TL;DR: You can copy our free Instagram Insights template for Google Data Studio here. But if you need some tips to get started, keep reading!
Just curious: how do you decide what to post on your business account on Instagram? ?
There are a ton of formats to choose from. You can go with photos, videos, stories, or IGTV. Not to mention the unlimited options you have when it comes to the creative.
Creating content for Instagram takes lots of time (especially, if you’re committed to posting frequently). So unless you know what works best for your business and audience, you’re wasting your time.
This is where Instagram Insights comes in handy.
Instagram Insights will help you figure out:
- Who your followers are
- What types of content they prefer
- Whether your Insta posts are working
In this post, I’ll show you how to quickly create a dashboard in Google Data Studio using Supermetrics’ Instagram Insights connector.
You can use the insights from this template to improve your content strategy, optimize your campaigns, and grow your business account.
So, without further ado…?
Instagram Insights report template for Google Data Studio
The template consists of 3 important sections:
- Profile performance insights
- Audience demographics
- Post performance insights
Next, let’s look at each section in turn and see how you can use these insights to improve your Instagram marketing strategy.
1. Profile performance insights
Profile insights tell you how your audience interacts with your profile.
At the top of this dashboard, you’ll see how many times people have seen your content and how many followers you have.
(Pro tip: Since profile followers is a lifetime metric, you can’t use the comparison scorecard to see a historical change in this number)
Next, you’ll find a sparkline chart showing how your profile reach and profile views have evolved over time.
So, why do you need to care about your profile performance stats?
Let’s say you’re promoting an online store. The more people see your content, the more opportunities you have to drive sales.
Profile followers is also a great metric for measuring brand affinity. Just compare your followers to those of your direct competitors to understand how well-liked your brand is in comparison.
If your profile reach and engagement are low or if you’re just starting out, you can quickly increase reach with paid ads and/or relevant hashtags.
Profile views can tell you if people want to learn more about your products. Especially if you’re showing different products in your feed or if you’ve released a new collection, you’ll want people to visit your profile and learn more about them.
2. Audience demographics
Audience demographics help you understand who your followers are and where they’re from.
The template will also categorize your followers by age and gender.
Here’s how you can use audience demographics data to improve your Instagram strategy:
- Inform your posting schedule to maximize reach (based on your followers’ location)
- Check if your followers match your target audience (it just doesn’t make sense to create content for people who’ll never buy from you)
- Inform your ad targeting on Instagram (target to the same demographics as your followers or similar demographics in different regions)
3. Post performance insights
Now that people have hit the follow button on your profile, they’ll expect to see great content from you (no pressure, though ?).
The catch here is that you can create almost any type of content with Instagram. From photos to videos, and from carousels to IGTV, how can you tell which content type your audience enjoys the most?
The answer: try all kinds of formats and look at your post performance insights.
With the help of this template, you’ll be quickly able to spot the types of content your audience prefers.
If you want to get a more granular view into your content performance, you can take a look at the table that shows you your reach, the number of impressions, saves, and likes per post.
You can use this data to:
- Double down on content types and creatives that are working
- Put some $$ on the best performing posts to get even more reach and engagement.
If you love what you’re seeing, here’s how you can start using this template. ?
How to get started with this template
First, open the template. On the top left corner, click “Use template”.
Next, you’ll want to connect your Instagram Insights account to the template so it can automatically pull all the necessary data.
To do that, click the drop-down menu → “Create new data source”.
Find a connector called “Instagram Insights by Supermetrics”.
After completing the 2-step authorization, select the Instagram account you want to get data from. Then click “Add” → ”Add to report”.
(Psst! Authorizing the data source will automatically start your free 14-day trial of Supermetrics for Data Studio.)
Then click on “Add to report”.
Voilà, your Instagram Insights overview report is done. ?
If you want to share the report with your team or clients, simply click “Share” and enter their email addresses.
I hope you’ll be able to pull some valuable insights from this template. Feel free to play around with it, and customize it to your needs.
But for now, happy insight hunting! ?