With Instagram changing its rules and blocking accounts for using third-party software that violates their terms of service, it’s difficult to find automated solutions that help aspiring influencers grow their follower base and find people who actually care about their personal brands.
Kicksta aims to solve this through a simple and elegant system. It finds similar Instagram accounts and sends likes to their followers, hoping to arouse the curiosity of a number of individuals who will also follow the user’s account.
- Filtering system to find high-profile accounts that best fit one’s niche.
- Gender, hashtag, and location targeting as well as a blacklist.
- Setups with multiple target accounts to improve the scope of automation.
- Secure system that protects account information using API keys instead of storing Instagram credentials directly.
“Once you sign up, provide us with a list of target Instagram accounts that have followers that you’d like to attract. We’ll then ‘like’ 1-2 photos from each user following those target accounts you provided. The users will get a notification that you liked their photo and come check out your Instagram,” Kicksta explains.
The application itself claims to like 30,000 photos a month, which might reduce overall volume per user to stay within the limits of Instagram’s terms of service. However, a report will come to each user per month showing how the application helped achieve engagement.
Because of this, Kicksta appears to be a platform for patient individuals and isn’t some “magic” solution that will provide immediate results. As the developer advises, it’s important for influencers to make sure they are posting engaging content regularly and taking other steps to market themselves to make the platform’s effect as pronounced as possible.
Pricing for Kicksta starts at $49/month and splits into two tiers:
- “Creative,” which provides “moderate” growth, filters, video onboarding, and up to 10 target accounts.
- “Professional,” which provides all the benefits of Creative, but with “maximum” growth, up to 40 targets, premium email support, live chat support, and targeting options such as gender, hashtag, and location.
Specific targeting usually provides followers that act less as “filler” and more as individuals who are likely to be involved with one’s brand, so it might be worth it to take a look at the professional tier the “Creative” one has shown some promising results.
From the outset, Kicksta looks like a service that is more complimentary than stand-alone and should be taken as such. It won’t work miracles, but it will help influencers achieve results that pile on top of the creative work that they do in their pages.