Some Of The Most Successful Crowdfunding Campaigns Of 2015

Posted on 13 August, 2016 by Team Wishberry

2015 saw a flurry of crowdfunding blockbusters, in terms of genius ideas as well as popularity. From technology to films to TV series to fashion – creativity buzzed in every sector across the world. Take a look at some of the most wildly successful crowdfunding projects across the globe. 

The Travel Jacket

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Raised: $9,192,055

Number of backers: 44,949

The Baubax Travel Jacket is like no other – with 15 extremely useful features such as, a built-in neck pillow, eye mask, gloves, earphone holders, drink pocket, tech pockets in various sizes, sunglasses pocket, pen + stylus, iPad pocket, passport pocket, phone pocket, portable charger pocket, blanket pocket and hand warming pockets. And it’s not bad on the eyes either. This is light packing taken to a whole new level. Travellers and minimalists lost their minds over this, and the Baubax Travel Jacket went on to become one of the most funded Kickstarter projects of all time.

Watch how it works here.

Pebble Watch

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Raised: $10,266,845

Number of backers: 68,929 backers

No talk about massively successful crowdfunding projects is complete without some good gushing about the paradigm-shifting project that’s Pebble Watch. This is a customizable smart watch that connects to iPhone and Android phones, alerts you of incoming calls, emails, messages and social media updates, doubles up as a bike computer, lets you control music and much more! What’s better? It’s water and scratch resistant, and comes with a rechargeable battery that goes on for 7 days and changeable straps.

The Pebble Watch met its funding goal of $1M in a mere 8 hours.

Exploding Kittens

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Raised: $8,782,571 

Number of backers: 219,382

Exploding Kittens is a card game created by creative geniuses Elan Lee (of Xbox and ARGs), Matthew Inman (of The Oatmeal) and Shane Small (of Xbox and Marvel). Unmatched in its unique wackiness (an Inman trademark), it’s the kind of card game that puts an end to all other card games.

Mystery Science Theatre 3000

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Raised: $5,764,229

Number of backers: 48,270

Mystery Science Theatre 3000 is an American comedy TV series set in the not-too-distant future revolving around two mad scientists who send their janitor into space. Created by Joel Hodgson in 1988, the beloved show aired for six seasons until its cancellation in 1997. However, it was once again aired for three seasons until yet another cancellation in 1999. In a revival movement of sorts, Hodgson – in 2015 – launched a crowdfunding campaign to bring back fourteen episodes of the show. The rest, as they say, is history.

Super Troopers 2

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Raised: $4,600,025

Number of backers: 53,816

After the raging success that was Super Troopers, Broken Lizard Industries returned with their goofball state troopers for Super Troopers 2. What’s most amazing about the crowdfunding campaign is that it’s about just as hilarious as the film, therefore not only giving you a glimpse of what’s in store for the audience, but also getting everyone excited. Add to that the mad wacked out rewards, how can anyone not want to back this franchise? They raised 211% more than their actual funding goal!

Con Man (a TV show)

Raised: $3.1 million

Number of backers: 46,992
Con Man is a comedy web-series starring Nathan Fillion and Alan Tudyk – both of whom were co-stars on the hit TV series Firefly. The web-series revolves around a cult science fiction actor as he tours the convention circuit. The campaign gained such massive popularity that it raised more than $1 million in less than 24 hours! It premiered on Vimeo in September 2015, and the second season is all set to launch in late 2016.

What makes such campaigns so successful?

  • One thing is clear: it has to be a brilliant idea that no one anticipated. An idea that gets everyone’s excitement levels soaring, is sure to get you the money pouring too!

  • Have an emotional hook. While there’s no doubt that Mystery Science Theatre 3000 was a brilliant show by itself, what worked most in its favour was the nostalgic joy it brought to the hearts of the 80s kids. People just want to support things that once were an integral part of their lives. The powerhouse crowdfunding success of Veronica Mars is testament to the same!

  • It’s a fun ride. One look at Super Trooper’s crowdfunding campaign and pitch video, and anyone with a funny bone would just want to be a part of this mad adventure. Make it a wild ride for your backers from the get go!

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