Help me kickstart my Kickstarter project!
July 27, 2010 7:32 AM   Subscribe

I need ideas to kickstart my Kickstarter project.

I'm a bit past halfway through a Kickstarter project to raise money ($900) for a print collection for my webcomic. Things started out great- for the first couple of weeks, I picked up backers in clumps and got to a little above $500.

So far, I've been promoting the thing by:
- mentioning it daily in my Facebook and Twitter feeds
- mentioning it in separate text when I update my strip (I use Comicpress, so I can add text as a "blog post" when I upload a new strip)
- doing one special strip that was basically a commercial for the drive
- uploading the strips to my Flickr account, and then posting them to various comics-related groups with a little bit of text about the drive
- also, a couple of blogs run by fans have mentioned the drive

And now things have totally dried up, leaving me worried that I've picked all the fruit there is to be picked. I have a week and a half left, and I'd really like to reinvigorate the drive. Any promotion suggestions that the Hive can think up would be most, most welcome.
posted by COBRA! to Media & Arts (6 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
 
You could ask your friends (email them seperately) to push it as well.

Maybe make a fun youtube video about it and post that to get attention.

I don't know if there's a word for this - tagging comic-related 'celebrities' in Twitter. I rarely use Twitter, but my pal needs a new liver - so what everyone does is pick a celebrity to tag and then flood them with a link and ask to retweet. A couple of celebrities did retweet to their network.
Although, I guess that might be annoying if it's actually to sell something. I don't know. Could do it anyway. It's the internet - so who cares.

Good luck. Friends of mine just barely reached their $5000 goal last night - in the last 1/2 hour. A lot of Twitter and Facebookin'
posted by KogeLiz at 7:38 AM on July 27, 2010


projects.metafilter.com
posted by parmanparman at 9:06 AM on July 27, 2010


Thanks for the suggestions!

As far as Projects.MeFi goes, I already posted the webcomic itself over there when I launched it, and added a link to the Kickstarter drive once it kicked off. I think a new Project link for the kickstarter drive would get deep-sixed.
posted by COBRA! at 9:18 AM on July 27, 2010


I feel like this kickstarter thing has an expiration limit on it. It seems to be in pretty widespread use now -- could we be reaching a saturation point? That said, I get most links on facebook pages. You need to have a lot of friends, or have someone who is a facebook social butterfly repost it for you. Get the "popular" kids to help...?
posted by iamck at 9:29 AM on July 27, 2010


I would reach out to people who've already contributed to see if they can talk it up a bit more. This is a sort of bragging that they can do while feeling like they are helping you out. (which they are)

Also, does your comic have its own Facebook page where folks can become Fans? I wasn't sure if your feeds were your personal ones or for the comic. If it doesn't have its own page, create one.

Did the fans who have blogs approach you? My thought here is that there may be others out there that are blogging about or reporting on your stuff. I assume you have a Google Alert or similar set up; follow up with any mention you see there.
posted by HE Amb. T. S. L. DuVal at 12:06 PM on July 27, 2010 [1 favorite]


I would reach out to people who've already contributed to see if they can talk it up a bit more. This is a sort of bragging that they can do while feeling like they are helping you out. (which they are)

Good call, done.
posted by COBRA! at 12:28 PM on July 27, 2010


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