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by asum » Tue Apr 12, 2016 10:37 pm

Hi, My project, fashion project no less, got funded within the first 7 hours! I was seriously scared this morning it might not get there (as I had minimal confirmed blogger post/shares), cause my project doesn't fit the major Kickstarter audience. I'll share more when I can get back here. (I need to fully take advantage of the moment now and I only have 2 hands to type. (I need to eat lunch)

Thanks Crowdcrux/Salvador and the forum here. I just wanted to drop by here to say thanks for the many posts and such, I guess I did my homework right!

http://kck.st/1T1ze5g

thanks, angela
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by hyperstarter » Wed Apr 13, 2016 2:28 am

Congrats Angela! I've seen you on the board quite a few times, so it's great you put your experience into practice.

If I could give you some quick advice:
- Your page loaded pretty slowly for me. Could you check out something like minipng.com to compress the images.
- I really think you need add-on's and stretch goals, if we get to X number of backers or $20k - then we will do X
- I think more closeups are needed, but the price is great and the quality looks amazing.

Get in touch if you think I could help on this campaign. All the best
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by perfictfitness » Thu Apr 14, 2016 5:55 am

AHHHHH that's awesome. I'm super jealous lol. I just started mine at perfict.co
The competitor in me wants to succeed just as well as you! Congrats on your project and best of luck!
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by asum » Thu Apr 14, 2016 6:08 am

Hi I defn didn't come here to brag I just wanted to say thanks. I was overwhelmed with thankfulness cause the hour before I launched I was feeling really worried. I wanted to thank the forum and CrowdCrux' lessons!

You definitely should comment with your links. I wish you success too. I definitely sucked at marketing so I had to ask friends and where I could for help and work really hard on it. it wasn't magic.
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by sbriggman » Wed May 04, 2016 7:25 pm

Thanks for the shoutout angela! Also, congrats on your success! You rock!

If you have any questions on fulfillment or shipping, the forum sponsor has agreed to answer any questions for free. Think it could be a great chance to get anything answered. They are experts.

See: fulfillment-and-shipping-q-a-f37.html

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by thebundad » Wed May 04, 2016 8:55 pm

Sounds like a dream. but hard work always pays off! well done!
Please support our brand new kids' book project! And maybe get your little one drawn into it?

https://unbound.co.uk/books/the-monster-cafe
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by asum » Thu May 05, 2016 3:16 am

Thanks @sbriggman, I will keep in mind but I did map out my own plans earlier.. which I have to review later.

Thanks @thebundad --I think a lot of friends have witnessed my passion too for years so they genuinely wanted to push me forward and made an early effort :)
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by trisshala » Sat Jun 18, 2016 8:56 am

Thanks for sharing asum! I have a couple of questions - What are your tips for shipping and fulfilment? And, what worked best for you to receive backers?
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by asum » Sat Jun 18, 2016 3:44 pm

Hi @trisshala,

I will answer quickly but first I will honestly say that your questions are very generic. Such generic open ended questions, you can type your question into Google get a ton of blog posts with really thought out and thorough tips, lists, advice.  You probably innocently, lightly, posted this not thinking too hard about posting it (maybe it's lightly on your mind or you just need to fulfill the forum rules before posting). But I suggest before asking a generic question to someone else, try asking yourself it several times. I usually only ask questions when it's one I have stumped on after searching and thinking a long while.  Sorry, I am sort of making an example of your question, so this is directed to more than just you. I got a ton of emails and such with short generic questions like these.  Initially I took time to respond to each sincerely, trying to show support. But over time I realized usually when people ask such generic questions, they either haven't done the research or they are just asking casually (too casually) without much thought. But it does take up my time, easily 5-15 minutes, (or begs to be ignored) and in the end I can't even give as good a response as those blogs, where writers took a lot lot more time to carefully put together.  So it's not efficient. The undirected questions can even be a bit spammy. (There's too much spamming in the kickstarter.) 

Anyways...
Shipping-- there's really good posts on this, even one or few that goes into details about amazon fulfillment options. My rewards are very bulky and so price sensitive. So I did a lot of work ahead to estimate shipping. I made a huge spreadsheet, researched on boxes to find least costly size (shipping cost). I spoke with the top providers (shipping provider sales reps to estimate possible business shipping discounts) and calculated shipping using the online calculators. This was very specific to me for many reasons. Others might not need to do this, or maybe better off getting a service. You need to do your own work and research to answer your question.

Receive backers (how does one even approach such a generic broad question...)-- I said briefly in an earlier comment, and follows what many many posts says, it starts with family and friends, fans/followers via social media, hopefully they support you early on and share for you so it gets some of their friends, and try to get some small press to get more strangers, each thing helps the next. I did get on kickstarter's staff pick and it helped lots later, but that was after I have already I think doubled or tripled my funding. So for me, I really owe it to my early supporters (many whom have seen my passion and pursuits for years). And then there's your project quality: video, description, ...Many many posts on all this...

Thanks, Angela
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by trisshala » Mon Jun 20, 2016 4:36 am

Hi Angela,

Thanks very much for your answers. While my questions may have been generic, I wanted to know what worked well for you and your team specifically, as you have done very well. So, while I have googled these questions many times, it is always better to understand these things from a personal POV. For example, some people receive most of their backers via press, some via sites like GadgetFlow, some through intense social media campaigning, and some purely through the Kickstarter community. So, it's helpful to know small press and KS staff pick was a good fit for you.

As for shipping, a lot of people have suggested Fulfillrite and Shipwire, so I was wondering if you had your own preference for that. Shipping is tricky, so the more we know about it, the better. Thanks for the tip on the spreadsheets. We are also concerned about the duration of shipping, and quality of care when handling the products. But, I suppose speaking directly to shipping providers will help clear our doubts more.

I apologize if my question appeared generic but I phrased it as such so that you could share any experience you had in an easy manner. I will try to make my questions more specific next time. Thanks for taking the time to share and help, I really appreciate it.

All the best,
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