CHAOS HOUR HAS REACHED ITS PRIMARY GOAL
Thank you to each and everyone of you who has helped us along our journey. For every pledge, share and simple video watch you have helped us reach our goal.
Chaos Hour is a non-profit Geek Lifestyle e-zine based out of South Wales in the United Kingdom.
We specialize in Video Game, Film, Comic Book, Sci-Fi & Fantasy Literature and Hardware News, Reviews and Articles. Conceptualized by Padraig Balch in 2010, Chaos Hour has gone from strength to strength since its launch in March of 2011 at Cardiff Comic and Animation Expo.
Reaching a worldwide audience of 1500 - 5000 unique visitors every day, Chaos Hour is committed to bringing unique content, entertainment and informative articles to its loyal fan base.
However, in order to continue to grow as both an online community and centre for geek related entertainment and information, Chaos Hour need to improve their website.
And this is where we need you...
With your help and financial support we will be able to advance Chaos Hour into a much more user friendly website; advancing our search system, tagging and organization as well as fixing numerous issues from image uploading and site customization to additional pages and formatting. The advanced site structure will allow us more time to focus on gaining unique content, supporting our writing team and of course creating more of those competitions our fans have learned to love so much.
So where would your money go?
Taking Care Of Business
When Chaos Hour began it was very much a bedroom project and while it may look professional at the moment, much of the back end of the website is still very much unfinished making even the simplest of tasks such as tagging, editing, image uploading and formatting, very difficult if not impossible. With your support we will be able to improve the website to an organized and structured professional standard making it much more user friendly for the staff and audience alike.
Promoting Independent Projects
Chaos Hour are avid supporters of independent film, publishing and video game projects; championing crowd funded campaigns such as Afterlife Inc, Melksham Comic Con and Stiffs among many others; having written detailed features on their projects at the time of fundraising, theming the site around their project and creating banner ads for them.
With an improved layout and image uploading system we will be better able to advertise and promote fellow independent projects through graphics, banner ads, illustrated articles and even a ‘Supporting’ feature - showing a project Chaos Hour are currently supporting via crowd funding who we believe you should support in turn.
Since founding our Twitch project earlier in the year, Chaos Hour have finally found an outlet for their need to entertain. While the website has been host to many competitions and giveaways, we would like to advance our entertaining reach to YouTube videos and programming, Podcasts and online comics. With your support we will be able to integrate more advanced image uploading onto our site allowing us the ability to publish online comic strips and fan art competitions. If we reach an amount over our target goal, we will be able to afford better audio and video recording equipment and editing software so that we can better improve our YouTube channel branching out into weekly talk shows, live interviews and even sketch shows.
Social Media Integration
While we have managed to create a thriving Facebook, Twitter and Twitch community, it is hardly evident on our site. With your help we will be able to better intergrate our social media accounts into our website making us able to better promote our writers, articles, competitions and giveaways.
As well as the website itself, Chaos Hour have recently branched out into Live Streaming on Twitch.TV and, since launching the CH Stream in April of this year, have grown a loyal fan base of over 1,800 followers, over 200,000 page views, and an average viewership of 100 people per night. If we go over our target goal, subsequent funding will go towards improving our Twitch stream with better audio and visual equipment as well as editing programs to make better video adverts which you can utilize in our advertisers packages to help promote your business; and we can use to help promote the content on the website.
For the last two years Chaos Hour has been funding all of its competitions out of its own pocket without any income for the site itself. This has included giving away free video games, DVDs, tickets to events, DLC codes, Exclusive Game Content and even Riot Points and In Game currency for MMORPGs. Overall this has cost Chaos Hour over £2500 With your support we will be able to boost our website Search Engine Optimization as well as offering banner advertisements and advertising packages to our audience, which will help the website fund itself. This money would be able to go straight back into funding our competitions and giveaways, benefiting you - the Chaos Hour audience.
A Site Built By Writers For Writers
Working with new and emerging writers, Chaos Hour gives budding journalists the chance to see their work published on a professional site while reaching a high viewership. With your help we will be able to implement a better search and tagging system allowing our writers to better show off their work via their own personal ‘Writer’s Page’ or portfolio of work. Writers for the site will also be given ‘achievement’ style rewards for writing a certain amount of articles/on a certain day of the year, etc... While the site remains a voluntary project for our writers, this will make it much more fun and rewarding for them.
FINAL HOURS EXCLUSIVE REWARDS
GENERAL REWARDS & PERKS
This project was helped by www.kickingitforward.org
Risks and challenges
We’re confident that should our Kickstarter project get funded, we’ll be able to significantly improve our website almost immediately. We have already researched local design firms and begun prototyping new layouts as well as listing the drastic changes that need to be made to the back end of the website in order to make a much smoother user interface. As Chaos Hour is already live, any changes that will be made to the site will be visible to the backers almost immediately. We will also be communicating heavily with our funders to let them know exactly where their contributions are being spent.
In regards to rewards featuring the work of artists, crafters and independent business (such as comic books, films etc) and items which need to be signed, we will endeavor to get these out to backers as soon as they are available to us from the various individuals. However, we will be attempting to collect all items at least a week before the funding deadline (if it looks like we will be successful, of course) so that we can try to get them out to our backers ASAP.
If your reward package calls for a custom made item, i.e. an art commission or sketch card, these will take a little bit longer to get to you as we will be waiting on the artist. However, we plan to get these out as quickly as we can.
Advertising packages will be available as soon as the new and improved website is up and running and we have communicated with the backers to discuss their objectives and received their graphics. If they wish to use their packages at a later date (E.g. If some one has purchased a month’s worth of the site theme and wish to use it the month that their book/film/comic/game is coming out, we will be happy to delay your request until that time.) Please be aware that priority will be shown to higher backers.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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