Does Posting on Facebook over the Holidays get Higher Engagement?

Michelle HeathersDecember 07, 2011Tips

For marketers, the holidays represent a time to engage fans even more than normal . You can practically push out any status update with the word "Christmas" in it and you'll get more comments and likes than usual.

But wait, is this true?

I decided to dig into the data from some of BrandGlue's clients and see if the accepted idea that posting over the holidays got higher engagement for these specific fan pages.

For my study, I looked at 3 fan pages, ranging in size from 130k fans to 5k fans. I took the averages from the entire year for:

  • Comments
  • Likes
  • Impressions
  • Overall engagement percentage

I then looked at the following holidays and compared the averages (for the above data points) from the entire year against the averages for these specific days:

Thanksgiving, Veteran's Day, Halloween, 4th of July, Father's Day, Memorial Day, Mother's Day, Valentine's Day, New Year's Eve and Day, Christmas Eve and Day.

For my study, I only counted holidays that the specific fan page pushed out content that was related to the holiday. If it was non-related, I didn't count the engagement for that day. Please note that for holidays, the majority of push-outs had a "Like this" call-to-action.

The 130k fan page saw a 198% increase in likes, but a -70% decrease in comments for holiday posts.

Thoughts? Do you get more comments, likes and impressions when you post on holidays?

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