Statistics on Instagram: the most important ones

By Kevin, 22 September 2023

Instagram Ads

In the bustling world of digital marketing, getting the hang of ad performance analysis is like finding a compass in a wild, wild west of data—it’s essential for not getting lost and making sure your campaigns hit the bullseye. Remember when we chatted about Mastering Audience Targeting on Instagram and listed those six advertising goals to aim for? Well, now it’s time to dig a bit deeper, dust off the numbers, and see what story they tell about how our ads are doing. It might seem like there’s a sea of metrics waiting to drown you, but fear not! Understanding these numbers is your golden ticket to tweaking your ads and making them resonate with your audience. So, let’s roll up our sleeves, dive into the data, and see how we can make our Instagram ads not just good, but show-stopping good.

Understanding Instagram Ad Performance

When it comes to understanding your Instagram ad performance, it is important to focus on the right metrics. There are three categories of metrics that are essential to analyzing your ad performance: Delivery Metrics, Engagement Metrics, and Performance Metrics. Let’s look at the key metrics for each category:

Delivery Metrics


This metric reveals how many times your ad was displayed to users. A high number of impressions means that your ad has been viewed a lot of times, resulting in high brand awareness.

CPM (Cost Per 1000 Impressions)

CPM is how much 1000 impressions cost. This metric measures the cost-effectiveness of your ad, with a low CPM meaning you are able to reach your audience for a cheap price, and a high CPM meaning you are paying a lot to reach your target audience. This gives you further insight into your ad performance, if your CPM is increasing, you might want to consider rethinking your targeting or ad type.

Reach and Frequency

These metrics provide insights into how many unique users saw your ad and how often they saw it. Frequency is something you need to keep in mind, especially if you have a very narrow target audience. Make sure to keep track of it, and avoid letting your ads reach a high frequency, as this can lead to ad exhaustion. Finding the right balance between reach and frequency is crucial. 

Engagement Metrics

Engagement Rate

Engagement goes beyond mere views. Look at likes, comments, shares, and saves to gauge how effectively your ad resonates with your audience.

Link clicks

Link clicks are the total number of times users have clicked on your ad’s link.

Click-Through Rate (CTR)

CTR measures the percentage of people who click on your ad after seeing it. Instead of only looking at the total number of Link clicks, you should also take into consideration the CTR. This metric shows you how engaging your ads are, whereas a high CTR means it engages people to click on the link, and a low CTR means your ad does not successfully convert users into clicking on the link.

Performance Metrics 


Results are the total number of conversions based on your objective. Whether it is a purchase, add-to-cart, or maybe a landing page view, this metric shows you how successful your ad was in reaching its objective. 

Cost per Result

This metric shows you how much one result costs. While the number of results is important, you should also take into account how much one result costs.

Conversion Rate

This metric tracks the percentage of users who took a desired action, such as making a purchase or signing up. It’s a direct measure of your ad’s impact on your bottom line.

Return on Ad Spend (ROAS)

ROAS evaluates the revenue generated for every euro spent on advertising. This is one of the most important performance metrics to look at. You can have 100 purchases with a revenue of €3.000, but if you spent more than €3.000 on your ad, you have received less than you actually spent. 

How to create insightful reports?

Creating reports that provide actionable insights requires attention to detail. Here’s how to do it:

Set clear objectives: Define what you want to achieve with your ads, whether it’s brand awareness, consideration, lead generation, or sales. Your objectives shape the metrics you prioritize in your report.

Compare Performance: Benchmark your current performance against past campaigns and industry standards. Identify trends, spikes, and dips to understand what’s working and what needs improvement.

Segmentation: Break down your data by demographics, location, devices, and more. This reveals patterns that can guide your future targeting strategies.

Narrate with Context: Don’t just present numbers; provide context. Explain why certain metrics performed the way they did. Did a certain event impact engagement? Did a new feature drive clicks?

In the fluid landscape of Instagram advertising, analyzing ad performance and forging insightful reports are pivotal skills steering success. By deciphering metrics and weaving them into meaningful narratives, you empower your enterprise to make enlightened decisions and fine-tune strategies. Embrace the data, harness the insights, and witness your Instagram ad campaigns thrive like never before. 

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