Timing, frequency and content of social media impact its effectiveness.
Hubspot’s Dan Zarrella examined more than 100,000 social media accounts to determine what timing and frequency renders the most effectiveness for outcomes. Of course effectiveness is different for each specific activity but Zarrella did discover some general guidelines.
Frequency: What is the right amount of frequency in social media? Am I communicating too often? Not enough? The take-away from the finding was to not crowd the content. Each site will be different depending on the activity of the site but the general recommendation is to have at least two hours on each side of shared links.
Timing: Which days and what time of day are best for generating activity and engagement? The general guidelines are:
Twitter…late in the day and week are the most tweetable times. Between 2 PM and 5 PM (EST).
Facebook…. Highest during the weekend. This is due to restrictions some employees have for social media activity at work and more time for social media activity over the weekends.
Types of Content: The most important guideline about content is to mix it up. Make sure you’re not sharing the same content and types of content. A variety of content optimizes attention and engagement.
Here are some suggestions for different types of content:
- Links to new content
- Links to other helpful content
- Industry news
- Visual content (photos, charts, video, infographics)
- Answers to common questions
Social media is a challenge for healthcare marketers. It requires a considerable amount of time, which is hard to come by. So playing the odds and learning from the research on how to maximize our efforts is essential. We need to work social media but we need to work smart.