Instagram growth services put your Instagram growth on autopilot by automating or outsourcing the heavy lifting.
It shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone that Instagram is an important channel in today’s business landscape. With over 1 billion monthly active users, the social network is one of the best ways to generate brand awareness and, ultimately, turn followers into paying customers.
Essentially, these services allow business owners to spend their time on other aspects of their business’s development without neglecting their Instagram strategy or hiring a full-time social media manager.
But not all Instagram growth services are made equal. Some use shady methods to gain you fake followers, which can hurt your brand’s image and trustworthiness. The best of the bunch, however, use transparent strategies to increase an account’s authentic follower count.
Here, we’re going to go over some of the best Instagram growth services available and some of the ones you should avoid. We’ll cover how they work and their features so you can make an informed decision about which one is best for your business.
Kicksta is a growth service that uses artificial intelligence to increase your authentic follower count.
The premise behind the service is simple yet powerful. First, you select Instagram profiles that are similar to your own. Then, Kicksta engages with those profiles’ followers by liking their content. Since those followers already follow similar profiles and have related interests, there’s a good chance that some of them will check out your profile and give you a follow.
In this way, Kicksta fosters authentic engagement with real people and naturally increases your follower count over time.
Social Captain is another service that uses artificial intelligence to engage with other Instagrammers and boost your follower count.
Once you sign up, you’ll start by configuring your settings so SocialCaptain knows which type of accounts to engage with. You can target accounts by inputting usernames, locations, or hashtags, and SocialCaptain will interact with people that are engaging with them. From there, you can customize your engagements with your own text.
The service allows you to decide how often you want it to engage and lets you set filters for post like counts, follower counts, post comment counts, and following counts. You can also filter out low-quality users.
Upleap bucks the AI trend and uses a human account manager to grow your follower count.
However, the service doesn’t provide many details on how exactly the account managers do this, so they could very well be using some form of automation in tandem with the human account manager.
The service works much like the other ones we’ve looked at: the account manager engages with followers of similar accounts and related hashtags in the hopes that some of them will follow you back.
Overall, Upleap is scant on details, so it’s hard to say much about its features or how it works. That said, depending on how involved the account manager is, this service may bridge the gap between a SaaS tool and an in-house social media manager.
- Combin Growth
Combin Growth is another service that, like Upleap, doesn’t advertise any automated engagement. In fact, it doesn’t provide any Instagram management at all. Instead, Combin Growth is a tool that makes the process of finding relevant content and followers easier.
For example, you can search for content using advanced filters, and then manually like and engage with content using a UI that’s specifically designed to make bulk engagement easy.
You can also select multiple posts and like all of them at the same time by clicking the like button and then opting to like all the posts. With its focus on manual growth, Combin gives Instagrammers more control over their engagements. However, it also means that you need to be more active, so there’s a tradeoff.
- Social Buddy
Like Upleap, Social Buddy doesn’t provide much information about how its service works. It promises to provide 10-50 new real followers every day. How it gets there, however, is something of a mystery.
The only insight Social Buddy provides into its internal processes is that it asks you for targeting information, like your industry, competitors, niche, and relevant hashtags, upon signup. The rest is anyone’s guess.
According to Gramista’s site, after using the service, you’ll “Enjoy fancy numbers on your Instagram!”
As elegant as this sounds, Gramista is not a luxury service. Like most of the other growth services we’ve covered, it gains followers by automating engagement. However, if its website is any indication, the experience may not be so stellar.
Overall, Gramista’s standout feature is its price. It’s very cheap, so Instagrammers on a budget will appreciate it.
Unlike the other services we’ve covered, Buzzoid does not organically grow your Instagram with real followers. Instead, it allows users to purchase likes and follows from fake accounts.
While on the surface this may seem like it would be helpful, it’s not a good practice to engage in. Instagrammers can usually tell when an account bought fake followers, so it may tarnish your profile’s image and reputation.
Overall, we do not recommend this service. In fact, other similar services have been shut down for selling likes and followers after being sued by Facebook, so tread carefully.
- Mr. Insta
Mr. Insta is an Instagram growth service that promises free likes and followers. However, like Buzzoid, Mr. Insta doesn’t appear to do this organically.
Instead, it’s essentially a service that sells fake likes and followers and offers a “free trial” of 25 followers or 20 likes on a post.
Although Mr. Insta promises “real followers,” there’s no way to reliably offer 25 followers within 12 hours without doing something sketchy.
As we’ve mentioned, buying fake likes and followers can actually harm your business’s reputation, so we don’t recommend this service.
Instazood offers auto-engagement tools like most of the services on this list, but it also advertises that you can “buy real followers.” While this may just be an unfortunate marketing ploy, it does raise red flags since there’s no way to buy organic followers.
Otherwise, Instazood offers an Instagram bot that automatically likes, comments, unfollows, follows, DMs, posts, and views stories. The inclusion of automatic DMing is a bit concerning as that can verge on spam.
Overall, Instazood has some questionable features and advertising that make us hesitant to recommend it.
While boosting your stats with fake likes and followers can appear helpful at first glance, it’s pretty easy to tell when someone is using this shady tactic. When real people inevitably start to notice that a large portion of your followers are fake, your reputation can take a hit.
This tool is last on our list for good reason. In the long run, using it will hurt your growth more than it will help.
Many Instagram growth services can help you grow your Instagram using transparent and organic methods. However, there are also quite a few services that use dishonest practices instead. Hopefully, this guide has provided you with some valuable insight into which tools are on the level, and which aren’t.
If you stick with the services near the top of the list, you should experience smooth sailing.