Instagram is one of those few places online where you can upload your videos and share them with the world, the most trending videos online these days are shared on Instagram. Video content goes viral than any other form of content, another advantage of uploading your videos on Instagram is that you can add filters or even cute stickers, this is what makes it fun and appeal.
Uploading a video on Instagram isn’t a big deal but at some point, we want to know who is watching our videos and what’s the number of Instagram users that are watching our videos consistently. Everyone has their reason for uncovering such data, but knowing who watched the videos is more beneficial to businesses in the long run. Here are some of the reasons why Instagram users want to know who has watched their videos;
Why Instagram Users Care About Video Views
Personal reasons; some people just want to know who’s interacting with them on the platform, you want to know whether your friends or family members care about your videos or not, and also are they interacting with your content such as liking, commenting, sharing and so on. Some people are just eager to find out who’s paying attention to what they’re posting on Instagram, if that’s the case from your side, then your reasons are valid because you want to know who truly cares so that you can do the same for them.
Business reasons; online marketers and businesses always want to find as much data as they can for their potential customers. When someone watched your video, it means they’re interested in your products and services, and if you can uncover these type of prospects that watched your video, you can visit their Instagram profile to see the type of content the like the most so that you can duplicate that on your profile as well. You’ll be able to collect as much data as you can based on their Instagram activities. As a business owner the more you know about your potential leads the more it’s easier to capture their attention since you’ll be able to come up with strategies that are in line with their thinking.
Can You See Who Viewed Your Instagram Videos?
There are a lot of misconceptions when it comes finding out who viewed your Instagram videos, there are a lot of tools out there claiming to provide such data to Instagram users, do these tools and apps work? I have two suggestions for you when you come across these apps that claim to reveal all the people that watched your Instagram videos share as a post;
- Firstly, you should never attempt to buy any app or software that promise to reveal the Instagram users that have watched your video. They’ll use your financial information and defraud you in another way.
- Secondly, you should never install any app on your phone that claims to uncover all Instagram users that watched your videos even if it’s for free, just because they’re offering for free doesn’t mean they’re nice. These types of apps are known to steal user information from phones, they already know that Instagram users desperately want to know who is watching their videos and that’s why they decided to create a fake app to use that chance and steal consumer information and also irritate your phone with annoying ads.
You Cannot See The List Of Instagram Users That Have Watched Your Videos
Get this straight and avoid getting ripped off by using any tool, all the data they provide isn’t accurate. But on the other hand, you can see the number of Instagram users that see your video posts, their Instagram username isn’t displayed, only numbers are shown. Here is a screenshot;
Unique views are counted, that means if the same user watched the same video multiple times, it will be counted as one, even if it’s a hundred views it will be counted as only one view.
Is There A Way Around It?
There is some trick but it’s limited for a while, you can only view who sees your videos within 24 hours, and you can guess this method. Instead of sharing or uploading your videos as a post, you should rather post it as Story. Back in the olden days, you can only upload videos to stories by recording live from your phone, now you can post any video on a story using your Instagram app.
Instagram allows users to view who see their story within 24 hours, as we already know stories disappear after 24 hours and so does statistics on the Story. Though you can make your Instagram stories stay permanent on your profile, they need to be saved as highlights. By doing this your stories will be archived on your profile, they won’t be removed even after 24 hours.
So you can now see that if you want to make it possible to view the usernames of people that watch your video on Instagram you need to upload as Story, not in the regular post. Let’s share how you can see who viewed your Instagram stories.
Locate the story you want to view data
Log into your Instagram account through the app and locate the story you want to find out who watched it. Click on that story, some stats will be displayed and that includes the total number of users that viewed your Instagram story. As you already know, the story disappears after 24 hours, you can’t view any data regarding the story when it disappears.
Tap on ‘Seen by’
As mentioned in the previous step, the total number of people that viewed your story will be displayed as ‘Seen by 1’, you now tap on the text that displayed the number or the profile photo that’s above the text. A new page will show up where all the list of people that watched that story will be shown. They’ll be displayed with their usernames and info will be displayed as well, like whether they’ve responded to the story or not.
If you can’t view the ‘seen by’ option, it means your Instagram app is not up to date, and the best solution is to update your app by going to Play Store if you’re Android user, or go to App Store if you’re using iOS. If after updating you can’t still view the ‘seen by’ option, it means your app is corrupt and need to be fixed. Some of the things you can do include restarting your phone, clear cache and app data. If the situation isn’t resolved, you should reinstall the app. Uninstall your Instagram app and download again from the store, by now your app will display the option.
As a business owner, you can use the data to your advantage in different ways, you’ll be able to come up stories that hook you up with your followers, you’ll know the type of content they like and the ones that don’t create any engagement.
Can you see who viewed your Video on DM?
You’re lucky on this one also, if you send a video through DM there is a sign that shows whether the receiver has watched the video or not. Once you send a video and there is no reply you can always check to see if they’ve watched the video or not if they’ve watched your video and haven’t sent a reply you can always send response reminder, be it a personal video or promotional video. If the video you send through DM has been watched, an icon that looks like ‘eye shape’ will be displayed at the bottom of the message. here is how it will look;
We’ve mentioned that no app can reveal or list down users that watched your regular video posts, there are however some useful services or apps you can install on your phone that can provide more insight on your Instagram account. Most of the data provided by these apps are already available in your Instagram account, but rather than doing the task manually you can use these apps to gather all the data for you in one place, this makes it easier to monitor your engagement on Instagram. Let share these apps that might be helpful to you and how they can benefit your business.
Instagram Apps That Will Help You Discover More Data On Your Account
FollowMeter For Instagram; if you want to see your new followers and also the users that unfollow your account, you need this app. The app will show you who has liked your post and other stuff.
SocialPlus; this app will show you Instagram users that view your photos and stories, not only that it can also show you who has unfollowed you and users that blocked you as well. it’s a powerful app we recommend because it grabs data from your account and organizes it in one place for easy analysis.
Follower analyzer for Instagram; this is also another great app that showed who viewed your Photos. If you’re not happy working with the two apps above, you can try this one because it’s also good when it comes to pulling data from your Instagram account.
Follower Insight for Instagram; do you want to track stalkers? You will not only track your stalkers, but you’ll also receive notifications when your followers block you or unfollow you. This should be one of the first Instagram apps to install on your phone because it lifts a lot of tasks for you.
Instagram Insight Services
There are genuine Instagram services out there that can give you more insight on your Instagram account. These services are ideal for businesses, you should upgrade your account to business to use these insight services effectively. They have a wide range of tools that can help you grow your business. let’s take a look at some of them, some are free but with limitations, while others offer a free trial.
It’s a paid service that displays useful data about your Instagram account, you can start with the 14-day free trial to test out the service. The good thing about them is that you can connect up to three Instagram accounts, Iconosquare is a monthly membership service that costs $29/Month. it’s definitely worth the investment because you’ll get every important insight from your Instagram account including; views, impressions, mentions and tags, engagement insight and other useful data.
Union Metrics Instagram checkup
This is also another service you don’t want to miss if you’re looking for insight into your Instagram account. Union Metrics will show your Instagram engagement and activities for the past 30 days. With their insight, you’ll be able to identify the best time to make posts or share stories for better engagement. You’ll discover the type of content that increase engagement on your account and the content that’s liked by your followers the most so that you can hook them up with more content that’s similar. You’ll also uncover popular hashtags that get the most attention on Instagram. And the best part is that it’s a free checkup tool, so you have nothing to lose here, signup now and connect your account to avoid doing guesswork.
These are the two important insight tools we believe are worth using for your Instagram campaigns, take advantage of these insight tools now and see how they can help you grow your business. Insight tools are important for any online business, don’t hesitate to invest a few dollars to get access to these tools especially if you’re business owner, nothing is more important in your business than consumer data.
We’ve reached the end of this article, you’ve now learned that you can’t see who viewed your regular Instagram post, but rather can see who viewed your story. We’ve also shared apps and services that will provide insight from your Instagram account and help you grow your business. let us know in the comment below if you have more information to share regarding the subject of this article.