I’ve been a little quiet lately…for several reasons. First, it’s spring break here at the campus next week, but that doesn’t really mean a break for this one. I have a couple of talks I need to give, and…I need to shuffle some books.
Yes, the #STEMPrincess project is finally coming full circle – the books are hitting Chez Dr. A next week!
But, as I embark on the end of the beginning of this book, I wonder–could the crowdfunding platforms be doing MORE here to support those who actually got funded on their site?
Namely, the following:
1. I’d really like to see a “happily ever after” section of Kickstarter, Indiegogo, etc., when the products people actually got funded were online at their site, in a separate section, with a place to PURCHASE the goodies. Those who missed the campaign maybe still want to buy the product. But right now, there’s not much at these sites to extol to the world that the project has gone full circle, other than “updates.” Even an update widget on the side of the homepage would be better than having to click over to the updates side of the site.
2. Better yet – why not a Kickstarter store? Couldn’t the K and I etc. partner with Square and offer an easy ecommerce site to put our wares on so that people can see the campaign and then BUY the product right there?
3. Part two to the project as an add on – Here’s my latest problem. Postage rates went up between last fall and this spring, so now I need to come up with an additional $600 to ship books across the state just for POSTAGE. Why oh why, Kickstarter, can’t I reopen my project and do a round 2 on funding so I can get these books shipped?
4. PR made easy – Again, other than the “updates” section, could we get a little space on the homepage to share where the project actually is so when people land on the homepage and watch the video, they can instantly know where the project is other than “funded” or not?
Ah, as a maximizer on Strengthsfinder, I feel a little better after this post. I certainly hope the founders of these crowdfunding sites know that, while we all appreciate them as scrappy little dreamers with a few creative ideas and tenacity, there is always, always ALWAYS room for improvement.