Founded: October 2010
CEO: Kevin Systrom
Headquarters: Menlo Park, CA
1.074 billion+ (source)
Last updated: 28/06/21
500 million + (source)
Last updated: 28/06/21
500 million+ (source)
Last updated: 28/06/21
200 million+ (source)
Last updated: 28/06/21
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There are 1.074 billion active monthly users on Instagram in 2021 (eMarketer, 2020), having crossed the 1 billion mark in 2018. This brings it to the super-league club of other social platforms like Facebook and YouTube that have all crossed the billion mark.
The current Instagram figures show an increase of 73.5 million users than the total numbers in 2020. Although experts had previously expected the platform to hit this milestone in 2024, analysts attribute a big part of this massive growth to the coronavirus pandemic, which drove users to sign up for Instagram.
The 1.074 billion Instagram users in 2021 marks a 22.9% increase in the number of users from 2020.
While Instagram is only a photo-sharing platform once only popular with teens, it has grown to become one of the most popular social media sites in the world.
As of January 2021, the United States of America and India both tied at the top as the countries with the highest number of Instagram users at 140 million each (Statista, 2021).
Based on these numbers, it is clear that the audience and reach of the platform is growing at a rapid pace in most countries outside the U.S. While the figures for the U.S seem not to change, India recorded approximately 20 million new users between the period of October 2020 and January 2021 (Hootsuite, 2021).
The other countries with the highest number of social media users besides the U.S and India are:
50.8% of all Instagram users are female, while 49.2% are male (Statista, 2021).
Unlike other major social media platforms like Twitter that have a very wide gender gap among its users, Instagram appears well-balanced and embraced by both genders equally. More Instagram demographic insights to follow.
25–34-year-olds make up the age group with the most Instagram users at 33% (Hootsuite/ WeAreSocial, 2020).
According to the statistics, 18–24-year-olds are the second most populous group in the Instagram usage world.
65+ year-olds make up the least number of Instagram users at only 2.1%.
If we were to break the figures even further, the only age group with more males than females are the two most populous ones (18-24-year-olds and 25-34-year-olds). There are 15.7% males against 13.9% females and 16.6% males against 16.5% females, respectively.
The country with the highest Instagram reach in 2021 is Kazakhstan, with 78.7% (Statista, 2021).
Kazakhstan might not be the country with the most Instagram users, but it is the country where Instagram reaches the highest percentage of its population: 78.7% to be precise.
The other countries with the highest Instagram reach in 2021 are:
Instagram had a total of 503 million downloads in 2020 (Apptopia, 2021).
Besides Facebook, this is one other app that has consistently maintained the top five position, with the number of downloads for the last couple of years. The numbers are quite impressive, even with the entry of other more recent apps like TikTok.
Within the same report, it is reported that Instagram came in the third position in the United States as one of the most downloaded apps of 2020, with 62 million downloads. Only TikTok and Zoom were ahead with 89 million and 81 million new downloads, respectively.
When broken down even further, Instagram maintained its popularity as the fourth most downloaded apps on both the App Store and Play Store. Here were the results as broken down by Sensor Tower.
Instagram users spent an average of 30 minutes per day on the platform in 2020 (eMarketer, 2020).
This marks an increase of about four minutes from 2019. If this figure doesn’t stun you, this is a 13.8% jump from the previous year!
Do you think you also fall under the same category?
How much time do you spend on Instagram every day?
According to Facebook (Instagram’s parent company), you can see the average amount of time you spent on Instagram within the last 7 days. Time spent on Instagram starts when you open the app and ends when you close it or switch to using another app on your device.
Here’s a quick and easy way to find out how much time you spend on Instagram:
As Instagram becomes increasingly more popular, an estimated 71% of U.S businesses claim to use Instagram for Business (Mention, 2018). That’s approximately 7 out of 10 businesses that use Instagram to help boost their online visibility and connect with their audiences.
There are more than 200 million business accounts on Instagram globally that users visit every day (Instagram, 2021). This is quite possible, as 90% of Instagram users follow at least one brand.
With a good presence on Instagram, businesses can cater to their clients’ needs much easier, as 2 out of 3 Instagram users believe the platform enables interaction with brands (Instagram, 2021).
With the ability to make it easy for users to shop directly from the app, approximately 130 million Instagram users tap on shopping posts to learn more about the product every month.
Another noteworthy statistic is that 36.2% of B2B decision-makers use Instagram to research new products or services (Hootsuite/ WeAreSocial, 2020). These figures clearly indicate the power of Instagram as a crucial business tool in this digital era.
The average engagement rate for an Instagram post by a business account is 0.96% (Hootsuite/ WeAreSocial, 2020).
These figures imply that for every 100 Instagram followers, you should expect at least engagement from one account. Engagement is currently the highest for image posts at 1.03%, followed by carousel posts at 0.86%. Videos receive the third-highest engagements on Instagram at 0.75%.
Although the current stats indicate low engagement rates, this wasn’t the case for a good part of 2019 and 2020.
Engagements on Instagram would indicate a rising trend in 2019, starting at 2% average engagement for carousels and even reaching an all-time high of 3% in 2020 thanks to the introduction of videos on the platform.
The average engagement rates would take a downhill, thereafter, with carousels averaging at 1.6%.
According to Instagram, over 500 million accounts use Instagram Stories every day (Instagram, 2021).
58% of Instagram users claim to have become more interested in a brand/product after seeing it in Stories. A further 50% of them say they have visited a website to buy a product/service as a result of seeing it in Stories.
Furthermore, 45% of Instagram users prefer to use Stories to become aware of new trends and happenings.
We shouldn’t also forget that brand stories have an 86% completion rate, according to Conviva Social Insights. Sports Stories have the highest completion rate of 90%, while entertainment-themed accounts indicated a 7% increase from 2019 to 88%.
These figures clearly indicate that as a business with an online presence on Instagram, it would be crucial to include Instagram Stories as a part of your content marketing strategies.
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