tl;dr most months are fine but avoid Christmas
I get asked when is the best time of year to launch a Kickstarter a reasonable amount and have launched a few myself, and so have spent a good amount of time looking in to it. There are a few obvious rules, but in general the numbers seem to suggest that their isn’t especially good or bad time except…
What is the best month to launch a Kickstarter campaign?
It’s probably obvious, but Christmas is a bad time to launch a product unless you can be 100% confident you will be able to ship it in time for it to be given as a gift. Money is short at this time of year and people have other priorities, so avoid launching in late November or any of December. The New Year also isn’t ideal as people are still recovering from their Christmas overspend. My experience is that, as a result of this 2 month quiet period, you’ll see a lot of projects launch at the end of January and they’ll do fine, and from then you can pretty much launch in whichever month you want through until the next holiday season.
- January – mostly bad, ok at the very end of the month
- February – ok, but you may have a lot of competition that has built up over Christmas
- March – good
- April- good
- May- good
- June- good
- July- good
- August- good
- September- good
- October- good, but make sure you don’t time it so your campaign ends on thanksgiving
- November – ok
- December – bad
Try to avoid ending on a weekend or holiday
This isn’t a month specific thing, but try to avoid your campaign launching or ending on a weekend or big public holiday. Check other countries as well – you don’t want to fall on a public holiday in the US, UK, Canada or Australia at the very least. Before I started getting involved in Kickstarter projects I assumed weekends would be busier with people at home browsing to kill time. Turns out that’s not the case! In fact, people are at work killing time by buying stuff on Kickstarter.
Got any different experiences? Let me know, I’m always looking for new data on this!