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Just me rambling on a bit... #2: Kickstarter

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Blog entry by Mike Merzke posted 10-04-2014 11:53 AM 1253 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I’ve started a kickstarter to try and raise some money for a CNC machine. Please go and check out my project. Every little bit helps. Thanks

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/706728814/cut-carve-and-create

-- Mike Merzke, https://www.merzkecustomwoodworking.com



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Rob

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#1 posted 10-04-2014 04:24 PM

First off, thank you for your service.

Please don’t take this too harshly, but I think you’ve missed the mark on your Kickstarter. The way you’ve framed it, I think this would be more appropriate as a GoFundMe because the primary goal of the campaign is to raise money for something which strictly benefits you.

Most successful Kickstarter campaigns have the ultimate goal of bringing a new idea to fruition, a new product to the market, or producing an existing type of cutting-edge product at a more affordable price. There are implied benefits to the project creator(s), but those benefits are not quite so front-and-center as saying, “I want to raise money to buy X.”

Someone else recently had a successful campaign for his new sawhorse designs. I would suggest looking at that and several other successful campaigns to see how they are presented. Then either come up with your own CNC design and promote that; or develop some other new or improved idea, and make the funding of the CNC machine a side issue that’s only mentioned as part of your “where money goes” and “manufacturing plan” sections. Word the entire campaign in terms of how you will bring something new and innovative to the world, and focus less on how this campaign will personally benefit you.

Another possibility would be to reframe your Kickstarter as a campaign raise money for your local library or makerspace to buy a CNC machine—but in that case you obviously need to see if the library or makerspace is interested, and you’re limiting your audience to the local community.

-- Ask an expert or be the expert - http://woodworking.stackexchange.com

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Mike Merzke

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#2 posted 10-04-2014 05:31 PM

I appreciate your point of view but Kickstarter is also used for fund raising for what I have stated in my project. I am not trying to misrepresent and my plan is just as I state it is. There are multiple fund raising sites and this is the one I choice. All projects are reviewed prior to being released to make sure they meet the requirements.

-- Mike Merzke, https://www.merzkecustomwoodworking.com

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Rob

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#3 posted 10-04-2014 07:28 PM

While your campaign may technically meet Kickstarter’s requirements, the other Kickstarters I’ve seen which were presented in this way did not generate much interest. As it stands, there really isn’t much about your campaign that makes it stand out from the crowd. I think it would help to structure your campaign more like some of the other really successful Kickstarters. In any case, best of luck and thank you again for your service.

-- Ask an expert or be the expert - http://woodworking.stackexchange.com

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