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What are some great ideas for rewards that DON'T involve creating and shipping something physical?

T-shirts, stickers, mugs, and posters take time and money. What are some good ideas for digital or experiential awards? Are there any that worked really well for you, or that you loved getting as a backer?

ps. We came up with a list of some creative reward ideas and shared them here.
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Sean Tilley
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One of the most tried-and-true rewards I've seen across many campaigns is the inclusion of backer's names in a Hall of Fame, a page on your website, or somewhere in your final product. This reward is particularly great for film and game projects, as backers can see their names featured in the credits.

Another great reward can be a very simple digital file or set of files. One of the most common examples of this that I see in many game projects includes a series of wallpapers for desktops and mobile devices. Some film projects will also include a copy of the script or production notes.


Full disclosure - this commentator works at BackerKit, a post-campaign platform for project creators.

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Jamie Shaw & Chris Harrendence
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For £1 we're proposing to plant one Ash tree and one Oak tree. Then we'll dedicate it to all our backers. It fits with the theme of the picture book campaign that we're developing; it's about a mystical creature who lives in an ancient forest that has been reduced over the centuries to the confines of a traffic roundabout. Now I'm not sure if this is a great idea (feedback please!) but the trees should still be around when Chris and I are old and grey... although we're getting a bit like that already.

Jamie Shaw x

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Earl Scioneaux
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I tend to tell people that things that generate little additional cost but create some personal connection between you and the backers are the best rewards.  Here are a few examples:

-events: for example, a CD release party/show, or even some exclusive preview of the work in-progress, like when I had a handful of backers over to my studio to hear the (still incomplete) record and eat some of my home made gumbo: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/Samplefreq/electronola-an-electronic-gumbo-of-new-orleans-music/posts/772

-inclusion: allowing backers to be a fly on the wall for (or even take part in) part of the creation process, like where I some backers do chorus background vocals on my record here:  https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/Samplefreq/brassft-punk-daft-punk-tribute-via-new-orleans-bra/posts/333241

-first to experience: backers get exclusive access to your finished product before others (this works best for digitally deliverable content like music, movies, etc)

I'm sure there are plenty of others, but these are the ones that sprung to my mind as they've worked well for me.

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Joe Casvin
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Anything that will make your backers feel like they are getting something special. It can be difficult, but out of the box thinking probably brought you here, it will probably lead you to kickass rewards! I developed a study that backers can be a part of, "funny or offensive,"and I feel that it will help any backers that I am lucky enough to have feel like they have more than just $ in the project. It's fun and inclusive on more than one level. Hope that helps!

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Lisa Vollrath
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I do art publishing projects, so I think I have it easy when it comes to digital rewards. 

I always include .pdf copies of whatever I'm publishing, for those who can't afford to have a printed copy shipped to them. 

I usually do artwork for each publication, and, since I film most of my work as I go, I can easily put together a playlist of videos showing how the art was created.

One of my lowest level rewards is always a thank-you in the printed publication. For a dollar or two, you can get your name in a book, which people seem to like.

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A K Nicholas
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I've sent digital photo albums, behind-the-scenes shots, and video updates. I'd done updates that consist of me autographing books; its a small gesture, but makes waiting for the book to arrive easier if you've already seen it. I've also done video-thank-you's with me and co-workers naming backers.

A K

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Be U
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Backer's initials or pet's name can be added to a Hall of Fame piece from a collection to make it more personal/something we can always look forward to wearing or seeing whether it's apparel or an art piece.

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Arlene hall
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To engrave the names of each donor on the stepping stones around the resort and farm and send photos of this to each person!

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Earl Brown, Project leader
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Animated Thank You Notes - They're customizable and free. http://www.rattlebox.com

Ferrari rental - I used this perk for a $7,500 'Benefactor's perk. You can rent one for $1,000 per day.

Thank you by a pretty girl - example https://goo.gl/fVRnT9

BTW - Naming each perk level helps give each tier a unique persona - Friend, Supporter, Backer, Booster, Sponsor etc.

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FixProductions
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Hello! We are excited to be launching our KickStarter for Cyber-Boy in a few months. We are looking to introduce bobble head figurines, figures, or statues and are not sure where best to get them made. Any help would be most appreciated. Thank you guys. Wish you the best, and we'll see you soon! 

Thank you

-Brandon 

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scott teplin
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I make very large, detailed physical posters of fantasy architectural structures, and since I've have several campaigns under my belt I intend (this November, 2016) to make digital hi-res screensavers of all 4 of projects for $5.

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Kelli Stern
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M project was declined because  I guess I did the rewards wrong. I am totally confused on how to do the rewards and there is no way to get a hold of Kickstart that I can see. Can someone explain how to do it? Thank you

Kelli

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MARIO GALARRAGA
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QUISIERA SABER PORQUE NO HAY PAÍSES LATINOS EN LOS QUE PUEDEN TENER UN PROYECTO

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