Recently I launched a Kickstrater campaign for my new book. It’s a tall order as the costs mean that producing the book will be around £40K! I don’t have that sort of money. If I did, I almost certainly wouldn’t be running a campaign on Kickstarter.
Now, I have no objections to people being entrepreneurial. I think it should be applauded. But, why should I be barraged with a whole bunch of “business folks” saying that they can make my project a success? I wouldn’t mind, if they didn’t start by attacking the other folks who do the same. Or perhaps making wild unfounded claims that they have helped securing over a 1000%, yes, 1000%.
Wait a moment. If I had a £1 kickstarted campaign, and it raise £1000 then that is correct. But, I need to raise £40,000 so that would mean….hmmmm…£40,000,000?
I’d be up for that one!
I also performed a WHOIS look up on the domains as I was curious to see if there were any similarities. The two companies SMT, and Crowdfunding services, share the same domain name address registration. Now this doesn’t mean they are the same company, and the fact that they have the same client on their websites……just an observation…..thats all.
Have a read of the emails below. None of them state any form of confidentiality in the content, and they were unsolicited message to me, so its fair game to put them on record. By the way, I have added my comments in bold within their emails.
Here is number one:
Last but not least, when you sign up for any of our packages, you very shortly receive our insights about your campaign and relevant tips to help you raise more money, create the best Rewards structure and improve all the elements of your crowdfunding campaign page.
– Get a sponsored article about your project published on Best-Crowdfunding-Websites.com for only 49 dollars. It is the perfect way to enhance the buzz about your campaign, build trust around your project and most importantly, get more exposure on the Web.
– Choose our “Article Promotion” kit and, in addition to the above, we will organize a targeted advertising campaign on the largest websites in the world. Your
– Choose our “Article Promotion” kit and, in addition to the above, we will organize a targeted advertising campaign on the largest websites in the world. Your article will be displayed on sites like Fox News, ABC news, Yahoo, NBC news, The Examiner, Forbes, CBS, for one entire week and for only 149 dollars.
– Purchase our “Multi-Channel Promotion” kit and, in addition to all of the above, we will write ONE Professional Press Release that will be indexed on the Major
– Purchase our “Multi-Channel Promotion” kit and, in addition to all of the above, we will write ONE Professional Press Release that will be indexed on the Major Search Engines (Google, Yahoo!, Bing, Ask). That is, we will promote your crowdfunding campaign in both the largest websites PLUS Facebook and Twitter for only 299 dollars! This is definitely the best solution for any Crowdfunder who wishes, and needs, to reach a much larger audience.
If you have any further questions, don’t hesitate to contact me. Our phone number is (315) 215 0910. I’ll be more than happy to consult with you.
(315) 215 0910 email@example.com
(212) 461 4894 firstname.lastname@example.org www.crowdfunding-services.com
I just discovered your campaign Cheetah – Namibia in Kickstarter and the impressive work you have done so far. I am deeply convinced that our company can definitely help getting your campaign fully funded.
– One Article published in the Leading Crowdfunding Portal
– Specific Press Releases about your project, written by professionals and Indexed on Google, Yahoo! and Bing
– Forum Marketing
– Reviews posted on Influencing Blogs fitting your crowdfunding category
– Social Media Promotion
– Content Promotion
– Banners placement on leading Websites
– Sponsored Articles posted on Premium Websites
– Mobile advertising
– Video Advertising
The Road to Success
After personally reviewing your Kickstarter campaign, I feel we can help
your campaign attract more attention so your crowdfunding project can get
My company CrowdFundBuzz.Com has helped many crowdfunding campaigns
achieve and even exceed their funding goals – some by as much as over
1000% – and we can help you too. Please note – that was not a typo – I did
mean to say over 1000% (one thousand percent). [You sure that’s not a typo. You can actually prove via independent financial scrutiny that you can make that claim?]
I realize you probably have received – or very likely soon will receive
communications from other companies offering services similar to Crowdfund
Buzz but there are two very important distinctions between my company and
every other that you need to be aware of so you can make an informed
decision to help your crowdfunding project succeed:
1) Crowdfund Buzz is the pioneer in crowdfunding promotion. Our founder
Matt Cooke formulated an affordable, effective service model that helps as
many people as we can at the lowest possible price to fill a need
crowdfunders had no access to before. Every other company you may discover
has copied, replicated and/or otherwise ripped-off what Matt created with
his vision back in March 2013. [ Hey! SMT take note. You have ripped of these guys…shame on you]
2) Not content to rest on our laurels as the innovator in crowdfunding
campaign promotion, Crowdfund Buzz’s current president Howard Sherman
continues to perfect and improve the original proven model Matt Cooke
designed which empowers us to get superior results for our clients that
our competitors can only envy.
Our competition can copy our pricing, our service models, and deliver a
rough approximation of the services we offer but what they can’t copy is
the experience, expertise and energy of the Crowdfund Buzz team which
brings more results to more people faster than any other company of its
kind. We are proud of the results we have gotten for our clients which no
other crowdfunding promotion company can even come close to.
Please don’t think I’m bragging.[You are so understating it] While we’re proud of our legacy and very
happy to help people reach their crowdfunding goals, we’re very concerned
that an unsuspecting crowdfunder like you will be taken advantage of by
unscrupulous companies who can charge you very hefty fees, promise you a
lot then end up delivering very little, if anything.[You know you are absolutely right there]
If you decide to pass on my offer I’ll completely understand. But please
don’t waste any of your precious money on other companies who usually come
up short, might rip you off or even disappear entirely leaving you holding
the bags while they run away with your money like a thief in the night.[Now I read this as, if you don’t play with us, we don’t want you playing with anyone]
I realize that might sound harsh. [Can I be blunt] If you’d like, I’ll be glad to share
with you the feedback we’ve collected from clients who ultimately hired us
to help promote their crowdfunding projects after they wasted their money
and lost precious time when they hired other crowdfunding advertising
companies that just couldn’t deliver what they promised or follow through
on what they committed to do. [Instead of trying to get me to email you, put it on the website where we can all see it. Be proud of what you do, and stoop being so self-decpracting]
I invite you to our website at http://www.crowdfundbuzz.com to explore all
of the different services available to you. While you’re there please be
sure to read the many testimonials we’ve collected from satisfied clients
as well as review our many success stories.
If you have any questions or need more information feel free to call us at
888-983-1682 so we can discuss your needs directly. You can also email
our company president Howard Sherman. His email address is
email@example.com. It might sound strange that a company president
wants to hear from the general public but he does. Every time Howard
talks to a crowdfunder he learns from the experience which helps him does
his job better as he helps everyone he talks to make their crowdfunding
We will be happy to answer all of your questions and tell you more about
how we can help your crowdfunding project succeed like no other company
Julia. [or is that Howard?]
It really is a great book, with amazing pictures. Not only that but some of the profits will be going to the AfriCat foundation. Unlike those above, these are real predators needing our help…..