Today we’ll talk about a lesser-known Instagram management tool known as Social Bloom. It wasn’t nearly as possible as some of the other ones we reviewed on this website, such as Mass Planner, but it did have quite a few members back in the day.
In the world of scams, cyber-security crimes, and data-breaches, it’s a challenge to find the right management software for your social media accounts.
What is Social Bloom?
Social Bloom claimed their automation service could grow your account by 200-3000 new Instagram followers every week. We heard these claims before, and they’re rarely accurate.
You might be wondering why I’m referring to Social Bloom in the past tense. Unfortunately, Social Bloom is yet another Instagram tool to close its doors. If you try to visit the website, you’ll be met with a notice saying “We have closed Social Bloom”.
So where can you go from here? Are there any recommended Social Bloom alternatives worth looking into? What happened to Social Bloom?
Our Recommended Products:
Before we get into the details about the Social Bloom situation, here are the Instagram tools we recommend:
1. Upleap – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Upleap is our favorite Instagram management tool because it’s not a automation bot. The way it works is a real social media marketer takes control of your account and automates tasks for you.
Basically, it’s like handing the reigns to someone else for a bit, while you relax and soak up the benefits.
Upleap is our number one recommended course. You can sign-up for a free three day trial to test out the service.
2. Kenji – ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Kenji is the polar opposite of Upleap – it’s a Instagram automation bot. The kicker here is Kenji uses machine-learning to essentially copy the way that you interact with your account, so it can automate tasks in the background.
It’s a cheaper than Upleap but it also lacks that personal touch. Overall, most people love the bot, and it’s rare to run into any issues with it. It takes our second place spot.
Do neither of these tools feel right for you? Consider taking a look at our top recommended Instagram management tools here.
P.S. these tools are 100% safe and we can personally vouch for each one. We also update the list as we find new products. Last update was in 2019.
Social Bloom Review:
What was Social Bloom? Did the platform offer any unique services or features? Let’s take a look.
Social Bloom claimed to automate a wide range of actions on your account, such as: Likes, Comments, Followers, and what not. From the looks of it, the services don’t look like anything special. We’ve seen it before.
Most Instagram management bots offer these same services, and more at that. In other words, it didn’t look like Social Bloom offered any unique features.
How Social Bloom Worked:
If you’re familiar with these kind of tools, chances are you already know how Social Bloom worked. To be clear, Social Bloom was an online app, no need to download any programs, which was one positive point.
After registering an account, you’ll need to set your targets. These can hashtags, user profiles, or locations – ideally a combination of all three. Once the targets are set, the bot will take control, and start interacting with any content or profiles that are related to your targets.
A screenshot of their main automation features:
For example, if you enter a hashtag such as “#travel” the bot will interact with all the content that contains that keyword. It will either Like the content, follow the profile, or leave a comment.
One of Social Bloom’s core features was the Liking feature, which claims to Like hundreds of target posts a day, leading more people back to your account.
In theory, this will increase your exposure due to the mass amount of notifications you’re sending out. Of course, these theories aren’t always accurate. We’ll talk more about this later on in the Social Bloom review.
Social Bloom Price:
On the pricing side, Social Bloom was rather expensive. While the automation services look attractive, what they don’t tell you is most of those services are exclusive to Premium and Pro members.
Look at the price details:
Notice that’s the price for weekly subscriptions, not monthly.
When you add it up, even the cheapest subscription, Basic, is rather expensive. Looking at the numbers, the Basic subscription costs $16 for a week. Multiply that by four and we get $64 a month.
Now, that wouldn’t be out of the question, if every service and feature was included in the subscription. Not the case. Basic membership is incredibly limited. With the Basic subscription, the only automation services that you could get were Likes and Follow/Unfollow.
Moving to the next plan, Advanced:
The Advanced plan costs $22 a week, which comes to $88 a month. Surely that should let you access all the features? Nope! The only difference between this plan and the Basic plan is one new feature, that’s it – Gender Targeting filters. Not a great deal.
Lastly, the two remaining plans do include access to all the automation services, but they’re crazy-expensive. $40 a week or $160 a month for Premium, and don’t even get me started on Pro ($90/week, $360/month!).
And I’m not alone when I say the prices are a bit too much. Most of the Social Bloom reviews list the price as a major downside, with most reviewers wishing at least more features would be included. On a side note, I think it’s funny how “Safe & Secure” is listed as a feature, that should go without saying!
Overall, the Social Bloom plans were really expensive, and not worth the trouble, at least in my opinion. Especially since it’s a bot.
Is Social Bloom Actually Social Envy?
There have been some rumors that Social Bloom belonged to the same company responsible for Social Envy. Their services and website homepage are almost identical.
If you didn’t know, Social Envy was one of several websites under a company called Social Media Series, which is being sued by Facebook. I discuss the scandal more in my Social Steeze review.
(Social Steeze, Social Envy, and a handful of other similar platforms are owned by the same company, Social Media Series, and have all since been shut down).
Although Social Bloom does resemble other websites by Social Media Series, I wasn’t able to find any conclusive evidence that Social Bloom belongs to the same company.
There are many similar Instagram automation tools out there, and it’s not unusual to find identical similarities between two or more.
Social Bloom Reviews: Did People Like It?
The way it looks, Social Bloom didn’t take off as planned. It didn’t seem to make much of a mark in the social media marketing industry, as there aren’t many reviews or comments about it out there.
However, I was able to find a Trust Pilot page, although there were only five reviewers, with one negative, and the remaining reviewers rated in five stars.
To me, it looks like some of the reviews are a bit too positive, and most of the people who left five star rating don’t have profile pictures.
It’s not unusual for a company to recruit people to leave positive reviews for their company and services online. I’m not saying that’s what Social Bloom did, but it’s a possibility.
Overall, based on other reviews and comments found online, the public’s opinion of Social Bloom was mixed. Some people liked it, and others claimed it was a scam.
Ultimately, it was much less popular than the other Instagram management tools out there. It also only seemed to be active for a couple of years before closing it’s doors.
When using an Instagram tool for management and automation, it’s important to follow a few guidelines.
For one, make sure to optimize your profile by filling in a proper bio, a profile picture, and appropriate content. Once Instagram verifies that your account is legitimate and not fake, they’ll be more lenient, and increase the activity limits on your account.
Secondly, make sure to keep the activity speed on bots as slow as possible, at least at first. Generally, I rarely recommend using the maximum speed settings because not only does it quickly overwhelm your account (harder to filter out fake accounts) but it also sends suspicious signals to Instagram’s anti-spam center.
The Bottom Line:
It’s unclear why Social Bloom shut down, we can only speculate. On the other hand, based on what we found online, the tool didn’t make much of an impact in the industry.
One of the reasons could have been the price point. Not many people are willing to spend $64/month for Basic membership that doesn’t even include automation services. For automation you’ll need to pay $88 a month.
In comparison, Upleap costs $39 for a Lite membership, and that includes an account manager, as well as a other features. Upleap is also considered one of the pricier tools because a social media marketer takes control of your account, not a computer. Even better, Kenji offers plans starting from $19 a month, and both tools offer a free 3 day trial.
In short, you shouldn’t have to break the bank to automate some tasks on your Instagram account. When picking a tool, make sure to take a look at the price plans and make sure you’re getting your money’s worth from a tool.
If you’re trying to decide which Instagram automation service to use, I suggest taking a look at our top recommended tools.
Thanks for taking the time to read this Social Bloom review! We hope that it helped narrow down your search for the perfect Instagram software for your business.