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SAY OF THE DAY: "We fail when we give up too soon." -Seth Godin
 


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Is Crowdfunding Right For Your Small Business?

What is Crowdfunding?

Over the past eight years, crowdfunding has emerged as a popular tool for individuals to raise financing for business ventures.

Entrepreneurs typically raise small amounts of money from a large number of backers, or "the crowd," usually via the Internet. Backers receive some sort of reward or, less commonly, an equity- or royalty-based financial return. Crowdfunding platforms - including Kickstarter, Indiegogo, and GoFundMe - have raised billions of dollars, and the industry is still growing with niche service providers such as 40Billion which focuses on crowdfunding promotion for small businesses.

For small and new business owners looking to raise capital, crowdfunding is an increasingly popular option. Unlike with debt financing, entrepreneurs are not evaluated based on the 4 C's: Cash flow, Credit, Customers and Collateral. Rather, your access to capital is based on your existing reputation and your ability to effectively market the crowdfunding campaign. Backers decide whether to fund the campaign based on their interest in and support for the cause, for the individual business leader or because they want to buy the product/service being offered. For startups or businesses launching new products or entering new markets, crowdfunding may be more accessible than other forms of financing. It is also a great way to test the market for your product because many funders are also generally interested consumers.

2 Strategies for Success

The following are some insights about what makes a crowdfunding campaign successful.

1. Planning. The typical crowdfunding campaign lasts for 30-45 days, but planning should start several weeks in advance so that everything is in place during the crucial fundraising stage. Spend a lot of time researching other campaigns on various platforms to get ideas. Then, create a strategy for raising the visibility of your campaign, reaching out to the press and potential backers, and handling customer requests.

2. Promotion. The 30-45 days of the actual campaign are a wild ride. It's really a numbers game. The more people you reach out to, the more money you're going to get. It's all about constant outreach. Sites like 40Billion.com make this easy by broadcasting and promoting your crowdfunding page to its large network of several million users across the most popular social networking sites for businesses -- including Twitter, LinkedIn, 40Billion, and even Facebook. Innovative services like tweet ads and promoted company listings were created for crowdfunding entrepreneurs to tap into a growing, active network online without spending thousands on pay-per-click ads or traditional advertising.

Is Crowdfunding Right for You?

For small businesses, crowdfunding is just one of many different financing strategies. For every success story, there are dozens of crowdfunding campaigns that do not meet their goals. Having a physical product makes a campaign more enticing to backers. More generally, you need to have a compelling story. Focus more on the "why" rather than just getting the money fast, as this creates more buzz and more loyalty from your customers and backers.

 


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SAY OF THE DAY: "Entrepreneurship is neither a science nor an art. It is a practice." -Peter Drucker
 


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5 Crowdfunding Steps Proven To Raise Money on Kickstarter

This post on how to raise money successfully using simple crowdfunding steps answers common questions for startup entrepreneurs and small businesses thinking about using crowdfunding to raise funding.

I have been in the crowdfunding space since 2008, after experiencing first-hand one of the biggest problems plaguing new businesses: There was a $40 billion gap in funding every year! That year, I founded one of the first crowdfunding platforms for U.S. small businesses to raise money online. Our platform facilitated more than $100 million in raises successfully over the next 4 years; and, in 2013, we expanded the platform to focus on promoting projects from all crowdfunding platforms using the power of social networks to spread the word.

So what steps should you take to raise funding for your business? How can you increase your access to funding and customers by leveraging social networks? In these 5 crowdfunding success steps, I will share with you some of the learnings I have gained from almost a decade in the space.

1: Turn Your Idea Into a Business Plan

A good business plan is the #1 most important factor in deciding whether to fund a friend's, relative's, or stranger's business. The best thing you can do as an entrepreneur to increase your chance of success is to turn your idea into a concise business plan or presentation. Some services allow you to upload a document; however, be careful not to upload any confidential information or intellectual property that you don't want publicly known.

Download this free business plan presentation template, which guides you to create your business plan presentation in just 13 simple PowerPoint slides.

2: Create a Crowdfunding Page

After you've written a compelling business plan, you need to make sections of it available online to your potential funders. Create a crowdfunding page that everyone you know can access easily on the Web. Your page should provide insight into your vision and plan for the business, how much funding you need and why, what you have to offer funders in return (e.g., discounts on products or services you sell), a memorable image or video, and a call-to-action button that makes it easy for funders to make payments to you online.

By now, you have probably heard of Kickstarter, one of the most popular crowdfunding platforms for creative projects. Yes, it's the platform where several technology, design, and fashion startups have each raised millions of dollars, including over $10 million for the first smartwatch.

You will have to select an appropriate category, add sections from your business plan to create a pitch, and submit your new project for approval. The folks at Kickstarter can be very discriminating, so it's like a badge of honor if your project gets approved. Don't worry though... If your project is not a good fit for Kickstarter, there are other platforms you can try.

3: Invite Friends and Family to Check It Out

After you've created your crowdfunding page on Kickstarter or another platform, email it to everyone you know. Crowdfunding platforms are not good at promoting projects and usually do not offer affordable promotion services, so the results you get will depend on the effort and attention you put in to promoting your own crowdfunding project.

Invite your friends, family, community members, neighbors, and other contacts in your own network to review your business idea, give you feedback, contribute towards your funding target, and spread the word to their friends too. Share your crowdfunding page's link by sending a personal email to each friend and relative using your favorite email program, such as Gmail.

Chances are, you know at least 50 people that you can share your idea with and ask for feedback. The more people you share with, the better your chances of raising money. For example, imagine you need to raise $40,000, and you invite 40 friends and relatives to contribute $25 each, in exchange for something in return -- such as an exclusive version of the product before it is launched to the general public. Each of those friends and relatives invites 40 more friends and relatives to contribute towards the $40,000 target. Together, 40 x 40 = 1,600 people helping to raise $40,000 for your business.

All of a sudden, the impossible seems possible.

4: Promote It to the "Crowd"

After you have sent out your invitations to all of your contacts and received their feedback and some initial funding, it is time to spread the word to the proverbial "crowd," a large online audience of potential funders and customers that can get you to your goal... and perhaps beyond.

Sites like 40Billion.com make this easy by broadcasting and promoting your crowdfunding page to its large network of several million users across the most popular social networking sites for businesses -- including Twitter, LinkedIn, 40Billion, and even Facebook. Innovative services like tweet ads and promoted company listings were created for crowdfunding entrepreneurs to tap into a growing, active network online without spending thousands on pay-per-click ads or traditional advertising.

Furthermore, when you use existing social networks to spread the word about your crowdfunding project, it may go "viral." If a project goes viral on social networks, it attains high popularity and exposure very quickly, as influencers and celebrities share your link with their many thousands (or even millions) of followers and fans online. That's how some projects raise millions of dollars, exceeding their fundraising goals many times over. You can do it too.

5: Keep In Touch

After you get funded, what then? Be sure to thank your funders and others who supported you financially or helped you spread the word. Then, be sure to keep the lines of communication open by sending them regular company updates to let them know that their support has has helped you fulfill your "American dream" and that you are achieving those milestones you had set in your business plan. A great benefit of social networks is that it is easier than ever to send messages and stay in touch.

Crowdfunding has democratized fundraising for millions of small businesses all over the world, and there are no signs of slowing down. When done right, crowdfunding gets you fast access to necessary funding, as well as access to your first customers, which greatly increases your likelihood of success as a small business entrepreneur. $40 billion was only the beginning!
 


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SAY OF THE DAY: "A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way." -John C Maxwell
 


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How to Advertise Your Business to 2,500,000 People on 4 Social Networks for $20

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Does Your Marketing Strategy Work For You?

Why isn't anyone buying your products and services? It doesn't matter how great your products and services are or how nice your offices look if no one has heard of you. That's where good marketing comes into play. Unfortunately, many small businesses make the mistake of focusing all of their efforts on other aspects of their company and forget to make marketing a top priority. When that happens, businesses struggle and often fail. What is you marketing strategy, and does it work?

If you're still relying on outbound marketing tactics to help you reach the masses, you're in trouble. People are not interested in being force-fed a message that your brand is the best or that they should buy your product. In fact, today's consumers are actually paying money to opt out of advertising. Whether it's while watching TV, playing games on their smartphones and tablets, or navigating the internet, people will shell out cash in order to avoid outbound marketing.

So, what's the solution? The smartest brands are deploying inbound marketing strategies instead. As the name suggests, inbound marketing is the total opposite of outbound. Rather than cramming a message down your audience's throat, you're actually allowing your prospective customers to come to you, powered by their own searches and needs. This yields organic leads that are actually interested in what you have to offer, and are much more prepared buy.

The goal is to have your customers seek you out rather than the other way around, but in order to be found, you have to provide some bait. With inbound marketing, it's your job to create unique, relevant, informative content that will cater to the needs and interests of your customers. This can be accomplished through maintaining a regular blog, generating infographics, creating YouTube videos, writing e-books, posting on social media, etc.

Don't forget to include social media in your marketing strategy. With billions of people logging onto social media platforms each day, it's imperative that you maintain active accounts that allow you to engage with your audience through posting regular updates and integrating sharable content. This will expand your reach even faster and further than ever before.

Speaking of social media, sites like 40Billion.com specialize in the promotion of small businesses by broadcasting social media posts to its large network of several million users across the most popular social networking sites - including Twitter, LinkedIn, 40Billion, and even Facebook. Innovative services like tweet ads, future retweets, and promoted company listings were created for entrepreneurs and marketing managers to tap into a growing, active network online without spending thousands on pay-per-click ads or traditional outbound marketing.

Stepping up your marketing game is a lot easier than you might initially think. Inbound marketing is not only extremely effective, but it is also very budget-friendly, and can save you a lot of money that was previously spent on outbound tactics that don't work.

 


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SAY OF THE DAY: "Life is defined more by its contrasts than its samenesses; Life is defined more by its risks than the many securities." - Mary Anne Radmacher
 


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How to Promote Your Crowdfunding Project to 2,500,000 People for Only $20

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New to Crowdfunding? Here's What to Expect.

With the popularity and success of crowdfunding as a new way to fund new projects, it's easy for other aspiring entrepreneurs to believe that sites like Kickstarter are their golden ticket to launching a business. But the reality is, crowdfunding isn't always as simple as it seems.

Whether you're looking to raise a small amount of startup cash or acquire a larger sum through equity crowdfunding, there are a few challenges you might face during the process that you may not have expected.

Choosing the right platform

The first step is to choose the right platform. Not all of them are created equal. Platforms like Kickstarter or Indiegogo are great for raising smaller amounts of money, but equity crowdfunding portals are best for entrepreneurs looking for large sums of money. If you're interested in the latter, it's important to do your research and find the platform that meets your needs. Also, find an experienced attorney who specializes in equity financing.

Establishing a realistic goal amount and time frame

Many entrepreneurs, especially those new to the crowdfunding scene, tend to think that they will be able to quickly raise all the money they need and then more by the time their campaign ends. It's important to be realistic about time and money when it comes to planning your campaign.

Consider how much capital you would need to take your business to the next major milestones, and don't rely solely on crowdfunding sites for your fundraising.

Creating a buzz

Having a great business idea that is supported by friends and family is good, but it does not mean that the donations will come pouring in once you launch your crowdfunding campaign. Doing a lot of prep work before your campaign will help create and maintain interest in your project.

Before starting the project, gauging level of interest for your investment opportunity or project is a critical part of the process. Even though supporters have told you that they would support the campaign, it gets lost in their email inbox. Without specific requests, it's difficult for people to actually pull the trigger on an investment or funding opportunity. Make sure you have personalized outreach to your first degree networks, and remember to ask for assistance in spreading the word.

When you're ready to spread the word and create a buzz around your crowdfunding campaign or project, sites like 40Billion.com make this easy. They broadcast and promote your campaign to their large network of several million users across the most popular social networking sites for businesses - including Twitter, LinkedIn, 40Billion, and even Facebook. Innovative services like tweet ads and promoted company listings were created for crowdfunders to tap into a growing, active network online without spending thousands on pay-per-click ads or traditional advertising.

The risk factor

Everyone knows that there's risk involved in any business venture. What investors want to know is, exactly how much of a risk will they be taking by offering you a large sum of money? Even small venture funds express interest in investing, but ask the entrepreneur to come back to them when they have an investor who is leading the round of funding. Everyone wants to know the amount of risk.

A lot of investors at the early stage simply want to de-risk investing by being the last money in the round once a lot of other sophisticated investors have already committed. This often creates a scenario where founders have a few hundred thousand dollars in "commitments" for months without any way to actually close on anything. Using a reputable equity crowdfunding platform with accredited investors can help solve this problem.

While the "lead investor" issue most commonly affects startups seeking large-scale investors, the same basic principle can apply to a smaller Kickstarter campaign: If potential funders see that no one is backing the project or that people are only contributing a few dollars, what incentive do they have to donate a large amount of money? This is where building interest and spreading the word become critical to raising the funds you need.

Even if you aren't launching a crowdfunding campaign at this time, it's important to learn about the industry, as well as what it takes to succeed.

 


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