Kicksta Review – Is It Actually Safe and Effective? - Social Media Explorer
Kicksta Review – Is It Actually Safe and Effective?
Kicksta Review – Is It Actually Safe and Effective?

Whether you’re just getting started with your Instagram account or you want to supercharge your growth ahead of a new product launch or promotion, there is certainly no shortage of Instagram growth tools to help you reach your goals.

Kicksta is an Instagram growth service, but it takes a different approach compared to much of its competition. We’re taking a closer look at the service and its features, along with nine alternatives to help you decide if this is the platform you want to use for your Instagram marketing strategy.

Top Kicksta Alternatives

  1. ViralRace
  2. YoViral
  3. Poprey
  4. Upleap
  5. Buzzoid
  6. iDigic
  7. Instatarget
  8. Hypeplanner
  9. Gramflare

What is Kicksta?

Kicksta is one of many Instagram growth tools, and one of many that claims to be the most powerful options on the market. They pride themselves on the fact that they do not use spam, fake followers, or bots. They promise organic growth that’s powered by artificial intelligence.

After sign up, you’ll provide Kicksta with a list of target Instagram accounts that have the kinds of followers you want to attract. You should look to competitors, influencers in your niche, and complementary brands to generate your list.

Then, Kicksta will “like” one or two photos from all the users that are following those target accounts. Those users will receive a notification that you liked their photo, and hopefully take a look at your profile. Because you’re targeting accounts similar to yours, it’s likely that those users will also like your brand and want to follow you.

While many other Instagram growth platforms offer additional services, such as following users, commenting, scheduling content in advance, and even sending DMs to people, Kickstart doesn’t do anything more than like photos on your behalf.

Kicksta Features

Kicksta uses a quick sign up process so all you have to do is alert them to the accounts you want to target. They do not follow those accounts, but rather focus on the users who are following those accounts.

There are two different pricing plans to choose from, the standard plan for $49 or the premium plan for $99. Sometimes, this plan is $149. On the standard plan, you can expect moderate growth, video onboarding, and 10 targets.

With the premium plan, you’ll get the maximum growth, video onboarding, 40 targets, VIP email support, live chat support, advanced targeting, and a blacklist.

Kicksta Pros and Cons


  • 14-day money-back guarantee
  • No software to install
  • No contract, pay as you go, cancel anytime


  • No free trial
  • Only facilitates growth through likes
  • Support limited to those on the premium plan
  • Giving someone else control over your account

Is Kicksta Safe?

Kicksta is safe, but the growth rate is unpredictable. Because they only like one to two photos from each of the followers on your target accounts, you have to be sure the people on your target accounts are actually legit, active, Instagram users.

If your competitors have purchased followers who are fake or spam accounts, then it doesn’t do you much good to invest time and energy into getting them to follow you.

Final Thoughts on Kicksta

Kicksta is an alternative to directly purchasing followers, likes, and engagement. The issue with it is that because it only likes the activity of the followers on the accounts you recommend, there is no real guarantee that the engagement will do much to help your account grow.

If you don’t research the accounts you recommend to Kicksta’s account managers, you could end up with activity that doesn’t really benefit your business, for a hefty price tag.

9 Alternatives to Kicksta

If you’re not sure Kicksta is right for your Instagram account and its goals, take a look at these 9 alternatives that are more effective options to grow your Instagram account.

1. ViralRace

Using ViralRace lets you buy real and engaged followers, views, and likes. Once you sign up with ViralRace, the platform pushes you content to active Instagrammers who are predisposed to liking content that’s like yours.

This ensures you can get a rapid increase in followers and engagement on your account. Plus, users can choose to have everything delivered instantly or gradually, depending on your goals.

The increased engagement helps you land on the Discover page faster, which exposes your content to a much larger number of users and helps speed up your Instagram growth.

2. YoViral

If you want something that’s like ViralRace, YoViral is another platform where you can buy likes and high-quality views from real Instagrammers. You can choose between instant or gradual delivery, based on your goals. If you purchase a monthly plan, YoViral will automatically detect your newly uploaded content within 30 seconds and start sending likes right away.

And because there aren’t any limits on the number of posts every day, you can get likes on all of your posts – no matter how much content you publish every day. If you’ve got a couple of seconds, that’s all it takes to get started – just enter your username and set up your targeting.

Many influencers and brands are using this service with great success, and you can use it to land better brand deals or build a stronger audience.

3. Poprey

Poprey is a fairly straight-forward platform for purchasing likes, followers, auto-likes, views, and comments on Instagram. Pricing starts at just $2.60 for 200 likes and goes all the way to 20,000 likes for $87.90. You can get 10 followers for free, though at this time, all other followers packages are stopped. The maximum amount is 10,000 followers for $67.90.

Auto-likes range from 1,000 for $8.60 to 200,000 for $549.90. Views are priced from $.80 for 200 views to $54.90 for 50,000 views. Comments though stopped at the time of this review, are priced from $3.20 for 25 comments to $199.90 for 5,000. You can choose between instant and gradual delivery with this service, to meet your marketing goals and stay within Instagram’s terms of service.

In addition, you can use the platform to purchase Facebook Likes, YouTube subscribers, YouTube views, and Spotify followers.

4. Upleap

Like Kicksta, Upleap assigns your account to a dedicated account manager. The difference is that beyond liking the posts of people who follow the accounts you provide, they will like the content and watch Stories to provide views.

The service is fairly pricey for what you get, ranging from $39 to $99/month depending on the plan you choose. This service requires you to provide access to your Instagram account to someone else.

5. Buzzoid

Buzzoid is a platform that allows you to purchase likes, followers, and comments for your Instagram account. The service has been operational since Instagram first launched, which says something for how well it works. Many of the Instagram growth and automation services on the market have shut down over the years because they don’t follow the rules. Though they are quickly replaced with alternatives, it’s nice to see these longstanding services because it speaks to their quality.

With Buzzoid, you’ll get real and engaged followers that are specific to your target market because you provide information about the kinds of followers you are looking for, based on other accounts that are also on Instagram. You’ll be able to choose your delivery speed so you can keep the activity as natural as possible, to avoid getting flagged or shadowbanned on Instagram.

You do not have to provide anything more than your email address and your username, so there’s no handing the keys to your Instagram account to an account manager. Because you control the delivery speed, it is a safe alternative to many of the Instagram growth services available today.

6. iDigic

iDigic is an Instagram marketing company that gives people another platform to purchase likes, followers, and views to get a quick engagement boost. Their website indicates they provide instant delivery using only real, active, and top-quality profiles, backed by a satisfaction guarantee.

Having been around since 2011, the company’s longevity is a good sign that the company plays by the rules so your account isn’t likely to get shadowbanned by Instagram. Unlike other competitors out there, iDigic focuses solely on Instagram.

You’ll pay anywhere from $2.95 for 100 likes to $69.95 for 10,000 likes. Your order will be split amongst various posts on your profile to ensure the most naturally appearing activity.

You’ll pay anywhere from $2.95 for 100 followers to $39.95 for 5,000 followers. And when it comes to views, you’ll pay anywhere from $1.95 for 100 views to $74.95 for 50,000 views.

7. Instatarget

Instatarget is a robust Instagram automation tool with a bot that helps you grow your account. With Instatarget, you can follow, like, unfollow, repost, comment, and direct message all automatically. This allows you to make the most of your time and increase your productivity. With everything automated, you can focus more of your effort on content creation, so you can be sure you’re consistently producing content your audience will love.

You can add one or more Instagram accounts to manage and automate all of them in one place. You can post and schedule media to Instagram directly from your computer. You are complete control of the automation preferences, so you can target based on location, hashtags, competitors, and more.

There’s a caption library so you can save time by using templates, along with a calendar view so you can see how your future posts will look, which is important for your overall feed aesthetic.  You’ll also have access to account statistics for each of the connected Instagram accounts.

Pricing starts at $9/month for one Instagram account, and goes to $24/month for up to 10 accounts. Annual plans range from $90/year to $240/year, giving you two months free. All plans come with a 7-day free trial with no credit card required.

8. Hypeplanner

Hypeplanner claims to allow you to effortlessly gain a massive global fanbase on Instagram. They say their growth experts will get you up to thousands of real, engaged, followers every month. There are real humans making the decisions about account just like Kicksta, but they do more than focus on likes.

With Hyperplanner, you tell them about the audience you want to target. DIscuss your brand and demographics so they know the kinds of followers to look for on Instagram. You’ll have access to a dedicated team that builds a customized growth plan that’s specifically designed for your account. Then, they will constantly engage with that audience to get their attention. You’ll get 24/7 customer support to support your growth.

Because this is a human-led service, you will have to provide your Instagram password and will be handing over the reins. All you will do is focus on content creation and posting, while Hypeplanner handles the rest.

There are no free trials, and because you’re getting real humans who take manual actions on your account rather than a bot or AI-powered system, the prices are a bit higher. You’ll either pay $99/month if you bill every three months or $149/month that’s billed every month. You can change your targeting at any time or cancel your service at any time because there is no contract.

You can also get a discount if you want to use the service with multiple accounts. Though there isn’t a free trial, you can arrange a free consultation with one of the Instagram experts to learn more about the service before signing up.

9. Gramflare

Gramflare is an Instagram growth bot. All you have to do is long with your Instagram account and you can see it in action for three full days without committing to paying for a regular plan. It is completely different from Kicksta, and operates much like Instatarget.

You can automatically send direct messages, schedule your posts, target by location, manage your account from any device with an internet connection and more. Each plan offers unlimited use and requires no contract.

You’ll pay $28/month for the Pro plan that allows for one account including auto DM, post scheduler and location targeting. The premium plan is priced at $42/month and includes everything but allows you to manage three accounts. And the unlimited plan costs $60/month and allows you to manage five different Instagram accounts.

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About the Author

Morgan Brown
Morgan Brown is a social media marketing expert, who has grown Instagram pages to millions of followers for some of the largest brands on the platform. He's also a social media consultant to Kylie Cosmetics and Disney. His agency, Brown Creative, primarily focuses on building full-scale social media campaigns that focus on fan loyalty, as well as cross-platform advertisements.

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