What Is the Best Month to Start a Kickstarter Campaign?

What Is the Best Month to Start a Kickstarter Campaign?

There are many books and articles about the “How” in crowdfunding (How to start a campaign; How to pitch a journalist; etc.) but not much about the “When”.

For instance, what about launching a campaign during Christmas? Is it a good idea because customers are looking to buy presents, or is it a bad decision because they have already spent all their money? Sometimes the “When” could be just as important as the “How”.

We survey every category on a regular basis. In this post, I’m going to share with you the results of the category “Tech”. Join the newsletter for regular updates in each category.

It may looks like a huge analysis (indeed it is with 21,386 campaigns in 2014) but fundraising for startups is part of my job, so my team and I are a bit fanatical when it comes to data.

Kickstarter Analytics

[Year: 2014 / Category: Technology]

NUMBER OF CAMPAIGNS SUCCESSFULLY CLOSED BY MONTH

January 62 (5.55%)
February 55 (4.92%)
March 66 (5.91%)
April 74 (6.62%)
May 89 (7.97%)
June 73 (6.54%)
July 112 (10.03%)
August 109 (9.76%)
September 122 (10.92%)
October 111 (9.94%)
November 110 (9.85%)
December 134 (12.00%)
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Total 1117
Best month: December

December performs better if your campaign closes in time to ship your product before Christmas. Therefore, most of the campaigns that aim to leverage Christmas start in November.

On the contrary, the campaigns starting in December end sometimes in January or February, the months with the smallest number of successful closings. This is an indication that December and January tend to be bad months to start a campaign because the customers have spent their money already and/or are on holiday.

TOTAL FUNDRAISING PER MONTH (IN USD)

January $6,632,916
February $5,339,616
March $5,005,904
April $11,491,853
May $9,799,798
June $9,728,904
July $17,704,052
August $9,254,059
September $8,083,001
October $5,012,076
November $7,127,342
December $10,581,206
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Best month: July

July 2014 happened to be the closing month for “Bring Reading Rainbow Back for Every Child, Everywhere!” by LeVar Burton (Captain Geordi La Forge in Star Trek, and host of the popular TV show Reading Rainbow). This campaign alone raised $5,408,916, almost one third of the entire fundraising of the month.

AVERAGE FUNDRAISING PER CAMPAIGN (IN USD)

January $106,993
February $98,882
March $75,847
April $155,295
May $110,110
June $133,273
July $158,072
August $84,900
September $66,252
October $43,996
November $64,794
December $78,964
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Best month: July

CURIOUS FACTS

Smallest goal: $1
Campaign “Tucker…the last human invention” by Brian Kent
http://kck.st/1rb4Fzn

Bigger goal: $1,000,000
Campaign “Bring Reading Rainbow Back for Every Child, Everywhere!” by LeVar Burton & Reading Rainbow
http://kck.st/1kKwSrD

Bigger Fundraising: $6,225,354
Campaign “Pono Music – Where Your Soul Rediscovers Music” by the PonoMusic Team
http://kck.st/1g5xVf3

First Edition PonoPlayers: Black & Yellow
First Edition PonoPlayers: Black & Yellow

MORE KICKSTARTER STATS

Kickstarter website provides some of its own stats as well
https://www.kickstarter.com/help/stats

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