Articles

Category :

Hot Topics in the Industry

Crowdfunding: Things That Will Piss People Off




Crowdfunding: Things That Will Piss People Off
A Guest Post by Unified Manufacturing



So you just launched a Kickstarter campaign and you’re now oh so ready to announce it to your family, friends, and fans (triple F). But before you compose your e-mail or status update, make sure you’re know what ticks people off when it comes to crowdfunding. Here are some of them:

Using the “We’re Relatives” card more than once
When the world turns its back on you, you know where to go. You know your family and relatives are “required” to support you.  Of course, they know that, too. But at the bottom of their hearts, they hate it. That’s still money you’re asking for and they have life problems (that includes money) of their own which they cannot crowd fund. Besides, you’re an adult. Once is okay because they’re still very excited to launch your career. But twice is too much- unless it’s another major break for a bigger career leap, and at least a year later.

Asking too much too soon
“How much more do you need?”
“$1,000”
“When is the deadline?”
“ Tonight”

Expect him to groan and even roll his eyes. It’s not that your uncle or friend doesn’t have $1,000 to spare. It’s just that your approach is annoying. This will make him feel like you’re using him and abusing his generosity. If you’re asking for a big sum, ask months earlier. If you still need a big amount of money and the deadline is tonight, loan. Don’t ask for donations.

Posting on Facebook 10 times a day
Okay, there are just those people who post so many times in one day about their Kickstarter campaign. Don’t be one of them or people will unfriend you. Seriously. No one cares about your art more than yourself. Unless you’re as popular as Amanda Palmer. Which, even so, is still annoying if you post multiple times a day. Just don’t! Resist the urge. Please.

Pleading for cash rather than having the pre-order approach
Don’t just ask people to give you money. You’re not their kid. You have to do your part by giving them something in return. It’s annoying when people just ask money because they’re creating a masterpiece or something. The best way to answer the “ What’s in it for me?” question, is by giving them something from your project. If you’re a filmmaker, give them something physical like a DVD or a t-shirt. Same goes for filmmakers and authors.

Appearing desperate
When writing the copy for your Kickstarter project, don’t use desperate words and don’t come up with desperate sentences.

Sending group messages
If you really want people to hate you, send a group email to 100 people. They’re likely to leave the thread the next day. Tada! You’re officially on their “annoying people on Facebook” list. If you care about people’s temper and your reputation, send individual messages even if it means your fingers will hurt a little from all the copy-pasting.

Getting “out of reach” once the campaign becomes successful
The generous people would like to know the status of your project. Tell them. A simple picture of your album artwork or a blog about your tour would suffice.

Getting money from people so you can do what you love is not an easy feat. It takes guts. You have to be thick-skinned and really skillful in marketing your campaign effectively without turning people off. And, of course, you have to make sure they’ll be impressed with your work because you’re using their hard-earned dollars. Good luck!=)
_______________________________________________________________

Unified Manufacturing is a custom CD/DVD and Vinyl Manufacturing facility based on both sides of the US. Our clients range from indie artists to major label artists such as Stevie Wonder, Sheryl Crow, and Ringo Starr. If you need an Instant Quote on a project AND you want FREE SHIPPING ( free shipping on all quotes from the blog) – Then CLICK HERE.





Implied Power

Artistic Terrorists

Top 15 most popular musicians on social media

How to Determine Artist Advances

The Trend

What is a 360 Deal?

The Essence Of Viral Stories

What Needs Does your Music Fill?

Was This Musician's Plan Ethical?

Significance of Branding as Recording Artists

You Learn To Be An Artist

How Artists Can Unlock Their Creative Potential

Do You REALLY Need a Record Deal?

Importance of Branding as Record Artists

What Every Musician Ought To Know About Publishing

Arrogance, Is It Crippling The Growth Of Indie Artists?

Hip Hop: Who are the highest earners & record holders?

5 Strategies That Guarantee Success

Fan Engagement for Independent Artists

How Creating a Set List is Exactly Like Creating a Mix Tape for Your Girlfriend

Using Your Fans to Get More Photos and Videos During Concerts

The Benefits of Crowdsourcing Your Music Production

To Self Publish Or Not Self Publish.... That Is The Question

How Are Musicians Using the iPad?

Spotiwhy? : Are Subscription Music Services a Sustainable Business Model?

Is "Singer-Songwriter" a Genre?

7 Social Media Mistakes Musicians Should Avoid

The Science Behind Why People Share Music

Which Music Discovery Platform Has the Biggest Audience?

10 Essential Apps for the Touring Band

Can You Master the Guitar in 10 Days? Why Does Anyone Think You Can Master Facebook in 10 Days?

An Argument Against "Pay What You Want" Pricing

YouTube's Dirty Little Secret

Psy Makes $8 Million By Giving It Away

Should You Give Your Music Away For Free? Thank You Amanda Palmer.

Amanda Palmer's Mistake (and Why it Will Hurt Working Class Musicians)

Digital Sheet Music: The Times Are A' Changin

How To Skyrocket Your Twitter Promotion

Tips For Finding New Fans On Facebook

The Digital Music Battlefield

Music Licensing In The Digital Age

Will Music Streaming Services Save The Recording Industry

Why You Should Be Using Kickstarter

Signup Free

Post Comments


Comments: