The Best Time to Post on Twitter (+How to Increase Your Engagement)

Alexa Drake
Alexa Drake  |  April 2, 2019

When you put time into creating social content, you want to see engagement, right?

If you’re a passionate brand or business marketer testing and tracking your Twitter marketing tactics, your answer should be yes. There are a handful of social platforms you can post your content to in order to get that engagement. In this article, we’ll go over the best time to post on Twitter and why posting at a specific time matters.

Twitter has 126 million daily users. That’s a lot of people who have the chance to see your brand’s content. It’s not always easy to Google “Best time to post on Twitter” and find a succinct answer. In fact, most times, you’ll get different answers the more articles you read. We’ll go over how you can find your brand’s best time to post based on personal analytics.

Understanding Twitter engagement
How to find the best time to post on Twitter for YOU
Testing out different post times

Best time to post on Twitter

Although we’ll go into greater detail on how you can find the personal best time for your brand, generally, following some general guidelines. 

There isn't a specific time to post that increases engagement for every brand on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook. Audiences of all types will respond to your posting tactics differently. It's generally best to remember:

  • People are checking Twitter during their downtime at work. Try to aim for lunch or commute hours when people are most likely to be looking at social media. 
  • It's always going to be pretty safe to post everyday from 10AM - Noon, with Friday almost always seeing the most engagement at 3PM. 
  • During the weekends, your audience will be more likely to be out and about, away from social media. You should plan  to post your most important content towards the beginning of the week when people are in full work mode. 
  • Always test and track your own analytics (we'll go over this later).  

best time to post on twitter

These times are a great jumping off point for any business or brand on Twitter. It makes sense to either post during commute hours, or right when most of your followers are taking a break for lunch and browsing social media.

Learn the best time to post for your industry using the following guide.

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Every day, you should strive to make meaningful connections with your audience in order to get them to interact back. Let’s talk about engagement.

Understanding Twitter engagement

If you’re on Twitter (which I assume you are), everything you do is about engagement. You follow brands and people you connect with, favorite their tweets, and retweet things that you deem interesting enough to have on your Twitter profile.

It’s not a surprise that brands on Twitter are rolling out well-crafted and thoughtful ad campaigns. The more tailored the content is to the audience, the more likely the audience is to engage with the brand.

On Twitter, there are Impressions and Engagements. Upon understanding these terms, there is also Engagement rate.

Impressions: The number of times people saw your tweet.
Engagements: An umbrella term for all types of engagement (favorites, clicks, retweets, follows, quote tweets, and replies).
Engagement rate: the engagement per impressions (engagement divided by impressions).

TIP: Measure your engagement rate using social media analytics software. 

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When posting to Twitter, the main goal for any brand is to accumulate engagements from their followers. Users engage with your tweets by replying to them, favoriting them, clicking the links, retweeting them, or sending them as direct messages to another user.

twitter engagement

These four little buttons mean everything. It’s how everyone interacts with anything posted to Twitter. The great thing about Twitter is that while scrolling down your timeline, you don’t just see tweets from people you follow. You’re also viewing what others have liked, retweeted, and even accounts other people are following and engaging with.

This is a huge part of why Twitter is one of the best places to share your brand’s content. People are constantly being exposed to new accounts so if one person likes or retweets your content, the chance of engagement is automatically increased.

twitter engagements on the timeline

Twitter is practically built for the marketer. If your tweets are getting engagements such as replies, favorites, or retweets, your content will show up on more timelines, ultimately being seen by way more people. Let’s say your tweet is retweeted by an account with 7,000 followers. Your potential reach increases by 7,000 with one single interaction. Twitter rewards quality with attention.

So to sum up, good content = increased engagement.

How to find the best time to post on Twitter for YOU

So now that you know the basics of Twitter engagement, you’ve written some great tweets and want to post them. Although social media apps may function in similar ways, your best time will vary across all platforms. We’ve already gone over the basics that can act as a guide for marketers beginning their Twitter marketing strategy, but what about your brand specifically?

The best way to find out when you should tweet for maximum engagement is to dig into your own data. This is true for any social media platform. Facebook has Facebook Audience Insights while Instagram has Instagram Insights.

The best way to discover your brand’s best post time is to put your insights to the test. You can start by experimenting with different post times over a couple of days and analyzing that data to see when your audience interacted with your content. Twitter Analytics is a built-in tool you can and should use to track your brand’s engagement and progress over time.

By checking out your analytics, you’ll get a high-level overview of the engagement your content has received over the past months. In the top right corner, you can choose how far back you want to analyze, tracking your engagement long-term.

twitter analytics date range

On the analytics page, you can view your tweets and the amount of activity they’re getting based on Impressions, Engagements, and the Engagement rate (where you can choose to Promote your tweet if you see fit.)

twitter analytics

Additionally, you can view your Top Tweets to see what content is working well for your brand. This is a great way to see what kind of media your audience is interested in, whether that be straightforward text tweets, or images and video content.

twitter top tweets

Keep an eye on the right side of the screen where the engagement graphics are located. These statistics provide you with your average daily engagement rate based on link clicks, retweets, likes, and replies.

twitter engagements graphs

After taking a look at all of your personal analytics, you have a better picture of how and when your audience responds to your content. It’s time to test.

Testing out different post times

To find your best time to post on Twitter, you should run some easy experiments. Emphasis on easy. Breakdown your experiment over a period of one week. Each day, post one tweet in the morning between 6AM and 10AM, one in the afternoon between 11AM and 2PM, and one in the evening between 4PM and 8PM.

After the week is up, look over your analytics and gather your data into a simple spreadsheet, calculating Impressions, Engagements, and Engagement rate for each time period (morning, afternoon, and evening).

Tip: testing post times like this over a longer period of time will provide you with a better understanding of your brand’s engagement.

By organizing your data this way, you can determine the average engagement each post gets. To compare the morning, afternoon, and evening engagement rate, you can stack your tweets up against each other after averaging their interactions out.

Let’s compare.

Your tweets posted during the morning are getting an average of 870 engagements.
Your tweets posted during the afternoon are getting an average of 490 engagements.
Your tweets posted during the evening are getting an average of 620 engagements.

You don’t even need a graph to understand your data. Looking at the numbers, you can determine that:

  • Your audience is most likely to see and interact with your content in the morning.
  • Posting in the evening is also a good opportunity for engagement.
  • Posting in the afternoon is ok, but has a lower chance for engagement.

From all of this, you now know that your brand should post your important content in the morning, use the afternoon to reply to your audience, and send off more content at night.

No matter how long you test your posting times, you’ll end up with valuable information personalized for your brand. Your results may even prove some of the “general posting times” rules wrong!

With this data, you can schedule out tweets ahead of time so that the pressure of remembering to tweet is gone.

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Remember to continue observing your analytics information. Your audience will change over time, coming and going as more competitors enter the marketplace. Listening to your followers and keeping open communication with them will prove to be the most valuable data your brand can get.

Keep testing

There’s no concrete answer as to when the absolute best time to post on Twitter is, but if you test your engagement data, you can find your unique brand’s best post time. Having this knowledge is a hugely important factor to any brand’s success online. By posting content when your audience is online, you’ll see increased engagement, which will bring more eyes to your page.

If you’re looking to maximize your engagements across all social platforms, take note of the best time to post on Instagram and the best time to post on Facebook.

Alexa Drake
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Alexa Drake

Alexa is a Content Marketing Associate at G2. Born and raised in Chicago, Alexa went to Columbia College Chicago and entered the world of all things event marketing and social media. In her free time, she likes taking her dog on walks, creating playlists for every mood, and finding the best vegetarian food in the city.