Looking for honest opinions

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Hi fellow warriors.

I've had a thought about something... and forgive me if it's not the first time you've ever heard of it. Most ideas seem to have a way of having been thought of by someone else first, but... I keep trying.

Anyway, I'm currently involved in a project that will involve raising capital on Kickstarter. It's had me studying and learning about how to run a successful crowdfunding campaign. And this got me thinking:

One thing that I have never seen on Kickstarter or other sites like it (like Indiegogo) is people raising money for IM projects. I'm sure that there are a lot of people who have ideas for software (for example) or other things that would be useful to the IM community, but maybe they're newbies or just don't have the funds to make it happen.

What if there were an IM version of crowdfunding? And people who have a good idea could JV with someone who has bonuses to offer those who contribute? Or maybe they already have stuff that they can offer to those who contribute?

I'm sure that the first objection to this would be something along the lines of "Well, someone who hasn't already been making money online (and could therefore afford to fund their project themselves) shouldn't be creating a WSO to begin with."

Not all IM products are in the "how to do it" vein, though. Maybe someone is good with graphics, but they have an idea to create a graphic mascot creation app and need to hire a programmer. I do realize there's a lot of mascot stuff out there already - I'm just throwing that out there as an example.

I dunno. Maybe I'm crazy. And I don't mind being told I'm crazy if that's what you think - I'm not thin skinned. I'd like to know what people really think.

Thanks!
#crowdfunding #honest #indiegogo #kickstarter #opinions
  • Profile picture of the author travlinguy
    I don't think you're crazy but I do think you have a skewed idea of Internet marketing. Internet marketing isn't a niche or an industry or any of the terms people here often refer to it as. The Internet is simply a marketing venue like mail order or brick and mortar retail outlets.

    It's likely you're thinking more in the direction of MMO or make money online. As used here on the Warrior Forum that is also a broad market that includes Web design and development, all types of software, various courses in all formats, content and copywriting, and a whole lot more. Many of the projects falling into these categories find their way to Kickstarter and other crowdfunding platforms.
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    • Profile picture of the author Andre Slater
      Originally Posted by travlinguy View Post

      I don't think you're crazy but I do think you have a skewed idea of Internet marketing. Internet marketing isn't a niche or an industry or any of the terms people here often refer to it as. The Internet is simply a marketing venue like mail order or brick and mortar retail outlets.

      It's likely you're thinking more in the direction of MMO or make money online. As used here on the Warrior Forum that is also a broad market that includes Web design and development, all types of software, various courses in all formats, content and copywriting, and a whole lot more. Many of the projects falling into these categories find their way to Kickstarter and other crowdfunding platforms.
      Exactly...

      Internet Marketing is exactly what it says Marketing on the Internet. It's not something you do. Internet Marketing is pretty much a field of practice. Almost like you have with the Medicine field... You may be a doctor but your in the Medicine field.

      Warrior forum is a forum with people who market online doing a variety of different methods.

      People come here to promote their products, promote themselves, and to get insights on having an online business.

      Crowdfunding is usually for a product mostly physical...

      The products here are Information Products.

      I don't know if you can raise money for information...

      Imagine asking for money from people and they ask for what and you say "I'm selling Information"

      Crowdfunding is for raising money and WF is for raising people's education to raise there business to new heights.
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  • Profile picture of the author QueenMelanie
    there is a stigma of IM being Scams to laymans, and if you pitch your ideas to internet marketers online, an idea that they know you can't do on your own, what are the chances someone will just steal your idea and set it up before your fundraiser has finished counting down.. Its a good idea but don't really see it working tbh
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  • Profile picture of the author Tom Addams
    Will take a different approach to answering this one...

    Never share your ideas-in-progress on WF, or anywhere else, for that matter. Seriously. IM is pretty much a solitary profession. You sit in that room you're in now and you push things out into the world: sometimes they work, sometimes they don't. What I'd do is investigate if the idea you have could work. I'm not going to comment on it, because there's really too much to say, and I reckon the above advice will serve you better. I will say, I'm not entirely unfamiliar with crowdfunding. The first step, as you already know, is finding a market that isn't currently dominated by such an enterprise and, yet, could benefit.

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  • Profile picture of the author ryanbiddulph
    You can raise money for anything on earth.

    Why?

    Because if you get people to believe in you, and if you package the venture to appeal to a set group of people, you can do it.

    Me thinks I'm seeing some low energy meme's/mind viruses above lol I do hear what folks are saying but I also built a life few people on earth live so you betcha I think, feel and act differently than most.

    Go for it!

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  • Profile picture of the author dbonline
    Not sure if this is on topic with what you're asking or not dbsmitty but a new company just recently launched in BETA at BidOkee.com which is a new kind of spin on crowdfunding. It's the first free-to-play and free-to-win gamified crowdfunding platform. It's one of the more unique crowdfunding sites I've seen in a long time. The founders of BidOkee have big plans to replace existing mega-sites like Kickstarter & Indiegogo and they could very well be onto something big & game changing for the industry.
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  • Profile picture of the author Monkmoney
    Thing is, from what I see, nothing in IMing is guaranteed, while crowdfunding is pretty much guaranteeing certain things.

    There is very little you can promise with iming
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  • Profile picture of the author Bob Reynolds
    I would use internet marketing to promote yourself, set yourself up with an authority website in the niche of your main project and make online money to fund it, if it that good and people see you as a leader, they may try and take an idea to capitalize, but usually it is the passion from the vision of the developer that brings the energy to a project like you are talking about. I have some big things to accomplish and when I am ready I am giving the whole world the exact same business plan I will be using. The more that can use it to help the world the better... I think we should protect our ideas, at the same time holding on to them to tight has never help anyone neither... I would rather have an idea that gets used to help humanity than get stuck up on my shelf. Believe, I have been attempting to get a program off the ground for over 20 years...lol.. look at it this way, the better marketer you become the better you will be able to market your ideas...
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