7 ways to conduct a successful crowdfunding campaign

We’re fortunate to have Justine Schofield, communications coordinator at Pubslush.com, as our guest blogger today. Pubslush is a global, crowdfunding publishing platform that authors can use to raise funds and gauge the audience for new book ideas. It allows trendsetting readers to pledge their financial support to bring books to life. Through a publishing imprint powered by those readers, Pubslush acquires high-potential books from the platform. It donates a children’s book to a child in need for every book sold.

7 ways to conduct a successful crowdfunding campaign

By Justine Schofield

In the age of the Internet and social media, crowdfunding is becoming an increasingly popular means of mitigating financial risk for creative projects. Crowdfunding platforms offer a wonderful opportunity for artists to raise funds and awareness for their projects, but since crowdfunding is still a relatively new concept, it can be difficult to run a successful campaign.

So, here are a few tips that will help you run a more effective and successful crowdfunding campaign.

  1. Offer enticing rewards. Although people generally don’t support crowdfunding campaigns for the rewards, it’s still important to put a lot of thought behind the reward levels you create for your campaign. The effort you put in will determine the success of your campaign. It’s important to remember that some of the most enticing rewards are the fun and creative ones that don’t necessarily cost the author very much money. For example, an author crowdfunding for a book can promise to name a character after the person who donates $500+.  This costs the author nothing, but is a fun incentive.
  2. Do pre-campaign research. The biggest don’t of crowdfunding is starting your campaign before you’re ready. Time is a big factor in crowdfunding campaigns (most campaigns run for 30-60 days), so don’t put your project up and then try to figure out your strategy. Also, it’s very important you research your costs up front so you can create appropriate reward levels. The goal is to make money, so obviously your reward levels will be proportionate to the amount donated. To be successful, you will need to determine how much money you’ll need to raise to complete your project and fulfill the incentive levels. Tip: don’t forget about shipping costs.
  3. Know your audience. No matter what your crowdfunding project is, there is a specific audience that will be more inclined to be interested in and support your campaign. Knowing who your audience is—age, gender, occupation, etc.—will help you maximize your time and efforts.
  4. Target your audience. Once you know your audience, your focus should be to reach out to that particular group of people. Learn where these people are, both on the Internet and in your community, and reach out through the appropriate platforms. For example, finding blogs your audience would read and reaching out through that platform would be much more effective than yourself blindly blogging to the vast Internet as a whole.
  5. Don’t be timid. Here’s the most important tip when it comes to crowdfunding: It’s a lot of work. Your success is directly connected to the time and effort you put into your campaign. The funds aren’t going to raise themselves (wouldn’t that be nice, though?), so put yourself out there and ask people to support your campaign. The worst they can say is no.
  6. Be personal and make it easy. While asking for support, it’s always more effective to do so on a personal level. Sending out a generic tweet or Facebook message won’t feel as genuine to your audience. Reach out to your close network via a personal e-mail or message with the link to your campaign. Also, provide them with an e-mail they can send out to their own network as well. Make it as easy for them as possible to support you.
  7. Keep your supporters updated. Once you get someone to support your campaign, don’t just let them fall by the wayside. Keep them in the loop by sending out a newsletter or e-mail updates throughout your campaign and post-campaign. Make sure they know their support is appreciated.

Have you use a crowdfunding campaign to raise money for your book? How successful were you?

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  1. Thanks for the tips. I just launched my Kickstarter project and now I wish I had read this first, I think #2 is really very important. I did not do that but luckily, I received information about Crowdfundbuzz.com. I’m going to try them while I work on getting sponsors on this side. Thanks for these great (and needed) tips!

  2. What IS crowd funding?

    The article/blog needs to define the term. The author states that it’s a new concept, so most people need to be told what it means.

  3. I would add that you have to be very direct when you are asking your friends and family for funding help. If you ask the for support you will just get Facebook likes and shares. You have to come right out and ask financial backing.
    I didn’t know anything about promotion or trying to get press coverage. I hired Crowdfundbuzz.com. They made two suggestions that helped my campaign. They also helped by sending people to my project that were outside of people I knew. Step 2 is important! Do your homework and have a plan ready. If you don’t have a good plan then get outside help.

    1. Thanks for such excellent feedback, Michael. It always helps to hear from someone who’s done it.


    2. could you go into more detail about your experience with them?
      how did you find them.
      what package did you take.
      did you see an increase in traffic.
      an increase in revenue.

      ive had over 800 visitors in 3 days, but less than 40 contributors. i realize there are issues at play that are difficult to determine. would be nice to have more feedback before making a purchase…with other peoples money.

      1. I purchased the top service. I had a very positive experience with CrowdFund Buzz.

        I found that after the frist few days your funding can slow way down. this is because all of your friends and family jave helped out. To keep momentum going though you have to reach more new people. This is where they helped me.

        Good luck with the project!

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