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LinkedIn engagement pod software has changed the game for many small businesses and entrepreneurs. Now there are new engagement pod softwares we’re able to choose, making it feel more confusing.
Lempod, Alcapod, Le Clap Club and LinkBoost are all LinkedIn pod apps that automate LinkedIn engagements, but in different ways. We’ll review how each engagement pod software measures up to each other from the point of functionality, pod safety, pod quality, customer support and pricing.
Engagement pod functionality refers to the options, features, reliability of the software and ongoing product developments.
Engagement pod safety is about how safe the pods are to use in terms of avoiding LinkedIn’s algorithm for detection, as well as the safety of each individual user’s reputation.
LinkedIn pod quality alludes to the quality, relevancy, the exclusivity, safety, content standers (if any), along with training (if applicable) and engagement expectations.
Pod customer support is important for when things inevitably go wrong with our technology. I include this in rankings as it affects the overall recommendations.
Pricing and value-for-money are important considerations for those willing to spend on these services.
Lempod is the incumbent when it comes to LinkedIn pods. They’re the original and have been in the game for more than a year. They set the bar for other competitors that are coming into the space.
Lempod has several features that make it the current leader.
The Lempod team has done a decent job on pod safety features, relative to the new competitors. I’ll break it down here:
Engagement pod quality is a relatively new term that pod software providers have been slow to accept. Lempod is no different in this regard.
I have to give Lempod credit for having the best customer support at this time. However it does take between 24 and 48 hours to get a response.
Engagement pods are a difficult thing to price out.
Currently at $5 per Lempod, per month, and delivers high-value results.
For private pods, $2 per member.
Although currently in BETA testing until the end of May 2020 (estimated), Captain Data has put out a terrific, free SaaS product with Alcapod.
Alcapod has the basic engagement pod features of auto-liking, auto-commenting and auto-approving posts to be engaged.
Because Alcapod is still in BETA (free) mode, it’s important to remember you get what you pay for. Regardless, it functions well enough that I can recommend it with conditions and disclaimers.
Pod safety was not a primary driver in Alcapod’s initial software development. I’ll dig into that a bit more here:
I’ve been in contacting with Guillaume Odier on pod safety over the last few months and have confidence in the Captain Data team adding new layers of safety as they continue to refine their product.
Unlike Lempod that has a public marketplace for joining pods, Alcapod’s marketplace is in development still. Engagement pod quality is entirely based on who created the pod.
Since Alcapod is a free product, it’s no doubt difficult to pay for the time needed to deal with customer support and troubleshooting enquiries. This will likely change (and improve) as the project generates revenue to pay for it.
Alcapod is currently free, but has plans to monetize very soon. Here’s what we currently know:
As Alcapod is currently free, it’s great value. However it remains to be seen if the anticipated pricing will be worth it. They have quite a bit of work yet to do to become a legitimate Lempod competitor.
Le Clap Club is another free engagement pod service that appears to be in BETA testing. It’s a very ambitious project but it is difficult to say whether it will fulfill its functional intentions.
What makes Le Clap Club stand apart from Lempod or Alcapod is multi-platform engagement pods.
Le Clap Club doesn’t appear to have any notable pod safety features but it does have issues.
The positives are:
Pod safety downsides:
Unfortunately, the pod quality of the public pods I’ve analyzed is poor and inconsistent. There seems to be lower quality profiles who are attracted to free pods in general.
Although this is currently a free service, of the 4 or 5 requests to speak with the tech support, I’ve not received one reply. It also appears that the last time the pods were active was April 20th and the app has been a ghost town ever since.
UPDATE: Le Clap Club will be rolling out a new software update closer to June 2020!
It’s free while in BETA, but it’s unclear if it will ever go beyond BETA given the extent of inactivity.
Finally we go to the newest entrant in the LinkedIn pod software space.
Nearly a complete replica of Lempod, LinkBoost has much of the functionality of Lempod, except it's free and with a lot of bug issues.
LinkBoost draws on the same front-end features as Lempod. They are:
LinkBoost borrows a few of the same Pod safety features of Lempod, but is very much a lower-quality version while in free mode. The safety features I counted are as follows:
What’s unfortunate is that even when your setting for auto-liking or auto-commenting is switched off, I found my account was still leaving random, low-effort auto-comments.
I’ve messages the developers to let them know about this bug.
Engagement pod quality is very low. The pods available are small, which makes people join more pods than they match relevance for, just to increase their likes and comments.
Here’s what I’m finding:
My experience with all pods and LinkBoost being no different, is that there’s no incentive to have your account engage with other people’s content. This creates it a pod culture of using others, instead of building real relationships.
Being a free product in testing, I was impressed with the speed of response from the LinkBoost team.
Currently free, they’re looking at monetizing models in the near future.
Although each of these softwares does nearly the same thing as each other, if used a certain way, they can all work well together.
Lempod and LinkBoost are best suited for the initial engagement early on to leverage the LinkedIn algorithm for further post reach.
Alcapod can be used after the initial engagements in the first hour, and up until 4 days later. You can read the specific strategy here: This One Alcapod and Lempod Strategy
Le Clap Club (if and when it works again) can be used to get engagements on multiple social platforms, as well as compliment post engagements like Alcapod.
If engagement pod quality, pod safety and building meaningful new network connections is a priority for you, the following engagement pods I’ve made are available for free to anyone in or completed the engagement pod training course!