1. Sign up for Kickbooster
Being a crowdfunding fan and not using Kickbooster is like a eating a hot dog without ketchup – it just doesn’t make any sense.
Kickbooster’s Marketplace is a money-saving gold mine in 2 ways:
- You get up to 35% cash back when people you refer back a project.
- If you back a project yourself, you’ll save an additional 10-20% on top of any early bird reward a campaign is offering.
Let’s explain how Kickbooster works.
Project creators sign up on Kickbooster to encourage people to share their campaign. As a backer, you get a unique link to their campaign page that you can share with friends, family, or just about anyone on the internet. In exchange for sharing their project, you’ll get paid a percentage of any sales you generate.
So if you share your link with your cousin Bob, and he backs the project, you get a 10-35% kickback of the purchase price. That’s right, you basically get paid to tell your friends about cool projects.
You can also use that unique link yourself. So if there’s a project on Kickbooster that you want to back, simply visit the campaign page using your link, and you’ll have up to 35% of the purchase price credited back into your Kickbooster account. You can then send the money to your bank account via PayPal.
So as you can see, Kickbooster is a NO BRAINER for crowdfunding fans.
Now somebody pass the mustard.
2. Be an early bird
There is one universal truth to all crowdfunding campaigns:
The sooner you back a project, the less you’ll pay. You can save 15-20% just by being one of the first backers.
And remember, on Kickstarter, your credit card isn’t charged until a fully-funded campaign ends. So there’s literally no risk to backing a project early.
If you decide later that you’d rather spend your money on something else, you can just cancel your pledge. Simple as that.
Be sure to bookmark these links of just launched projects from Kickstarter’s most popular categories.
3. Be an early bird – even if you’re not
Tisk, tisk, tisk. You procrastinated, didn’t you?
Well you’re not completely out of luck.
Most campaigns will introduce “Flash Sales” or multiple early bird offers during their campaign.
Vessi, a really cool waterproof shoe that raised over $1 million on Kickstarter, used this strategy. They introduced a 2nd batch of early bird rewards that were $5 more expensive than the original early bird, but still far less than the $169 “Kickstarter Special” price.
So while you may have missed out on a campaign’s original early bird, it’s definitely worth visiting their campaign page again to see if they’ve added any new early bird rewards.
4. In crowdfunding, it pays to keep a secret
Secret perks to be exact.
Indiegogo lets project creators make special offers that only those with a specific link are able to access. So the public may see that the lowest perk price is $100, but if you have a secret perk link, you’d see a $90 option that no one else can.
But how do you get a secret perk link?
Most likely from Facebook.
Campaigns usually run pre-launch advertising campaigns where they collect email addresses from interested potential backers. So if you see one of these ads on your feed, go ahead and sign up. You’ll be the first to know when the project goes live, and there’s a good chance you’ll be sent a secret perk link at some point too.
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So there you have it, our 5 secret tips to save a boat load of money on crowdfunding projects.
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