Facebook, Twitter & Tumblr. When is the best time for sharing…?

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Marketers always want to know if there is some secret sauce in the knowledge about sharing. Well, we have shared a lot already, from AddThis and ShareThis. Now, bit.ly released some insight on their blog which times on a day are most popular for sharing.

The link shortening and tracking service bit.ly found out that the most traction on Twitter is on a Monday between 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. ET. This might result in the highest click through rates. Compared to the latest Addthis study, it makes sense as they see on Wednesdays, 9:30 the highest traffic sharing. Generally speaking bit.ly thinks the earlier in the week we share, the better for our output. Sending a tweet after 8:00 p.m. won’t make sense as well as pushing links after 3:00 p.m. on Fridays.

Now, let’s look at Facebook. The optimal Facebook posting times are between 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m., and on Wednesday at 3:00 p.m. post on Facebook get the best traction all week. If companies post links after 8:00 p.m. and before 8:00 a.m. on Facebook, they won’t get the best click rates. bit.ly advices companies not to post the links that are meant to go viral during the weekend.

Companies that are using Tumblr should spread their content ideally 4:00 p.m. ET. to get most out of it. The peak traffic times on Tumblr are 7:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday and Sunday. However, posts that go live after 7:00 p.m. get the most clicks on a daytime period. Compared to Facebook and Twitter, Tumblr’s best day for clicks is the Friday.

„It’s easy to see that just like your neighborhood restaurants, each social network has its own culture and behavior patterns,“ bit.ly stated in their blog post. „By understanding the simple characteristics of each social network, you can publish your content at exactly the right time for it to reach the maximum number of people.“

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Ads on iPhone & iPad: Double the click rate to relative Android devices

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MediaMind Technologies Inc. today released a new study „Tiny Screen, Huge Results„. The new mobile research finds that the iPhone is the trendsetter in the mobile advertising revolution delivering higher Click Through Rates than devices with other operating systems.

MediaMind reviewed over 230 million mobile impressions in Q4 2010 and Q1 2011. They discovered that devices based on Apple’s iOS operating system result in twice the performance of phones based on Google’s Android operating system, and even five times the performance of BlackBerry phones.

Above that, mobile ads achieved an impressive Click Through Rate (CTR) of 0.61%, while standard display banners for PCs are cited with a CTR of 0.07%.

When Mediamind analyzed the browsing habits of mobile users, the study revealed that people browsing PC screens peaks during business hours between 9 am and 5 pm. Mobile browsing are high during the evenings. Mobile Click Through Rates find their peaks in the evening and gain higher CTR than PC at any time of the day.

The study also found that most verticals achieved a high CTR, beating out benchmarks for browser Standard Banners. Entertainment, Retail and Financial Services are among the highest performing industry verticals on mobile, while Apparel and Government have the lowest CTR.

„Mobile is proving to be one of the most financially rewarding formats in the media mix“ (…) This is most likely the result of mobile ads being a new experience for many users, and that they occupy a larger portion of the screen as compared to browser ads.“ Gal Trifon, President and CEO, MediaMind.

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At this point, however I rate these results as they sound amazing (and need to be obeyed and checked for the future of mobile advertising), it needs to be asked whether these results came together because of the curiosity of users using a new device, fingers are sometimes too big for the tiny screen, or people just not realizing that they are clicking on banners as people are not used to knowing where the banners are placed. It is still early stages in mobile ads. I have clicked on some banners and not intended to do so quite often on my iPad and iPhone. The study would be a perfect seelling piece for iAd, but I am asking myself if these results have any connection to marketers, agency people and creative heads using iPhones predominantly, and thus being more open to marketing messages than Android „developer-minded“ people. But maybe I am thinking too far here. Any comments…?