Apart from name dropping us in interviews, and being quite loud in her praise, Kate from St. Rupertsberg loves us so much she took the time to fill out the questionnaire below:
What did you like about pledgeme?
It’s the first crowd funding website made especially for New Zealanders. It fills a huge gap for funding any entry-level creative projects in this country. No more waiting to get on Creative NZ or NZOnAir’s radar, or filling out forms, or ticking off boxes. The power is all with you. And the funding support comes directly from the community you build, so it’s empowering and confidence boosting to hear a whole community give you the thumbs up and say “your project is worth it”!
How did you find the experience?
All the help and communication from the pledgeme team was amazing. They were just as passionate as we were, gave us helpful tips, and the whole process from start to finish was smooth sailing.
We met our goal in only 7 days! (We set our campaign for 30 days). It was really easy to link pledgeme up to our facebook page, so we could easily keep our friends and family updated.
Any tips for newbies?
There are heaps of useful sites all over the web on how to (or how not to!) pitch a crowdfunding project. Do your homework on them. The best advice I read was that people are only going to give money if they think they’re getting something in return. Whether it’s giving your audience the option to preorder your product, or creating generous/thoughtful/kooky rewards for them, or simply giving your audience a sense of worth -that they’re integral to how successful your project becomes. Everything should be focused on what your audience wants. Plus most of your audience will be friends/family/people with a similar vibe to you, so they’ll want to see YOU in your element… a great video pitch is crucial for this.
Anything you’d change about PledgeMe?
I think there were one or two bugs at the start, but they got fixed pretty fast.
I say crowdfunding, you say:
Check out their PledgeMe project here.