Consigli pratici per una campagna di Crowdfunding

Oggi riportiamo un articolo di Josef Holm , fundraiser e fondatore di Krowdster, una piattaforma americana che si occupa di analisi di mercato e strategia di marketing principalmente rivolte a campagne di Crowdfunding di tipo Equity e Rewards.

Per evitare rischi di male interpretazione di alcuni passaggi dell’articolo, abbiamo preferito pubblicarlo in lingua originale, con l’autorizzazione dell’autore stesso.

 

Crowdfunding Launch Checklist:

1. Run a PreCampaign

One of the best things you can do right away, before working on completing the rest of

this list, is to launch a pre-campaign page on Thunderclap.it or LaunchRock . Both services

allow you to quickly and easily create a page that announces your actual crowdfunding

campaign and that is designed to let people subscribe to your email list and pledge to

share your campaign on social media when it launches. The typical duration of a

pre-campaign is 60-90 days.

2. Legal & Taxes

Unless you are already incorporated, make sure to set up an LLC for your crowdfunding

project and get a business bank account. Revenue from rewards campaigns and

pre-sales of goods are taxable income so talk to your CPA. LLCs are rather simple and

inexpensive to set up on sites like Legalzoom .

3. Social Media

Another thing you cannot start soon enough is to bolster is your social media presence.

No matter how many or few followers you have, you’ll likely need more to reach your

goal and this takes time. Tools like Crowd Builder make it very easy to gain a highly

targeted and engaged following on Twitter. This will get you between 1000-3000 new

followers per month and allow you to promote your pre-campaign as your audience

grows. How do you know if your social media following is strong enough to reach your

crowdfunding goal? Social Capital Gauge is a big data powered tool that can tell you

based on over 600,000 analyzed Kickstarter and Indiegogo campaigns. Building an

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audience on social media takes time and should be started 3-6 months before launching

your campaign depending on your crowdfunding type, funding goal and current follower

count.

4. Research and Picking the Right Platform

Depending on the kind of crowdfunding campaign you want to run, you have a plethora

of platforms at your disposal. Don’t assume that the well known platforms like Kickstarter

and Indiegogo automatically are your best bet. These platforms are very cookie cutter

and there is a lot of competition for eyeballs in the form of other campaigns. For film &

video projects you could check out Tubestart or to raise up to $50m in a so called

Mini-IPO via Regulation A+ there is Bankroll.Ventures . Generally, smaller platforms are

much more willing to go out of their way to support projects and offer niche specific

features that are lacking on the mainstream platforms.

5. Set Funding Goal

Much has been written about setting the right funding goal and yet it remains somewhat

of a crystal ball science. Because every campaign and every situation is unique, you have

to do your own calculations. In the most basic scenario your funding goal needs to

include these things:

Cost of completing the project

+ Cost of fulfilling rewards

+ Legal

+ PR & marketing

+ Platform & processing fees: ~10%

+ 30% cushion

= Minimum Funding Goal

Remember that only about 2% of all crowdfunding campaigns raise more than $100k and

setting a too ambitious goal can deter backers. It’s better to reach your goal in the first

week and have 3 weeks left to reach stretch goals and riding the wave of being

successfully funded. A much more elaborate approach to setting the right rewards price

point can be found in the free ebook titled “ How to set Crowdfunding Goals

6. Set Reward Tiers

It makes sense to research the most successful campaigns similar to yours and see which

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rewards did better than others. There’s also data on what price points work best in

certain Kickstarter and Indiegogo categories. The best rewards are those you can digitally

fulfill and that have no risk of being delayed. According to Indiegogo, the most popular

reward price point is $25, on Krowdster you can see a statistical comparison of

Kickstarter, Indiegogo, Tubestart, Rockethub and Pozible rewards pricing tiers, filtered by

categories.

7. Craft Your Story

Your story is the written description of your crowdfunding campaign that will be visible

on your campaign page and is one of the most important elements of your campaign. In

business plan terms this is your “executive summary” and should include what your

project is about, what you need the money for and what you offer in return, as well as

anything else that potential backers may need to know to be able to decide whether or

not to support your campaign. Make your story at least 400-600 words and include

images or renderings of prototypes as well as video to drive the message home. Have

your story reviewed by complete strangers and optimize it based on their feedback until

your messaging is clear and concise.

8. Make a Video

The campaign pitch video is without a doubt the most important marketing tool you have

available. A well-made video, and I don’t mean thousands of dollars spent on fancy sound

design and animations, but a video that tells your story in an engaging and genuine way

is what you want. Keep your pitch under 3-4 minutes and tell the most exciting

information right at the beginning to keep people watching the rest of your video. From a

production standpoint it is not important aim for a Hollywood grade production value.

People know that you are strapped for cash as after all you are crowdfunding. On the

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contrary, spending too much time on a video may make you come across as having to

make up for lack of substance with putting on a pretty show. Simply don’t insult your

viewers with bad lighting and sound and you’ll be fine.

9. Secure the First 30%

This is arguably the hardest thing to accomplish but also an important constant in most

successful campaigns across all platforms and verticals. Let’s circle back to #5 of this list

and remember the challenge of setting the right funding goal. Let’s assume that your

minimum funding goal is $50,000 which means that you need to secure $15,000 (30%)

from partners, friends and family who will make their pledge as soon as your campaign

goes live to give you that initial push your campaign needs to stand a chance of going

viral and attracting pledges from strangers.

10. Prepare PR & Media Outreach

Media outlets, journalists and bloggers play a pivotal role in the crowdfunding ecosystem

and it is important to understand that simply running a crowdfunding campaign is no

longer newsworthy. In order to get coverage for your project, it is crucial to have followed

all the steps above and to build media lists of highly targeted journalists and bloggers

who have covered topics in your niche. Influencer Search is a tool to quickly identify

influencers, journalists and bloggers in any vertical and connect with them on social

media. You also need to build lists of media outlets and news sites that publish content

in your niche that went viral. You also need a well written press release that you can

share with the media. Here’s a blog post on how to write the perfect press release for

your crowdfunding campaign .

For more crowdfunding education and marketing solutions visit www.Krowdster.co

Josef Holm

 

Phi Foundation

 

 

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