Feeling a Bit Frustrated

If you’ve been following along with things on Facebook, I’m sure you’ve seen all the buzz on our Underwater Sombrero project.  If you actually missed it, be sure to check out the website and other supporting pages.  We’ve got not only an actual domain but also a Facebook page and a Twitter Feed.

I’ve been busting my ass to get the word out about this project, and I have to admit I’m feeling a bit frustrated.  We’re not permitted to buy email lists and there are very strict rules about SPAM so I’m pretty much limited to what I can send out to my contacts.  This means that I have to count on my contacts to help spread the word too.   Unfortunately that isn’t getting me very far either.   Several friends and family have stepped up and made a share or two on Facebook and sent some emails, but beyond that, I’m not getting much help.  Not that I don’t appreciate the help I’ve gotten so far, but I seem to be having trouble conveying a sense of urgency.

We’re also getting ZERO support from Kickstarter.  The project dashboard shows where video views and pledges come from.  So far, we’ve gotten nothing from Kickstarter.  Despite the fact that they have staff picks, a Facebook page, Twitter and do projects of the day and projects of the week.  An email to them asking about getting our project featured was answered with automatic boiler plate which pretty much just said “keep marketing to your contacts.  Maybe we’ll notice you”.

Time is running out on the funding.  At this moment, we are stalled at 17 backers and 32% of the $8000 goal we need to make this project happen.  We have 12 days to go.  There have been no new backers since the end of the pledge challenge four days ago.   I feel like if we could get the project in front of enough people, we could make it happen, but I’m not sure how to get there from here.  We’re offering nice incentives.  At least I think we are.  I haven’t gotten feedback to the contrary.  Pledges can even start at a dollar.   I know money is tight for people, but we haven’t gotten any pledges for low amounts and that surprises me too.

So… I’m feeling a bit frustrated.   Got some ideas?  I’d love to hear about them.  Think you might be willing to back the project?   Check out kickstarter.underwatersombrero.com.   Thanks!