Keeping with our series comparing Instagram tools from around the web, today we’re looking at UpLeap.
What is Upleap? According to their website,
“Upleap connects you with a dedicated account manager, who engages with people on Instagram. Grow your likes, followers, and social exposure.”
Upleap is right in our neighborhood of Instagram growth tools, so we decided to put Upleap to the test against our own Instagram growth tool, TagScout.
Our comparison consisted of four categories:
- Connecting your Instagram account(s)
- Maintenance and Support
Upleap vs. TagScout – a comparison of the two Instagram growth platforms.
Get started with TagScout in four simple steps:
1) Go to www.tagscout.com.
2) When on the homepage, click “Free Trial” in the upper right corner.
3) Provide your name, email, desired password, and click “Register Now”.
Congrat’s! You’re officially signed up on TagScout.
Begin by going to www.upleap.com.
When on the homepage, click “Try Us For Free”.
After clicking “Try Us For Free”, you are taken to the following screen.
After creating your account and verifying your email, you’re account is created.
Connecting your Instagram account(s)
After logging into your TagScout account, you will be brought to your dashboard which looks like this:
Here you can see all of your connected Instagram accounts (you can add and grow multiple Instagram accounts at the same time).
4) 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.
While most users are finished setting up here, some users will be asked to provide a 6-digit verification code sent to your phone or email by Instagram.
TagScout encrypts your password and will not share it with anyone or use it for anything not related to growing your followers.
Congrats! You’ve just set up TagScout.
After signing in, you are asked to sign in to your Instagram account.
You’re now connected.
TagScout uses your account to automatically like, follow, unfollow, 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).
This way, instead of buying new followers in bulk who don’t necessarily fit your target audience (which is especially important if you are a small business or brand), you’re gaining exactly the kind of new follower you want for your channel and you’re doing it almost as quickly as you would if you purchased them.
With TagScout, you can 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, you can also select a category that you think best fits your channel. We’ll use this information to further refine your targeting.
You also don’t have to worry about engaging with irrelevant or risky channels as you have complete control over the types of users you interact with, and at no point will TagScout perform any action from your Instagram account without your permission.
TagScout also automatically unfollows any person you follow but who doesn’t follow you back within a certain amount of time to keep your follower/following ratio looking natural.
TagScout also gives you free access to over 100 engagement groups which you can use to get more Likes and comments on every new post you upload to Instagram.
All you have to do to receive the engagement from your engagement groups is post to Instagram using TagScout’s free desktop scheduler.
When your post goes live on Instagram, all members of all groups you are a part of will automatically Like and/or comment on your new post.
Likewise, when you schedule a new post through TagScout’s scheduler, all members of all engagement groups you are a part of will automatically Like and/or comment on your new post.
Because the process is automatic, all groups are guaranteed to be free of leechers. No leechers means that absolutely none of your effort is wasted.
This way, like the growth features of TagScout, there is little to no maintenance work on your part after initially joing your groups.
To gain a better sense of the features offered by TagScout, have a peek at the short video below:
Targeting options and features available to TagScout users:
- 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
- Free access to over 100 engagement groups
- Customizable comments
- Automated comment responding
- 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)
After signing up, Upleap then asks you to briefly describe your Instagram account.
Add at least four hashtags that are relevant to your Instagram page. You can also just type in a keyword related to your Instagram page and choose from the drop-down menu.
Add at least 3 Instagram accounts similar to your own account. These accounts should be larger than yours. Similar to the hashtags above, you can also justt search a keyword related to your Instagram and choose from the drop-down menu.
After this, you’re brought to your dashboard.
Here you can your Growth Stats, your latest followers, the identify of your account manager, your milestones, and even how many hashtags each of your targeted hashtags have generated for your page.
If you want to change your targeting options, you can go the “Settings” tab make the changes here. The full targeting options include:
You can users based on hashtags, competitors, and location. You can also avoid enaging with users using specific hashtags and following specific accounts.
Maintenance and Support
After setting up your targeting options, simply hit “Start Growth”. TagScout will start to run and continue until you tell it to stop, never overstepping the limits imposed by Instagram.
If for whatever reason something forces your growth to stop, we will automatically let you know on your dashboard. We will also 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 instant chat and email.
After setting up targeting, Upleap hands the work of growing your Instagram account off to an account manager.
In this sense, after providing your intital targeting, there is little to do on your side apart from checking your growth stats and consulting with your accout manager.
If there are any important messages or notifications, Upleap will let you know in the “Notifications” tab on your dashboard.
You can also read from Upleap’s extensive blog.
TagScout offers a five-day free trial offering absolutely full functionality.
During your trial, there are no limits put in place – you can take advantage of all features offered to Growth Starter and Premium package subscribers to gain a potentially unlimited number of real, genuine followers during your five-day trial.
Below is TagScout’s starter price package for consideration after your five-day free trial:
Everyone on Upleap gets a 3-day free trial.
After the free trial, you have to sign up to one of the monthly or annual plans.
The monthly plans include:
The annual plans include:
Upleap is a great Instagram growth tool with a slick experience and little work required on your part. If you have no idea how to get more followers on Instagram and want to hand off the majority of work to someone else, then Upleap is a great option.
However, if you want the ability to start, stop, and customize your growth at any time, then TagScout offers a much better experience.
Here’s a comparison of what both growth tools offer in their most affordable paid plans:
- Account Manager
- Target Hashtags
- Target Similar Users
- Unlimited Post Scheduling
- Unlimited Engagement Groups
- Instagram DM Desktop Inbox
- Growth Engine – Automated Likes, Follows, Unfollows, Comments, and DMs
- Acessible Dashboard to Start, Stop, or Change Your Growth Settings
- Chat & Email Support
- 1 IG Account
- Target Hashtags
- Target Location
- Target Similar Users Influencer
For those interested in trying Upleap, click here to visit their website.