• Report: #1062519

Complaint Review: Smart Crowd Funding - Crowdfunders.us - Shane Liddell

  • Submitted: Thu, June 27, 2013
  • Updated: Thu, June 27, 2013

  • Reported By: crowdfunder — Los Angeles California
Smart Crowd Funding - Crowdfunders.us - Shane Liddell
4244 Central Sarasota Pkwy Sarasota, FL 34238 Sarasota, Florida USA

Smart Crowd Funding - Crowdfunders.us - Shane Liddell AKA Spectikon Corporation, Smart Crowdfunding LLC Shane Liddell is a complete scammer. His company Smart Crowd Funding, crowdfunders.us did nothing to help me. Sarasota Florida

*REBUTTAL Owner of company: It's Time to Accept your Campaign Was a Failure

*Author of original report: Wrong again scammer

*REBUTTAL Owner of company: Scott Folkins - Caribean cocktails

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Shane Liddell contacted me through Indiegogo and offered to help promote my crowdfunding project. He said that crowdfunders.us and Smart Crowdfunding would help me get press coverage adn that he would help me with social media promotion.

All of his twitter followers turned out to be fake according to TwitterAudit.com. I did not get any press coverage. He also promosied to get my project to the first page of Indiegogo. That did not happen either. Smart Crowd made a lot of promises and did nothing to help. The basically stole $400 from you.

I di some research on Liddell and his company Spectikon Corporation. They tried to crowdfund for a project http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/retrievor-the-complete-gps-tracking-retrieving-solution

The didn't even get to 2% of their funding goal. This guy is supposed to be a crowdfunding expert?

Stay away from Shane Liddell, Smart CrowdFunding and crowdfunders.us

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#1 REBUTTAL Owner of company

It's Time to Accept your Campaign Was a Failure

AUTHOR: shanelid - ()

Instead of attempting to point the finger elsewhere in an act of denial, it would certainly be best if you accept the faqct that ultimately the crowd decided that your campaign/product was not something they were interested in. The sooner you accept this the better.

Anyone with a little bit of business understanding willrealise that you cannot satisfy 100% of your customers 100% of the time. Yes, we do have a few that are unhappy, but for the reasons mentioned below, we cannot be held responsible for campaigns that fail:

The success of a campaign is dependent on several factors of which the 'crowd' decides if the project is worth backing. We drive traffic to the campaign, increase it's visibility through marketing activity and by making sure the project is fully exposed. The rest is up to the project content to sell the product or service. We  use our contacts to increase your chances of being successful. Our Premier Plan guarantees you front page exposure for your project which relates to thousands of views from general Indiegogo website visitors!

if we could 100% guarantee the success of projects, we'd certainly change our business model to one which solely created crowdfunding projects of our own.  

You also gave reference in your original posting to a crowdfunding campaign which raised less than 2% of it's funding. You are correct but it's clear to see that you didn't do your research correctly. Personally, I have operated several crowdfunding campaigns over the past 3 years. Some of which failed and some of which were successful. In fact here is a campaign I ran last October and it raised over 200% of the funding goal:

We also have helped many, many project creators on the road to success of which here is just a small sample:

Paul Gill - Orsto Smart Watch - Page 1 Technology and over 30% funded  (new Premier Plan customer since Saturday18/05 Pauls testimonial is on our website and his campaign was a featured Indiegogo Campaign):http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/orsto-x1-the-ultimate-smart-watch
Ethan Hunt - Micro-Phone Credit Card Cell Phone Page 1 Technology and over 260% funded (Premier Plan customer since beginning of May. Ethans' testimonial is on our website and his campaign was a Featured Indiegogo campaign) http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/micro-phone-the-tiny-mobile-device-with-a-big-idea
Seibo Chen- Vapexhale -Page 2 Technology and 72% funded so far:
Scale75 minatures - Was a page one campaign of the Gaming category on Indiegogo and also a Indiegogo Featured campaign. 353% funded at the end of the campaign:

Anyone is welcome to contact them to ask them about our services. In fact some of them are the testimonials we use on our website

I think that considering your obvious intent and the supporting evidence I have provided, people will make their own minds up and decide if what you have claimed is nothing but a feeble attempt to deflect blame instead of taking responsibility for your own failure! 

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#2 Author of original report

Wrong again scammer

AUTHOR: crowdfunder - ()

Your company must have a lot of complaints. The one you have referenced in your rebuttal is not me. Do everyone a favor and go out of business. You are taking advantage of people. You should be ashamed of yourself.

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#3 REBUTTAL Owner of company

Scott Folkins - Caribean cocktails

AUTHOR: shanelid - ()


This report about our company and services is nothing but an attempt at revenge by a disgruntled customer who lost an appeal with Paypal.

We provided marketing services for his campaign for over 40 days and did all of the things he claimed we did not in his report. We have had only one complaint from our over 40 $399 clients so it obvious who wrote this report. After getting his campaign to page one of the food category on Indiegogo (and it remained there for over 3 weeks) we also published and distributed his press release. Press release distribution costs money. As his campaign failed becuase the crowd did not like his products, he attempted to blame us and applied for a full $399 refund through Paypal. After reviewing the evidence we provided, Paypal ruled in our favour and he has since been posting these kind of reports all over the internet, including copying what he has reported here and poasting it to other websites. It is the crowd who ultimately decide if a campaign is worth their support. We give crowdfunders the best chance of sucess by putting the campaign in front of many people.

He has also stolen my own copyrighted photo from www.spectikon.com/aboutus and also our Smart Crowdfunding logo which he copied form our website www.smartcrowdfunding.us.

We have many sucessful campaigns of which the project owners are relally happy with our services. In fact, our website has real references of live projects and people can contact the project creators to verify exactly what we offer to the market.

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  • $399.00 USD

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  • Time Sensitive Late


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