When is the best time to send a cold email?

Hi everyone, Im in the process of sending a bunch of cold emails to a lot of industry guys to go out for coffees. I was wondering when is the best time to send emails to different level bankers.

Essentially I want to maximize my probability of having my email read but dont want it to be at a time when they wont answer it (an email sent at 4 am obviously will be seen but quickly discarded).

Any advice or tips from experience or even advice from the guys getting the email?

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Oct 22, 2013

I usually send mine between 10AM-11AM. Right before lunch and right after their day has started.

Oct 22, 2013

I usually got the best responses when I sent emails around 9:30-10am. Definitely do not email people on Mondays, but I'm sure you know that. I usually shot for Tues - Thurs. Good luck.

Oct 22, 2013

I've always been a fan of the 8-830AM time to send my e-mails. I actually sent a batch out this morning and just got my first reply 5min ago. Sending it that early pretty much guarantees they'll at least see it when they're checking their morning e-mails, and providing they don't delete it gives them the whole day to circle around back to it later.

Oct 22, 2013

Also depending on how senior the person is as well. For MDs I would generally shoot them out a bit earlier - around 5:30-7am to get it to the top of their queue in the morning for their commute in. Younger guys I would go for mid morning

Oct 22, 2013

I thought this was going to be one of those jokes that you find on a popsicle stick..

Oct 22, 2013

I usually go for a little before I expect people to get into the office.
IBD - 9ish am
ER - 7:30ish am
S&T - 7ish am

various a little based on seniority too (MD's get in later than analysts, etc.), but thats my strategy

happy hunting

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Oct 22, 2013

I think it depends. If you're a student then 7AM makes the most sense as it shows you're an earlier riser (rare amongst college students), if you're in the workforce than 7:30-8PM.

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Nov 22, 2013

Tu - Thurs too, but usually my most regular time is 2pm because that's when I'm in the middle of slacking off at work and so I write and send my emails then...

Nov 22, 2013

yes absolutely. generally at least 10 days apart in b/w cold emails with no response, but I reached out to some guys 2 or 3 times before they responded (3 is my personal limit). They had just forgotten to respond.

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Nov 22, 2013

Go For It!

Nov 22, 2013
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