Successful crowdfunding projects can help you get the capital you need to produce a product, but don’t take your eyes off the long-term goal of building an enduring business.
Think of a crowdfunding campaign as a wedding: you want it to be spectacular, but what’s most important is how things work out in the long term. Once you’ve run a successful crowdfunding campaign, you’ll have proven market demand, connected with active supporters, and earned the funds to start a business.
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WHY YOU SHOULD HAVE
A COMMUNICATION PLAN ?
- - A crowdfunding campaign is a communication campaign as well. It’s important to schedule your communication plan, day by day, before starting.
- - This section is a road map to plan your daily communications during your crowdfunding campaign. Starting 15 days before the real launch, you should only be executing what you already planned.
- - The communication plan doesn’t guarantee success, of course, but without one your campaign will likely fail.
The crowdfunding timeline consists of 2 main phases:
- The preparation phase: it consists of the campaign scoping and preparation.
- The live phase: it starts with the campaign launch and lasts until the rewards’ distribution and the campaign evaluation.
The campaign macro planning gathers 4 phases and reveals 3 circles and 2 peaks.
The daily calendar is a table filled with tasks to be executed day by day, starting 15 days before your launch : who are your potential contributors/ buyers ? how you will reach them ? Through a phone call ? social media ? email ? You will put every communication action in your plan (calls, social media posts, event preparation…)
This template (Click here!) helps you list and set-up your campaign’s daily calendar.
This section guides you to identify your community members and why would they support your project and the crowdfunding you will be running.
family, friends, colleagues, beneficiaries, the crowd.
Affinity for project teams / Contribute to a cause / Buy cheaper
Organizations & institutions
public institutions, NGOs, Enterprises
Contribute to a cause / Improve their brand
MAPPING YOUR COMMUNITY
Mapping your community aims at identifying both indzfgzduals and organizations that can support you during your campaign phases. A community map highlights people, physical structures, organizations, and institutions that can be utilized to help you spread the word about your campaign to reach more donors, contributors or buyers and meet your campaign goal.
- Circle 1: friends, family and colleagues ;
- Circle 2: acquaintances, friends of friends ;
- Circle 3: interested communities, media, influencers, companies, other NGOs …
To map your community, here are 4 key steps:
- Draw the circles map on a sheet or download the template here!
- Match a Post-it color to each circle ;
- Follow the guidelines on the next page table to list potential contributors and buyers ;
- Stick them at the adequate circle.
WHERE TO LAUNCH YOUR CAMPAIGN
Your community map is ready. Now, it is time to choose the platform you will use to run your crowdfunding campaign.