Instagram Stories Performance Benchmarks Per Industry [Updated for 2023]

Danielle Lapierre
October 8, 2021
Last Updated On
September 9, 2022
Instagram Stories Performance Benchmarks

Instagram Stories are a critical element of brands’ Instagram strategies. 58% of people surveyed say they became more interested in a product or brand after seeing it in Instagram Stories. Additionally, 50% of people surveyed say they visited a website to buy a product after seeing it in Instagram Stories.

Users are doubling down on exposure by sharing Reels in their Stories. The advantage to Instagram is that it is a unified video ecosystem. Strategic marketers ensure that their various forms of content work together to deliver results.

Dash Hudson leveraged its exclusive insight into the data of the top brands in the world to measure and craft benchmarks for Instagram Stories KPIs. The following metrics include the exit rate benchmark for your industry, average completion rate, average daily reach, and average number of posts. Dash Hudson used the first half of 2022’s performance of nearly one thousand leading brands as the basis of these insights

Instagram Metrics That Matter

What does “exited” mean on your Instagram Story? What does “completion rate” mean? We’ve defined every important metric marketers need to pay attention to when using Instagram Stories.

  • The Story Frame: an individual video or image posted in a story.
  • Story: the number of story frames in a group—regardless of when they were posted. There can be multiple stories posted in a day, and stories may overlap. 
  • Reach: the number of unique times a story frame or story is viewed by accounts on Instagram.
  • Impressions: the total number of times people watched your story.
  • Exit Rate: the percentage of people who exited a frame. The inverse of Completion Rate.
  • Completion Rate: the percentage of people who watched a frame until the end without exiting. The inverse of Exit Rate.
  • Tap Forward: the total number of times a user taps forward on a story frame to view the next frame.
  • Tap Back: the total number of times a user taps back to view the story frame again, or a previous story frame.

Fashion Industry Instagram Stories Benchmarks

For the highly visual fashion industry, Instagram Stories are a perfect way to showcase organic, lo-fi content that audiences love. While its posting cadence is roughly equivalent to other industries, Avg # of Story Frames Posted Per Month is higher than all but media. Its completion rate was also high. The completion rate typically goes down as frames posted goes up, and the fact that both remain high on average implies that audiences interested in fashion are highly engaged.

To stay on the cutting edge, brands should focus on content that’s informative and informal, giving users a look at styling, design, and the faces behind the brand.

Instagram Stories Benchmarks for the Fashion Industry


Retail Industry Instagram Stories Benchmarks

While retail has historically leaned into more traditional marketing mediums, digital and social marketing are becoming increasingly important. The retail industry is heavily invested in utilizing Instagram to drive traffic and convert customers. Its content is more focused on products over people. This explains why the industry has a lower percentage of taps backwards, and a higher ratio of taps forward to impressions, than industries that are more invested in putting people first.

Despite its content being seen as more transient by audiences, the retail industry is nearly tied with the Luxury industry for average monthly reach.

Instagram Stories Benchmarks for the Retail Industry


Beauty Industry Instagram Stories Benchmarks

The beauty industry has put Instagram at the forefront of its strategy, using the social channel as a hype machine for finding viral success. Its strong investment in Instagram Stories is apparent. Followers of beauty brands are engaged, and willing to tap backward to see any content they’ve missed.

Brands in this industry will want to continue utilizing Instagram Stories as a core part of their content distribution strategy to keep up with their fans’ interest.

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Publishing Industry Instagram Stories Benchmarks

Traditional publishers have come a long way since the digital era began, and digital-first publishers are trailblazers in using social media as a method for outreach. Instagram Stories have become a primary means for consumers to discover publishers and stay on top of the latest publications. This explains the high cadence of story frames posted—on average, four per day, and 107 per month.

This industry has the second-highest reach for Instagram Stories, with performance similar to that of the retail industry.

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Home Industry Instagram Stories Benchmarks

The home industry is less invested in Instagram Stories than most industries, posting an average of 79 frames per month, at an average cadence of five story frames per day. There is a real opportunity for this industry to excel on Instagram, and that time is now. Millennials and Gen Z are beginning to purchase homes of their own as they increase their buying power.

To learn more about how generational shifts will affect the home industry, be sure to check out Dash Hudson’s Global Digital Insights report, titled Decoding Generational Marketing on Social Media

Despite its lower investment in Instagram Stories, the home industry has the third-highest completion rate, comparable to that of the fashion industry, demonstrating how fans of this industry are highly engaged.

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Media Industry Instagram Stories Benchmarks

At 16 million, The media industry has the highest average monthly reach, and highest total number of views, compared to other industries. This can be explained by how social media is increasingly becoming a destination for highlights from linear TV. Generation X and Baby Boomers like to use social media to watch TV-based content, and Stories have a role to play in how all generations consume traditional media.

Notably, this industry posts a large number of story frames (an average of seven per day, and 149 per month increasing slightly from last years avg. five a day and 143 a month). It is evident that Instagram Stories are a core pillar in this industry’s video content distribution.

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CPG And Food & Beverage Industry Instagram Stories Benchmarks

Instagram Stories serves as a medium to deepen connection with consumers outside of the supermarket aisle (or an Amazon cart). CPG brands turn to stories to show their products in action, and have mastered the art of slicing and dicing their video content. The leading CPG and Food & Beverage brands leverage their TV commercials, YouTube videos, and e-commerce content to feed their Stories strategy.

With social marketing becoming more important than ever, brands in the CPG industry have an opportunity to up the number of days they are posting per month. With a sprinkle of data to back their content strategies, the result would be high daily reach and impressions vs. low avgerage daily exit rates.

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Luxury Industry Instagram Stories Benchmarks

Traditionally, the luxury industry has kept a distance from its customers. However, modern shoppers expect a closer connection with brands, and building communities has become a core part of having an Instagram presence. Compared to last year's benchmarks, we can see a huge shift in how Luxury brands have adapted to Instagram Stories. Last year, out of our luxury brand data sample, on average brands were posting only eight days a month. This year, they're posting an average of six story frames per day. The average stories frames posted per month increased 177% when looking at our sample last year (35 avg. story frames per month in 2021 to 97 in 2022)

We predicted last year significant potential for luxury brands to investing in Instagram Stories in order to get ahead of their competition, and it looks like there has been a large shift in the industry to do just that. The Luxury space is one to watch.

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The Instagram Story Stats for Success

Now that you’re armed with the industry benchmarks, you have the framework you need to keep a pulse on your brand’s performance across the KPIs that matter most. Dash Hudson recently released a refreshed Stories interface. This allows brands to see at a glance how each story performs as a whole, as well as how each frame contributes to the performance of the story overall.

Instagram Stories Insights, one of Dash Hudson’s most impactful features, was also included in the Stories refresh. Instagram Stories Insights allow brands to segment stories to ensure that every piece of content is driving results. This is critical as it empowers brands to understand which types of content perform better, learn what's working and what's not working and measure performance to connect to goals. Whether it be fun, lo-fi content, or more curated content knowing exactly which content pillars impact your strategy empowers you to focus on the media that drives ROI.

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