I saw this on Kicktraq today – How To Pick A Pledge Manager: http://blog.kicktraq.com/how-to-pick-a-pledge-manager/. The linked post is over 1,500 words long. Decided to only post the five (5) things to consider with the disclaimer from Kicktraq and if you want more information, you can check out the link.
Some great points made. Point #5 is worth considering as some pledge manager sites send your campaign to everyone on their e-mail list.
For me, the ability to allow $1 backers and other backers to add-on during the pledge manager stage is important. Some crowdfunding campaigns don’t want those backers to add-on during the pledge manager. Based on what I have read over the last year, that’s an unwise business decision. It’s rare that a pledge manager add-on options don’t generate a lot more in upgrade income.
Another snippet from the above link, the shortened version:
A pledge manager survey tool can be cost-effective, help you grow your campaign, offer a ton of features that will make your life easier, and ultimately help you get the right products into the right boxes headed to the right backers with the least amount of stress imaginable, but you may need to really dig in to find the one that’s the right fit for you and your backers.
The five (5) things to think about:
5 Things you should be thinking about…
1. How much does it really cost?
2. When should you start researching pledge managers?
3. If push comes to shove, who will have your back?
4. What special features do you need, and can the tool you’re considering actually deliver?
5. Where will my project be promoted?
This is important! We are data and privacy nerds. Hear us out.
Disclaimer – Kicktraq provides pledge management services, but our tool is not the main topic of this article. We encourage you to take the time to research all of the tools available and find the one that fits your specific needs and your budget, whether that’s PledgeManager or some other solution. As always, our goal at Kicktraq is to enable your success as a creator, so the most important take-away that you’ll hear repeated again and again in any of our Tips since our first blog post in 2012 is: Do your homework, whether that leads you to use our services or not.