SocialCaptain Review – Our Look at the Best Instagram Growth Tool
Instagram can be a headache to deal with. If you’re trying to run something more than a personal account, then you should expect to spend most of your day trying to socialize and drive traffic back to your profile.
That is, unless you get an automation tool to do it for you. It will save you from the crushingly dull task of browsing around for users to follow, clicking the like button, and sending out the same short comments again and again.
If that sounds like something you need, then you should continuing reading on. This review covers SocialCaptain, one of the best Instagram tools we’ve seen in a long time.
Automation: Scam or Legitimate Growth Method
If you were to ask several Instagram marketing specialists whether they’d recommend using automation, you would probably get a lot of differing responses between them. That’s because it tends to be a somewhat polarizing topic lately.
Automation has garnered a small group of detractors in recent years. Some of them don’t think that automation tools are effective at all, or even go as far as to warn others about them being “unsafe.” However, these arguments are often based on personal anecdotes and biases rather than solid facts.
The truth is that, for the most part, automation works and will increase the incoming amount of new followers by a noticeable degree. Yet, there’s a catch to this: not all automation services are made equal. Their quality can vary greatly between each one.
As with anything else, there are lots of services that are lazy, low effort attempts to ride on the coattails of their more successful brethren. They cut corners by using cheap, shoddy coding or through orchestrating the false impression of growth with networks of bot accounts. These are essentially the automation equivalent of a fake Rolex watch.
That brings us to the main question of this SocialCaptain review. Is SocialCaptain just another knock off, or is it the real deal? Let’s find out.
When you first get started, there are three pricing plans to choose between: the regular plans ($15k/week or $39/mo.) and the Turbo plan ($99/mo.). For the sake of this review, we decided to try the regular monthly plan for the first month and then the Turbo plan for the second.
Regardless of which plan you go with, you are given a free three-day trial before making your decision.
The setup only takes several minutes at the most. Once you’ve linked your Instagram account and modified the settings to your liking, you can already start letting the automation take over the job.
Optimizing Your Approach
Automation isn’t a totally hands-off operation. Most services possess filters that you can use to target the right audience for your brand.
SocialCaptain has a decent selection of filters in its repertoire. There’s a large chunk of them dedicated to the posts that the automation system focuses on. For instance, you can have it only interact with stuff published within the last couple days, or limit it to certain types of posts like videos.
Don’t be afraid to play around with the filters a bit. If you’re not sure exactly what you want, we’d advise trying a bunch of different combinations and then observing the live analytics to see if which ones seem the most promising. It might take a little tinkering to find the right spot.
What to Keep in Mind
There’s not a whole lot you need to remember about SocialCaptain. It’s straightforward and most everything comes with a neat little explanation about how it works (just click on the little question marks).
Still, if you’re ever in need of help, don’t forget that SocialCaptain offers a live chat with customer support. They’re actually pretty easygoing and sociable, especially compared to other services we’ve tried before. It’s rare to find anyone that still seem to employ human beings, let alone well-mannered ones that seem to care.
Another neat little feature is their desktop app. It’s nice being able to go straight to the SocialCaptain dashboard without having to open up a browser window.
Our Experience After Two Months
As stated above, we started with the regular plan for our first month. Within the first week we saw over 800 new followers. This increased with each subsequent week that passed. By the end of the month that total grew to a little under 5,400 followers, and the engagement was up by at least 30%.
That’s when we kicked things into overdrive.
The change from regular to Turbo was dramatic, to say the least. The initial week with it brought in somewhere near 1,400 followers. We were astounded as it continued skyrocketing until we finally hit over 9,000 for the month. The engagement also went up by approximately 50%.
The most amazing part about it was that the rate of growth never seemed to stop or idle for long. There weren’t any long periods where we hit a stalling point. It only seemed to climb higher and higher as it went on. We were left honestly curious about what it would look like after a year, and sadly we haven’t found out yet.
In short, the experience didn’t just live up to our standards… It blew them out of the water.
There’s no mistaking it: SocialCaptain is absolutely the real deal when it comes to automation. Few other services have matched the results we received within our time using it. We’d go as far as to say that the quality of its features, design, and customer support is unparalleled in the current market.
As to which plan we think is the best, it’s tough to say. We’d imagine that both options would appease most users. So it really depends on how much the extra speed is worth to you.