Our Grade – D+
Another bot service being passed off as a growth-by-hand service that fails most of our trust tests.
At a Glance
Social Boost claims to be both the #1 and the largest Instagram growth agency in the world. They say that they grow accounts using human actions yet, even with a “team” page to assist us, we can’t positively identify any of those humans.
Keep reading as we uncover more information and inconsistencies surrounding this business.
|Growth Type||No bots, automation or false promises|
|Quality of Service||Low|
|Business Registry / Location||Unknown|
|Doesn’t Misuse IG Branding||True|
|Active Blog||Kind of|
|Dashboard / Account Management||No|
|Forthcoming About Password Handling||No|
Social Boost offers three plans priced at $59/mo, $99/mo, and $249/mo.
Here’s where the problems start. If there’s actually a human sitting there on a cell phone growing your account, that human has to be paid. Even if the human is located in a 3rd-world country, they still have to be paid something. Doesn’t $59 per month seem a little suspicious considering Ampfluence, a service that actually does hire humans in the Philippines, costs $249 per month for their cheapest plan?
There’s no magic here. If you are somehow getting away without paying people, how are you managing them and verifying that they don’t misuse customers’ login details?
The claim is straightforward:
… A team of hand-trained Instagram Marketers to manage and grow your account.
They provide a “minimum growth guarantee” but never substantiate what that is. Their “refund policy” more-or-less says that they’re unable to guarantee anything.
Here are some other claims they make. After a while, it all starts to sound the same.
Integrity & Reputation
This service claims to be the #1 provider in the space and the largest agency of its kind. They claim to operate in New York City and London. There are several different services named Social Boost, but we couldn’t positively ID any employees or any office locations.
Who are these people? Seriously. We couldn’t find any of them, even the founder.
All we really need to do here is look at Trustpilot.
Wow, looks great, right? The thing about fake reviews is that they usually follow a pattern. Here are a few semi-detailed but obviously fake testimonials:
Notice that they all follow the same structure. They’re getting creative though, even soliciting fake 4-star reviews. I’m sure this is fooling a lot of people. Let’s check the real negative reviews:
These are all being left in close proximity which makes us believe that this is a high-volume service. We hate to see so many people dissatisfied, but based on the extremely-basic responses and nearly-identical customer complaints, this is obviously not a “Growth by hand” service.
It’s a shame that service providers have to lie to this extent to get customers. This service definitely isn’t growing things by hand and we can’t even find evidence that they are actually based in the US/UK and have real full-time team members. You are better off spending your money elsewhere.