Mandrill Enamel Pin Kickstarter AMA

Sep 18, 2017

Hello! I'm Samantha from Stargazer Designs. I'm holding my first Kickstarter to raise funds for Mandrill soft enamel pins. Right now, Mandrills suffer from deforestation and are classified as Vulberable.  If these pins are funded, I will be personally donating 20% of the profits from the pin sales to the World Wildlife Foundation. Ask me anything about my campaign! 


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How to boost traffic on kickstarter when momentum slows down?

Our project got funded right on the first day, but after 7 days the traffic got a lot slower and I could say there is no traffic at all. What should I do to boost the traffic? 

Sep 19, 9:44PM EDT0

Have you been to the Mandrills?

Sep 18, 9:28PM EDT0

How did you learn about this deforestation? What is the cause?

Sep 18, 9:06PM EDT0

Where are the Mandrills?

Sep 18, 8:46PM EDT0

What are your back-up plans if your crowdfunding campaign fails?

Sep 18, 7:13PM EDT0

What are your other plans to fund this campaign?

Sep 18, 11:39AM EDT0

Have you approached shops or retail outlets to donate money or to donate products that could help you as incentives?

Sep 18, 11:13AM EDT0

Is crowdfunding just about money or are there other benefits?

Sep 18, 8:03AM EDT0

For me, another benefit is that I get to gauge interest in my project while getting it funded at the same time. 

Sep 18, 10:33AM EDT0

What do you feel the biggest benefits of Crowdfunding are?

Sep 18, 3:04AM EDT0

I think the biggest benefits are the ability to get an idea funded while gauging interest at the same time. 

Sep 18, 10:36AM EDT0

How long do you think it would take for this crowdfunding campaign to attain the goals you have?

Sep 18, 2:23AM EDT0

My campaign is set to last for 30 days. However, I'm hoping that my goals are met before then. 

Sep 18, 10:35AM EDT0
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Can you share a link to your facebook, twitter, website please?

Sep 18, 12:22AM EDT0

Right now, the only social media I have is Instagram. 

Here is a link:

Sep 18, 10:34AM EDT0

Can you give me 4 reasons as to why you choose crowdfunding to launch your product?

Sep 17, 10:46PM EDT0

1. Enamel pins are expensive to produce and Im a college student on a budget.

2. Crowdfunding gave me a way to fund the production of my project and gauge interest at the same time.

3. I saw a lot of other enamel pin designers using Kickstarter and they highly recommended it to me.

4. It was simple to start and is easy to run for me. 

Sep 18, 10:31AM EDT0

Does it cost me anything to start a crowdfunding campaign?

Sep 17, 9:43PM EDT0

On the site I used, Kickstarter, it cost me nothing to start it. However, if my campaign is funded, Kickstarter will charge me some minor fees. 

Sep 18, 10:29AM EDT0

What are the drawbacks, if any, on using crowdfunding platforms?

Sep 17, 6:45PM EDT0

It's a risk. Nothing is guaranteed to be funded so putting in a lot of work marketing your campaign and getting it set up could all be for nothing. 

Sep 18, 10:28AM EDT0

Would you consider getting a specialist onboard in order to help you make this campaign a success?

Sep 17, 6:36PM EDT0

In my case, no. I am a college student on a budget. If I had any extra money, I would rather put it towards my own campaign instead of hiring a specialist. However, I think that hiring a specialist could be a good idea, just not for me. 

Sep 18, 10:27AM EDT0
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What advice would you give to anyone else looking to create their first crowdfunding project?

Sep 17, 6:20PM EDT0

I would say to do some research and talk to other people who have started crowndfunding campaigns.

Sep 18, 10:26AM EDT0

Which forums did you use to connect with these people?

Sep 18, 10:00PM EDT0

How different do you feel your concept is compared to anything else out there right now?

Sep 17, 6:11PM EDT0

Enamel pins are popular right now. I've never seen a Mandrill pin and this is my original art, so I think it's pretty unique. 

Sep 17, 6:14PM EDT0

They do look pretty cool :) How many are you planning on producing from this initial campaign?

Sep 19, 12:03AM EDT0

Where will you manufacture your products?

Sep 17, 5:56PM EDT0

I have an enamel pin manufacturer lined up. I'd prefer to keep the name a secret. 

Sep 17, 6:13PM EDT0

Is the population you are targeting to donate the same as the target group you want to buy your line?

Sep 17, 5:47PM EDT0


Sep 17, 6:12PM EDT0

What part of the population do you think are the best candidates for funding a crowdfunding campaign?

Sep 17, 3:56PM EDT0

In terms of funding, I think all parts of the population can be great candidates for backing a project. That's what great about these sites: if you like a project, it's so easy to support it. 

Sep 17, 4:39PM EDT0
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