Keeping with our series comparing Instagram automation tools from around the web, today we’re looking at igfollowershack.
What is igfollowershack? According to their website:
“Become a local celebrity. Get unlimited free followers today and impress your friends!”
Igfollowershack is a service we’ve been hearing more and more about. We wanted to see what all the hype was about, so we put igfollowershack to the test against our own Instagram growth solution, AiGrow.
Our comparison consisted of four categories:
- Connecting Instagram account
Igfollowershack vs AiGrow – a comparison of the two Instagram growth services.
When you search igfollowershack into Google, it’s not entirely clear which site is the official site.
There is igfollowers.club and igfollowers.co.
We’ll be looking at ifollowers.co as it looks the most up-to-date.
Users aren’t required to create an account or even provide their Instagram password. All you need to do is provide your Instagram username.
After providing your username, choose the number of followers you want.
After completing two surveys, you’re officially set up.
Get started with AiGrow in three simple steps:
1) Go to www.AiGrow.me, or search “AiGrow” in Google and choose the first result
2) When on the homepage, click “Free Trial” in the upper right corner.
3) Provide your name, email, desired password, and click “Register Now”.
Congrats! You’ve just set up AiGrow.
Connecting Instagram Account
As described above, connecting your Instagram account is as simple as providing your username when you make your purchase.
After logging into your AiGrow account, you will be brought to your dashboard which looks like this:
Here you can see all of your connected Instagram accounts (you can add and grow multiple Instagram accounts at the same time). To add a new account, click “Add Instagram Account”.
From here, simply log in to your Instagram account as you normally would on your phone.
AiGrow will ask you to provide a 6-digit verification code sent to your phone or email by Instagram.
AiGrow encrypts your password and will not share it with anyone or use it for anything not related to growing your followers.
There are no targeting options whatsoever.
There is also no explanation on how it works or where the followers come from. Igfollowershack simply generates un-targeted new followers for you in bulk.
Instead of immediately providing you with general followers, AiGrow uses your account to automatically like, follow, unfollow, and comment on real channels with the intention of driving relevant and organic traffic back to your own channel (and ultimately converting that traffic to followers).
This way, instead of buying new followers in bulk who don’t necessarily fit your target audience (which is especially important if you are a small business or brand), you’re gaining exactly the kind of new follower you want for your channel and you’re doing it almost as quickly as you would if you purchased them.
With AiGrow, you can target Instagram users based on:
- hashtags they use
- competitors they follow
- where they’re located
- custom lists of usernames
- whether or not they’re public or private
- whether or not you have already followed (and then unfollowed) in the past
In addition the above features, you can also select a category that you think best fits your channel. We’ll use this information to further refine your targeting.
You also don’t have to worry about engaging with irrelevant or risky channels as you have complete control over the types of users you interact with, and at no point will AiGrow perform any action from your Instagram account without your permission.
AiGrow also automatically unfollows any person you follow but who doesn’t follow you back within a certain amount of time. This helps keep your follower/following ratio proportional and natural-looking; something you don’t get when you immediately generate a large number of new followers with a tool like igfollowershack.
To gain a better sense of the number of targeting options available for each of these features, have a peek at the short video below:
Targeting options and features available to AiGrow users:
- Automated Likes, comments, follows, unfollows, and DMs
- Ability to target users based on hashtag use, location, and competitor connection
- Ability to target specific users from an excel list
- Ability to send DMs, respond to DMs, and manage your DM inbox all from your desktop
- Content scheduler to schedule your posts for days, weeks, and/or months ahead (all from your desktop)
- Daily safeguards for all actions (Likes, comments, follows, DMs, etc.) to help prevent your account from being flagged
- Customizable comments
- Customizable DMs
- Alternating tags for comments and DMs (Hey/Hello/Hi/What’s up… etc.)
- Daily safeguards to help prevent your account from being flagged
- Free one-on-one appointments to help get your account properly set up
- In-app analytics
- Automatic email notifications in the rare case you encounter an issue with our service (and a proposed solution to the issue)
Maintenance and support
If one of igfollowershack’s websites is any indication, there doesn’t seem to be much user support or maintenance.
There also doesn’t seem to be any support email or FAQ.
Other than a “live” commenting thread (“live” in quotations because it appears there are just a number of comments that are on loop), it’s safe to say that users are on their own if they experience any problems.
After setting up your targeting options, simply hit “Start Growth”. AiGrow will start to run and continue until you tell it to stop, never overstepping the limits imposed by Instagram.
If for whatever reason something forces your growth to stop, we will automatically let you know through email and provide possible solutions, as shown in the example below:
If you experience an issue, you can also likely find an answer in our 25+ FAQ page. We also offer free one-on-one appointments to help get your account set up, and we’re always available by email.
While igfollowershack doesn’t require you to pay money, you are required to complete two surveys before you can actually generate your followers.
One of the surveys took me to a site where I had to provide my credit card just to sign up. This is annoying because in order to actually generate your followers, you have to complete these risky signups.
AiGrow offers a five-day free trial offering absolutely full functionality with no limit for the number of followers you can receive.
Unlike generator services like igfollowershack which only provide you with a set number of followers (many of which disappear because they are fake), using AiGrow’s automatic growth engine, there are no limits put in place – you can potentially gain an unlimited number of real, genuine followers with any of AiGrow’s packages.
Below is AiGrow’s starter price package for consideration after your five-day free trial:
For the price of a week’s worth of Starbucks, you get the opportunity for exponential Instagram growth (the use of automated DMs, a content scheduler (post photos from your desktop for days, weeks, or months ahead), 24/hour support, and the opportunity for unlimited growth on multiple accounts.)
While igfollowershack may help you generate a random bulk of un-targeted, potentially fake followers, it’s requirement that you provide your credit card to random third-party sites and its lack of user-support makes it a risky decision at best.
For those looking to gain real, genuine followers, automate Likes, comments, followers, unfollows, and DM, and be able to schedule posts from their desktop, AiGrow is a much safer and smarter bet.
For those interested in trying out igfollowershack, visit their website.
For those interested in AiGrow, click here to sign up for free.