When something like Potato salad (See Kickstarter) can make over $55,000 on its $10 goal. It reads like a joke and probably started that way. So I can see why this TechCrunch Handbook on the new era of crowd funding talks about how it defies logic, and in a sense it does, because you are talking about the democratization of ideas and funding these to get started. It appeals to people to have a hand in backing an idea to positively change the world.
So according to TechCrunch what are the ingredients for a successful campaign?
- Telling a great story to get your idea across.
- Partner with people who can help tell your story, like Video Producers, PR and marking people to improve the reach of your story.
- Funding the ad with a real budget, to improve the reach and maximize success.
- Having a digital storefront. So that once the campaign has finished, customers can keep coming back.
- Gamification of they campaign. To have stretch goals (or levels) that can be unlocked, or to allow customisation of the backer level.
So from the above you can tell that Crowdfunding is expanding from a grassroots movement to include small business to secure funding for a great idea or product, or a testing ground for corporations to trial new product ideas.