Sprout Social Pricing: No-BS Breakdown

Apr 14, 2024 4 min read

First and foremost, it was price. It was ridiculously expensive. And quite honestly, I wouldn't have had such an issue with the cost if I would have found anything unique from their platform.

If you open Sprout's reviews on G2, Capterra, Reddit, Facebook groups, and other forums you will find that they are filled with people like you who are confused about what things (premium) they are getting for such high prices.

This article would dissect Sprout's pricing so that you choose the right plan and don't end up paying a lot and still having a crippled experience (like having a one user seat for your entire team for $399/mo.)

(We've also compiled a list of Sprout Social alternatives that offer feature parity at a better price point.)

Per user pricing that limits adoption

The minimum per user pricing starts at $249 per seat/month (Standard) and that is for a plan that does not have team focused features such as approvals, assignments, etc.

That means you have to spend $399 per seat/month (Professional) just to have "social media management" features.

$399 per user demands judicious selection, you dont want to waste it on those who won’t make the most of the tool.

Sure, you could share credentials, but with only one active session, you'll be playing musical chairs with logins all day!

Per user pricing model has been borrowed from CRM softwares which are designed only for the sales team. You don't want this decree especially on social media management softwares.

Social media is versatile so per user pricing means:

$399/user for the designer that wants to collaborate with social.

$399/user for the leadership that wants to look at reports once every quarter.

Or $399/user for any team member that have to assist the social or the community manager.

That's a lot of $399s.

Or you need to find other platforms (Slack, email, etc) to loop em in, which should have been the role of the social media management platform.


(Source: Sprout Social Pricing Page)

To put in numbers, Sprout will cost $10,152 per year for a small team of 4 people. On the $399 plan, it would cost $15,552 per year.

$499/user/month for brands with large following?

Sprout puts a cap on the audience (fans & followers) size of social profiles to manage.

If your total audience across all the social profiles exceeds 200k (and is under 500k), you need to opt for the $399 (professional) plan.

For no limitations on the audience size of social profiles, you will have to opt for the Advanced plan ($499 per user per month).

Sprout Social Pricing

And there are a lot of add-ons starting at $999/mo

To use "enhanced" reports (aka premium analytics), it's an add-on.

To use "social listening", it's an add on.

Once you grow out of basic reporting dashboard, you have no choice but to opt for such add-ons.

Sprout Social Pricing

Sprout Social does not reveal the pricing of any add-on. The price we've listed ($999/mo) is an average of what people are generally paying for these add-ons

Sprout Social Pricing

Slow customer service

Social media management platforms have to deal with networks, APIs and account-specific issues that requires communication with support team or your success manager (usually, not the one who sell you add-ons).

Now just to make sure your work doesn't stop, you need a platform that priortizes communication over channels that are convinent and quick.

If you aren't a high paying customer, you might feel neglected (voiced by people in the forums linked above).

Because apart from the time they are doubling the price, it might take you some time to hear back.

Got a good deal? It comes with a long-term lease or a looming raise!

You might be feeling really good about yourself if you've managed to negotiate a good deal with Sprout.

There were others who felt the same.

Should we point at the forums again?


So, where do we go from here?

We've compiled a list of Sprout Social alternatives that compete with Sprout on its merits.

We do put ourselves on the number 1 position, because Statubrew offers 1:1 feature match and the best price to value ratio (also it's our blog).

It's recommended to set up calls with multiple platforms (limit to 5) and see what's in the market and what solution fits you the best.

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Shivam Devgan

Shivam is a content and marketing strategist at Statusbrew and loves to write content that tells a story. When he's not on his laptop you can find him working out and jamming to pop music.

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