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Effective Times to Post on Social Media to Maximize Your Reach

Effective Times to Post on Social Media to Maximize Your Reach

We’ve all heard that the early bird gets the worm. However, that rule doesn’t always apply when it comes to posting on social media. Even a night owl can become a social media sensation if it knows how to snap a photo and work a smartphone!

It’s time to get used to the fact that most of the rules that the marketing world has clung to for decades need to be thrown out when chasing views and shares in the digital world. There are several points throughout the day that are ideal if you’re looking to maximize the reach of your posts. Here’s a look at the most effective times to post on each of the most popular social media platforms.

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Facebook

Does Facebook sleep on the weekends? The answer might surprise you. Many social media managers are shocked once they learn that the weekends offer prime opportunities to get a lot of views.

Conventional wisdom dictates that the time to catch eyes on Facebook is on weekdays when everyone is strapped to their computer desks. However, the data proves otherwise. Many recent studies suggest that weekends are optimal times for brands to post on Facebook. In fact, these same studies show that posts get as much as 32 percent more engagement on the weekends than they do on weekdays.

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The thought behind these findings is that Facebook is a lot quieter on the weekends than it is during the week. Less clutter on a person’s newsfeed means that person is more likely to see each post that pops up. Of course, weekdays are also pretty robust times for gathering Facebook views. Neil Patel, a social media strategist, notes that posting in the early afternoon on a weekday is a great way to get a good number of views from people who are avoiding getting back to work after lunch.

Instagram

According to Social Aid, a service that allows users to manage and schedule posts, Wednesday is the best day for engagement on Instagram. The best times to post are between 2 am and 5 pm EST. The worst times to post are between 9 am and 6 pm EST. The website notes that people browsing their phones in the wee hours of the morning have a high rate of sharing posts that they find entertaining or relevant.

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Pinterest

Busy Pinterest users seem to like to do their planning and browsing in the evening. According to Fannit, users visit the site while primetime television is airing. This is likely due to the fact that many busy moms like to do a little pinning after their little ones have been put to bed for the night. Of course, other users probably also enjoy relaxing with some good pins while watching their favorite television shows after a long day of work. Pinterest usage also spikes late on Saturday nights when people are at home relaxing.

LinkedIn

LinkedIn is an interesting site because it enjoys two major spikes in use each day. It should come as no surprise that the website is relatively sleepy during the day. After all, no employee wants to get caught updating their online resume or networking while on the clock. LinkedIn users typically visit the site early in the morning or in the evening. Have you ever experienced how hard it can be to try to reach someone at their desk on a Monday or Friday? LinkedIn users are the same way. According to Buffer, they tend to take a break from the site on weekends, and sometimes even on Mondays and Fridays. Many studies show that Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday are the hottest days for LinkedIn usage.

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Twitter

Studies indicate that people turn to Twitter to help them get over the midweek slump. Usage of the app spikes on Wednesday afternoons. The best time for getting retweets is during the evening rush hour. Of course, maximizing posts on Twitter relies just as much on knowing how many tweets to post as it does on knowing when to post them. The sweet spot for getting the most engagement is somewhere between one and four posts per hour.

Featured photo credit: Jason Howie via flickr.com

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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