When is the best time to send an email to a customer?

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Every time we click on “Send” to send an email to a client, we tend to ask ourselves the same questions: Is this the best time of the day to write him? What time would be best, for him to open and respond to the message? What times should I avoid so that it does not end up lost in a sea of messages in his inbox?

Obviously, the best time to send an email to a client, partner, supplier or co-worker is whenever he will see it on his computer. It is only logical that you are more likely to get a response from him if he is at his desk, rather than checking his email on his smartphone while traveling to the office, eating, or enjoying time off.

Now, the difficult thing is to ascertain when those minutes of the day are when the recipient is more likely to be sitting in front of his computer and paying attention to his email.

The users of Gmail Meter have detailed statistics about habits when managing corporate emails, thanks to our platform. Based on our data from more than 55,000 users, we’re going to tell you about the best time of day to send emails to partners, clients and other recipients in different cities.

Mornings: the best time

Before showing you the graphs that will illustrate the perfect time to send emails, we would like to stress that to produce them we have taken into account the different time zones of the different cities that we are going to cover, as well as the hours of the day when the most emails are sent by our users. This will allow us to deduce the best time to send one and receive an answer: if users send more messages at a certain time of day, that time will also be the best time for them to answer.

We begin by learning the habits of New Yorkers between January and October of this year. Based on the information on our users in the New York time zone, we can see how the number of emails sent peaked between 10 and 11 in the morning (specifically, 1,876 emails in the period from January to October). Therefore, that will be the best time to send an email to a person who lives in America’s Eastern Time Zone, including the citizens of the city that never sleeps.

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We go west from New York to study habits in another American city: Chicago, in the state of Illinois. Based, again, on the total number of emails sent between January and October, we find that the best time to send them is also from 10 to 11 in the morning (more than 2,000 emails were sent during this time). We can infer, then, that the best time to send emails to any US location in the Central Time Zone is in the morning, but not first thing.

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We now head to California to take a look at email habits in Los Angeles during the same period, the first ten months of the year. Despite the fact that its people send large numbers of emails in the morning, it is not until 1:00 to 2:00 pm that the numbers top out (2,249 during that hour). So now you know: if your recipient is on the West Coast, it is best to send your mail an hour or so after noon.

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We now cross the Pacific and head for Tokyo. If you want to receive an answer from a client in the Japanese capital, corresponding with Japan Standard Time (JST), it is best to send it between 10 am and 12 noon in the morning. Gmail Meter users in Tokyo sent 1,265 emails every hour in the period analysed.

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Fridays: the busiest day of the week

In all the cities analysed, a quick glance reveals that the first hours of the working day and the late hours of the afternoon are best to send emails.

Even if you do not know the exact time at which it is best to send them, the data probably did not surprise you too much. However, you may be surprised to know the day of the week when the most messages are sent. What day will be best to send emails to New Yorkers, Chicagoans, Los Angelites or Tokyo residents?

Here you can see the data on NY users. As is evident, their favourite day to send emails is Friday:

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But New Yorkers are not the only ones who send a greater number of emails on the day that usually marks the end of the white-collar work week. The users of Gmail Meter in Chicago also opted to send more emails that day (as in the previous case, they sent more than 4,000).

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On the West Coast they seem to have the same tastes as in the East. Friday is also the day preferred by users in Los Angeles to contact customers and partners by email:

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Now, does the trend change in the country of the rising sun? It does not: Friday is also users’ favourite day to send emails in Tokyo. So, now you know. If you want to send emails to an important client, it is best to do so at the end of the week.

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