The Feature Our Happiest Customers Love Most
By Gemma JoyceFeb 28
Published January 22nd 2019
If you want to go a bit deeper than Instagram’s own analytics offering, this list is for you.
Furthermore, it is one of the best platforms to advertise on – a Forrester report has shown that engagement with brands on Instagram is 10 times higher than Facebook, 54 times higher than Pinterest, and an astonishing 84 times higher than Twitter.
Luckily, there are several Instagram analytics tools available to help brands understand what resonates with their audience and how they can optimize their content output.
Why not start with the built-in analytics?
Insights is the Instagram analytics tool you’ll find inside the app itself (and is currently the only way to access it, you can get there from a browser).
It’s not massively in-depth, but it’s still useful to get a quick snapshot of your performance. It lets you look at the impressions and engagements you’ve recently got, while you can compare your posts using a number of metrics to quickly see your best posts.
This latter option is particularly useful as you’ll want different types of posts to do different things. There is a limitation though, you can only look at posts going back two years.
Here’s some of the major metrics you can sort by (there are a bunch more):
You can also get some audience demographics, such as top cities and countries, age ranges, and gender. There’s basic info on when your followers are active too.
Obviously completely free, this is a decent place to go when you need some quick numbers. It’s not so good if you want to compare performance over longer periods of time.
Brandwatch Consumer Research is a social listening product that can be turned into a powerful Instagram analytics tool.
One of the Brandwatch Consumer Research’s strongest features is that you can track and analyze accounts that you don’t own. This means you can easily benchmark yourself against competitors and compare your performance and posts directly, along with demographic data.
Thanks to the channels set up, you can just plug your Instagram account in and the tracking begins. It’s as simple as chucking in the names of other accounts you want to track too.
From follower count to mentions to interactions, you’ll be able to chart this data over time, along with viewing your top Instagram posts. This means a few years down the line, you won’t be limited on how far back you can go. You can even pull in a year of historical data straight away too (this will be available in Feb 2020).
On top of that, you can make use of Brandwatch Consumer Research’s powerful dashboards and components, segmenting by sentiment and emotion, and combining it with other data sources. This means insightful data visualizations you can share with your team, and a better ability to find insights in the data.
Quintly is a dashboard tool that covers several social networks. It comes with a standard dashboard that can be customized with widgets to suit your needs and track the metrics that matter to you.
The tool provides Instagram analytics for followers, both of your profile and that of your competitors, with detailed follower statistics. You can analyze your Instagram content, the interactions generated from your photos and videos, plus details on filter usage.
Quintly also covers Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, and YouTube. There is a free tool for Facebook analytics and a 14-day free trial for Instagram and others. Paid plans then start from €129/month.
Socialbakers offer a free Instagram analytics tool. You can create your own dashboards, and while there’s lots of areas to look at, the time period is fairly restricted with free version.
You can see what your top posts are, most used hashtags and tagged accounts, plus general stats on your number of posts, and followers. You can see impressions, reach, and interactions too.
The fact you can build your own dashboards is a big plus, while the UI is easy to navigate and simple-to-use. It’s not massively in-depth, but it’s good for top level insight and analysis.
Socialbakers comes in $20 per month per profile, but you can hook up accounts from loads of different platforms including YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter.
Squarelovin is an admirably in-depth tool for a free analytics platform. It displays metrics on recent posts and growth, a monthly analysis, and a history of your posts broken down into year, month, day, and hour.
There are tabs that show engagement with your photos, both average and top posts, and an optimization tab that shows your best and worst times to post.
You can also manage your Instagram account from within the platform, creating albums, and liking and commenting other posts.
ForSight is an excellent tool to really digging into your Instagram activity. Along with the usual analysis on engagements, follower counts, and posts, there’s a few extra levels of analysis.
Using your own posts you can analyse the sentiment of them, build wordclouds, and even analyse the images. By doing the latter you can get a great overview of what you’ve posted over the years and on what works.
Union Metrics offers a free account checkup, covering the last month. The report is generated using a few of the algorithms from their paid analytics platform.
While the report isn’t exactly comprehensive, it does a few things well.
The focus is on picking out a few metrics and posts to compare them with your average, helping you to identify any patterns and themes. You can refresh the report every 24 hours, allowing you check how newer posts perform against the average.
The report also shows you how many people have interacted with you and your top fans.
The times you have posted over the last month are shown on a graph, and the best day and time to post is displayed, including details of how much more engagement that time receives compared to your average.
Hashtags are given the same treatment, plotted on a scatter graph to compare the most likes and comments per post.
Iconosquare offers a 14 day free trial of their complete platform. This allows access to the analytics, as well as some other useful and interesting features.
There is an extensive range of analysis on offer, which starts with an overview of activity in the last seven days or the last month.
A tab for content shows distribution, density, tag and filter usage and geolocation. The engagement tab shows growth history, the source of engagement and most popular media.
The optimization tab covers posting times, average media lifespan, tag impact, and a breakdown of filter impact. Finally, for analysis there is a community tab, showing details about your followers and followings.
In addition to the analysis there are ‘snapshots’; shareable images based on your Instagram data. You can view your media, likes, and followers, and manage comments.
There’s also a feature that allows you to create a profile cover from your latest 50 photos, and a widget to showcase your Instagram photos on your own website.
Their free audit tool, as screenshotted below, will also give you some quick tips on how to improve your Instagram account.