Kickstarter UK Handbook

By Stefano L. Tresca

50+ Marketing Tactics

8 Proven Templates

30 Case Studies

Bonus Guide for Non UK Entrepreneurs

  

About the Author

Stefano L Tresca was employee No. 8 at Wind, a telecom startup company sold for $12.1 billion. Bestselling author and passionate about travelling, he worked in over 20 countries, until he quit the corporate life in 2011.

Today Stefano enjoys writing, mentoring startup companies, and occasionally consults for corporations on innovation and investments.

Many years ago, he felt in love with the city of London, and that's where he lives now, when he's not travelling. Feel free to contact him on Twitter or Linkedin.

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4+1 Questions to Ask Before Joining Kickstarter

Question 0: Kickstarter or Indiegogo? Get the Book to Read This

Or You Can Build Your Own Platform Get the Book to Read This

The 4 Questions Get the Book to Read This

Question 1: Do I Have a Product to Pre-sell? Get the Book to Read This

Question 2: Do I Have the Time to Market My Project? Get the Book to Read This

Question 3: Is My Business Too Local? Get the Book to Read This

True Story: Meet Emilie and Her Tea Pot Get the Book to Read This

Question 4: Do I Need the Funds? Get the Book to Read This

10 Things to Do Before Kickstarter

The Most Important Action to Succeed on Kickstarter Get the Book to Read This

1. Find One Customer Get the Book to Read This

2. Browse Your Email and Facebook Get the Book to Read This

3. Estimate the CostFree Chapter

4. Prepare Your FAQ Get the Book to Read This

5. Do (Not) Build a Community Get the Book to Read This

True Story: Meet Maya of Rain - A Fan Film about Storm Get the Book to Read This

6. Rearrange Your Website Specifically for Kickstarter Get the Book to Read This

7. Set Up Your Company Get the Book to Read This

8. 9. 10. You Are Almost There Get the Book to Read This

13 Hacks for Making a Successful Video

Video Used to Be Our Most Important Marketing Weapon. What Has Changed? Get the Book to Read This

Hack 1 - Be Personal, I'll tell you how Get the Book to Read This

Hack 2 - Pick the “Face” of the Project Get the Book to Read This

True Story: Meet Alessio and Loka the fantasy chess Get the Book to Read This

Hack 3 - Split the Team Between Mini Videos Get the Book to Read This

Hack 4 - Tell Your Story (Hint: Underdogs Sell) Get the Book to Read This

True Story: Sarah Northway and the Zombies of Rebuild Get the Book to Read This

Hack 5 - Don’t Explain the Features of Your Product Get the Book to Read This

Hack 6 - Anticipate Their Questions Get the Book to Read This

Hack 7 - Add a Call to Action Get the Book to Read This

Hack 8 - Add Gamification Anytime You Can Get the Book to Read This

Hack 9 - Add Secondary Videos Get the Book to Read This

Hack 10 - Show Your Social Media Get the Book to Read This

True Story - 3 Hacks from Veronica MarsFree Chapter

Hack 11 - Don’t Just Ask for Help, Give Them a Wish List Get the Book to Read This

Hack 12 - Use a Small Pledge to Get their Emails Get the Book to Read This

Hack 13 - Which Video Sells the Most?Free Chapter

What’s Happening behind the Scenes Get the Book to Read This

Video Checklist Get the Book to Read This

Creating Your Media List

Start Small, Sell Big Get the Book to Read This

Why You Don't Need a Blog Get the Book to Read This

3 Tools for Creating Your Media List Get the Book to Read This

True Story: How to Promote Your Campaign through Bloggers. Meet Doug and Jimmy of Minaal Get the Book to Read This

You Have a List of Bloggers, Now What?

Outsource Your Research to Save Time and Money Get the Book to Read This

What You Can Outsource and What You Can’t Get the Book to Read This

Outsourcing for Non English Speakers Get the Book to Read This

Move Your Media List to the Next Level

The Spray and Pray Tactic Get the Book to Read This

The Buddy Call Tactic Get the Book to Read This

Tips for Managing the First Contact Get the Book to Read This

Dealing with Bloggers after the Story is Confirmed Get the Book to Read This

Dealing with Bloggers after Launch Get the Book to Read This

How to Know if Anybody Read Your Email Get the Book to Read This

How to Set Up Pledges That Sell

Early Bird Get the Book to Read This

Thank You Pledge Get the Book to Read This

True Story: An Innovative Use of the Thank You Pledge by OwnPhones Get the Book to Read This

The Backer Borne Pledge Get the Book to Read This

Limited Edition Pledge Get the Book to Read This

The Inside Backer PledgeFree Chapter

Stretch Goals Get the Book to Read This

True Story: Meet SCiO - Your Sixth Sense Get the Book to Read This

8 Things to Do at the Beginning of Your Campaign

1. Best Duration for Your CampaignFree Chapter

2. Best Time of the Year to Start a Campaign Get the Book to Read This

What Is the Best Month to Start a Kickstarter Campaign?Free Chapter

True Story: Meet Ryan Grepper and his Coolest Cooler Get the Book to Read This

3. Best Day of the Week to Start a Campaign Get the Book to Read This

4. Set Up Free Stats for Your Campaign Get the Book to Read This

5. Get Informed if a Blogger Talks About You (Hint: Not Google Alarm) Get the Book to Read This

6. Beta Test Your Product Online Get the Book to Read This

7. Checklist for Your Kickstarter Page Get the Book to Read This

8. Get the Best Consultants for Free Get the Book to Read This

12 Marketing Hacks for Your Campaign

1. Send Them One Sock Get the Book to Read This

True Story: Metal Gear Solid, the Movie Get the Book to Read This

2. Sharing Pics on Imgur Get the Book to Read This

True Story: The Seed by Misery Dev. Get the Book to Read This

3. One Thousand Tweets Tactic Get the Book to Read This

True Story: Meet Jean Bey and Prodigy Get the Book to Read This

4. Get the Stars on Your Side Get the Book to Read This

True Story: Star Trek Axanar and George Takei Get the Book to Read This

5. Find Your Tribe Get the Book to Read This

True Story: Meet the Urban Heroes Get the Book to Read This

6. Twitter Marketing for Crowdfunding Get the Book to Read This

7. The Collateral Twitter Tactic Get the Book to Read This

8. Promote Your Campaign through Twitter Search Get the Book to Read This

9. How to Get Free (Real) Retweets Get the Book to Read This

10. Promote Kickstarter Before Kickstarter Get the Book to Read This

11. Kickstarter as a Marketing Tool Get the Book to Read This

True Story: Ubuntu Edge When $12 Million Is Not Enough Get the Book to Read This

12. The Secret of Reddit Get the Book to Read This

6 Things to Do After the Campaign Ends

What Happen When the Campaign Ends? Get the Book to Read This

1. Transform Kickstarter into Your Personal E-commerce Get the Book to Read This

2. Convert Your Backers into Long Term Customers Get the Book to Read This

3. Managing Delays: Kill Two Birds with One Stone Get the Book to Read This

4. A Couple of Administrative Tips Get the Book to Read This

5. Selling Through Kickstarter After Kickstarter Get the Book to Read This

6. Or Sell Your Entire Company Get the Book to Read This

True Story: Oculus Rift Get the Book to Read This

True Story: Matter and Medium Get the Book to Read This

Kickstarter UK for Non British

How to Apply to Kickstarter for Non British People Get the Book to Read This

How-to Apply to Kickstarter for Non British Companies Get the Book to Read This

How to Open a UK Limited Company (not just) for KickstarterFree Chapter

How-to Open a UK Bank Account for Non British Residents Get the Book to Read This

Resources for Setting Up a UK Company Get the Book to Read This

Templates

Media Database Get the Book to Read This

Blogger Sheet Get the Book to Read This

First Contact Get the Book to Read This

First Email: Acquaintance and Coworkers Get the Book to Read This

First Email: Friends and Family Get the Book to Read This

First Email: Bloggers Get the Book to Read This

First Email: Backers Get the Book to Read This

Autoresponder Get the Book to Read This

Virtual Assistant Email Get the Book to Read This

Useful Links and Resources

True Stories and Case Studies Get the Book to Read This

Resources and Tools Get the Book to Read This

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True Stories and Case Studies

(In alphabetical order)

  1. Amanda Palmer: The new RECORD, ART BOOK, and TOUR (By Amanda Palmer)
    http://kck.st/JliwH9
  2. Bring Reading Rainbow Back for Every Child, Everywhere! (By LeVar Burton)
    http://kck.st/1kKwSrD
  3. Double Fine Adventure (by Double Fine and 2 Player Productions)
    http://kck.st/A9k3jH
  4. Ego Smart Mouse (by Laura Sapiens)
    http://kck.st/13jNyOV
  5. Elevation Dock: The Best Dock For iPhone (By Casey Hopkins)
    http://kck.st/uu4Ty8
  6. Good & Proper Tea: London-based loose-leaf brew bar (By Emilie Holmes)
    http://kck.st/WZWZQl
  7. Loka: the world of fantasy chess (by Alessio Cavatore and Mantic Games)
    http://kck.st/X2Paci
  8. Matter (by Jim Giles, Bobbie Johnson and Matter)
    http://kck.st/Aonvvh
  9. Metal Gear Solid: Philanthropy
    New movie: coming soon
    Existing movie (2009)
    http://www.hivedivision.net/en/portfolio/mgs-philanthropy/
  10. Minaal Carry-on: travel faster, happier & more productive (By Doug Barber and Jimmy Hayes)
    http://kck.st/14YVmaZ
  11. Oculus Rift: Step Into the Game (by Oculus)
    http://kck.st/NU6QRn
  12. OwnPhones: Wireless, Custom-Fit, 3D Printed Earbuds (by Itamar Joban and others)
    http://kck.st/1p6JuZQ
  13. Pebble: E-Paper Watch for iPhone and Android (by Eric Migicovsky and Pebble Technology)
    http://kck.st/HumIV5
  14. Petcube - Stay closer to your pet (by Yaroslav Azhnyuk and Petcube Inc)
    http://kck.st/1b2kop5
  15. Prodigy the Game (by Hanakai Studio and Jean Bey)
    http://kck.st/1lnbPdu
  16. RAIN: a fan film about Storm (by Maya Glick)
    http://kck.st/1sLbw3a
  17. Reaper Miniatures Bones II (by Reaper Miniatures)
    http://kck.st/1712ejw
  18. Rebuild: Gangs of Deadsville (by Sarah Northway)
    http://kck.st/1bomFhU
  19. SCiO: Your Sixth Sense. A Pocket Molecular Sensor For All (by Consumer Physics, Inc.)
    http://kck.st/1hPqZ6I
  20. SHADOW | Community of Dreamers (By Hunter Lee Soik)
    http://kck.st/16asGpx
  21. Soma - Beautifully innovative all-natural water filters (by Soma)
    http://kck.st/VjAFva
  22. Star Citizen (by Chris Roberts)
    They raised $55 million on a proprietary platform:
    http://robertsspaceindustries.com
    An initial round of “just” $2.1 million was raised on Kickstarter:
    http://kck.st/RXG0Z8
  23. Start Trek: Axanar (by Axanar Production and Alex Peters)
    http://kck.st/1xc0Bwr
  24. Stem Cell Trial for Multiple Sclerosis (by Tisch MS Center)
    http://igg.me/p/696737/x/2082976
  25. The Coolest Cooler (by Ruan Greeper)
    First campaign (unsuccesful):
    http://kck.st/1hfaWUu
    Second campaign:
    http://kck.st/1oweGkH
  26. The Great Kingdom, the Creation of Dungeons & Dragons (by Andrew Pascal and Others)
    https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/720223857/the-great-kingdom
  27. The Seed (by Misery Dev. Ltd and Nicolai Aaroe)
    http://kck.st/1mfsx19
  28. The Veronica Mars Movie Project (by Rob Thomas)
    http://kck.st/Z1HJRR
  29. Ubuntu Edge (by Canonical)
    http://igg.me/at/ubuntuedge
  30. Urban Heroes (by Tin Hat Games)
    http://kck.st/PweJ4N

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