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5 Reasons to Track Your Instagram Analytics

Instagram analytics can be a powerful tool for your brand on Instagram. The full potential of analytics can only be reached when they are utilized properly and are made to become an essential and instinctive part of your Instagram marketing strategy.

So here are 5 amazing reasons to absolutely start tracking (if you don’t already) your Instagram analytics today!

Instagram analytics

#1 – You can get to know your community

Instagram analytics allow you to view your gained and lost followers (over a chosen period of time) including identification of your top followers, top followers lost, latest followers gained, etc. It can be very interesting for you as a brand to find out who you have gained and who you have lost, and then compare this information with the types of content you have posted (or not posted), thereby making links between your content and your community growth.

It is also possible to dissect your community’s structure: to find out who’s private and who’s public and get a clear view of how many followers your community members have in order to evaluate your potential reach.

Get even closer to your followers by finding out their geographic location. This factor can be a good clue for a brand that wants to know whether its followers are mainly local or if multiple locations are being touched via Instagram.

Another interesting tool is the one that lets you find out which people you follow that don’t follow you back and which people follow you that you don’t follow back. It is informative for you as a brand to visualize the people who aren’t helping you to grow and have the option to unfollow them.

 

#2 – You get to understand what works (and what doesn’t)

You can visualize your post distribution over time and find out when you were the most active from the date of your inscription. This is useful for evaluating monthly and yearly evolution in posting habits.

You can check out your filter usage and hashtag usage/repartition and find out the impact these factors have on your engagement rate – which filters get the most likes, which hashtags raise the most comments, etc. When checking these analytics, the aim is to work out what works best for you and replicate it (whilst always trying out new things so as to always have an example to work off).

Discover your best times to post to IG according to engagement rate, number of likes and number of comments on existing media. This cool chart works like a heat map to show you which times have seen the most engagement.

 

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#3 – You can track your engagement progress

Depending on which app you use for you instagram analytics you can track the evolution of your Love Rate (likes), Talk Rate (comments) and Engagement Rate (engagement %) over the past 30 days and stay in the know. Your progress on Instagram is mainly measured by your follower growth and your engagement rate, so remember to track these as a priority!

 

#4 – You can visualize your growth

As mentioned above, your follower growth is your main progress indicator. Although a large number of followers don’t necessarily equal a great Instagram account, a large and continually growing number of followers added to a great engagement rate does.

 

Instagram Cheetsheet

#5 – You can export your data for reporting

This final but by no means less important tool is essential if you want to report your Instagram progress back to somebody: maybe your team or your manager. Exporting all your data in spreadsheet format is a simple and complete way to stock and compare from one month to the next.

Some analytic apps also offers daily, weekly and monthly email reports (which you can choose to subscribe to or unsubscribe from at any time) which give you a quick, condensed view of your data in a simple email.

 

We hope this post has been informative for you.

 

 


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All feedback is welcome below!

 

 

 

 

  • Hi Martine,
    These are excellent reasons to track your Instagram analytics.
    Your point about finding out what works and what doesn’t applies to just about any platform that you are on.
    Sometimes it can be overwhelming – but I find that focusing on just one area works best for me. When I step up my Instagram presence – I will definitely put the analytics to use.

    • That’s great Neena, websta.me is also a great free Instagram analytics tool.

  • I loved tracking my Instagram analytics, but the site I used went to pay only for the feature so I’ve not been able to do it in a while. Sigh! D:

  • I still do not have the hang of instagram yet. But I know it is a vauble resource.

  • Courtney Cross-Johnson

    I’ve gained 200 followers within the last 2 months on Instagram, and analytics have been a huge part of it. The data geek in me would’ve enjoyed it anyway, but I’m truly learning my IG community and it’s been awesome. Great post.

    Cheers.
    -thirty30courtney.com

  • i use followers + and then just try to engage