Post Facebook Status Updates at 11p EST

by Rishi Shah on May 17, 2011

Screen Shot of the Facebook Wall - Questions get more Engagement
Ask a question and you shall receive answers…. lots of answers

Today, I have a special treat for you. Karishma Shah teamed up with me to write this blog post about increasing engagement on your Facebook and Twitter account.

Karishma Shah is the Marketing Manager at Live Nation Entertainment and has helped grow the Ticketmaster’s Twitter account to 28k followers and their Ticketmaster Facebook page to 114k likes.


All data is based on engagement studies done through Mashable and Buddy Media.

How to increase engagement on brand pages:

  • Sunday is a good day to increase posting. Weekends in general are good posting days for entertainment, retail, and sports brands.
  • Fans like to see context about shortened URL links – want to know where the link will take them. A brand specific link might work better. (For example NYTimes uses You can use Pro for custom branded short links.
  • Asking fans for engagement increases engagement (like asking questions)
  • Fans respond better to “softer sell” keywords with sweepstakes, contest, or promotions. (Use events, winning, win, offer – not contest or promotion)

Timing Matters:

  • Posting times are crucial to Facebook Page success
    • 3 time peaks: early morning (7am EST), after work (5pm EST), and late night (11pm EST)
      • You can use something like timely to update your status at the perfect time
      • Brands that posted outside of business hours had 20% higher engagement rates
  • Entertainment brands have most engagement on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday – take advantage of the weekend
  • Retail Brands have most engagement on Sundays – target shoppers on Sunday
  • Sports Brands have most engagement on Sundays – Increase post volume on Sunday
Skittles Facebook Wall showing how less text in status updates results in more likes
Shorter Updates Get More Likes

Be Concise:

  • Posts with 80 characters or less had 27% more engagement than posts with 80+. Practice brevity
  • Full-length URLs had 3x the engagement than shortened.
    • Readers like knowing where the post will take them – they want context. Brand specific URL shortener might work best here again.
  • Asking for engagement will incite engagement – “like this post”
  • Ask questions at the end of posts
    • Avoid how, who, what, did, and why questions – they receive lower engagement
    • Use where, when, would, should
Want more?
I created a PDF on 5 Ways to Dominate Facebook Pages that goes into detail what top brands are doing to drive more likes and how you can replicate their success. Sign up for my newsletter here to get access to it.

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Eitan May 18, 2011 at 5:20 PM

I’m interested in the Facebook Pages PDF. How can I download it?

Rishi Shah May 18, 2011 at 5:48 PM

Hey Eitan – All you need to do is sign up for my newsletter and you will receive a download link in the welcome email. You can sign up directly here:

Cor May 19, 2011 at 6:19 AM

Hey Rishi – I’ve signed up for the newsletter but didn’t receive any welcome email.
Is everything ok ?

Cor May 19, 2011 at 6:20 AM

Got it now – Just so you know it went as spam on gmail – Best

Rishi Shah May 19, 2011 at 9:31 AM

Hi Cor – Thanks for letting me know. I will add the download links to the “Thank You” page.

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