isn’t a bad idea. Besides it’s a great way to engage with other users and get more eyeballs to your tweets. Check out these suggestions as for when to post:

  • The Huffington Post: “For maximum retweets, post at 5pm, 12pm, and 6pm. Additionally, 12 pm and 6 pm also deliver higher click-through rates. The best days to Tweet for business-to-business organizations is Monday through Friday, for business-to-consumer it’s the weekends and Wednesdays.”
  • Hubspot: Between 12pm and 3pm from Monday to Friday, and between 5pm and 6pm on Wednesdays.
  • Kissmetrics: Weekdays at 5 pm, where the highest percentage of Retweets occur.

Take a look at these handy tools: Buffer.com and Twitter Analytics.

INSTAGRAM
Likes are the main measurement approach to Instagram posts, so you might feel pressured to get the timing right. If you’re anything like me, you might have postponed posting a few photos because of it. And that’s okay, but also quite comical as seen in The Instagram Post-Time Debate (which I highly recommend reading). Anyways, back to the task at hand here.

With Instagram you need to consider your audience and strategically post according to what you think their day would look like. What time are people waking up and doing their first-thing-in-the-morning Instagram scroll? Are they stay at home moms? Do they work full-time? Where do they live? Consider your target audience’s down time (like between meals, commute times, before bed) when choosing the perfect time.

But please don’t post more than 3 times a day. Seriously, don’t be that person. Try to keep your posts to 1-2 times a day. Unless it’s really awesome, like a bunny eating a taco or something. Here are some great posting times:

  • Hubspot: Anytime from Monday to Thursday except from 3pm to 4pm
  • Latergramme: Wednesday at 5pm and Weekdays between 6am and 12pm

Some killer tools to consider are Iconosquare, Later (formerly Latergramme) and VSCO.

 

We don’t really have access to a crystal ball here at Section 5 Media. So, be sure to use these suggestions as a guideline to help find what works best for you and your business. Think of it as game of trial and error (no, not thrones). Who knows, maybe your photos will get the most likes at 3 in the morning!
Who are we to judge? 😉

We hope this Social Media Cheat Sheet of the best times to post has been helpful and that you’ve found the best times to post.  Let us know in the comments below what times have worked the best for you!