SocialKik Review: Is Buying Facebook Fans Worth It?
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There are a number of services out there that will let you buy Twitter followers or Facebook fans. We decided to try one of them, SocialKik.com.
In our experiment, we decided to buy 1000 Facebook fans for an Australian fan page, and 2000 Facebook fans for a United Kingdom fan page.
Within days, we began to receive new fans, as promised. But there were some problems.
- We paid extra for the "targeted fans" option, and clearly specified that we wanted Australian fans and United Kingdom fans respectively. However, it became clear early on that all fans were from the USA. When we replied to SocialKik.com to ask them why we weren't getting geographically targeted fans, they did not reply. Unfortunately this did not improve and we ended up with almost exclusively USA fans.
- Some of the "fans" began to leave weird comments on our fan pages. Things like "hello" or "i feel bad today". That's no big deal, but the thing is, some fans made identical comments on both of our fan pages. This leads us to suspect that many of the fans (or at least the ones that comment) are either junk profiles, or perhaps paid to join our page and comment. Why else would they join both pages and make the same weird/random comment on both of our seperate fan pages?
- The fans don't interact, or seem interested at all. This is no big drama, as we expected this. We can't be exactly sure how SocialKik.com find the fans, but you can be pretty sure that they're not joining your fan page because they are genuinely interested. So don't expect much out of the fans, it's really more about boosting numbers.
- We had some issues getting the fans in the promised amount of time. For our UK page we were told that we would get 2000 fans in 21 days. In fact it took several months to get that number of fans, and only after several emails and complaints that it was taking so long.
We have also conducted other experiments by paying people at www.fiverr.com to recommend our Facebook pages to their Facebook friends. We have tried this method around 5 times and unfortunately on all occasions the amount of fans we received were minimal.
The only service we have found that is worthwhile and guarantees country specific targeted fans is FanBullet. In fact, they are able to provide targeted fans based on location, and actually do deliver what they promise. Definitely worth it if you intend to buy Facebook fans:
So what's our recommendation after all that, about purchasing Facebook fans?
Sometimes when you've started a new Facebook fan page, and you want some fan numbers to make it look more reputable, then you may wish to consider purchasing some fans. For example, you may feel that when someone visits your Facebook fan page, they are more likely to interact or join if they see 1000 fans instead of 3 fans.
But because purchased fans will never be as loyal as real fans, you should view them as just number builders (that is, just there to make your initial page look better). For that reason, you should source them as cheap as possible.
And you certainly shouldn't hope that purchased fans will interact with the same interest as real fans.
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