Socialpilot vs AiGrow – What’s a Better Social Media Manager?
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Keeping with our series comparing social media tools from around the web, today we’re looking at SOCIALPILOT.
What’s SOCIALPILOT? According to their website,
“SOCIALPILOT is a simple and cost-effective social media marketing tool for teams and agencies.”
SOCIALPILOT is right in our neighbourhood of social media management, so we decided to put it to the test against our own social media manager, AiGrow.
Here are the topics that we are going to look at:
- Connecting Instagram account(s)
- Maintenance and Support
Once on aigrow.me, click on “FREE TRIAL” in the top right corner of our homepage.
Or, to make things easier, click on the “FREE TRIAL” button in the top right corner of the page you’re currently reading.
Then just provide your name, email, and desired password.
That’s all. Congrats, You’re done!
With AiGrow, you don’t need verification via email or download. Moreover, AiGrow’s platform is available in five languages: English, Spanish, French, Arabic, and Persian.
Start by going to SOCIALPILOT’s website and clicking “Start Your Free Trial ” in the top right corner of their homepage.
Then choose your plan and click on “Get a Free 14-Day Trial”. In our case, we chose their most popular package to get started.
Now, you can sign up giving the information required or using your Facebook or Twitter account.
Finished! Now, you are all set up with SOCIALPILOT.
Connecting Instagram Accounts
When you are done with the setup, you then need to connect your IG account.
To do so, on your dashboard, click on “Add Instagram Account” and simply enter your IG username and password. For some accounts, Instagram may send a 6-digit code that AiGrow will ask for.
When you are finished with the connecting step, you can see your account on the dashboard. With AiGrow, you also have the ability to add multiple Instagram accounts.
To connect your Instagram account, on your dashboard, click on “Accounts” and then click on “Connect Account”.
Now, connect your social media profile, page or groups to start scheduling. In our case, we chose Instagram and entered an Instagram username.
Now, your account is added and you can see it on your dashboard.
AiGrow users have access to multiple features of this platform.
- Scheduling Posts and Stories
- Desktop Inbox
- Auto DMs and Growth Engine (auto Likes, follows, unfollows, and comments)
- Engagement Groups
Let’s talk about each one by one.
AiGrow’s Schedules your Posts and Stories
Instagram still doesn’t have an official way to upload and/or schedule your posts from your desktop.
Fortunately, AiGrow provides a completetly free desktop Instagram scheduler.
To access it, go to your AiGrow dashboard and click the tab called “Schedule Posts”.
From here, just write your caption, search and add the right hashtags, choose a date and time, select the accounts you want to upload to (you can upload the same post to multiple accounts), and finish by clicking “Schedule”.
As mentioned above, AiGrow even offers a hashtag research tool right inside the tool.
If you want to find the most popular hashtags related to your post, just search a keyword related to your post and AiGrow will display the most popular hashtags related to your keyword in descending order.
You can then easily add these hashtags to your post with one click.
With AiGrow, you can also send automated DMs to targeted groups of people on Instagram.
You can send DMs to people based on:
- Username lists
- Connection to competitors
- Current followers
- New followers
You can also manage your DM inbox from your desktop.
This means you can filter DMs based on “Read”, “Unread”, “Sent” and “All”. It also means you can search for DMs from specific people and reply to DMs on a one-to-one basis from your desktop.
AiGrow’s Growth Engine
AiGrow automates your Likes, comments, follows, unfollows and DMs.
You can also targeted your automated actions based on:
- follower of username
- list of usernames
For example, if you provide AiGrow with the hashtag #fitness, you will automatically engage with only users on Instagram using #fitness.
You can target up to 30 hashtags, 20 locations and 10 accounts.
You can even customize how quickly your account performs the actions and how many Likes, Follows, Unfollows, Comments, and DMs you want to perform on a daily basis.
As you begin engaging with your target audience, people will visit your profile in response, engage with your posts, and ultimately follow your page.
This way, you generate real followers who are actually interested in your page, unlike a bulk purchase service like Socialproof. When you use services like Socialproof, you get Likes and Views from random people and untargeted followers.
Note: AiGrow has safeguards put in place so that you never exceed Instagram’s daily limitations.
After setting up your targeting options, simply hit “Start Growth”. AiGrow will then run until you tell it to stop.
Even after you close your browser and turn your computer off, AiGrow will continue to run.
AiGrow’s Engagement Groups
Engagement groups are groups of people on Instagram that agree to Like and comment on every post uploaded by another group member.
So if you are part of a Likes-only engagement group with 100 members, then when you upload a new post you will get 100 guaranteed Likes. This is on top of all of the Likes you get from Instagram users not in your engagement groups.
Whereas engagement groups outside of AiGrow are usually manual and require a fair amount work on your part, AiGrow’s engagement groups are completetly automated.
This means that all you need to do to get the Likes and comments from your engagement groups is upload your posts with AiGrow’s scheduler. That’s it!
Once your post goes live, all members in your engagement groups (you can be part of multiple groups at the same time) will automatically Like and comment on your post.
And because engagement groups are specific to the kind of Instagram page you have (photography, business, fitness, fashion, pets, etc.), all the engagement you get from your engagement groups come from real people in your Instagram community.
Joining engagement groups is as easy as finding the right group (you can search or scroll through the pages) and clicking “Join Group”.
AiGrow currently offers over 300 active, niche-based engagement groups catering to virtually any kind of Instagram account.
SOCIALPILOT’s features include:
- Scheduling and publishing
- Social media calendar
- Social media analytics
- Social inbox
Scheduling and publishing
SocialPilot’s multiple scheduling options are designed to help you implement your social media marketing strategies efficiently.
It enables you to set time slots and schedule your posts for a time when your fans and followers would be the most active.
You can also publish a post immediately by clicking “Share Now”.
Like AiGrow, SOCIALPILOT’s scheduler has the ability to share the same post multiple times as per the time slots you select. This is useful for events and other announcements that need to be posted repeatedly.
The curated feed ensures you never run out of great content to share.
You can curate content based on categories, keywords, influencers and recency.
Social media calendar
The social media calendar gives you a bird’s eye view of your content schedule for all your connected social accounts. It enables you to simply view scheduled posts for the day, week or month.
Social media Analytics
Analyzing your content performance helps you understand your top posts in regard to follower engagement.
You can use SOCIALPILOT’s insight tool to understand what kinds of posts resonate the most with your folloowers. You can then optimize your content strategy depending on your findings.
You can also find out when the best time to post content is with the help of SOCIALPILOT’s insight tool. All reports generated by SOCIALPILOT can conveniently be downloaded in PDF form.
The biggest issue with this feature is that Instagram accounts aren’t supported.
This feature is only for Facebook pages. Using it helps you bring all your conversations across all Facebook Pages in one place. Social Inbox gives you a clear view of:
- Comments made on Facebook Page posts
- Messages sent to Facebook Pages
- Posts uploaded on Facebook Pages
You can filter the list to see only posts, comments or conversations separately.
Maintenance and Support
If for whatever reason something forces your growth to stop, AiGrow’s team 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 AiGrow’s FAQ page. AiGrow also offers free one-on-one appointments to help get your account set up, and they also have a dedicated support email. AiGrow also offers a live chatbot for anyone with questions.
Whether you need help using the tool or want more information about SOCIALPILOT’s plans, the support team is there to assist you via email or live chatbox.
Moreover, SOCIALPILOT has a fairly complete FAQ page to help you use each feature as well.
AiGrow provides you with a five-day free trial offering absolutely full functionality with no limit for the number of followers, likes, or views you can receive.
After this 5-day trial, you can continue using the scheduler, auto DMs, and the DM inbox for free.
To use all of AiGrow features after your free trial, you can see AiGrow’s prices below:
SOCIALPILOT offers a free 14-day free trial.
After your trial, pricing is as follows:
SOCIALPILOT is a powerful tool for scheduling posts on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google My Business, and Pinterest. It enables you to organize, schedule and publish content across all of your social accounts and pages.
AiGrow is a versatile social media management tool specializing in Instagram. In addition to being a scheduler, AiGrow also gives you access to a desktop DM inbox, an automated growth engine, as well as access to over 300 niche-based engagement groups to guarantee more Likes and comments every time you post.
For $39 a month you will get AiGrow:
- Post Scheduler – Unlimited
- Story Scheduler – Unlimited
- Engagement Groups
- Growth Engine
- Desktop Inbox
- Adding up to 80 IG accounts
- Powerful 27/7 Support
- Growth Analytics
For $41.66 a month you will get SOCIALPILOT:
- Post Scheduler
- Bulk Scheduler
- Social Inbox
- 50 Social Media accounts
- 24/5 Support
- Analytics and reports ( doesn’t support Instagram users)
Want to sign up for AiGrow for free? Click here.
For those interested in SOCIALPILOT, visit their website.