Keeping with our series comparing Instagram automation tools from around the web, today we’re looking at Kickstagram.
What is Kickstagram? According to their website,
Use Kicksta to create more connections on Instagram and turn new followers into more gigs, paid partnerships, and sales today.
Kicksta is right in our neighbourhood of Instagram automation and it’s a service we’ve been hearing more and more about. We wanted to see what all the hype was about, so we put Kicksta to the test against our own Instagram growth solution, AiGrow.
Our comparison consisted of four categories:
- Connecting Instagram account
- Maintenance and Support
Kickstagram vs AiGrow – a comparison of the two Instagram growth services.
Start by going to www.kicksta.co.
After providing your email and hitting “Get Started”, you will be brought to the following pricing page:
After choosing a package and providing your payment details, you’re officially signed up with Kickstagram.
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
After signing up, connecting your Instagram is as simple as providing your Instagram username and password.
After logging into your AiGrow account, you will be brought to your dashboard.
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.
Kickstagram works in the following way: you provide a number of Instagram users (competitors, complimentary channels, etc.) and Kickstagram will go and like most recent posts of the followers of the users you provided.
For example, if you provide the Instagram username @officialAiGrow to Kickstagram, Kickstagram will then go and like the most recent posts of people who follow @officialAiGrow.
See the video below for more details:
The idea is that because your liking posts from people who are following accounts that are similar to your own, the act of Liking their posts will draw them to your own accounts where they will then choose to follow you as well.
Beyond providing specific Instagram usernames, Kickstagram doesn’t offer any other kind of targeting. They also don’t offer any more features other than auto liking.
Similar to Kickstagram’s strategy, AiGrow uses your account to automatically like, follow, unfollow, DM 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).
Instead of just Liking posts, however, AiGrow uses auto following, unfollowing, DMing, and Commenting.
Unlike Kickstagram which only allows you to target users based on whether they’re following a specific user, AiGrow allows you to 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 (which are all available in any AiGrow package), you can also select a category that you think best fits your channel. We’ll use this information to further refine your targeting.
This amount of targeting ensures that you only engage with users who are likely to be interested in your channel and likely to follow you.
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.
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:
Maintenance and support
After providing your Instagram login details and the names of the users whose followers you’d like to target, your part is done.
At the end of every month Kickstagram will send you a report detailing your growth.
Kickstagram also offers 24/7 support, a complimentary strategy call after signing up, and a dedicated customer success manager to help you with any issues you may have.
They also offer a very helpful and comprehensive FAQ for quick answers.
After quickly setting up your targeting options, simply hit “Start Growth” and AiGrow will start to run and continue until you tell it to stop (never overstepping the limits imposed by Instagram).
In addition to receiving monthly growth reports (called “score cards”), all AiGrow users also have access to their own analytics at all times.
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 or chat bot.
Kickstagram’s prices can be found below:
If you choose a monthly subscription, you have a 14-day money-back guarantee if you’re not satisfied. If you choose the annual plan, there is no such guarantee.
AiGrow offers a five-day free trial offering absolutely full functionality with no limit for the number of followers you can receive.
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 Kickstagram and AiGrow offer similar functionality, AiGrow offers much deeper customization and more features for a much more affordable price.
For example, $149/month with Kickstagram gets you the following:
- Dedicated Customer Success Manager
- Kicksta Growth Service
- Up to 30,000 likes/month
- Unlimited Targets
- Complementary Strategy Call
- Exclusive Strategy Content
$19/month with AiGrow gets you the following
- Unlimited 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)
For those interested in trying out Kickstagram, visit their website.
For those interested in AiGrow, click here to sign up for free.