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Believe it or not, people took photos before Instagram. People even shared photos before Instagram. With its snazzy filters and easy sharing options, soon we were all addicted to posting our holiday hot dog legs and hipster food snaps.
With many millions now using the app every day, there is no shortage of Instagram stats and facts that show how popular it is. We’ve trawled the net to find the most up to date, amazing stats around.
Instagram history statistics
Instagram launched on October 6, 2010
The first ever photo was posted by Kevin Systrom (@kevin) on Jul 16, 2010 (above)
The network was bought by Facebook on 9 April 2012, for $1 billion
At the time, Instagram had only 30 million users
Instagram financial statistics
In 2015, Instagram was forecasted to bring in $595m in mobile ad revenue
By 2017, Instagram’s global mobile ad revenues will reach $2.81 billion
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Instagram user statistics
Instagram now has 400 million active users
75% of Instagram users are outside the US
Over 60% of users log in daily, making it the second most engaged network after Facebook
30% of internet users are now on Instagram
90 percent of Instagram users are younger than 35
The most followed brand is National Geographic, with 48.4m followers.
Instagram usage statistics
Over 40 billion photos have been shared
Instagram clocks up 3.5 billion likes every day
On an average day, 80 million photos are shared
Instagram usage has doubled in the last two years
Selena Gomez has the most amount of followers, with 69.5m
A photo of Kendall Jenner is the most popular ever, with 3.5 million likes
One study found that 8% of accounts are fake
The same study showed 29.9% of accounts are ‘inactive’, posting one or fewer photos or videos in a month
When Instagram introduced videos, more than 5 million were shared in 24 hours
Pizza is the most popular Instagrammed food, behind sushi and steak
Instagram Marketing Statistics
48.8% of brands are on Instagram. By 2017, this is predicted to rise to 70.7%
If we only look at the top 100 brands in the world, 90% have an Instagram account
96% of US fashion brands are on Instagram
Outside China, almost 50% of Instagram users conduct product research on social media
Engagement with brands on Instagram is 10 times higher than Facebook, 54 times higher than Pinterest, and 84 times higher than Twitter
Over a third of Instagram users have used their mobile to purchase a product online– making them 70% more likely to do so than non-users
32% of US teens list Instagram as their most important social network, more than any other social network
50% of Instagrammers follow brands, making them the social networkers who are most likely to do so
Posts that include another handle gain 56% more engagement
Posts with at least one hashtag gain 12.6% more engagement
And posts with a location receive 79% more engagement
Photos see more engagement than videos on Instagram
The average engagement per post has grown by 416% compared to two years ago
70% of the most used hashtags are branded
Photography has changed massively over the years. A couple of bonus stats attest to that: more pictures are now taken every two minutes than were taken during the entire 1800s.
It is also estimated that ten percent of all photos ever taken were snapped in the last twelve months. It seems our appetite for photography shows no signs of slowing down. These Instagram stats demonstrate how important this trend is for marketers hoping to reach their audience.
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