Do you know when the best time to post on Instagram is? I discuss the latest findings and the data to back it up.
It’s intriguing how the latest research from Later.com challenges the conventional wisdom of posting on Instagram during peak engagement times. Instead, it suggests a rather unconventional approach. According to their findings, the key to achieving optimal engagement may lie in posting during times when there is less competition vying for attention. This means that rather than following the crowd, you might want to consider posting when others are less active.
To support this notion, Later.com conducted a comprehensive study analyzing a staggering 35 million posts (excluding Reels and IGTV). The results unveiled a surprising revelation: the sweet spot for posting is between 3 am and 6 am. In addition to the early hours, Sundays emerged as the most favorable day to share content. It appears that by posting during these periods of lower audience activity, you increase the chances of generating higher levels of interactivity. Moreover, the algorithm itself seems to appreciate and favor posts that break away from the usual posting patterns.
On the other hand, the data also shed light on the least favorable days to post: Wednesdays and Thursdays. These days seem to present more competition, potentially diminishing the visibility and engagement of your posts.
So, if you’re up for a bit of experimentation and a departure from the norm, consider venturing into the early morning hours and embracing Sundays as your prime posting time. By doing so, you might just unlock the potential for increased interactivity and a friendly nod from Instagram’s algorithm. Oh, and keep in mind that Wednesdays and Thursdays may not be the best days to showcase your content.