Last Guide to Instagram Captions You’ll Ever Need + 50 Best Short Captions to Get You Started

Instagram is indeed image-focused, and you will not get far with poor photos. But do you know what else makes the entirety of your content? The tiny text underneath gives your picture context and makes it interesting. Sometimes even the lamest photo can be captivating if juxtapositioned with some great caption.

While a picture says 1,000 words, captions say a lot about your brand. Therefore, creating a distinctive and consistent brand voice throughout your online presence is essential, whether it is a story, a post, or a video.

It is way trickier than it seems, so we created a guide for writing the best short boredom-proof captions.

Why are captions so important?

With Instagram changing its algorithm, it is no longer enough to have a lot of followers to have your posts “delivered” to your followers’ feeds. Instead, the vital thing is engagement. The more comments, replies and likes you have — it is more likely that Instagram will show your content to a larger audience.

And there is nothing that attracts interaction more than engaging captions. Just a few words can portray your brand’s voice and character better than anything else and invite your followers to action. When you present yourself and your brand in an authentic yet compelling way, you will attract a like-minded loyal audience with similar values and paths.

The bottom line is to attract with your visual and then captivate their interest with what you have to say.

8 Steps for Perfect Short Instagram Caption

1. Lead with a hook

Even though we are talking about short captions, it is still essential to hook your target audience in the first few words. In the era of content hyperproduction, you have exactly 1.7 seconds to capture your follower’s attention. So only a few words stand between scrolling past your post and engaging in your content.

2. Write in a consistent voice

Captions are a great platform to express your values and lifestyle and present what you have to offer to your audience. It can be a product, an e-book, a consultation, or a service. In the end, that is (among other things) what keeps your business profitable and alive.

Remember that it greatly affects how you’re perceived when writing captions, short or not. Consistency builds trust — when your followers see that your brand consistently shows up authentically, it creates a sense that you’re trustworthy, and they know they can rely on you.

3. Storytelling is half the challenge

Don’t underestimate the storytelling. Just because you’re not using the entirety of 2,200 characters in your captions, you still need to have a story to tell. Steer away from being overly 2-dimensional and vague. Instead, take some detail and add sensory value to it. Can you taste it, smell it, and does it have a texture you can feel? Give your audience a sense that they’re on the other side of the screen, indulging in that velvety pumpkin spice latte all snuggled up in their blanket.

4. Add meaning with a juxtaposition

Similar to storytelling, juxtaposing pictures with text can spice up your post with some serious wittiness. Juxtapositioning means putting two seemingly unrelated things next to each other to create a third meaning or highlight the contrast between the two. It’s a brilliant way to add laughter to your posts and make them more memorable. It is also how memes work.

5. Write as you would do to your friends

Writing like a robot is a huge no. Your followers are humans, and the captions should also be written by one. It is easy to slip into monotonous language when we are writing up a sale offer or describing a product, but try your best to communicate the same way you would with your close ones. It will create a deeper bond, and your audience will trust you.

6. Use emojis and have fun

Don’t be afraid of using emojis! Sometimes there are no words for what only one or two emojis can express. Maybe it is a drool face caption with your Friday brunch photo or a massage and green leaf emoji alongside a photo of natural skincare.

But also be mindful and don’t add a bunch of emojis, as it can look fake and robot-like. Only include emojis if they add value to your caption. They can be super fun, but not necessary.

7. Ask questions and add CTA

Sometimes a great caption consists only of a few words and a question mark. Questions can be great to start a discussion in the comment section and engage your audience. After all, everybody likes to be heard, and so do your followers. The comment section is also essential for getting honest feedback and seeing what you’ve been doing great and in which areas you can improve your business.

8. Hashtags are still relevant

Hashtags aren’t a thing of the past, and adding them is crucial if you want to reach new people and be searchable. If someone searches “knitted toys,” how will they find you if you forgot to include hashtags? The answer is they won’t. There is no way they can find you unless your Instagram name is knitted toys.

Think of hashtags as keywords. They’re not there to make your short Instagram caption cool but for you to leverage their tracking ability.

If you don’t like how they look, you can always press a few spaces with periods to separate them from your caption text.

Instagram hashtags hold great power, so use them smartly.

 

50 short Instagram captions to get creative juices flowing:

If you need a little push in the right direction, here are some engaging short Instagram captions to pair with your posts this season:

Cute

  • You got me like 🥴️
  • Tea, a hug in a mug
  • Today we serve coffee and confidence
  • Sweater weather is better together
  • Some people are worth melting for
  • Sugar, spice, and everything nice
  • Leave glitter wherever you go
  • Miles of smiles
  • Wanderlustin’
  • True friends are the best therapy

Wise

  • Be more of you and less of them
  • Never let anyone treat you like you’re ordinary
  • Rejection is just redirection
  • Life is simple. It’s just not easy.
  • When you learn, teach. When you get, give.
  • Better an “oops” than a “what if.”
  • Don’t count the days. Make the days count.
  • Grow through what you go through
  • No rain, no flower
  • “You change the world by being yourself.” -Yoko Ono

Fall & Xmas season

  • November is our favorite color
  • Channel the flannel
  • You are never too old to play in the leaves
  • Autumn Skies and Pumpkin Pies
  • Santa’s favorite
  • Day 1 of 365
  • Today’s to-do list: snuggle up by the tree with a mug of hot cocoa
  • Hot chocolate weather
  • Dear Santa, we can explain…
  • Happy holidays from your favorite elves!

Food

  • You can’t live a full life on an empty stomach
  • Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.
  • Our milkshake brings all the boys to the yard
  • Seconds, thirds… who’s counting?
  • My dinner stomach is full, but my dessert stomach still has room
  • “After a good dinner, one can forgive anybody, even one’s own relatives.” – Oscar Wilde
  • Life is a combination of magic and pasta. Federico Fellini
  • Fueled by ramen
  • Count memories, not calories
  • Note to self: “Eyes on the fries!”

Sassy

  • Namastay in bed today
  • We don’t care what people think of us. Unless they’re our customers. We definitely care what customers think of us.
  • A sass a day keeps the basics away
  • 50% Savage, 50% Sweetheart
  • We’re an acquired taste. If you don’t like us, acquire some taste.
  • Big sunglasses hide all sins
  • Eat, pray, slay
  • Be savage, not average
  • People will stare. Make it worth their while.
  • Wine not?

 

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