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15 February 2012 @ 02:09 pm
The Great Big Crowdfunding Poll  
The following poll is long (a whopping FOURTEEN QUESTIONS!!!), so I'm putting it behind a cut. You will notice I am No Fun At All, and have not made this a Ticky Box Poll, but rather a Radio Button Poll, which means only one answer per question. This is because I'm more or less trying to avoid "all of the above" answers, because I'm trying to get an idea of what might work *best*, and "all of the above" doesn't necessarily help me, or indeed anyone else trying to learn from this, in that regard.

Feel free, of course, to also comment and tell me that "all of the above" is suitable, but if you'd be so good as to jump through my hoops too, I would appreciate it. :)

Anyway, in order to try to gain a sense of scale, there are variations on some of the questions, so you're not actually stuck with just one answer, just a range of importance. I hope. :)



Poll #1819148 The Great Big Crowdfunding Poll

I have bought into CE Murphy crowdfunding campaigns before.

Yes
71(55.0%)
No
58(45.0%)

I bought into "No Dominion" primarily because:

It was the Walker Papers
66(52.4%)
It was Gary
22(17.5%)
It was a Kickstarter campaign
6(4.8%)
It was the first CE Murphy crowdfund campaign I'd heard of
22(17.5%)
Other, to be delineated in comments
10(7.9%)

I bought into the "No Dominion" campaign *secondarily* because:

It was Walker Papers
36(28.6%)
It was Gary
60(47.6%)
It was a Kickstarter campaign
7(5.6%)
It was the first CE Murphy crowdfund campaign I'd heard of
13(10.3%)
Other, to be delineated in comments
10(7.9%)

How much does creator enthusiasm affect your willingness to buy into a campaign?

Not very much: I either would or wouldn't buy in anyway
13(10.2%)
Somewhat.
31(24.4%)
A lot! It made me want to participate!
80(63.0%)
A lot! It made me want to run away screaming!
3(2.4%)

How much does the Kickstarter aspect of being able to see others' enthusiasm affect your willingness to buy into a campaign?

Not very much: I either would or wouldn't buy in anyway
48(37.2%)
Somewhat.
56(43.4%)
A lot! It made me want to participate!
25(19.4%)
A lot! It made me want to run away screaming!
0(0.0%)

How much does the Kickstarter reward levels aspect affect your willingness to buy into a campaign?

Not very much: I either would or wouldn't buy in anyway
10(7.8%)
Somewhat.
61(47.3%)
A lot! It made me want to participate!
58(45.0%)
A lot! It made me want to run away screaming!
0(0.0%)

Aside from "No Dominion" itself, the following reward is the most compelling:

Name in acknowledgements
2(1.6%)
Extra short stories
40(31.0%)
Extra novellas
42(32.6%)
Opportunity for the limited edition print run of the whole project
29(22.5%)
Making Kit sing "Wind Beneath My Wings"
8(6.2%)
Other Swag (cover art posters/bookmarks/postcards/calendars)
2(1.6%)
Other (pliz comment!)
6(4.7%)

Aside from "No Dominion" itself, the following reward is the *second* most compelling:

Name in acknowledgements
4(3.2%)
Extra short stories
52(41.3%)
Extra novellas
42(33.3%)
Opportunity for the limited edition print run of the whole project
9(7.1%)
Making Kit sing "Wind Beneath My Wings"
10(7.9%)
Other Swag (cover art posters/bookmarks/postcards/calendars)
7(5.6%)
Other (pliz comment)
2(1.6%)

Aside from "No Dominion" itself, the following reward is the *third* most compelling:

Name in acknowledgements
20(15.6%)
Extra short stories
17(13.3%)
Extra novellas
22(17.2%)
Opportunity for the limited edition print run of the whole project
33(25.8%)
Making Kit sing "Wind Beneath My Wings"
14(10.9%)
Other Swag (cover art posters/bookmarks/postcards/calendars)
14(10.9%)
Other (pliz comment)
8(6.2%)

The e-book aspect (as opposed to just PDFs) of the "No Dominion" campaign was this important to me:

Very Important
44(34.4%)
Moderately Important
45(35.2%)
Not Important
39(30.5%)

I learned about the "No Dominion" campaign primarily via:

A CE Murphy blog
87(66.9%)
CE Murphy's newsletter
11(8.5%)
Facebook
12(9.2%)
G+
2(1.5%)
Twitter
9(6.9%)
Kickstarter
1(0.8%)
Someone Else's Blog
5(3.8%)
Other (pliz elucidate in comments!)
3(2.3%)

An individual should run a major Kickstarter campaign no more often than:

Annually
26(20.3%)
Semiannually
33(25.8%)
Quarterly (ahahaha)
9(7.0%)
When the mood strikes
60(46.9%)

A new Kickstarter campaign should be launched:

As soon as excitement overrides sanity
45(35.4%)
1-3 months after the completion of the last campaign
25(19.7%)
3-6 months after the completion of the last campaign
27(21.3%)
6-12 months after the completion of the last campaign
30(23.6%)

Ticky Boxes

You have totally failed to include ticky boxes in this poll, and I wish to register a complaint.
10(7.9%)
No complaints, just ticky boxes! Yay!
117(92.1%)
 
 
 
Deborah Blakedeborahblakehps on February 15th, 2012 11:01 am (UTC)
I voted for you over at the link you provided--you're way ahead :-) Couldn't find the place to vote for your friend, though--two links were identical.

And I would like the option to "buy" a print edition at a semi-reasonable rate, if I can't afford to buy into the campaign at that level. Just for future reference.
kitmizkit on February 15th, 2012 12:08 pm (UTC)
Oops. The link for the Patronage category is here: http://crowdfunding.livejournal.com/398095.html
(no subject) - deborahblakehps on February 15th, 2012 04:08 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - Amanda Lane on February 18th, 2012 12:42 am (UTC) (Expand)
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The owner of a grey catjennielf on February 15th, 2012 11:30 am (UTC)
This right here is one of my main reasons. :)
Kerry aka Troublecontrouble on February 15th, 2012 11:03 am (UTC)
I almost clicked Print Run for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd most compelling reasons to join. It was the reason I joined when it got to that level and not earlier. The other bonuses determined what level I joined.

I don't like ebooks - especially not for anything over 10-12 pages because I spend way too much time reading things from a screen and want to relax AWAY from my screen.
Cynssha on February 16th, 2012 04:18 am (UTC)
This right here!

I, for one, am not a big fan of reading anything of length on a screen. I like paper books. I like the chance to rest my eyes before I go to sleep at night not having to be upright, or have my eyes fixed on a backlit screen. Since I don't have a portable e-reader, this means I don't really enjoy doing e-books. Now, if my printer had a decent ink-life, I'd buy them and just print them out and bind them myself, which I have done with some of my gaming books, and a couple other titles in the past.
irishkate: bouncyirishkate on February 15th, 2012 11:03 am (UTC)
As a point of being me I selected both ticky boxes.
Dan/Дмитрийicedrake on February 15th, 2012 12:58 pm (UTC)
YES!
hegemony hedgehogagrimony on February 15th, 2012 11:09 am (UTC)
I hit other on why I primarily supported the kick starter and it's because I like you. :)</p>

What brought my dad in was that it was The Walker Papers and the print edition.

mbliss on February 15th, 2012 11:20 am (UTC)
Kickstarter In General
I would like to add that one of the aspects of Kickstarter that I like the very most is the direct ability to support an artist I like to achieve art I get to have. It's patronage at it's best because I don't have enough monetary power to do that on my own but Kickstarter gives us a way to join together to support an artist for a direct project that we all then get to put our grubby little hands on. That is such a brilliant process and I love participating in it.
HL Henriksonveilofgrace on February 15th, 2012 10:53 pm (UTC)
Re: Kickstarter In General
Super ditto!
Re: Kickstarter In General - ssha on February 16th, 2012 04:19 am (UTC) (Expand)
Re: Kickstarter In General - Amanda Lane on February 18th, 2012 12:41 am (UTC) (Expand)
Jenicaverrakaien on February 15th, 2012 11:20 am (UTC)
I signed on immediately because I think crowdsourcing is cool. I upped my pledge when you revealed that we were about to pay you more than you'd ever been paid upfront by a traditional publisher, because, well, that's EFFING AWESOME.

I am seriously in love with the idea of a reinvented patronage system where the audience truly does fund the artist. I want to do that.
Brianlogrusboy on February 15th, 2012 11:22 am (UTC)
(I went ahead and voted since my participation failed due to a goof, and I had fully intended to buy in. Don't think this should invalidate your results.)

My primary reason was affection for the author. Money is really tight for me, and I probably would have passed on any other author's campaign no matter how nifty.
pgwfolcpgwfolc on February 15th, 2012 12:05 pm (UTC)
Additional info/answers, as promised:

I bought into "No Dominion" primarily because: I love your writing, even if Walker Papers isn't my favorite of your series. I still greatly enjoy it, but it wouldn't be my personal first choice.

I bought into the "No Dominion" campaign *secondarily* because: You were so excited about it.

(Perhaps worth noting is that this was your first Kickstarter campaign. You were extra excited about it, and I expect the rest of us were, too.)

How much does the Kickstarter aspect of being able to see others' enthusiasm affect your willingness to buy into a campaign?

Enthusiasm can be infectious, but I don't really know many other fans. It doesn't matter to me if I don't, but it can be a positive motivator if I do.

As for rewards: More of your writing is the main reward for me. Seeing you happy and excited is the next. Calendars and posters and such don't mean much to me.

As for the last two questions, my answers sort of conflict. I said annually but as soon as excitement overrides sanity. Don't go to the well too often, but don't let arbitrary timescales hold you back when the fires are burning.
Mary Annepers1stence on February 15th, 2012 12:31 pm (UTC)
I initially bought in at the level I did because I like supporting your work, and that level was around what I felt spending on "book" for me. The bulk of my additional buy-in was a result of the enthusiasm of your other supporters.
Bryantbryant on February 15th, 2012 12:49 pm (UTC)
I kicked in because I know and like your work. :)
Ellen Millionellenmillion on February 15th, 2012 01:20 pm (UTC)
I said Kickstarter didn't make a difference, but the more accurate truth is that I'm not all that keen on Kickstarter. It doesn't make me run screaming, but I'd rather send you those funds more directly. It's lovely that Kickstarter gives you more publicity and makes it easy to manage things, but it's also an arm of Giant Monopoly Amazon, which takes a good chunk of the bottom line and almost negates the whole 'buy it from the creator' and 'support the little guy' aspect. It's like going to Walmart to buy local produce.
Mark MathisonMark Mathison on February 15th, 2012 01:33 pm (UTC)
follow up to my "other" answer
The opportunity to be a small part in the process that results in your amazing efforts taking up a home in my heart and my head.
Edwards ElEdwards El on February 15th, 2012 01:35 pm (UTC)
kickstart campaign
Why did I participate....because I like reading what C.E. Murphy writes...that was the motivation for my small donation. Finances allowing I would do it again.
Nathaliespacedlaw on February 15th, 2012 01:51 pm (UTC)
Rather than a problem of periodicity, I would not think starting a new kickstarter before all goals for which the previous one has been run for are be fulfilled is advisable. If you are able to write all the things you committed to in 3 months, by all means, start a new campaign.

silver shadow believersaintswife on February 15th, 2012 08:14 pm (UTC)
I have to agree with this.

I bought in on a kickstarter about a month ago, and the author has already started another Kickstarter without completing the first one. Since they haven't finished what was initially promised, I'm honestly not inspired to pledge to a second one.
Alix (Tersa): Arwen Reading (tersa)tersa on February 15th, 2012 02:06 pm (UTC)
I bought into "No Dominion" primarily because:

I'm with agrimony on this: it was you. :)

Edited at 2012-02-15 06:06 pm (UTC)