The week started with a flurry of contributors and encouraging comments on my Indigogo crowdfunding site. I was overwhelmed and humbled by their generosity. To have people step forward to help someone else reach an otherwise unreachable goal sent my belief in the goodness of human nature soaring. My thanks to every one of these contributors is boundless.
Connie Walker Gray
At this stage Indiegogo suggests campaigners investigate doing press releases. They discouraged it for the launch unless you already have a press presence, reasoning that you want contribution traction on your site to give the press and bloggers something to write about. I’m looking into a service that hooks me up with media outlets that work with crowdfunding.
One thing that is growing clear is that I won’t be able to carry through on my resolution not to ask for money. Gentle hints in my tweets, newsletters, blogs and emails have been pretty much overlooked. I’ve changed my focus to a perk I named The Four Hundred Club. The early premise of crowdfunding was that large numbers of people made small contributions (thus the word ‘crowd’) so I decided to go ‘old school.’
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I’ll be working very hard on this campaign because it’s already gone beyond just being about me. If I don’t reach my funding goal, I’ll be disappointed, no question about it. But what bothers me more is that I’ll disappoint those people who kicked off this campaign with their time and money.
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At the point I’m not sure what I’ll report next week. I have no idea what will happen. That’s part of what makes this process exciting. In the interest of being open and honest, I must confess that I've found most of this great fun and I expect the fun to continue. If you have questions about possibly doing your own crowdfunding campaign please use the comments function to ask because other visitors will probably also be interested. If you prefer to stay private, then just scroll down and click to my website, the email address is in the footer.
Week #1 Considering Crowdfunding?
Week #2 Getting Started With Indiegogo
Week #3 Pulling it Together
Week #4 Show Me the Money
Week #5 What if No One Comes
Week #6 Launch Week at Last
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