Did you know that traffic on Instagram lasts longer than on Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest. So, why is it so? Does the length of the Instagram captions have an important role in this? Well, we did all the homework for you!

We read through more than 15 studies from all major giants in the social media marketing industry. Additionally, we also analyzed the top accounts on Instagram to establish a relationship between caption text and Instagram engagement.

Let’s see what we found out.

Using Both Location Tag And Hashtags Drives The Most Engagement

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The smart use of hashtags in caption and comments

Hashtags are a norm on Instagram. 

When the Instagram accounts of the top 100 global brands were analyzed in 2014, it was found that 88 percent of the posts posted by brands contain at least one hashtag. 

Additionally, it was also revealed that posts with one hashtag and location tag made way for 13 percent and 29 percent more engagement respectively. 

Key Takeaway

If you want to make your posts shine on Instagram, make sure that your Instagram caption consists of appropriate location tags and hashtags. Another study conducted on 65,000 social media posts revealed that having nine hashtags in your Instagram caption will drive maximum engagement. 

Captions Contain Fewer Hashtags When Brands Post Videos

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A study revealed that brands tend to use fewer hashtags when they post videos, between 3 and 9 hashtags. For carousel posts and images, however, this is not the case. 

The Key Takeaway

You can use this strategy to test the waters and see if it works for you. 

The Perfect Post Caption Doesn’t…. It Exists!

Instagram Post Caption

Data revealed that the perfect Instagram post caption is short and precise. It is easy to read and provides the user with a quick summary of everything that you want to say. 

Although most Instagram captions tend to have at least 10 words, it was found that the posts with less than 10 words and more than 20 emojis perform the best. 

The Key Takeaway

Reflect the human side of your brand by using emojis, and also encourage users to interact with you. Further, keep your posts short, simple, and engaging. 

Captions With Less Than 10 Words Can Boost The Engagement Rate For Carousels By 3.13%

Instagram Post Captions

We believe there could be no easier way to increase engagement than this one! 

While most Instagram posts have between 10 and 30 words, the data shows that the shorter the caption is, the better it is!

It was found that captions with less than 10 words increase the average engagement rate per post to 2.35% for videos, 2.54% for images, and 3.13% for carousels. No, hashtags are not included in this. 

Key Takeaway

Write short, crisp, witty, and precise. While lengthy captions might look attractive to you, stats suggest otherwise. 

So, next time you post on Instagram, make sure that you keep it short!

Writing Questions In Your Caption Doesn’t Necessarily Engagement

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This is our *my whole life was a lie* moment. Like we have always believed that asking questions while writing captions increase the engagement rate. This is what 45.7% of brands do. Turns out that’s not the case. 

Key Takeaway

Avoid asking questions in your caption unless you are sure that it will drive engagement for sure. 

The Wrap Up

Going by the stats, we are sure, you can easily find your sweet spot and determine what works for you and what doesn’t. While all the stats that we mentioned above might not reap the best results for you, they would surely help you make data-driven decisions. 

As far as writing the best Instagram captions is concerned, do not forget to check out this blog where we have talked about the best practices to craft engaging captions that attract users on the go. 

So, what are your views on this? How important do you think is the length of Instagram captions? Do share your opinions with us in the comments below.

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