Cosykiller – looking for support for our new Solo Sleuth venture

We’re crowd funding!

I can’t tell you how young and funky I feel saying that; all the fashionable and trendy types are crowd funding their great ideas and well, so are we!

As a small business we really understand the importance of listening to our customers; to us, customers are kings and queens and we do all we can to agree with you (although we did draw the line at a dinner party game for 37 people, all with a speaking part that needed to be done and dusted in 30 minutes.  Not a chance!).

As you know…we support you to find the right products for your party…  and, from time to time a chance conversation in the office to find a solution to a customers’ conundrum leads to a great new idea.

And CosyKiller is the result of one of those chance conversations!
We think CosyKiller is a Great New Idea and judging by the response we’ve had so far we’re confident you all think so too.

What is it? – let us explain:

Want to support this?  Just click HERE to make a pledge.  There are lots of options available to you.  And if we don’t get the full support of kickstarter – no one loses any money – so it’s a win:win scenario for backers.  If the project goes ahead you’ll get the latest murder mystery to hit the market at a fraction of the cost, with lots of extras; and if it doesn’t – you don’t pay a penny!

What is crowdfunding all about?

That’s a whole other blog… and if you’re thinking about doing it – and want some advice – we should be in the position to help in 30 days…

What we can tell you is that there are a number of crowd funding platforms out there and we did our research.  We spent hours looking at projects on other sights (Research again.  Did we mention distraction?!) to see what sort of projects were attracted to the various sites and we watched endless hours of crowd funding videos to see what we liked and what we didn’t.

I’m not even going to start making recommendations about which site is best for you, there are so many variables and I wouldn’t even claim to understand one tenth of the opportunities that are available.  All I will say, is think carefully, research and pick wisely.  We believe we’ve picked the right site for us and you’ll find us on Kickstarter.com

The other issue that we became very aware of very quickly was the quality of the video pitches.  We knew that we needed to film ours professionally and although only one of us is a professional actress I don’t think we did too badly.  Having our film company come in and film for us, as well as sourcing all the additional clips and supporting our voice-over artists too has, we hope, stood us out from the rest of the crowd.  Certainly not as cheap as the DIY version we did consider, but we do believe it’ll prove to be money well spent when we’ve finished this journey.

And what a journey it’s proving to be.  Less than a week in and we’ve already had questions from all over the world, a fabulous enquiry from Canada, plenty of backers all cheering us on and spreading the word.  We couldn’t be more thankful.  Plenty of international press have picked up on the story too, so watch this space as news of our crowd funded project really starts to roll out across the globe.

If I was going to spout advice to you I think I’d say this:

1.     Be absolutely sure that the project you’ve picked to crowd fund is the right one for your business now.  Crowd funding isn’t a quick fix / quick launch, so don’t take your eye off your core business.
2.    Be absolutely certain of the message you’re taking to your backers; we’ve found lots of stories about projects that failed…
3.    Be bold with your video story; it pays to have someone film it professionally for you as you’ll stand out from the crowd.
4.    Be prepared for the adventure to cost you; we are crowd funding the end result, but to get it to this stage we have spent thousands of our own money.
5.    Be ready to shout.  Loudly.  Call in all the favours you can think of, compile a list of press people to speak to, bloggers, customers…get your lists ready before you launch and just keep on shouting.  And shouting!

Overall though, our advice is come on in and join us…crowd funding is proving to be great fun and we can’t recommend it enough.
Good luck!

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We contacted Red-Herring-Games for a party for a special occasion. Why going to restaurants to eat is the preferred activity to mark milestones is beyond me and my friends.   The choice of mystery was obvious, looking at the options from New Zealand on the web Red Herring stuck out from the international options.  A quick look at the site and games showed subtlety as well a range of choices.  The numbers you could have for each evening was important,  Red Herring had scaling options a good range of scenarios but most importantly were Jo and team being flexible, responsive and helpful.

Rachel McWilliam, Arts Development Officer, Lincs Inspire

Thank you Red Herring Games for the marvellous 'Murder!  Cargo Connections?' event that you organised for us as part of Museums at Night at the Fishing Heritage Centre in Grimsby. The whole evening went so well and was brilliant fun.  I know from all the feedback that our visitors had a fantastic time. It was really good working with you and I have no doubt that we will do again in the not too distant future.  

A. Nonymous (council employee)

I would like to thank you and your colleague for helping contribute towards our successful conference last month.  Everyone really seemed to enjoy the evening and it was rewarding that so many delegates were able to participate in addition to the main "Actors".  Our conference evaluation froms included the following comments:
  • "Enjoyed the evening entertainment!"
  • The evening entertainment was great and the confusion made it great fun!"
With thanks and best wishes.

Sarah Spencer (Cleethorpes Chronicle)

I had no idea what to expect before purchasing a ticket for Old, New, Borrowed, Blue, which was being staged at a nearby hotel, and feared it might involve taking part in some way. However thankfully for me no acting was necessary, just some amateur sleuthing. "Wedding guests" of which I was one, were called upon to move from room to room in the hotel in groups, questioning a number of possible murderers with the aim of solving the mystery of the dead bridegroom. The interviewees were really fun characters and gave us all some good laughs. Of course they all had motives and it was a case of identifying the shiftiest. The wedding theme was particularly good, as it fitted well with the venue, the buffet that was part of the evening (with a wedding cake in the middle) and the fact that everyone had been able to dress up to fit in without going to the trouble of fancy dress. I didn't think I had enough "evidence" to actually accuse anyone but later regretted not even writing down my first guess as it wouldn't have been too far off the mark. The evening was great fun and everyone seemed to enjoy it and take part. I would definitely recommend Old, New, Borrowed, Blue as good for getting even reluctant or first-time mystery party-goers involved.  

Alan Young (Personal Touch Mortgages)

What a cracking nights entertainment! We don't get out much nowadays with 2 kids and this was exactly what we were looking for in a good night out. Lots of fun with tongue firmly in cheek and everyone kept guessing whodunnit right to the very end. Would definitely attend another!!!!!  

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