To: Motorcycle Shops, Parts & Aftermarket
Manufacturers, Enthusiast Magazines & Videos, Online Salesmen, Builders Large
and Small. If you’re in the “Motorcycle Business” we’ve got something for you –
KickStartTV Work for You!
It’s 2009 and the party is pretty much over. We’re seeing prices dropping on
everything from parts to full bikes, shrinking attendance at rallies, the end of
“Chopper” shows on TV – in fact, our country and our industry seem to be heading
into a sea of red ink, unpaid credit bills, “bailouts” and other bad economic
So what BETTER time to start a NEW and UNTESTED business
and pay for it out of my own pocket? Crazy, you say? Nah – I’m just a believer
in the way our system works and the inherent honesty of the American Businessmen
– especially those in the Two-Wheeled trade. We started
KickStartTV at the worst possible time to start a new venture,
and we bet the farm with our own money – not some corporate investor from
New York – the dough out of our savings accounts and checking accounts to buy
the equipment, bandwidth and software we needed to start an online TV station /
show – KickStartTV. Plus we had to have a
great website to go with the show, one that has all the capabilities of
“FaceBook” or any other these other “social networking” sites because bikers
like to communicate and put up pictures of their bikes and tell their stories.
We built the concept, the studio, the show, the staff and
now we need your help to help us grow and become the industry resource and
consumer hub that we know KickStartTV
can become. We’d be stupid to ask for money in these times, so what we’re going
to do is tell you how you can USE US to gain more traction in this
slippery marketplace and reach out to your potential customers in ways that they
have never seen before.
USE US, ABUSE US – Make Us Build
What is KickStartTV anyway? Well, it’s a one
hour (plus) show that is broadcast LIVE every Tuesday night at 7pm MST.
Our broadcast area? The entire world – we are streamed LIVE to a 100% global
audience. Regardless of country, language, time zone or any of the other
factors effecting regular TV – we can reach every PC in the world with an
internet connection. So what is our audience? I don’t know – you tell me. But I
would guess it’s all people who are interested in choppers, bobbers, custom
bikes, building bikes, buying parts, searching out deals, riding like crazy and
having a generally good time being a biker. Because if you weren’t doing
these things – you wouldn’t be watching our show. It’s really that simple – we
may not have ALL the people in the world – but all the people we have are 100%
interested in what you’re doing and what you have to sell.
WAYS to USE US #1 – Tell Us What’s
Tell us what’s going on in your part of the world. Copy articles that have to do
with motorcycles and chopper building and email them to us
firstname.lastname@example.org ) and if
they’re of interest they WILL get on the show. There – your event or
party or run is now global. It will only happen if YOU make it happen buy
sending us the info, but who else is our there saying they’ll give you global
exposure for free?
Tell us what you’re building, manufacturing, testing or thinking about making.
Send us pictures of your build, go into “The Garage” on our website (www.kickstarttv.com)
and put up pictures of what you’re doing and anything else you can think of.
We’ve got a very cool audience in the chat room and visiting us LIVE
via video on Skype who are not afraid to tell you their opinions. This is
more fun than a “focus group” and it’s free!
Give us your or your groups opinion and your voice will be heard. We
can’t guarantee that everybody will get on the air all the time – but chances
are if you feel passionate about a subject (and we can tell pretty well what
you’re passionate about) we’ll use your stuff. Write us, send us an audio track,
shoot a video and we’ll always try to make time for folks who have
invested time. Who else is offering you free video time in a subject-specific
WAYS to USE US #2 – Get Your Stuff on
Do you build a really cool thing? Send us one and we’ll put it on the
show. It’s that simple. Here’s the address so you don’t forget (copy this now so
you have it knocking around):
To Send Us Stuff:
The best way is by email - send it to
If you want to talk to Trash, email him at
To Send Us Heavy Stuff:
c/o BroadbandVideo, Inc.
5261 S. Quebec St., Suite 200
Greenwood Village, CO 80111
Call Main Office: 303-488-4015
Production / Studio: 303-488-2883
Emergency Cell: 303-549-2659
When we get stuff we talk about it until you’re pretty much sick about it –
because we love cool, innovative, custom bike parts almost as much as we
love finished motorcycles. When we get a new product, we check out the
background of the manufacturer (just to make sure you’re still in business –
this ain’t America’s Most Wanted) and then we have fun with the part. We open
the box right on air, we show the goods right out of the box, we talk about the
possible applications, we put over 40 years of combined chopper
building together to voice our opinion on the product. We then find an
application and most times end up putting it into service on a bike right away.
This can take HOURS of air time, but it’s a two way street – people who
love this stuff will watch every minute and manufacturers and builders get
MORE EXPOSURE than they could EVER hope to afford on regular television or cable.
Once we’ve shot and aired the segment – we’ll send you a link that shows the
entire segment of the show and your product that you can put on your website.
Who else can do that for FREE?
Just FYI – we don’t return anything, so
don’t send us one-of-a-kinds or prototypes. Once you send it to us, it’s ours.
That way if we decide to paint, modify, cut up or use any of those fine
modification techniques that chopper builders are known to deploy, there are no
questions in anybodies mind.
WAYS to USE US #3 – FREE video.
If you send us a 30 or 60 second Public Service Announcement – we’ll run
it for free as often as we want. If you send us something where you’re selling
something – well, you have to pay for that, it’s called advertising.
The same with links – we’d love to link directly to your website. If your
website is a personal site, a non-profit group site or anything else where you
don’t make any money, we’ll put up your stuff for free. If the site sells
anything, has a PayPal Button or any sort of order form – we have to get paid
for that. We don’t charge a lot, in fact nothing compared to any normal TV
station or Cable company. If you’d like to advertise or do some kind of special
promotion, just write to
email@example.com . The question is this – “Does internet advertising
work?”. In 1997 I started www.choppersrule.com to service what I saw was a small
(but growing) need on the internet for information about choppers and custom
bikes that wasn’t being covered in the trades and other magazines. I didn’t have
a lot of money, so the web seemed like the place to be. A few years after I had
been around (I spent 7 years as the #1 slot on Yahoo if you types in “choppers”)
the guys at Discovery channel emailed me and asked me if I would put up an ad
for a new kind of show called Motorcycle Maniacs. They said they didn’t have any
money to pay, but that we’d probably really like the show – it starred a new
biker nobody had ever heard of before named Jesse James. Does internet
advertising work? I dunno, ask Jesse.
The point here is that we’ve got the people you want to reach – in fact,
most of the people producing the show are people you want to reach. So if you
want to spread the word about something that’s good news for all of us – that’s
free. If you want to try to sell something, that’ll cost a bit – but you might
consider going the product or goods sample route if that’s something you can do.
KickStartTV – How to USE US:
1) Tell us what’s happening in your world.
2) Get your stuff on our show for free.
3) Send us some video and we’ll get it on the show.
…it’s really that simple. If you’d like to advertise on KickStartTV.com (the
website) or on the show itself, contact Warren Fuller at
warren@kickstartTV.com . Be
prepared, however, for a different type of advertising: if you run an ad for
your product on late-night TV, a small percentage of the audience may be
interested in your motorcycle-related products and services, if you run an ad on
KickStartTV the number of viewers may be smaller – BUT 100% of the audience
will be interested in what you have to say or sell. Think about it – do you
want a smaller number of advertisers 100% of them interested in what you have to
say or sell, or do you want a larger number of people viewing your ad who may or
may not have any interest in your business?
If you've read through all this and still say to yourself - "I just want to buy
some good, old fashioned spots or banner ads", then may we suggest you
contact firstname.lastname@example.org -
we'll be happy to email you a basic rate sheet plus tell you how you can get a
TV-like commercial created for under $200!
It is assumed that ANY
MATERIALS, IMAGES, HARD GOODS or OTHER ITEMS
mailed or sent via email are open to direct dissection live and on
screen. That's what we do here - talk about motorcycle stuff.
be sensible - don't send us anything you wouldn't want showing up on a
billboard in the center of your town with your name on it. We review
stuff - so if you don't want a particular thing reviewed, than DON'T SEND IT.