Building your brand online is arguably one of the most important parts of running a business today, and it can be very difficult to do on your own. With so many social media platforms to choose from, each with their own advantage and disadvantages, different interfaces, and different follower structures, it can become a full-time job just managing your social media presence effectively.
That’s the reason why there are so many services online which claim to be able to help you promote your brand online. There are brand managers, virtual assistants, marketing consultants, and Instagram or twitter bots that will help you gain traction and grow your influence. With all of these choices out there, it’s important to do your research and make sure the service you are dealing with is reliable and trustworthy.
In this review, we will be taking a look at Stim Social, an Instagram brand management and customer conversion tool.
What is Stim Social?
Stim Social is a company that will manage your Instagram presence with follower growth and engagement software.
On their website, they claim they will “maximize your Instagram marketing by using Stim to get real organic engagement and convert your followers to real customers”.
Among other claims, they say they will:
- Attract new followers.
- Drive site traffic.
- Build your influence.
- Increase product sales
The service works by building a profile of your brand that includes your ideal demographics and the types of followers that you would like to engage. Stim Social will then grow your account with active and engaged followers, and then help you monitor and track your growth.
Again according to their website, they claim that the service is suitable for the following types including fitness, ecommerce, food, beauty, travel, fashion, and bloggers.
Of course, these types of companies will make all sorts of claims on their websites, so it’s important to dig in a little further and try to verify some of the claims that they are making.
Right up front, Stim Social offers a free five-day trial which only requires some basic contact info. It will then connect directly to your Instagram account.
It’s a bit of a red flag is that Stim Social does not have any information about their pricing structure readily available on their website. As these types of services are subscription based, this can definitely be a problem, especially considering that more well-known services of this type are often very upfront about their subscription packages and their pricing models.
Further research indicates that Stim Social offers 5 different subscription models for their service, with plans ranging from $5/mo to $100/mo. These different plans will provide different levels of volume when it comes to followers and active engagement, and the degree/quality of management of your Instagram presence.
Does it Work?
Although the free trial could be useful, five days will not likely be enough time for you to assess the usefulness of the service and whether or not it will help your brand in the long term. With these types of services, the cycle of new followers being added and removed can be cyclical, so even if you were to gain some new followers within the 5 day window, this won’t necessarily translate to long-term followers who will stay engaged with your account.
All of these types of services will claim to grow your instagram presence with real and organic followers. This is the ideal, as these types of followers will actually help to grow your brand and lead to increased sales and conversion. These types of services are more legitimate and won’t draw the attention of Instagram’s moderation system.
The less desired type of service will artificially inflate your followers with bots and often operate in a way where your follower count will rise and then deflate over short periods, and your retention of new followers over long periods of time will not be great.
Unfortunately, according to the information available online, Stim Social likely falls into the second category. It’ll automate your basic Instagram actions like Follow, Unfollow, and Likes. It will also allow you to freely choose settings that will determine how quickly followers are added to your profile and even what amounts you would like to see. The dashboard will also monitor all of these changes easily and allow you to get very picky with how your account is managed. The downside is obviously that these followers will not be natural or organic, making Stim Social potentially the wrong choice for long-term growth.
Is it Safe to Use?
Like many Instagram Bot type services, Stim Social ultimately leaves it up to you when it comes to the volume of followers, likes, etc. that you want added to your profile.
The downside to this type of service is that if you are not careful with how you manage the tool, you will potentially trigger a review from Instagram moderation and there is a potential for your followers to disappear, or even worse, for your account to be blocked from Instagram.
According to reviews online, Stim Social does not have a great track record when it comes to customer service response, so if something goes wrong, there is no guarantee that they will be able to help you and your followers or your account may be gone for good.
- 5 day trial is a great way to test out the service before committing to a paid plan.
- Lots of options when it comes to managing likes, followers, etc.
- Dashboard has a lot of information and is easy to use when it comes to tracking your growth
- Website is legitimate and secure with secure payment gateways, so there is little potential for fraud.
- No transparency when it comes to pricing model and subscription structures.
- Instagram-bot type of service where followers and growth is unlikely to be organic, limiting the long-term potential of your brand.
- Lack of 24/7 customer support means that you may be left in the dark if something goes wrong with your profile.
- Lack of real information online about the quality of the service.
- Potentially dangerous to your account if you aren’t disciplined about how you use the service.
Ultimately, while this type of service is useful and has its place, there are better alternatives out there with more transparency, better reputations, and more engaged customer support. The 5 day trial makes it easy to try out, but don’t expect to find anything here that you won’t find with the competitors
Summing it up
Too make this easy, if you are looking to grow your instagram, then Socialsteeze is my absolute favorite. For reasons mentioned before, they are not the cheapest of all but I have nothing but praise for them.
If you used one of the above services or used one or more of them feel free to share your experience or post your questions in the comments below. I’d love to hear your feedback.
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