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How to Post on Social Media to Gain Popularity

How to Post on Social Media to Gain Popularity

Social media is a mysterious and multifaceted beast. Much like the Internet, the social media landscape evolves at a dizzying pace, making it very difficult indeed to keep up with the numerous changes and new platforms that crop up left, right and center. Especially if you aren’t a social media strategist by trade, and you’re simply trying to navigate the murky waters of digital marketing to, say, promote your personal blog posts or make sure your Facebook status gets seen by as many eyeballs as possible.

It isn’t easy, of course. By its very nature, social media is governed by the people who consume it. Indeed, you could spend hours on end crafting the perfect tweet, but if you release it into the world at the wrong time and no one is around to see it or share it, then you will have put in all that effort for nothing. Your success within the realm of social media, then, is directly tied to your content being exposed to the right people, in the right format, at the right time.

Because of the human factor in the equation, getting your social media strategy right can seem like a hideously complex, Herculean task. Luckily, the world has clocked on to the importance of social media in business in recent years and nowadays, there are only very few marketers who bypass these incredibly useful and valuable platforms.This means that extensive research on the topic is more in demand than ever, and specialists such as HubSpot, Buffer, or Coschedule are hard at work to provide us with the data we need to thrive in the social media jungle.

Sifting through all this information can seem pretty daunting, but never fear, we’re here and we’ve done it all for you! Whether you’re looking to become the next Facebook idol, get your content seen by anyone who’s anyone on Twitter, or develop a social media strategy that works for you or your business, timing is essential and we’ve got you covered. Ready to rock the social media world?

Facebook – How to choose the best times for your updates

Whether you have a Business Page or simply want to be the coolest kid on the Facebook block, it turns out that there are not only good times, but also good days to schedule your updates on. Indeed, a recent study by Buddy Media shows that posts published towards the end of the week – in this case, Thursday and Friday – receive much more engagement than posts published, say, on Monday through Wednesday. The study suggests that this may have some correlation with Facebook users’ states of mind throughout the week: iData released by Facebook indicates that these higher interaction rates on Thursdays and Fridays also coincide with spikes in the Facebook “Happiness Index”.

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Could this mean that the less people want to work or the closer they are to the weekend, the more time they spend on Facebook, and the more likely they are to engage with the content posted there? Maybe so, but in any case, research suggests that the end of the week is probably an excellent place to start if you want to get your posts seen by as many eyes as possible.

The Best Days to Post Your Facebook Updates (Buddy Media)

    Buddy Media – The best days to post on Facebook

    But what about the best times to post? This, apparently, is more complicated to measure and depends largely on your audience. However, the consensus seems to be that the mornings before work or the evenings are a long shot. Instead, aim for the early afternoon, or more generally speaking any time between 9 am and 7 pm.

    Your safest bet? Test it yourself with your Facebook Insights if you run a page! This super handy on-site application allows you to see when your audience engages the most with your specific content, allowing you to glean a far better understanding of their habits than any study ever will.

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    Did you know?

    – Posts with photos get 39% more engagement than text posts.

    – If you must write text posts, keep them at under 250 characters: they’ll get 60% more engagement.

    – Even better than short text posts? Questions! They will get 100% more engagement.

    Twitter: How to choose the best time to tweet

    Much like Facebook, Twitter comes with its own set of codes and best practices and, most importantly, a very specific audience that checks in at very specific times during the day, and certain days rather than others. The thing is, because so many different people use Twitter, and for different purposes, it can be difficult to find straightforward answers as to when to dispatch that all-important tweet.

    For instance, a researcher named Dan Zarrella found that engagement, measured by click-through rates, for brands was higher for tweets posted on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, while another think tank came to the opposite conclusion.

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    The Best Days to Tweet (Dan Zarrella)

      Dan Zarrella – Best days to tweet

      As for the best time during the day to send your Twitter updates, again, the information varies from source to source and from metric to metric: indeed, whereas some groups suggest that the best time for getting more re-tweets seems to be around 5 pm, in terms of click-throughs, the best time appears to be around noon or 6 pm. Like I mentioned in the introduction, the difficulty with social media is that it depends on the most inconstant variable of all: humans!

      This makes it difficult to determine exactly which strategy to follow in order to gain the most exposure for your content. Your best bet? Test, test, test! Much like with Facebook, the best way to develop a personalized strategy that’ll work for you and/or your business is by trying several different methods and seeing which one yields the best results. There are many tools out there that will enable you to get a clearer view of what your followers enjoy, and how and when they enjoy it best.

      For instance, the Buffer web and mobile app allows you to not only schedule your tweets; it also gives you valuable insight on your audience’s habits, telling you which tweets were the most popular. By analysing this data, you’ll eventually be able to create a strong social media schedule, posting updates so that they get sent out to the right people, at the right time. Other tools, such as HootSuite, SocialBro and Tweriod are also extremely helpful for the same purposes.

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      Did you know?

      – Twitter users prefer tweets with images – like on Facebook, these types of updates get higher engagement.

      – Shorter tweets are more popular – tweets with less than 100 characters get 17% more engagement.

      – Tweets that include links are 86% more likely to be retweeted. The same goes for tweets with hashtags – within reason.

      What to remember

      – Timing is difficult to get exactly right, and a big part of this is because we all have different schedules and routines for checking email or using social media. This means that no matter how many studies you read, or how much research you do yourself, the results of your social media strategy may not always be 100% consistent. Remember the human factor!

      – Similarly, what works for some might not work for you, depending on your industry, your niche or your audience. This means that the best thing to do in order to create a social media strategy that works for you and your business is to do your own research. Ruthlessly test your methods against your very specific following and you’ll be that much closer to a bespoke solution.

      Which social media platforms do you use most often? Which difficulties have you bumped into while using them, and how have you overcome these challenges? Answer in the comments!

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      Last Updated on February 15, 2019

      7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

      7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

      Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

      Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

      Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

      So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

      Joe’s Goals

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        Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

        Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

        Daytum

          Daytum

          is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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          Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

          Excel or Numbers

            If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

            What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

            Evernote

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              I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

              Evernote is free with a premium version available.

              Access or Bento

                If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

                Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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                You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

                Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

                All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

                Conclusion

                I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

                What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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