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Indie Band Turns to Crowd, Not Label, for First Album Funds

Posted in Success Stories by Shawn

The Tally On February 1st , 2013 Bigtree Bonsai launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise $3,800 for their first full-length album. ┬áBy March 6th, they had almost doubled their goal with $6,956 raised. The Takeaways Research everything. Being the subject-matter expert legitimizes your project to your supporters and prepares you for all possible outcomes. Know the production costs of your…

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IgnitionDeck and Theme 500 Now Ship with Font Awesome 3.1.1

Posted in Features by Nathan

Font Awesome is a killer set of free SVG/CSS icons that ship with Twitter Boostrap that makes it easy for designers to customize their website. With over 302 icons, in a variety of shapes and sizes, we love Font Awesome for its simplicity and flexibility, especially since it is also available as a stand alone package. Though we’ve made use…

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The Official Stretch Goals Extension

Posted in Features by Nathan

One of the beautiful things about the crowdfunding industry is the way in which project creators innovate en route to achieving their goals. Stretch goals were not invented by any crowdfunding platform, but by entrepreneurs looking for a way to get the most out of their campaigns. And despite the fact that most crowdfunding platforms still have not enabled an…

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From 0 to Light Speed in 3 months – Crowdfunding A Video Game

Posted in Success Stories by Shawn

The Tally Between October 10th and November 19th 2012, the Star Citizen project (www.robertsspaceindustries.com) raised a whopping $4,104,189.00, using a custom version of the IgnitionDeck WordPress crowdfunding plugin. The Kickstarter campaign, running between October 19th and November 19th, 2012, raised an additional $2,134,374.00. Since the campaigns have closed (May 3rd, 2013), Star Citizen has also received an additional $3,044,770.00 through…

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How to Crowdfund an Analytics Platform

Posted in Success Stories by Nathan

  Piwik is a web analytics product that has been in development since 2007, offering an open source alternative to Google Analytics now in use by over 400,000 websites worldwide. Their roadmap is public, and like many great open source projects, they have a strong team backed by a strong and growing community. Recently, they set out to put this…

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Crowdfunding FAQ & Updates Extension

Posted in Features by Nathan

We’ve long offered a project meta box that allows you to provide crowdfunding updates and your own FAQ section, but we wanted to offer a richer experience. Today, we’re excited to announce a brand new IgnitionDeck crowdfunding extension called IgnitionDeck FAQ & Updates, that allows you to create crowdfunding updates and FAQs dynamically. They work just as any normal WordPress…

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New Feature: Open Ended Crowdfunding

Posted in Features by Nathan

What should happen when your campaign has expired? Originally, IgnitionDeck campaigns just kept going and there wasn’t any way to shut them off. The date remained and the days stopped at zero. We thought that was OK, but not nearly as good as it could be. So over the past several months, we’ve watched you run your campaigns and pondered…

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Embracing the 100% Model

by Nathan

Many months ago, we wrote extensively about our philosophy as it relates to the 100% crowdfunding model, why we didn’t like it, and why we had yet to build that option into IgnitionDeck. But things change, and as we’ve talked with many of you, we came to realize how impactful a 100% crowdfunding model could be when used appropriately. While…

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A New Set of Social Sharing Options

Posted in Features by Nathan

  We believe that IgnitionDeck should be a full-service plugin that does as much as it can to help your campaigns be successful. Obviously, raising money is a large part of that effort, and we spend a lot of time focusing on improving how we can help you do that. But equally important is web and social traffic, especially when…

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The Evolution of a Logo

by Shawn

When we had the idea for what is now IgnitionDeck, we didn’t even have a name for it yet. It was simply being called ‘WordPress Pre-Order Widget’ amongst Nathan and I. Later it graduated to ‘WordPress Crowdfunding Widget’. Once we’d begun to flesh out the idea, and realized we were going to start creating it for real – we threw…

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