Up-and-coming Influencers take a short-cut with third-party Instagram profile-growth services

You have heard of Influencers taking over the millennial work-force. They’re basically internet promoters – from foodie’s, make-up tutorials, fitness geeks, DIY, there’s a niche for everything. They build an audience by consistently producing quick, easily digestible content for their viewers to absorb in (usually) 10 seconds or less. They distribute that content on their respective platforms and generate money the same way any media business does – through sponsorships and endorsements.

With the low start-up costs (for some it’s $0) the field is saturated like no other. With all the noise in this market, the birth of profile growth specialists has arrived. These specialists deliver organic growth to aspiring Influencers. Commonly named businesses who make a profit on growing Instagram profiles is Kicksta (kicksta.co) and Instazood (Instazood.com). But a new-comer in the market is making a splash – Select Influencer (selectinfluencer.com).

Their website reads “Your profile will receive real likes and followers from real accounts. Other services may use fake accounts that can ghost and take your likes and follows with them. But our in-house panels are groups of real accounts who are interested in your specific niche.”

Select Influencer sets itself apart by hitting Instagram from every angle (in a good way). Their product is made up of two services: Auto-Engage and Auto-Like. We could try to explain the two services… but honestly, their How It Works page already does it so well:

With Auto-Engage, we actively interact with those in your specified niche, industry and/or location. Imagine being able to find thousands of profiles in your area of specialty in seconds, and sending them likes and comments. In turn, they are more likely to follow you.

With Auto-Like, we work with Instagram’s Discovery algorithm to get your posts featured on the Explore page to reach thousands more who are interested in your specific niche. This happens when our in-house network sees your post and likes it, which is done in a way that drips the likes over time in order to get your post picked up.

That’s Select Influencer in a nutshell.

They seem to be a well kept secret because we could not find much information other than what’s listed on their website. After several days of digging, I found a landing page with quotes from their founder, Alex Tric.

Here’s what it said:

After searching for a way to drive organic growth to my Instagram profile, I was not satisfied with the services currently on the market – followers would eventually ghost, falling short of long term value. 

In 2014, I decided to create my own. Partnering with the best developers in New York, we implemented traditional tactics I learned as a successful media professional and music promoter, and retrofitted those tactics with the Instagram algorithm. Five years later, SelectInfluencer.com was born.

We were not able to contact Mr. Tric for a comment.

Posted On 03 Jun 2019

American couple dies in Dominican Republic hotel of respiratory failure: Officials

valio84sl/iStock(SAN PEDRO DE MACORIS, Dominican Republic) — An American couple vacationing in the Dominican Republic died of respiratory failure and pulmonary edema, according to officials.

Edward Nathael Holmes, 63, and Cynthia Ann Day, 49, were found dead Thursday in their hotel room in San Pedro de Macorís, on the southeast coast of the country, according to the Dominican Republic National Police.

They arrived at the hotel on May 25 and were scheduled to depart on Thursday, police said.

Several bottles of medicine used to treat high blood pressure were found in the couple’s room, according to authorities.

Their cause of death was determined by autopsies performed at the Regional Institute of Forensic Sciences, police said. Officials are awaiting the toxicology and histopathology results.

The couple was from Prince George’s County in Maryland, according to Washington, D.C., ABC affiliate WJLA.

Photos that Holmes posted to Facebook on Tuesday show the couple beaming as they enjoyed an excursion out on the open water. “Boat ride of a lifetime!!!” reads the caption.

They were staying at the Bahía Príncipe hotel at the Playa Nueva Romana resort, Domincan Today reported. Their bodies showed no signs of violence, according to the local news outlet.

The U.S. Department of State confirmed the couple’s deaths in a statement to ABC News.

“We offer our sincerest condolences to the family on their loss,” a State Department official said. “We are in close contact with local authorities regarding their investigation into the cause of death. We stand ready to provide all appropriate consular assistance. The U.S. Department of State and our embassies and consulates abroad have no greater responsibility than the protection of U.S. citizens overseas. Out of respect to the family during this difficult time, we have no further comment.”

The news of the couple’s death comes days after a Delaware woman described how she was brutally attacked by a man at her resort in Punta Cana six months ago.

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Posted On 03 Jun 2019