What is the best way to engage backers?
It looks like you have backed two dozen projects to date. What did those creators do that got your attention (in a good way)? There is your answer, or at least the beginnings of it.In my experience, posting updates is probably the most efficient way to keep your backers updated and thinking about your project (if that's what you're talking about). Answer all of their questions as promptly as you can, and be polite and professional no matter how dumb or basic they seem.And just be aware that not everyone is going to hang on your every word, even if they're sincerely interested in your project. So many people back multiple projects at once that there is no practical way that they can keep up with every little bit of news from all of them. Just because they don't seem to be paying attention, it doesn't mean that they're not paying attention.
Shipping/Financing HELP PLEASE!!
Yes, international shipping is expensive and the price has gone up dramatically in the last 5 years. But I have never, ever understood why people — whether here on KS, or sellers on eBay, or wherever — refuse to offer international shipping options just because they think no one will pay for it. Why not let actual backers/buyers decide? Why make the decision for them?That being said, I don't know who you got your price quotes from, but they sound pretty much in line with what USPS would charge (USPS being, in my experience, the lowest-cost service for small, light items).
Budgeting your Kickstarter? Best way to calculate?
I think you've outlined it pretty well. You might consider setting up a spreadsheet so that you can be more precise. For example you can calculate your fees exactly. Track your unexpected costs carefully and see how they impact your profitability. You may be able to buy things like shipping more cheaply if you reach certain volumes too. You can also then use it as your campaign launches to see your progress, track additional expenses and ultimately see how much you make. You can then use it on other campaigns going forward as well. Good luck! Message me when you launch! Norris
has kickstarter considered a reverse kickstarter program? A bounty program?
Maybe this could be called the "kickstarter bait" program. Supporters get behind an idea and express that sort of money they would like to put behind it and what they would like to receive. In time, there might be a thousand people behind the idea. And then a creator can start a normal kickstarter and say that this new kickstarter is in response to three different "baits" - so the people standing behind the bait are notified and they can then choose if they support that kickstarter. Maybe their "bait" status could be changed to "i supported that kickstarter and withdraw from this bait." or "i supported that kickstarter but would be interested in something else, so my bait remains." or "that kickstarter was not the sort of thing I had in mind."
Should I trust a company to promote my project for a fee? Is it a scam? Does it work? Help?!
Dustin, There are some that are legitimate and do work. You will see some of these are being used on the most successful campaigns. I would check into those that you see being used again and again and perhaps reach out to specific creators for their feedback. A lot will depend on your product and if it is able to be promoted. Good luck!