Study contradicts research from earlier this year that said Sunday was best.
Retailers get 8 percent more engagement out of their Facebook posts on Wednesday than other days of the week, according to new research by Buddy Media. That data-point flies in the face of the company's study from last April that said Sunday was the best day for retailers to post.
The report, released today, looks at aggregated data from nearly 100 of the Facebook marketing vendor's retail clients. It was gathered from the first six months of 2011. Buddy Media measured general "engagement rates" by considering how many comments a post created and what percentage of a brand's Facebook audience "liked" it.
As was the case in the April study, Buddy Media says short posts perform best. Messages longer than 80 characters receive 40 percent lower engagement, the research says.
Also, retailers need to wisely pick their spots as engagement decreases with too many posts. Brands that authored messages three or more times a day got 25 percent lower like rates and 42 percent lower comment rates. Overall engagement drops by 29 percent if companies post more than three times.
In addition, when posts pose questions, the study found that comments double while the engagement rate dips slightly.
Want to learn more?
Attend ClickZ Live New York March 30 - April 1. With over 15 years' experience delivering industry-leading events, ClickZ Live brings together over 60 expert speakers to offer an action-packed, educationally-focused agenda covering all aspects of digital marketing. Register today!
Christopher Heine was a senior writer for ClickZ through June 2012. He covered social media, sports/entertainment marketing, retail, and more. Heine's work has also appeared via Mashable, Brandweek, DM News, MarketingSherpa, and other tech- and ad-centric publications. USA Today, Bloomberg Radio, and The Los Angeles Times have cited him as an expert journalist.
Singapore, 5-6 March
Bangkok, 17-18 March
Hong Kong, April 2015
A Buyer's Guide to Affiliate Management Software
Manage your performance marketing with the right solution. Choose a platform that will mutually empower advertisers and media partners!
Google My Business Listings Demystified
To help brands control how they appear online, Google has developed a new offering: Google My Business Locations. This whitepaper helps marketers understand how to use this powerful new tool.
March 3, 2015
1:00pm ET/10:00am PT