10 Tips On How To Make Kickstarter A Success

Any card creator or designer with an innovative idea can create a Kickstarter tarot, Kickstarter card games or Kickstarter playing cards campaign, to articulate their idea and project and encourage potential backers to pledge funds.

Once your project is approved by Kickstarter, you are on the threshold of success. However, that’s just the beginning. 

After launching your Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign, you need to do a lot of work to stay in communication with your backers and reach out to new ones, only then you can raise more amount.

These tasks take a considerable amount of time and effort. But with the right tips and operational ideas, it won’t be so difficult. 

The next part of this article will tell you 10 tips to help you reach a successful Kickstarter project and raise more money. Let’s take Kickstarter tarot as an example.

kickstarter oracle deck

Kickstarter only allows certain types of campaigns. So the first thing you need to do is make sure your tarot project is within the scope of Kickstarter’s support. 

For example, you are not able to run a charity or general business campaign on the platform. Kickstarter only allows your project to have measurable goals, clear start and end dates.

Then, another thing you need to know is how long or complex your project is. If it is very long and complex, consider dividing it into phases and funding each of these phases separately.

Each phase should have its own funding goals and delivery targets. If you set specific and measurable project goals, Kickstarter will likely approve your project.

Also, your potential backers will have the confidence and motivation to support your campaign because they can easily understand what they are funding. 

These are Kickstarter prohibited items and should definitely be circumvented below:

Kickstarter prohibited items

Tip 2 Set the timeline of your project

Establishing a timeline for your project is a must, as this will determine several things:

  • How long your campaign should run;
  • How long it will take to deliver the finished product;
  • The delivery date for backer rewards.

Projects like Kickstarter tarot, kickstarter card games, kickstarter oracle decks, etc. tend to get better growth at the beginning and end, but lag in the middle. 

So if you run a long-term series of ads, this is the only way to keep a steady slow growth in the medium term.

While you can run your ads for anywhere from one to any day, the most successful projects on Kickstarter last 30 days or less. 

Thus you need to strike a balance between the duration of your ad series and the attention span of your backers.

After the event, make sure you give yourself enough time to complete your project, so you don’t disappoint your backers by rushing or being late with their rewards. 

The following is a timeline reference:

Kickstarter timeline

For the timeline of project preparation before going live, please refer to: A Check List To Ensure You Go Live Without Fail

Tip 3 Define your Kickstarter tarot project goals

Kickstarter uses an “all-or-nothing” funding model. This means that you will only receive the money if the project meets its financial goal within a specified period; otherwise, you will not receive any money.

Therefore, you should avoid setting funding targets too high. Set the goal to the minimum amount needed to be able to produce the product. This will help you attract more backers and achieve your goals faster.

When setting capital goals, be sure to consider production and manufacturing costs, employee wages, company overheads (such as rent), and packaging and shipping costs. 

WJPC can provide you with a free KS budget calculator and an accurate manufacturing cost quote, please contact us.

You can use tools like Kicktraq to see other successful Kickstarter tops with products similar to yours and see the number of backers they have received and the total amount raised. 

Also, analogy to your peers can help you better go about determining your goals and setting your amounts.

Tip 4 “Speak clearly” about your product!

The way you line up content on your Kickstarter story page is critical – it’s your one chance!

Show your backers coming in to your program to convince them to place a support order. If you don’t get their attention at this time, you’ll lose mostly.

Your page needs to provide a clear project name and description of your Kickstarter tarot cards, so that any potential backers who visit the page can understand it at a glance.

Then, let your backers know your idea for the product, how and why your product will benefit them, and how you intend to use the money they pledge to print your tarot cards a reality.

Tell the story behind what you are doing and create a sense of urgency by telling your backers why they need to support your project now. For example:

  1. Avoid using too much technical jargon in the description;
  2. Use clearand concise language that appeals to everyone;
  3. Use headings and bullets to break down complex paragraphs into easily digestible chunks, directing the visitor’s eye to the most critical points;
  4. Don’t forget to use a variety of media such as photos, videos, design drawings and infographics to convey your unusual or complex ideas.

Here are two of the most successful card projects with WJPC, they both exceeded their target amount, even several times more. 

You can click on the images to jump to the corresponding KS pages and carefully refer to their page layouts and presentation tips below.

Tip 5 Create a super cool project video

It takes time and money to create a good project video, but it is essential to include one on the campaign page. A Kickstarter project with a video is 50% more likely to succeed, while a project without a video has only a 30% success rate.

Besides, the video thumbnail is the first thing visitors see when they visit your page. Therefore, make sure it is sufficiently attractive and stimulates the their curiosity.

In your video, be sure to introduce yourself, tell the story behind the project, and then stand up and ask people to support you. It needs to talk about how great your product is and explain why it’s important to you to meet your project goals.

Tip 6 Make good use of your rewards

Rewards are incentives designed to encourage backers to support your project. Your rewards should be relevant to your project, vary depending on the amount offered by backers, and with more exclusive bonuses.

What’s more, make sure the reward is not unavailable to your backers. $25 is the most popular reward, while the average reward is about $70.

Kickstarter reward

Tip 7 Get ready to preheat

Before your project goes live, you should do a warm-up. Call on your friends, family and even some of your previous customers to be your first backers. This will ensure that your project gets off to a successful start.

You can also use Facebook or Instagram ads to collect customers interested in your Kickstarter tarot deck, so they can track your project in advance and support your project at the first moment it goes live!

Tip 8 Make good use of social media

Social media is a great way to promote your Kickstarter tarot project and ensure its success. Your Facebook fans, email subscribers, etc. are your potential and powerful supporters.

Create a dedicated social media page where you can share updates on your progress and keep the project visible. 

Don’t forget to contact your previous backers and ask them to help spread the word about the project by sharing it in their networks.

Tip 9 Keep your project up to date

Continue to share updates on your Kickstarter page and on the web as soon as you reach a major milestone. 

Also, updates such as 25% funding, 50% funding or 75% funding will give potential backers the confidence to be part of the success.

If you reach a significant fundraising dollar goal, it’s a good idea to update with videos, progress photos and necessary team activities, and to express your appreciation to your backers. 

This will keep them enthusiastic about the project and feel the same sense of accomplishment.

Kickstarter update

Tip 10 Don’t stop updates even after reaching the goal

If your Kickstarter tarot program reaches its funding goal before the end, don’t sit back and relax. Now is a good time to keep promoting and growing your dollar amount so you can exceed your goal!

Thus, even after the campaign is over, keep your backers informed about the progress and the possible dates you can start shipping any outstanding rewards.

Do not leave your backers in the dark if there are any changes to the program or any potential delays in production. 

If you remain transparent and share these updates with them, they will appreciate it and will most likely continue to support your future projects.

These are the 10 effective Kickstarter success tips. For more operational knowledge and tips on KS, please stay tuned to WJPC Kickstarter Courses!

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