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Is Kickstarter Still Good For Launching Products in 2024?

In the evolving landscape of product launches, crowdfunding platforms like Kickstarter and Indiegogo have remained pivotal in turning innovative ideas into marketable products.

The question is whether these platforms still hold their value in 2024, and how best to leverage them for successful product launches.

The Viability of Kickstarter in 2024

In short, although crowdfunding might get less hype than before, Kickstarter is still an extremely good platform to launch new products or get funding for your project.

Kickstarter has consistently proven to be a robust platform for entrepreneurs and creators to gain awareness and funding, and many projects achieved great results in 2023. Here are two key benefits that continue to make Kickstarter a viable option:

  • Community Engagement: Kickstarter fosters a strong community of early adopters who are eager to support innovative projects.

  • Platform support: Kickstarter offers an easy-to-use user interface and great integration with data analysis tools like Google Analytics and Facebook Pixel to see your traffic data.

However, the landscape is also becoming more competitive than before, and standing out requires more than just a good idea but also careful planning and more marketing effort.

So below we will lay out a few tips to help you to prepare for your next successful project launch.

Preparing for a Successful Campaign

Launching a campaign on Kickstarter involves meticulous planning and execution. Here are the basics you need to cover:

  1. Compelling Storytelling: Your campaign needs a compelling narrative that resonates with potential backers. The most important part is the campaign video and the campaign page. You want to clearly explain your product, its benefits, and why it matters to your potential backers.

  2. High-Quality Visuals: You don't always need to spend a fortune on making your campaign video and photos, but they must look professional to make your campaign visually appealing and credible. Also, try to show actual usage of the product instead of renderings whenever possible. If some features are not ready, don't be afraid to state it on your campaign page, the Kickstarter community will appreciate you for being honest and transparent.

  3. Clear Reward Structure: Offer attractive and clear rewards for different levels of backing, it is common to offer different reward levels based on discounts, quantity and bundles, you want to offer your biggest discount at the beginning to maximize the hype at the launch.

  4. A solid pre-launch promotion: As mentioned in the last point, the short period after your campaign launch is the single most important period within your entire campaign duration, it is when your campaign gains the most attention and it sets the momentum that carries through your campaign period. This is also why you always see successful campaigns are able to reach their goals within hours or even minutes after their launch.

  5. Effective Marketing Strategy: It is also important to keep bringing traffic to your campaign throughout the campaign period. Promote your campaign through social media, email newsletters, influencers and media efforts. You also want to plan for the promotion schedule so you can maintain a healthy flow of traffic.

  6. Regular Updates: It is also important to keep your backers informed with regular updates. Not only transparency builds trust and can help mitigate concerns, but the fact that backers can always cancel their pledge before your campaign ends, answering comments timely and updates can help to keep your backers engaged with your campaign.

That's a summary of the most important things to get done when planning for your campaign, but there is much more to be considered. Remember, making a successful campaign is no easy task and takes a lot of effort.

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