I've raised +$12M on Kickstarter & Indiegogo. Let's talk startups, marketing, PR, crowdfunding, e-commerce, and media buying.
I don't want to link-bait, but I did write a blog post about the best crowdfunding practices.
I think there is a few good steps.
- Find your best competitor. (how did they succeed)
- Where does your market exist online. (reddit, facebook, instagram, specific blogs, etc)
- Create a trailer & landing page and try getting press aimed at your specific audience.
- Launch the Kickstarter with hype & have a marketing plan + press ready. With those you could easily hit $20k.
Here's the blog link if it will be helpful.
In no particular order, these are all super good.
#1 Noah Kagan talks about creating a million dollar business in a weeknend. http://fourhourworkweek.com/2011/09/24/how-to-create-a-million-dollar-business-this-weekend-examples-appsumo-mint-chihuahuas/
#2 Paul Graham on getting startup ideas.
#3 Paul Graham on how to start a startup.
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