Instagram Algorithm – Importance for businesses

When is the best time to post on Instagram?

When is the best time to post on Instagram?

In a recent poll, 50% of social media managers said that evenings from 7-9pm was the best time to post on Instagram. But because every account has a different audience, in different time zones, each business will have a unique best time to post on Instagram.

Instagram helps with identifying these peak times for business accounts on the platforms by having an insights section. This gives the user inside knowledge on their followers and activity on their account. From peak times, gender, top locations of the customer, the total number of impressions they are getting and even age range of the customers. This is essential information for business to find out more about their demographic. In this post, we’ll show you how to find the best time to post on Instagram for your account, so you can beat the Instagram algorithm.

The way you see posts on Instagram changed at the end of 2016, it completely changed the Instagram game! Instagram announced that they would be replacing the chronological feed with an algorithm that gives priority to posts with higher engagement, which means the more likes and comments your post receives, the more people will see your post! Therefore it’s as important as ever that the content you’re putting out is going to appeal to your customer base otherwise, your posts aren’t going to be seen as regularly by your followers.

If you’re able to generate a lot of engagement on your Instagram posts shortly after posting, this signals to Instagram that your post is quality, engaging content and your post will move to the top of your followers feeds and be shown to more users. There are a handful of ways to increase Instagram engagement, but one of the best ways is to post when your Instagram audience is most active.

The basics of it are that higher engagement leads to more visibility, which leads to higher engagement, which leads to more visibility… and it all starts with when you post on Instagram. Therefore it’s crucial to a business to post at peak times to get higher activity on your content.

When is the Best Time to Post on Instagram?

So now that you understand why posting when your audience is most active is important, it’s time to talk about the best time to post on Instagram. Here are some general rules about posting to Instagram in 2017:

– Post more during off-work hours than during the day. Generally, the best times to post on Instagram are lunch time (11am-1pm) and evenings (7-9pm). Think about it: when do you find yourself checking Instagram the most? Probably not during the work day, even though that may be when you want to post!

– Weekends can be hit-or-miss depending on your audience. B2C (business to customers) companies will likely see better results when posting on weekends than B2B (Business to Business) companies since many businesses only operate during the week.

– Save the important posts for weekdays. The differences are slight, but average Instagram engagement does shift depending on the day.

– Avoid 3 pm, but don’t be afraid to experiment. Weekdays between 3 and 4 pm typically drives the lowest engagement, likely because most users are busy at work at that time.

If you want more tips on how to get the most out of your social media platforms you might be interested in our ‘Action Plan’ which is a guide on how to get the most out of your social media for just £30 it covers Instagram, facebook & twitter.

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Business Goals for 2017 Social Media Marketing

Have you got a social media strategy for your business for 2017, if not keep reading to find out what discovery paths that matter in social media marketing that help customers find the right business online.


SEARCH. The search path occurs when the customer is “searching” for a company, product, or service. The search path is the province of SEO (Search Engine Optimization), largely on Google but also on sites such as Yelp or Amazon that work via “keywords” to help customers find stuff that they want. AdWords advertising is also helpful in this path.

REVIEW / RECOMMEND / TRUST| These paths are based on “trust indicators.” In it, the customer already has created a list of vendors that they might use, but he is researching “whom to trust.” In this path, a customer might use the “reviews” and/or “stars” on Google or even Facebook reviews as “trust indicators” to predict which business are good (or bad)

EWOM (electronic word of mouth) / SHARE / VIRAL|

For Example: ‘Yum! Our food was great, lets take a picture of the meal & upload it on Instagram and tag #foodporn) The share path occurs when a customer loves the product, service, or experience enough to “share” it on social media – be that via electronic word of mouth, a share on his or her Facebook page, a “selfie” on Instagram, or a viral video on YouTube.

INTERRUPT | Interrupt marketing occurs when you want to watch a YouTube video but before you can watch it, you have to view an annoying ad, or when you get a spam email. An interrupt path is largely used in advertising and largely used to “push” products that people aren’t proactively looking for.
BROWSE. The browse path is all about getting your message adjacent to what a person is reading or viewing on the Internet. In it, you’re looking for something, reading something, or watching something, and alongside comes something else. For example, you go to YouTube to look up ‘Jeremy Clarkson,” and in the suggested videos at the end is a video for Amazon Prime. Or you see The Grand Tour trailer videos suggested at the right of the screen. You’re not proactively looking it, but you see their information as you “browse” for related content on sites like YouTube, Facebook, or blogs.

AVOID SOCIAL MEDIA GUILT: YOU CAN’T (AND SHOULDN’T) USE EVERY NETWORK

All of these paths can come into play in an effective social media marketing strategy. In an overhyped online world many businesses feel like they “must” be on Twitter, or they “must” have a presence on all social media platforms. Social media guilt, however, is to be avoided: if you define a clear business value proposition, know where your customers are, and establish clear goals and KPIs (Key Performance Indicators), you’ll be able to focus on those social platforms that really help you and ignore the ones that are just hype.

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