Proxycurl API VS CoreSignal
Proxycurl API VS CoreSignal

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Proxycurl API VS CoreSignal

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Proxycurl CoreSignal
Scrapes LinkedIn live Does not scrape LinkedIn profiles live. Real-time API reads their database
Core business is in API enrichment Core business is in selling datasets
Fresh data no older than 29 days Stale data (3-4 months old)
Has a smaller dataset Has a dataset that is bigger and richer
$XX,000 for US Profile Dataset $130,000 for US Profile Dataset
$1XX,000 for Global Profile Dataset $160,000 for Global Profile Dataset
$10 for 1000 Profiles via API $? for 1000 Profiles via API
17M Company profiles 91M Company Profiles
Does not have job dataset Has job postings datasets
Has contact data Does not have contact data

I will preface this comparison article by saying that I am the CEO of Proxycurl, and I know of CoreSignal from my interaction with our customers who were comparing CoreSignal and us. This is a summary of my findings, which might lean towards being biased, so take heed of that as you conclude.

By visiting the websites of both services, you can tell what the most significant difference between CoreSignal and Proxycurl is with the target audience

CoreSignal pushes you, the customer, to contact their sales staff. Proxycurl pushes you, the developer, to get their API key and test their product out immediately.
From the get-go, it is reasonable to conclude that CoreSignal is an Enterprise product, whereas Proxycurl is a development tool intended for software engineers to self-onboard.

But there's more...

LinkedIn Scraping VS LinkedIn Datasets

The next difference between CoreSignal is in the core products that we serve. CoreSignal's core product is its bulk datasets.

Proxycurl offers an enrichment API for businesses and professionals.

As far as I know, CoreSignal's real-time API does not scrape LinkedIn profiles in real-time. What it does is that their API service reads their database and returns cached profiles.

Proxycurl API scrapes LinkedIn profiles in real-time. In addition, Proxycurl offers a freshness guarantee.

Proxycurl CoreSignal
Scrapes LinkedIn profiles in real-time Does not scrape LinkedIn profiles live. Real-time API reads their database.

Data freshness

I am not confident of this -- but based on my calls with our customers switching over from CoreSignal, CoreSignal's data is at best 3-4 months old. Usually older.

Proxycurl offers data no older than 29 days. See Proxycurl's freshness guarantee here.

Data size and richness

CoreSignal wins on both sizes of dataset and richness. It is so because CoreSignal's product aggregates data from a more significant number of sources (20) relative to Proxycurl (4).
This is immediately obvious when you look at the numbers that CoreSignal boasts. For example, CoreSignal's landing page cites that they have 91M company profiles. In contrast, Proxycurl has 17M company profiles.
Vastness aside, CoreSignal also has more datasets. For example, CoreSignal has a Job postings dataset that Proxycurl does not have.
However, Proxycurl does not have data as rich as CoreSignal. It does have one thing that CoreSignal does not have. Contact information of people profiles.

Proxycurl CoreSignal
17M Company profiles 91M Company Profiles
Does not have job dataset Has job postings datasets
Has contact data Does not have contact data

Pricing

Proxycurl and CoreSignal have two competing products.

  1. Datasets (Proxycurl datasets are known as LinkDB Snapshots.)
  2. API

CoreSignal charges US$130K / year for datasets, including updates for their US profile dataset. Proxycurl prices their US Profile datasets at mid-5-digits.

CoreSignal charges US$160K / year for the global people dataset, including updates. Proxycurl prices it lower than CoreSignal, at a low 6-digits.

Proxycurl is priced at one credit ($0.01) for most endpoints for our API. Or 1000 profiles for $10. I have no idea what CoreSignal charges for their API.

Proxycurl CoreSignal
$XX,000 for US Profile Dataset $130,000 for US Profile Dataset
$1XX,000 for Global Profile Dataset $160,000 for Global Profile Dataset
$10 for 1000 Profiles via API $? for 1000 Profiles via API

Proxycurl API VS CoreSignal

CoreSignal is great if you are price insensitive, and having a huge dataset combined from numerous sources is a boon to your needs.

Proxycurl is great if freshness is a you need quality data enriched with contact information.

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