Text Matters: How to Write Engaging Instagram Captions for Online Stores
People love Instagram. From filters and fanatical influencers to an endless sea of puppies and food blogs, Instagram is the place to see and be seen. In fact, more users interact with brands on Instagram than on any other social media platform, including Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube.
At the same time, content overload is a very real danger for
Check out our Instagram caption tips to learn how to write short, clean, and informative Instagram captions that engage your followers.
Things to remember before you begin:
- Captions are limited to 2,200 characters
- You can add up to 30 hashtags
- Text previews are cropped to the first two lines in the Instagram app.
1. Format Your Captions
Because most Instagram users scroll through their feeds on their phones, reading captions can become quite a chore with the app’s tiny text and spaceless line formatting.
For some users, it’s easier to skip reading a caption altogether than trying to decipher Instagram’s meandering, spaceless text blocks.
To make your captions more readable, try using emojis and numbers to add bullets and paragraphs to your text.
To add line spacing to your text, try tools like CaptionMaker, or write your copy in the Notes app first and then copy it to Instagram.
2. Include a
A great caption doesn’t just engage your followers — it encourages them to do something. Your
Action verbs like tap, tell, use, and share are the key here. For example, Check out the 5 best tips for wrapping presents in our blog — link in bio.
3. Show Your Brand Personality
Chances are, you know your audience pretty well at this point. Try speaking their language. Good Instagram captions humanize your brand, enabling users to create a personal connection with your store. Show your followers that you share their values and interests with a friendly, recognizable voice.
4. Place the Most Important Information First
As we mentioned earlier, the app crops the caption to the first two lines. That means you have less space to catch your followers’ attention.
No user scrolling their feed is willing to tap More on a post they find boring or
So make sure your Instagram captions present a reader with the most important information first. If your store has some special offers, let sale be the first word your followers see under the picture.
Also, it’s a good idea to give your caption a title (even in capitals), so that you catch your followers’ attention right away.
5. Encourage Followers to Write Comments
To keep the interaction going, ask questions or start discussions with your audience. Ask your followers to tag their friends in comments (“tag a friend who would like this,” tag a friend who’s always late) or to choose one of the variants.
For example, which product is the best gift for a mom, which product from the gallery do they like more, or which product packaging idea do they prefer. Ask for feedback — and use it later in a post with customer reviews. Share the latest industry news and let your followers exchange opinions on it.
After all, Instagram is still a social platform, even though it focuses on the visual part of posts.
6. Clearly Explain the Rules of Contests and Challenges
Instagram is a popular platform for all kinds of giveaways, challenges, and contests. Users actively participate in them, so you don’t really have to fight for their attention in this particular type of post.
What you should do is make sure the rules are simple, clear, and don’t leave room for misunderstanding.
Also, since rules are often quite long, use emojis and spacing to make them more readable. Don’t forget to add a CTA and encourage tagging friends, for example, Join to win or Ask a friend to join you to increases your chances of winning.
7. Be Emotional About
Tag the follower who posted the photo, thank them, and say a couple of words about the picture itself. Tell your followers what’s special about it, or describe how you feel looking at it. And at the end, encourage your followers to visit the author’s page.
8. Use Location Tags
Location tags can help increase a post’s engagement by 79%. Geotags make it possible for potential local customers to find your business, which in turn leads to an increase in revenue.
Instead of writing in a caption where the picture was taken, use a tag and talk about other important things. Do you deliver to the tagged location? How long does it take? Do you have a showroom? A phone number to elaborate on the details?
9. Use Hashtags
Even one hashtag increases engagement by 12.6%. However, don’t expect that if you use all 30 hashtags, it’ll boost interactions imminently.
The optimal number of hashtags is 11+.
If you feel like long lines of hashtags make your Instagram captions look spammy, you can put them in a comment.
Don’t forget about branded ones — they are unique to a company or a marketing campaign. They help people to find brands and encourage them to share their feedback. So definitely come up with one: it can be the name of your company, a tagline, or even something creative like a play on words.
Do you find it difficult to create captions for Instagram? Or maybe you have any