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What’s the Best Time to Send Your Emails (By Industry)?

Email send times can have a significant impact on the open and click-through rates of the batch email campaigns that your business is sending to subscribers. If you’re sending out millions of emails, send time optimization can change engagement by a couple of percent… which can easily translate to hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Email service provider platforms are getting far more sophisticated in their ability to monitor and optimize email send times. Modern systems like Salesforce’s Marketing Cloud, for example, offer send time optimization that takes the recipient’s time zone and past open and click behavior into consideration with their AI engine, Einstein.

If you don’t have that capability, you can still give your email blasts a little bit of a lift by following consumer and buyer behaviors. The email experts at Blue Mail Media have compiled some great statistics that provide some guidance on the best time to send.

The Best Day of the Week to Send Emails

  1. Thursday
  2. Tuesday
  3. Wednesday

The Best Day for High Email Open Rates

  • Thursday – 18.6%

The Best Day for High Email Click-Through Rates

  • Tuesday – 2.73%

The Best Day for High Email Click-To-Open Rates

  • Saturday – 14.5%

The Best Days for Lowest Email Unsubscribe Rate

  • Sunday & Monday – 0.16%

Top Performing Time for Send Emails

  • 8 AM – for Email Open Rates
  • 10 AM – for Engagement Rates
  • 5 PM – for Click-Through Rates
  • 1 PM – for the Best Results

Difference in Email Performance Between the AM and PM Hours


  • Open Rate – 18.07%
  • Click Rate – 2.36%
  • Revenue Per Recipient – $0.21


  • Open Rate – 19.31%
  • Click Rate – 2.62%
  • Revenue Per Recipient – $0.27

Best Email Send Time for Industry

  • Marketing Services – Wednesday at 4 PM
  • Retail and Hospitality – Thursday between 8 AM to 10 AM
  • Software / SaaS – Wednesday between 2 PM to 3 PM
  • Restaurants – Monday at 7 AM
  • Ecommerce – Wednesday at 10 AM
  • Accountants and Financial Advisors – Tuesday at 6 AM
  • Professional Services (B2B) – Tuesday between 8 AM to 10 AM

Email Send Times That Perform Poorly

  • Weekends
  • Mondays
  • Nighttime

Best Time To Send Email Infographic

Douglas Karr

Douglas Karr is the founder of the Martech Zone and recognized expert on digital transformation. Doug is a Keynote and Marketing Public Speaker. He's the VP and cofounder of Highbridge, a firm specializing in assisting enterprise companies to digitally transform and maximize their technology investment utilizing Salesforce technologies. He's developed digital marketing and product strategies for Dell Technologies, GoDaddy, Salesforce, Webtrends, and SmartFOCUS. Douglas is also the author of Corporate Blogging for Dummies and co-author of The Better Business Book.

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