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Why doesn’t Kickstarter allow projects to have funny descriptions ?

I had a project killed because it “violated” the rules. I look over the project and there was nothing that violated any of the written rules. The only thing I can see is that they don’t allow you to have humor in your project. Example: I will paint these pictures in my studio. (Ok it’s my mom’s basement but she brings me snacks.) Why?

2 Comments
2024/06/20
21:48 UTC

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Follower to backer conversion rate?

Hi Kickstarter folks. I was wondering about your experiences converting followers who sign up before a campaign begins into backers once you go live. We're sitting at a little over 25% of our followers having become backers after we've been live for a week. It feels kind of low, but it occurred to us that we don't know if that's just how it goes. So what has been your experience with the number of followers who sign up for updates compared to the number who actually become backers from that initial group?

4 Comments
2024/06/20
19:12 UTC

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Kickstarter Videos - High Production, or iPhone video talking to the camera

In your experience would you say it's best for a Kickstarter campaign video to be shot with high production value and lots of creative editing, or better off something much more simple with the founder or someone else talking to the camera on an iPhone or something similar?

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2024/06/20
16:03 UTC

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PSA: Kickstarter Mythic Games (Creator of Darkest Dungeon, 6:Siege, etc..) Refuses to Replace Damaged Products

To anyone who cares about these things, I received my shipment for the 6: Siege board game and one of the products came in damaged. The box plastic was torn with a large gash in the side of my product.

I'm a collector so yes, I care about the box. This project also cost a fuck ton as they had a 2nd round collection AFTER the kickstarter. I was willing to ship this box back for a new one.

I have contacted them over 5 times over the past 2 months with absolute silence, meanwhile they send out mails to sell their extra copies. Their SLA says 5-10 business days to respond (lol) and so I'm doing the only thing I can. They can be sure I will make another post during future campaigns.

Rest assured I am never backing one of their games again.

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2024/06/20
14:52 UTC

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Litchi Town - Kickstarter Announcement Trailer - A farm-sim game that turns the rural life into a canvas for your creativity!

3 Comments
2024/06/20
10:26 UTC

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Era: Balam - A Strategic Sci-Fi Tabletop Adventure!

Hi everyone,

We're excited to share our latest project with you: Era: Balam! This sci-fi tabletop game blends strategic gameplay with immersive role-playing, putting you right in the middle of an interstellar conflict. Whether you're a fan of deep strategy, engaging narratives, or easy and enjoyable character creation, Era: Balam has something for you.

Why You'll Love Era: Balam:

  • Immersive Role-Playing: Create your character and dive into a universe of intrigue and adventure.

  • Strategic Depth: Engage in tactical battles that will test your planning and adaptability.

  • Easy to Get Started: Our intuitive character creation system makes it simple and fun to jump into the game.

We'd love for you to check out our Kickstarter page, share your thoughts, and support us if you can. Every backer helps us bring this dream to life!

Kickstarter Link

Thanks for your support and happy gaming!

0 Comments
2024/06/20
10:22 UTC

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Guys! I am thrilled to announce our pre-launch campaign for the Social Media of Help — Circle!

We believe that technology can play a pivotal role in strengthening social bonds, promoting compassion, and encouraging companies to embrace their social responsibility. So, join us on this transformative journey. Your support will be instrumental in shaping our future https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/circle-social-media-of-help/coming_soon

0 Comments
2024/06/20
09:06 UTC

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Have you considered using market research to collect a potential customer list yourself?

I regret not doing so for both of my Kickstarter projects now, because in Taiwan's crowdfunding platforms, it's almost customary to conduct market research before launch to collect potential customer emails. From my own experience, I spent about $35 per day on Facebook ads to target people interested in the survey, and to have those interested leave their email for notification at launch. Over the course of a month, I collected around 500 emails.

I'm not sure how much I would need to spend on Facebook ads to reach a US audience, but I will definitely try this approach for my next crowdfunding campaign.

How much do you think it would cost to collect one potential customer's email using this method? Or rather, how much would you be willing to spend to collect such an email?

5 Comments
2024/06/20
08:41 UTC

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Can I talk about Indiegogo in this subreddit?

I understand that this subreddit was created to discuss Kickstarter projects, but the Indiegogo subreddit audience is not very active :(

6 Comments
2024/06/20
07:18 UTC

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Introducing the Sadhana Tarot: A Unique Deck for Meditation and Spiritual Insight on Kickstarter!

https://preview.redd.it/kkeiwy0m8o7d1.jpg?width=4096&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=295d45f38b5c589f21aa6633c6a6c30b3e94b73f

Hello everyone! I'm thrilled to introduce the Sadhana Tarot, our new project on Kickstarter designed for spiritual seekers and tarot enthusiasts. This unique deck is crafted to enhance meditation and provide deep spiritual insights, blending traditional tarot symbolism with elements that aid in personal growth. We believe in the transformative power of this deck and would love your support to bring it to life. Check it out and consider supporting us here: Sadhana Tarot on Kickstarter. Thank you for helping us make this vision a reality!

0 Comments
2024/06/20
06:27 UTC

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Question for those who’ve used the ‘$1 to secure prelaunch deal’ offers

As a fairly confident Kickstarter creator, I’ve seen these advertised, and am reading about them in ‘Crowdfunded,’ but am struggling with the actual mechanics.

How does a backer get their exclusive deal if they’ve backed the prelaunch with $1? Is it a hidden tier? A clearly flagged tier? Do they get money off after they’ve backed?

Please, someone help me understand!

10 Comments
2024/06/19
21:38 UTC

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The PhoneFob a Cell Phone Accessory

Just looking to get opinions on how people feel about this product. I'm an entrepreneur and I created a product that takes your cars key fob and turns it into a slim MagSafe cell phone accessory that can be attached directly to the back of a phone or magnetic case. I also created a version that fits into a slot of a cell phone case. I put the product on kickstarter and I thought it would take off but the campaign has been a failure up to this point. I've hated carrying my key fob around with me and I lost one and it cost over $550 to replace. I'm not looking for pledges just looking for thoughts on this. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/phonefob/the-magnetic-phonefob

5 Comments
2024/06/19
20:57 UTC

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It is the final day on KS for our 20 minute set building card game!

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2024/06/19
16:39 UTC

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Our pixel art Action RPG is coming to Indiegogo! Sign up for early bird discounts!

4 Comments
2024/06/19
14:33 UTC

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Stripe Connection Wrong Country

Hello, I am trying to finalize my project and connect using a business account. But when I click Stripe Connect, it redirects me and asks me to create a new account. The biggest problem is that I live in the Netherlands, and I feel like that affects the redirect. I cannot select any other country on the stripe page, and my company is registered in my home country - Bulgaria. I am not sure how to solve this issue. Please help. Thank you.

This ticket includes a secure attachment. Use this link to access the attached files:
https://kickstarter.sendsafely.com/receive/?thread=S5GZ-RM5S&packageCode=13IMvdq7fXKeXJS9NWN2R92amW2KG1052arJ6ZzfxGw#keyCode=iIa5gOIg4jBjOzNd9lKb-V1Kf5o8lSVzrs6y8dAAsZ8

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2024/06/19
10:44 UTC

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My Experience with Launching a Kickstarter Project (Part-3): First Collaboration with Marketing and Promotion

Each project has its unique characteristics and audience. I categorized my project under product design, focusing on items related to calendars, planners, and whiteboards. Here are the final results displayed on the dashboard after my 2023 Kickstarter campaign ended:

Goal: $3,000,Final amount raised: $31,515 (213 backers),Dropped pledges: $3,665 (26 backers, including $1,456 from 12 fake backers)

Sources of funds: From Kickstarter (29%): $9,180 / External (9%): $2,843 / Custom (61%): $19,492

Here are the results from marketing collaborations:
Custom Label (Cost $) Backers (Amount $)

  • BackerSpaces03 ($899) 17 ($3,023)
  • BackerSpaces ($599) 19 ($2,612)
  • BackerMany3 ($599) 14 ($2,513)
  • BackerSpaces02 ($599) 18 ($2,382)
  • BackerMany2 ($599) 13 ($2,211)
  • BackerMany ($599) 16 ($2,196)
  • BackerLatest Newsletter_BL ($399) 12 ($1,456) ← fake pledges, all dropped
  • Backercrew ($399) 7 ($1,207)
  • KICKSTARTECH ($899) 6 ($1,034)
  • BackerCity ($499) 3 ($267)
  • 01.BackerClub ($500) 1 ($250) *$1.0 per click
  • af4b37ef.kb ($39*2+$20.4) 1 ($204) *Kickbooster subscription $39.0/month + custom commission
  • backerland ($249) 3 ($296) *classified as External

Subtotal (excluding fake pledges) from collaboration referrals: Revenue: $18,199 / Expenses: $6,538.4 (ROI: 2.78)

Scams I encountered:

  • successworld Hector ($500): A classic individual scam, persistent and convincing, but I was naive and fell for it. Lesson learned.
  • BackerLatest ($399): Everything seemed real until I noticed that its backers had only backed one or two projects. I began keeping notes, and it turned out that all 12 pledges were fake—100% fraudulent, which was outrageously excessive.

At first glance, the overall ROI might seem decent. However, no single collaboration achieved the 3+ ROI target on the first attempt. I had to provide feedback to each partner, and most of them agreed to improve their efforts. I kept giving feedback until I saw results above the 3+ ROI. As the results show, not every partner valued my feedback equally. From this experience, you can see which partners I would consider good collaborators.

My second project has 14 days left. If you're interested in seeing the final results, let me know, and I'll be happy to compile another report for your reference. See you next time!

Part 1:https://www.reddit.com/r/kickstarter/comments/1di99bv/my\_experience\_launching\_a\_kickstarter\_campaign/

Part 2:https://www.reddit.com/r/kickstarter/comments/1din43k/my\_experience\_with\_launching\_a\_kickstarter/

8 Comments
2024/06/19
04:36 UTC

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Kickstarter Community, What's your experience with marketing agencies?

We are in midst of planning our kickstarter launch. How was your experience in with any marketing agencies? Did it helped?

6 Comments
2024/06/19
02:24 UTC

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Fae & Fairytales, 42 card fully illustrated oracle deck, now live!

Fae & Fairytales

Hi everyone! I'm very happy to finally be able to present my oracle deck "Fae and Fairytales". It's a 42 card fully hand illustrated oracle deck based off the myths and legends of the European continent. Each card was drawn by me, a professional illustrator with 7 years experience in fantasy artwork. No AI is used at all in this project.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/fairytellingtarot/fae-and-fairytales-oracle-deck-fairytelling-tarot

https://preview.redd.it/4nartjc45e7d1.jpg?width=2038&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=f66453f51c26b8f9f473503602620a9a9f843dad

0 Comments
2024/06/18
20:37 UTC

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My Experience with Launching a Kickstarter Project (Part-2): Pricing and Marketing Collaboration

From the very beginning, we decided not to rely on marketing companies to write our promotional content. We believe that we know our product's characteristics and details better than anyone else. We also doubt that any marketing company would spend more time than necessary to create successful marketing content specifically for us, given that businesses aim to make a profit.

Part 1:https://www.reddit.com/r/kickstarter/comments/1di99bv/my\_experience\_launching\_a\_kickstarter\_campaign/

Many marketing companies that reached out to us made grand claims, but I still believe that, for an individual project, even the most reputable and ethical marketing company cannot create the perfect marketing content tailored to us within a limited timeframe and budget. Moreover, there is no standard model or answer in marketing, so I never had high hopes in this regard. I also advise creators not to overestimate these companies that claim to have a team providing the best services.

Instead, focus on honestly conveying your project details, features, and what problems it solves. Consider how to present this information in a way that is easy to understand and digest quickly. That's the key.

Of course, it ultimately comes down to funding and risk issues. Because of limited funds and the high risk of launching prematurely, we thought of using crowdfunding to supplement and realize our ideas, right?

Therefore, we handle everything we can ourselves (including video production). The most important consideration before launching is the cost structure. Achieving a successful campaign is one thing, realizing it after success is another, and having extra funds to continue operations is yet another. We calculate our cost structure based on the normal retail price. Essentially, we control the material costs to be between 20% to 25% of the retail price (e.g., $20 to $25 for a $100 product).

Wow! This sounds like a 75% to 80% ($75 to $80) gross profit margin. Isn’t that exorbitant? Hold on, let's continue our analysis.

We often encounter promotional discounts, especially on crowdfunding platforms, where discounts of 50% or 60% are common. When we conservatively calculate with a 35% discount (e.g., $65), the gross profit margin shrinks to 40% to 45% (e.g., $40 to $45). Then, with the platform's commission of 8% ($5.2), the gross profit margin becomes 34.8% to 39.8% (e.g., $34.8 to $39.8). If you don't plan to spend on other advertising or promotions, you can indeed achieve a decent profit margin. But realistically, can you get something for nothing? I don't think that will happen to me.

Therefore, we also plan for advertising and promotional expenses. This is a critical consideration when selecting our partners and exercising self-discipline because we can't randomly choose and invest in ads without justification just for the final crowdfunding result. So, we only choose partners who commit to at least a 3x return on investment (ROI). With this setup (e.g., ROI=3, for every $65 income, $21.6 is ad spending), our gross profit margin can be controlled at 13.2% to 18.2% (e.g., $13.2 to $18.2). At this point, doesn't it seem much less like an exorbitant profit?

Sounds ideal, doesn't it? Yes, but how can we ensure that the partners we find can truly deliver on their promise of a 3x return on investment for the project?

I don't know the answer. To find out, we can only look for reviews from various sources and… actually invest. How did it turn out? We'll share that next time.

Part 3:https://www.reddit.com/r/kickstarter/comments/1djaoqe/my\_experience\_with\_launching\_a\_kickstarter/

4 Comments
2024/06/18
10:11 UTC

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Smart Shooting Target - Setup your garage range and practice everyday

0 Comments
2024/06/18
07:09 UTC

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I set a funding goal on Kickstarter which was lower than required amount and I am wondering if it was a bad move?

I set a funding goal lower than what I require and now I am wondering if it was the right move. I had talked with manufacturers and know it would take $25k for making min order of 1000 units.

I saw other successful campaign and found that they were putting lower goals and surpassing it 200%-300%. So I set a goal of $10k. I am half way through my first campaign and 22% funded, 26 more days to go.

I am wondering now even if I reach the set goal, after Kickstarter fee I would get $9k and would still need $16k to make the min order. I am stressed now thinking about it.

It's a physical product-Music response lamp that could be used as a desk lamp or bedside lamp. Comes with 8 color LED and can be controlled using a remote control. It's called SIMPL- Smart Innovative Modular Pyramid Lamp

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/aroundearth-nn/simpl-smart-innovative-modular-pyramid-lamp?ref=2w932u

Running ads on meta, LinkedIn, google. I end up putting all that I earn from uber into running ads. didn't know how expensive it was to run ads.

What do you think- what would the outcome be? was the goal set too low?

25 Comments
2024/06/18
04:14 UTC

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My Experience Launching a Kickstarter Campaign (Part-1): Offering Insights for Aspiring Creators

I come from Taiwan, Asia, and have been on Reddit for less than two months. This is my first post here, and my English is not very good. Through ChatGPT, I want to share my crowdfunding experience on Kickstarter with everyone:

I once co-founded a company specializing in creative product design and development. We set up crowdfunding platforms as important marketing channels for launching new products. In August 2016, our rhino-shaped hammer debuted on Kickstarter for the first time.

Back then, we were filled with enthusiasm and an inexplicable confidence (looking back now, that's how it seems). As beginners, We did not participate in many forum discussions or market research beforehand, nor did we warm up by collecting email addresses from potential supporters, and the only advertising we did was on Facebook (ironically, we didn't even know about setting tags to differentiate sponsor sources, so we weren't sure how much of the sponsorship came from our own ads).

In the end, over the 40-day campaign, the rhino hammer garnered 543 backers and $41,014 in funding. Compared to projects at the time that often raised hundreds of thousands of dollars with thousands of backers, we still felt our performance wasn't ideal. Looking back now, I find it amusing and somewhat naive because we later successfully launched two deer-shaped pliers, both of which met their goals.

It was during this time that we started to engage with so-called marketing companies (However, I cannot provide constructive reference data because in 2021, I was forced to leave the company I founded. At that time, I used the company email, which I haven't used in years and have since forgotten the password. I never imagined I would want to access the case details in the future. Seeing my own profile picture among the collaborators does evoke a sense of unexplained sadness. ☹️). It was also during this time that I discovered that the first push didn't do much preliminary research, but it was already a remarkable achievement to get 500 backers.

Who would have known that in October 2023, after several years, I would embark once again on the Kickstarter adventure? This time, it's with a company entirely under my control. While it's a modest start, at least I don't have to worry about being forced to leave anymore. However, the challenges I face now seem quite different from what I knew before, despite it being just seven or eight years ago...

The first restarted project successfully reached its goal and ended in December 2023, during which I learned more than ever before (including being scammed ☹️). This was all accumulated experience. This year, I continued with the second project, which has also reached its goal and is nearing completion, having passed two-thirds of its duration. Both projects are related to calendar and planner products, providing me with a lot of valuable data for reference this time around.

In the next post, I will consolidate this data, share the process with our partners, my perspectives, and more with everyone, as it seems I've fragmented the content too much. Thank you for your patience in reading up to this point. See you next time!

Part 2:https://www.reddit.com/r/kickstarter/comments/1din43k/my_experience_with_launching_a_kickstarter/

6 Comments
2024/06/17
21:16 UTC

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About Kickstarter rewards

So I'm doing my budgeting and I only need like £3000.00 but because Kickstarter is largely based around giving rewards to backers, it looks like I would literally need to double my asking amount just to make rewards and pay for postage to backers, which would make the goal more unreachable.

What I'm making is a movie and therefore doesn't have a physical aspect to it, so rewards aren't anything I had a clear set plan for.

Any advice appreciated.

8 Comments
2024/06/17
15:55 UTC

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Anybody back Villains Inc?

Did anyone back the indie dim Villains Inc?

I backed it at the level to receive the digital copy of the movie. All I’ve gotten so far is digital wallpaper, and I’m curious if anyone else has gotten the other or if it just isn’t out yet. It already had its limited release theatrical run that was supposed to predate the reward, back in April.

The reason I’m posting here is they haven’t updated since then and they have no “message the creator” option on Kickstarter.

If anyone has any experience or insight I welcome your wisdom 😆😉

4 Comments
2024/06/17
15:35 UTC

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Which platform is suitable for non-profit organization crowdfunding?

Kickstarter, Indiegogo, Patreon, GoFundMe, RocketHub?

1 Comment
2024/06/17
09:38 UTC

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Promoting my kickstarter on reddit threads

Hey everyone! I'm planning on promoting a food-related Kickstarter campaign in a thread like KitchenConfidential. Is it allowed on Reddit? I know a lot of people in the food industry are like army brothers always there to support each other, and I think I'd get great feedback from this.

thank you for your answers in advance!

2 Comments
2024/06/16
23:46 UTC

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Human Pupil Tracking App

After 25+ years of studying the human pupil, I am now creating an app to detect 29 different anomalies of the pupil integrated with machine learning: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/pupilprof/pupillary-parameter-tracker

I only spent a few hours creating this kickstarter and would appreciate any recommendations, since I am very new at this.

Edit: Is there anyway to stop the spammers from messaging your Kickstarter account?

4 Comments
2024/06/15
18:44 UTC

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