Hi! Carol from Kickstarter's Community team here. I'm running a campaign right now too, so I can only imagine the wave of emotions you felt when this happened. It looks like you have a few weeks to go on your campaign and I definitely think that that's enough time to rally and get to your goal.And apologies for our contact form not working! A member of our Support team will be reaching out to you via email ASAP.
Poster Shipping and Unlocking Rewards
Poster tubes are one of the tricker items to ship. Unless you have a cheap pick and pack warehouse already, you'll just have the posters printed and shipped to you in bulk. Then you'll be rolling each into a tube and shipping. I think professionals roll each poster with some kind of paper to keep the ink from rubbing off.The most important thing is that you set your shipping charges correctly for the poster reward tier. It's also fine to calculate labor into that cost. If you a great job of researching and setting those prices, backers will have all the information they need to make a choice, and you only have to run as many posters as you have pledges for.
Braden Kale Heckman
Still wondering if I can use companies' names in my board game (e.g., Walgreens, 7-Eleven)...
I wouldn't. Companies can be very litigious, and may sue you or at the very least issue a cease and desist order. We tweaked some names in our board game, so Target became "Bullseye", Whole Foods became "Chewed Foods", etc. Our game has a element of humor to it, so it fits in the overall theme of things. If you choose to use someone else's trademarked name or logo, you might get away with it, but the more successful your Kickstarter project is, the more likely it is for someone at one of those companies to get wind of it and sick their legal team on you.
The Dubious Gentlemen
How long and extensive should my Biography be?
Hey! Welcome to Campus. I'd say that you should first think about who the audience for your campaign will be. Are you expecting to draw a lot of support from your existing fan community? If so, they might already know the back story to your band and it won't be necessary to go into too much depth. The focus of your project video and your project page should be explaining what you and your band want to make and share and why you need people's support to do it. Check out this worksheet for help with plotting out your key messages.Sharing the story of how your band came together and how you stay together could make an interesting topic for a Kickstarter Live broadcast or a project update, though!
Killer product but failed campaign, what went wrong and how to recover?
1 thing I noticed was your video got significantly better, and much funnier, after the 3:55 mark. I would definitely recommend putting the last part much much sooner in the video. Also, since the app is free, I would suggest doing the T-Shirt with Access for cheaper, and getting rid of the T-Shirt without Access Tier ( or making it even cheaper and doing away with the Access only Tier ).
C. L. Montgomery
In 2001, I discovered a technology of bypassing weaknesses, Should I do a KS on one invention or many?
Hi Craig,Your devices sound amazing and very interesting. It sounds to me like you really could pitch it either way. Focus on one device or have different reward tiers for different devices.You have made some quite staggering claims though, which you are going to need to convince people of using a video and a web page. To be perfectly honest, I don't think it matters whether you start with one or three devices as long as your KS pitch is able to prove your claims. If it's not crazy expensive, it sounds like a winning proposition to me. All you've got to do it prove it. (Sounds easy huh?)Alex
Alex Eames - RasPi.TV
Any experiences / thoughts on IMDB credits as rewards?
Nicholas, I have a number of questions like yours, but can't seem to get answers out of K.S. Any idea how to get a rise out of them? I don't want my campaign cancelled because they don't respond to questions. Stan Williams (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Stanley D. Williams