When is it the best time to launch a crowdfunding campaign?

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What time of year, week, day is best? This is a question I am often asked at workshops. There is of course no one answer but here are some questions you should ask yourself. When do you need the money? Work backwards from your deadline and leave at least a month from successful end of campaign … Continue reading

Crowdfunding – keeping momentum during your campaign

Crowdfunding campaign – tips for effective action You’ve got a brilliant idea; uploaded a video; done your action plan; drafted press releases; built up your twitter and Facebook following; got your initial donors to pledge immediately and then you’ve launched. If you’ve done the work above you’re on track for a successful result. You should … Continue reading

thINK- a book of incendiary cartoon skepticism – the crowdfunding story so far

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Think – the book 56 pages of satire-coated ammunition, waiting to be loaded and aimed at superstition, irrationality and anti-science delusions. A crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter by Polyp (Paul Fitzgerald), a friend of mine from Manchester. I’ve always though the Polyp books are perfect for crowdfunding – visual, funny, radical and he has an engaged … Continue reading

A-Z of crowdfunding

A-Z of crowdfunding – tips for success Ask This is the essence of crowdfunding – you are asking people for money or support. You need to look them in the eye, smile and bring them with you. Look at it from their point of view – why should they give any money away to any … Continue reading

Secret Diaries – crowdfunding tips from Art with Heart

Secret Diaries Art with Heart

Crowdfunding tips from the Heart   Once in awhile a workshop facilitator gets a fantastic participant – one who gets the topic (warts and all), is enthusiastic, asks loads of questions and more importantly has loads of creative ideas to share. Sarah Evans, from Art with Heart, was one such at one of my crowdfunding workshops … Continue reading

How does it feel to back crowdfunding projects

I have made donations to a number of crowdfunding campaigns over the past few months Was it a positive experience? Did it give me a warm glow inside?   Yes – but it could have been better I have been investing in Kiva loans for a couple of years and donating to favourite charities for … Continue reading

How to fail at crowdfunding

It’s quite easy you know! I was asked to look over a pitch for a documentary film which was already fundraising. The project owner was not attracting backers – though they had 12% or 14 the donations had stalled. I do look at all the pitches I am sent. Sometimes I share and sometimes I … Continue reading

Top crowdfunding tip – launch with 30% pledged

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The 30% magic rule There is nothing worse than having a look at a crowdfunding pitch and no-one has backed it – no-one , not even the project owner or their friends. How does this come across? My instinctive reaction is that there is something wrong, if friends or family don’t like the campaign– why … Continue reading

Crowdfunding a community festival – case study and tips

Friends of Cale Green Park (Stockport) are running a campaign of part of the NESTA funded CrowdMatch Project. Partners Community Development Foundation, Buzzbnk and CrowdfundUK are supporting organisations in running crowdfunding campaigns across the country. The donations they raise will be matched by a Community First Grant. The Friends of Cale Green are crowdfunding on … Continue reading

Crowdfunding a difficult topic – how do you go about it?

It’s not my fault! is a powerful documentary which explores the long term impact of child sexual abuse through the harrowing – but ultimately inspiring – stories of two women who found the strength to survive. By filming the two survivors – Traci and Dee – at home and at work over a period of … Continue reading