Good news everybody, exploratory work for the Orchestra 990 Database Project is all done. The technical aspects are worked out and not only do we know it can be done, we also have a very firm idea of how much time and resources it will take; but there’s one thing that has us stumped so we need your help.
Specifically, it is related to the Kickstarter campaign and here’s the part that has everyone on my side of the fence puzzled: since the Orchestra 990 Database Project service is something we’ve designed as a free service (per your survey input), we’re not sure exactly what to offer supporters as a reward for backing the project.
Kickstarter defines rewards as such (emphasis added):
Rewards are what backers receive in exchange for pledging to a project. The importance of creative, tangible, and fairly priced rewards cannot be overstated. Projects whose rewards are overpriced or uninspired struggle to find support.
There are four common reward types that we see on Kickstarter:
- Copies of the thing: the album, the DVD, a print from the show. These items should be priced what they would cost in a retail environment.
- Creative collaborations: a backer appears as a hero in the comic, everyone gets painted into the mural, two backers do the handclaps for track 3.
- Creative experiences: a visit to the set, a phone call from the author, dinner with the cast, a concert in your backyard.
- Creative mementos: Polaroids sent from location, thanks in the credits, meaningful tokens that tell a story.
As such, the conundrum is fairly straightforward: there are no copies to offer, no way to integrate a backer into the final offering, no experience to participate in, and no mementos of value (short of a digital commemorating the thrilling work of sitting in front a computer writing code).
The only potential areas of interest we’ve identified are:
- Naming rights (“Orchestra 990 Database Project” is a rather dull name).
- UX decision maker (selecting final color palette etc.)
- Publishing an “about the backer” profile section at the site as sort of super thanks offering.
Consequently, I’d like to call on all of the creative, big brains out there among Adaptistration’s readership to solicit input on what you think would be worthwhile and enticing rewards for a successful Kickstarter campaign to fund the Orchestra 990 Database Project. Post a comment below or send an email.