Rank #1: Ep 187 Cautionary Tale on Kickstarter with Jamey Stegmaier
Mar 10 2014
Rank #2: EP 278 James Hudson 3 Keys to Kickstarter Success
#1 Building the Audience - James tells us how
#2 Professional Artists - You can't get by with amateur
#3 Pre-marketing - You must invest time to build up to your campaign
James Hudson knows what he is talking about and identifies clearly those three things that you must do to be successful. Ignore his advice at your peril.
May 17 2017
Rank #3: EP 322 Building your Crowd before you launch. Finding a path to success with your first Kickstarter campaign
Bobby Fiorentino began building his crowd nearly a year before he even knew what his Kickstarter project was going to be.
He built a following, using Live Stream, Giveaways, and advertising to draw people to his Facebook group where they shared common interests. His group rapidly grew to more than 4,000 members.
He then began using this new crowd to develop ideas and as a sounding board for a Kickstarter project.
Then, with the project beginning to be fleshed out, he identified what the least amount of money would be needed to be successful and how to use GameCrafter to build out his game.
He settled on $500.
That may not seem like a lot of money to start with on Kickstarter, but Bobby's project, called This Game Is A Disaster, leveraged all the right assets, followed all the right steps, and while the goal was modest, his process was exceptional.
This interview with Bobby Fiorentino is well worth your time to listen. If you are a new project creator or even someone who has been Kickstarting for a while, you will find some extremely useful advice from this first timer.
Jul 01 2019
Rank #4: EP 287 Here Are 5 Keys To A Successful LinkedIn Profile
Use LinkedIn as a means of building your personal brand and to creating a favorable impression with those you wish to influence.
Jun 07 2017
Rank #5: Ep. 233 Understanding the Magic the Gathering v. Hex Lawsuit
Nov 13 2014
Rank #6: Ep 306 Narek Vardanyan with The Crowdfunding Formula
Host Richard Bliss is joined by Narek Vardanyan, founder of The Crowdfunding Formula, a copy focused on helping crowdfunding project owners expand the reach and influence of their campaigns. https://thecrowdfundingformula.com/
Narek shares his insights on what it takes to be a successful campaign on both Kickstarter and IndieGoGo.
What's interesting, is Narek's company is influencing and supporting projects all around the world, while being primarily based out of Armenia. He joins the show from literally the other side of the world.
Apr 02 2019
Rank #7: Ep 221 Dan Yarrington with Game Salute
Jul 18 2014
Rank #8: Ep 229 Running Your Kickstarter with The Game Crafter
Aug 20 2014
Rank #9: EP 329 Manufacturing Your Kickstarter Project in China With Josh Fairbairn
How do you choose a manufacturing partner in China for your Kickstarter project? You ask Josh Fairbairn.
Josh delivers specific advice to help those looking to work with Chinese manufactures for the first time.
His first piece of advice? Don't make a decision based on pricing. There are other, much more important qualifications rather than pricing.
He qualifies this with an understanding that when you are creating a few thousand units, a few cents of savings is not going to help your project be successful, it will actually contribute to its failure. You will end up creating a bad product and have a bad experience.
Instead, you must focus on four main areas to evaluate a manufacturer:
- Communication, Communication, Communication - Language, Culture, Distance, and Time Zones means the opportunity for misunderstandings are high. Become proficient with WeChat and watch your initial communications carefully for indications on problems that may arise in the future.
- Process - How they make the product and how they work with you to bring it to market are critical
- Quality - This is where price focus can hurt you. Be sure to look for good quality in the early prototypes...if there is a problem with the prototype there will be a problem with the final product
- Quality Control - After you have signed off on everything, keep the communication going to ensure that the quality stays high through the entire manufacturing process.
Josh shares other excellent pieces of wisdom and advice. If you are doing business in China I strongly recommend you reach out and connect. You can find Josh on Linkedin here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/joshuafairbairn/
And his website is https://www.morphomfg.com/
Aug 27 2019
Rank #10: Ep 161 Sojourner Tales with Tracy Hickman -Planning beyond your Kickstarter Project
Sep 26 2013
Rank #11: Ep 208 Jamey Stegmaier Talks Momentum and Early Birds
Jun 18 2014
Rank #12: EP 314 Building an audience for your Kickstarter with co-host John Coveyou
How do you find your audience for your Kickstarter campaign?
It is a fluid thing on how to hone in on your core audience.
Always remember it is better to find new products for your current audience rather than attempting to find a new audience for your products or services.
This is why it is always a good idea to start small, to use your beginning as a learning experience and an opportunity to get feedback from your early adopters.
Building a buyer's persona becomes much easier. Then build more products for that core buyer persona.
Much more shared by John and me on how to build your audience.
Richard also recommends reading the book "Crossing the Chasm" to help you identify that core audience.
May 09 2019
Rank #13: EP 325 Give it away for Free to build your crowd Guest Lucia Fasano
You build a crowd by giving before asking. That is the takeaway from our guest, Lucia Fasano. Lucia is a songwriter, actress, and producer of comedy and music. She is in her 2nd Kickstarter campaign and shares how she follows the philosophy of giving to your fans and then asking them for support.
So many do it the opposite, asking for money before building the following. Amanda Palmer is discussed and her fantastic Ted Talk and book called The Art of Asking.
You can find Lucia Kickstarter campaign, Best Friend Forever: Lucia Fasano's Second Album here
Her music is also shared in the opening for this episode of Funding the Dream
Jul 23 2019
Rank #14: EP 283 Where Does The Money Go? Kickstarter Costs with Marc Specter
May 29 2017
Rank #15: EP 315 Ten ways I screwed up my Kickstarter Campaign with Fabio Redivo Part 1
It isn't often a guest reaches out to share their spectacular success. But Fabio Redivo wanted to share his mistakes so others can learn from them.
Fabio is a talented artist and graphic designer who decided to create a card game around his artwork. Usually, it is the other way around. A game designer seems to be always looking for a good artist, but seldom is an artist looking for a game.
Fabio shares 10 was he screwed up his Kickstarter campaign.
In this episode we cover the first five:
1 - False first steps
2 - Not have the crowd for crowdfunding
3 - Not being involved in social media and game community
4 - BGG what?
5 - Not having backed many projects
As you listen, see if there are other areas that Fabio could have been better prepared.
May 14 2019
Rank #16: Ep 162 Pre-Launch Prep on Kickstarter with Jeremy Burnham
Oct 02 2013
Rank #17: Ep 186 Tyler James' 9 Things During the Kickstarter Dead Zone
Feb 25 2014
Rank #18: EP 323 Building a Crowdfunding Social Campaign with Storyblaster
Maxine Lapiduss is a Golden Globe winning, 4-time Emmy-nominated TV writer and producer. She is also the co-founder of Storyblaster, a software company that helps Crowdfunding project creators learn how to tell their story and build their crowd.
As host Richard Bliss oftentimes says, you don't have a funding problem, you have a crowd problem. Solve the crowd problem first and the money will follow.
An entrepreneur and thought leader, Maxine combines her expertise and experience in fundraising sales, branding, storytelling, and social media campaign strategy into Storyblaster.
On this episode of Funding the Dream, she shares how Storyblaster is able to use experience from more than 300,000 campaigns to craft templates to allow project creators to build their own storyboards and social media campaigns.
If you are a crowdfunding project creator, it is worth your time to listen to Maxine's conversation with host, Richard Bliss. If you are interested in learning more about her company and product, you can visit Storyblaster here
Jul 09 2019
Rank #19: Funding the Dream on Kickstarter Ep 80 Nicolas Gonda and Tugg
Sep 14 2012
Rank #20: Ep. 240 What’s the Next Big Thing?
Jan 01 2015