From CRM systems to e-commerce platforms and mobile apps, companies in every industry are reliant on digital technology like never before. And the same is true of the NFT world - in order to build a great collection, promote it and keep your communities engaged and sticky, you’ll need to harness a number of digital platforms.
The great news is that there’s plenty out there: the brightest tech minds have been working overtime to come up with a range of tools which make creating and minting NFTs a breeze - as well as building strong communities for your ongoing work.
So what do you need to make your NFT dreams come true? Buckle in for our top-ten rundown of the essential tools to get to grips with if you want your collection to be super-successful for the long run.
Jack Dorsey, the founder of Twitter, is a die-hard fan of cryptocurrencies so it’s perhaps no surprise that Twitter is the place for many NFT creators to find their communities and engage with them. Creators love that they can regularly post info about a project, do their own NFT drops among followers, promote NFT collections, run audience contests, and so much more.
Indeed, on Twitter, you can even participate in special Initial Twitter Offerings (ITOs), where participants can buy NFTs directly from their Twitter accounts using a personal crypto-wallet connected to the platform. Pretty handy!
Discord was developed with the primary goal to facilitate instant communication with other folk in the NFT world. There are now more than 140 million active Discord users, all talking to one another, sharing ideas and swapping, selling and buying digital products - so of course, for many NFT and crypto enthusiasts, Discord is the must-have platform.
What’s more, the level of segmentation provided by Discord is second to none - people love that they can analyze and build their communities n some pretty serious detail, checking out what they’re interested in, what they’ve bought or traded in the past, where they’re from - and then ensuring they’re reaching the right people, at the right time, with the right stuff. This perhaps explains why NFT advertising campaigns spend about 50% of their budget exclusively on Discord today.
People spend, on average, almost 2.5 hours on social media every day - so it’s no wonder that NFT creators want to harness these channels to reach potential buyers and established communities. Buffer is an all-you-need social media toolkit to post online, manage communities and boost engagement. You can plan, create, schedule and automate posts across a range of platforms - hitting communities with great content to get (and keep) them excited.
What's more, using Buffer, creators can build a beautiful page to guide and delight their NFT community. There are a large number of link-in-bio tools out there but Buffer gives creators the flexibility and power to create a beautiful page for their NFT project with very little techy know-how. And all for free.
To launch a collection, engage your community, publish your roadmap and more, you’re going to need a website. And we recommend Webflow for building something which both looks great and does the job you want.
Its online visual editor platform allows users to design, build, and launch websites, with very little knowledge of the tech stuff - perfect if you’re starting out. Webflow boasts more than 350,000 business customers, who enjoy the intuitive easy-to-use platform and comprehensive functionality. Check it out.
You might well already have heard of NiftyKit - a no-code platform solution where people can easily create, manage and sell NFTs on their own custom smart contracts.
The advantage to using NiftyKit is that unlike other platforms, where users are required to have crypto in order to participate and mint their first NFT, on NiftyKit users can pay a subscription to access their unique NFT minting platform where you they can then customize and manage their smart contracts and NFTs.
A game changer in the voxel creation world. With its Skeleton System, VoxEdit allows creators to rig and animate their NFTs via an easy-to-use keyframing mode, and to sell them on The Sandbox marketplace.
It’s easy to see why creators love it - you don’t have to be a tech expert to create the most engaging, creative and fun animated designs out there - and you’ll be sure to stand apart from the crowd.
Here’s where we get into the nuts and bolts of building NFTs. NFT-generator.art allows creators to simply and easily generate NFTs and deploy them to the blockchain. And the good news is, that there’s no coding required, at all. Create your layers, import your assets, click ‘Generate’ and you are done.
It’s also completely customisable so that you can deliver different attributes, rarity layers - and so much more. Great stuff.
Want to bring your NFT collection to life? Maybe you’ve been inspired by creators like Invisible Friends - the internet's friendliest animator collective. Then you need Mixamo - an intuitive, multi-functional platform for animating your characters.
In need of inspiration? Well, as well as creating your own, you can browse a collection of pre-build high-quality 3D characters - from realistic to cartoon, fantasy to sci-fi. Each character comes fully textured and rigged so you can use them immediately in your creative projects.
Promising to help you generate a nearly unlimited number of NFTs, Bueno lets creators upload their assets, control rarity, and create NFTs without writing a single line of code. This single-platform-solution for all things NFT is in hot demand - there’s currently a waiting list to use it.
We believe that the answer to creating value for an NFT collection lies in utility. Giving your NFTs a real-world, quantifiable value builds community excitement, creates new revenue streams and boosts brand loyalty. In fact, many experts suggest that NFTs with utility are crucial to the future success of the space.
So, how do you do it? With Tropee, everyone can build the utilities they want, for the communities they want. So you don’t have to be an NFT aficionado to get creative and build something great. You don’t even have to have your own collection.
We’re banking on a better future where communities power the future of collections, creating new ways to make NFTs valuable and sought after.
Not sure where to start? Need inspo? No problem. Here are six super easy utilities to implement NOW with Tropee.
Over to you
So we hope that by now you've got a pretty comprehensive toolkit to help you at every stage of your NFT journey - from deciding what your collection should look like, to building and uploading your NFTs, minting them - and beyond, into keeping your communities active and loyal.
But have we missed any that you can’t live without? We’d love to hear your recommendations too. And if we’ve inspired you, check out our blog for plenty more tips and advice on how to get the most from your NFT collections.