As someone who has backed his fair share of Kickstarter projects last year, it's understandable why the platform gained traction. The independent gaming scene is one of the most bustling and, due in part to various services, the creation of unique experiences is made that much more possible.
In July 2014, Zack Brown turned to the crowd-funding site to ask for $10 for the ingredients for a potato salad, which he had never made before and didn’t want to waste money on. This isn’t a usual request on Kickstarter – proposed projects range from smart networked home security devices to wireless GoPro chargers.
There is a high chance that you haven’t been online lately, if you haven’t already heard about the infamous “Potato Salad” project. Started a few days ago by Zack Brown, the Potato Salad Kickstarter project simply stated “Basically I’m just making potato salad. I haven’t decided what kind yet.” Unfortunately, once someone earns a few bucks with something that went viral, everyone has to get on the “money wagon.”
Over the weekend, I talked to Ross Currie, an established Identity Management consultant from Perth, Australia. But between September to December of last year, Ross did something completely outside his comfort zone. He launched a Kickstarter campaign for his project Squishy Forts – the world’s first Pillow Fort construction kit. Ross’s goal was to reach $25,000 in crowdfunding. Instead, he was able to push the overall funding past $67,000.
This past Thursday, the highly anticipated independent video game "Shovel Knight" was released across both Nintendo and computer platforms. As a title that got its start due to Kickstarter, it grew in popularity until it became the hottest project to come out of this crowdfunding platform.
You've just successfully funded your product or service on Kickstarter. It might have taken you a couple of attempts, especially if you are a newcomer to your industry. There are a select few Kickstarter campaigns that not only reach their goals the first time around but completely blow by the goals in question.
To run a successful Kickstarter campaign you need to tell a great story to win the hearts and minds of citizens across the Web. Make sure you have an intricate marketing campaign planned to promote your Kickstarter as soon as it’s launched by getting it consistently shared on sites like Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.
One of the first sessions I attended at SXSWi was “Structuring Community During Exponential Growth,” which featured community managers from Kickstarter, Airbnb and SoundCloud. This panel focused on the development of the community manager. Here are the highlights.
It’d be easy enough to say, “I support crowdsourcing as long as the person behind it is doing it for the right reasons,” but what exactly does this entail? Is someone’s project instantly better than someone else’s because their name is not as recognized as that of another?