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I am looking for suggestions on the mid-campaign "slump" of support. How to gain exposure?
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If you've done the advertising bit already, or that is simply not an option for you at the moment, try going to the owner of a popular blog or website focused on your project's theme or genre, and politely ask for the opportunity to grant an interview. Although your reception might be lukewarm at best with some, don't be discouraged. Be polite and exude confidence in your project, and keep hunting down more bloggers. If there's one thing I've learned about running and writing gaming blogs, its that content doesn't always write itself. Some bloggers eagerly look for new material, and now that your project has a few concrete successes by mid-campaign, they might be more willing to fill up an article or two with a good Q&A session! One other great way to help bump things up a little in the middle of your project is to take the comments and suggestions of your past and current backers, and deliver on the things that most of them seem to want! Suggestions from backers are usually genuine in nature, and give you the kind of marketing insight that most small businesses have to pay money to receive! Listen to your backers and fans, and deliver to them what they want! The feeling of project ownership they will get when you fulfill their requests will almost certainly open up their pockets just a little wider!Good luck on your project(s)!!
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What do people generally do about certifying their products (eg. FCC, CE, etc.)?
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I think a lot of people either don't know they are required to, or don't bother to. Personally, as an electronics engineer, I think every product should be fully and properly certified. Many products coming from hobbyist origins probably would not pass due to lack of filter/poor circuit design :(Products that are not RF based (or using pre-certified modules) only need to be certified as an unintentional radiator - this can be pretty cheap if your design is good - under $1k with many labs, under $2k with almost all.If you are creating an RF based product and not using a pre-certified module (consider using one if your volume is under 20k over 2 years, it almost always works out cheaper) then you need to be certified as an intentional radiator, that WILL cost you over $10k, if your design is bad and you haven't done in house pre-electromagnetic compliance testing and need to make changes, it can easily cost into the $20-30k range. Labs give you a certain amount of time to make changes and resubmit without extra cost... but if you can't just hack the board and need to actually make changes to the PCB, get new boards made, and arrive... you might run out of time and have start from scratch (paying the fee again).I recommend EMC Fast Pass to all my clients coming from hobbyist backgrounds: www.emcfastpass.com it covers much of what you need to do to certify, and what you can do on your pcb to help it pass.If you're looking for a lab to certify an RF product with, my recommendation for those new to the game is to find a product similar to yours then look up the FCC ID. The FCC ID will tell you the lab who certified it - reach out to them and say "hey you certified [this product] thats very similar to ours, how much will it cost me to have my similar product globally certified?"... contact 3 or 4 labs like this and you should have some reasonably accurate quotes - assuming the lab isn't just a flat fee.As a note on this however, FCC are changing their rules this year (in a few weeks?) and require all labs to be inspected, not just "self certified". Meaning things are about to get a whole lot more expensive - no more using the cheap labs that havent spent the money on inspections. A lot of labs are going to close  soon i think, or only do pre-compliance testing to help you pass.If you're not sure if your design will pass, and you don't have the equipment to test it, and you don't have the budget to go to a lab for pre-compliance testing... then head to a freelancing website like upwork.com and post a job for an EMC review. Get someone to check over your board design and give you suggestions, and send them a sample board so they can test it on their equipment (make sure they have the right equipment! 2.4GHz based systems need a 12.4GHz analyser to get all the required harmonics).And finally... if you are using a pre-certified module (such as an XBee or wifi module), make sure you're using the right antenna with it. The pre-certified module is ONLY certified with specific antennas. If your device has a PCB or chip antenna already on board - you don't need to worry. If you however need to use a u.fl or sma connected antenna... you MUST use one of the antennas specified under their certification or you will have to certify as an intentional radiator - their certificate is void if you dont use that specific antenna. This means you can't grab a cheap (likely very crappy) antenna from China that claims to operate in the band you are using (based on my testing of dozens of antennas... chances are its not going to be very well matched LOL.)
Mark Harris
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