Social media monitoring for Instagram: what is it and how to do it

Anna Bredava
by Anna Bredava on January 18, 2024

Article summary

In this article, we explain why you need Instagram monitoring and how to use Instagram listening with Awario.

  1. What is Instagram monitoring?
  2. Why Instagram monitoring is important?
  3. How to track Instagram mentions with Awario

63% of Instagram users check the app at least once per day, and 42% open the app multiple times within the same day according to Pew Research. They do it because there's always something new to see - Instagram has become so popular that billions of posts appear each day.

And while for regular users it's appealing, for brands it may pose an unexpected challenge. How do you deal with many posts that tag your profile, use your hashtags, show off your product, etc? How do you make sure you're not missing what's important without getting lost in the social media noise?

That's where Instagram monitoring comes in.

What is Instagram monitoring?

Instagram monitoring is the continuous process of searching and combing through Instagram posts to find those that are relevant to your business goals. These can be posts about your brand, competitors, niche, influencers that work with you, and so on.

Typically, Instagram monitoring tools use hashtags and keywords as the basis for the search. For example, Awario finds all the posts with the keywords you include in your monitoring alerts and analyzes them for marketing insights.

Why Instagram monitoring is important?

As I mentioned above, it's easy to get lost with the sheer amount of content posted on Instagram.

Depending on your business goals, you might need to track Instagram mentions to:

and more! The truth is, the more relevant posts you find, the more data you have to examine the perception of your brand, your customers, and your marketing opportunities.

Not only you can track your brand mentions and make sure no one is posting bad reviews without you taking care of it, but you can also discover new marketing and audience segments, analyze your competitors' Instagram strategy, find influencers or even get hot leads!

So now that you know all the benefits of Instagram monitoring, the only question is: how do you actually do it?

How to track Instagram mentions with Awario

Awario is a social media monitoring tool that tracks the mentions of your keywords across many Internet platforms and social networks, including Instagram.

Step 1: Connect your account

To start Instagram monitoring with Awario you need to connect your Instagram account. This is required by Instagram's API but it also allows you to engage with Instagram posts right from Awario's dashboard without opening another tab. The tool will prompt you to connect your social accounts as you sign up.

The prompt to connect your Instagram account to Awario
You can connect multiple accounts if you need

Step 2: Set up a monitoring alert

Now you need to create a monitoring alert with all the keywords you want to track.

Alert settings for Starbucks
Alert settings for Starbucks

The keywords are what signal Awario to include the relevant Instagram posts in your data so choose them carefully. You need to add hashtags to your search since Instagram's API relies on them to find posts.

You can also add misspellings or abbreviations to make sure you discover every post that might be interesting to you.

Once you put in the keywords, you can choose what languages you're targeting and whether you want to get mentions from other sources as well or just for Instagram. You can also choose to include historical data.

Awario tracks Instagram mentions in real-time but you can find and analyze the posts published up to ten years ago if you want to.

Click the Save settings button and Awario immediately starts to collect Instagram posts.

Note that Instagram monitoring tools are only able to collect publically available data from Business and Creator accounts. So you won't be able to see posts from personal or closed profiles.

Step 3: Working with the data

So now that Instagram monitoring is up and running, what do you do with it?

Firstly I suggest you take look at the most recent posts.

An Instagram post found by Awario
An Instagram post found by Awario

The posts are sorted in chronological order by default, but you can sort them by popularity (reach) as well. Look through the mentions and see if there are any posts that need a response from your brand or anything you might want to repost to your Stories.

Then it's time to look at the analysis of your Instagram mentions. You can go to the Dashboard or the Mention Statistics report and see various marketing insights including your audience's gender, age, what they talk about, how they perceive your brand, and so on.

Awario's Dashboard
Awario's Dashboard

While Instagram monitoring seems like a simple task, the outcome is so much more rewarding than you could expect. You get access to valuable analytics that can even inform business decisions. And given how easy it is to do, you just have to try Instagram monitoring with Awario!


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