How can I use Shopify in tandem with Kickstarter?
Kickstarter and Shopify live along the same entrepreneurial spectrum of ideation to execution. Kickstarter takes great ideas and turns them into viable products, Shopify takes viable products and turns them into viable businesses. With that in mind, Kickstarter and Shopify have teamed up to help creators/entrepreneurs make this transition more seamlessly. Also check out this Kickstarter-->Shopify guide we've put together.
Ask questions and learn from three success stories who have made this transition:
Brett Miller of Brik
Gareth Everard of Rockwell Razors
Jordan Schau of Pure Cycles
The way this is written it looks as if it's been posted by KickStarter staff as an official announcement. "Kickstarter and Shopify have teamed up to help creators/entrepreneurs make this transition more seamlessly." I'm sure it's not deliberate, but I was well into the article before I realised the above post was not written by a KS staff member.
Setting up Shopify for ecommerce after fulfillment makes sense, but what if I want to use Shopify for post-campaign pledges or pre-orders prior to fulfillment?
There's a shopify app that's recommended for setting up pre-orders, but it apparently costs $25 per month to use. If I'm reasonably comfortable with customizing my storefront, can I configure Shopify to support preorders, and then transition to regular sales post-fulfillment?
I'm pretty comfortable with getting the data I need from existing backers to provide for our fulfillment -- so would I be obligated to push all my backer data into Shopify? Or is the advantage being able to more directly upsell the backers to higher reward tiers? (and how much better is that than just providing upgrade SKU's on Shopify and telling backers to go there to upgrade)
To confirm, using the method proposed in that article under "Launch: Getting Backer Data From Kickstarter to Shopify"- will Shopify be charging their per-order fees of $0.30 per each reward?
Assuming no add-ons (so not including credit-card processing fees) if I have 2,500 Backers, will this method cost $750 to collect backer order information?
I have been searching for an oppertunity to say a big thank you to Kickstarter for this platform that they have created to allow to come together and build projects from nothing to so much more.. Some of the project may not have achieve their goal first time like mine, however, it has gaine much publicity and we get to meat like minded individual and very powerful information that can be used to develop your project further.. Kickstarter.. I just want to say thank you.. We love you and appreciate your hard work in putting together this platform.. There is a lot I have learnt on this platform.. I was new here and I am still moving forward upward. I am not detered.. I still believe in giving and sharing.. Lets continue to work together and help each other.. That is what Kickstarter is doing to help our project off to a better start.. Thanks again Kickstarter..
After speaking directly with Shopify, they admit that there is a problem with this blog/process and that they did not actually fully test this out prior to going live with it. If you're Kickstarter backers paid for shipping, the only current work around is to put "free shipping" on your entire site when making the transfer from Kickstarter to Shopify. Obviously that sucks because if you're selling internationally that will QUICKLY eat up margin. This is a bit frustrating that a publicly traded company valued at $12.3B did not take the time to test this 'idea' out fully before pushing it out as a marketing stunt.
Until this is fixed I would petition Shopify to take the misleading blog down or edit it so that it says "this only works with digital products that do not require shipping".
Ian, if Shopify needs a real campaign to work with and get this process correct I will work with you guys - finding this solution and getting it to work well is so clutch for a micro business bootstrapping their way to success. Both platforms (Kickstarter and Shopify) were made for this, and for the most part do a fantastic job. What I'm saying is, I'm willing to help, not just throw rocks.
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