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9¾ Benefits of Crowdfunding You Shouldn’t Underestimate (updated)

28.07.2019

Although fundraising or financing is the most sought after goal of any campaign — there are several other benefits of crowdfunding to consider.

It’s a fantastic way to gain extra visibility & business validation and build up a strong customer base.

Since 2012, the buzz around crowdfunding has been staggering in many ways.

As of 2016, Crowdfunding became an excellent choice for business owners, entrepreneurs and early-stage start-ups and other companies to validate their ideas – find the target market of their early adopters.

Whilst starting from 2018, more than $5,320m has been raised through the power of Crowdfunding platforms.

To recap, teaming with crowdfunding benefits & opportunities to change the trajectory of your business can be a pivotal role in

  • building the much-desired “startup” momentum
  • refining the idea or the project
  • generating social proof and idea validation
  • making sure that your business or project is visible to the public

 

Here’re our sage words of the 9¾ (not yet ten) advantages of crowdfunding:

 

1 . Market Research and validation

Free market research on customer interest and product demand.

Your crowdfunding community will validate your idea, help you assess demand for your product and you can gauge the size of your target market.

If your really good idea gets absolutely no backers, then that’s a pretty good indication that there isn’t a market for it.

Imagine if you’d gone the traditional funding route, you might have ended up with stock manufactured and sitting in a warehouse before you realized no one wanted to buy it.

 

3. Market insights or customer feedback

The crowdfunding community is also very vocal.

They’ll tell you what they like about your product and share their ideas in stride and expert guidance for improving it.

Your backers will invest in your story both emotionally and financially.

They’ll become more than just another customer; consider these guys as a part of your project.

They’ll take pride in your success and are more likely to get involved in spreading the word for you than a traditional consumer.

As it says: “Two heads are better than one” and with immense consumer base – you can 1. understand some aspects previously unthought of and refine your ideas 2. Find the flaws and gaps in your offering and work on improvements or customization.

Note: Also be ready and open for criticism.

However, constructive criticism is a valuable tool and will help you gain new perspectives on what you want to do.

 

4. The opportunity for Pre-orders

Your crowdfunding campaign is basically a place to selling a product or concept before you’ve brought it to market.

Pre-sell a lot of items, and you can start the production of your first batch with little or no financial risk.

For many people, this is THE biggest benefit of crowdfunding — there are even platforms that specialize in pre-selling.

 

5. PR and exposure

Successful – VIRAL crowdfunding campaigns, which created a perfect momentum a breakthrough attract the attention of the media professional.

To your average journo, crowdfunding is full of unique and inspiring human interest stories. It is the place to find innovators, entrepreneurs, and The Next Big Thing.

Press coverage in forms of blogs, print publication or a feature story will create lasting brand awareness.

Reports are hungry for good stories.

Everybody wants to be a part of a success story and you might just find yourself with free PR and a wealth of eager backers.

 

6. Loyal early adopters and advocates

Another big benefit of crowdfunding is that it builds a team of loyal customers.

They are part of your success; they’re not going to ditch you for the next flashy competitor who comes along.

These guys are going to be the first ones to stake their money for your product’s long-term success.

It’s the kind of loyalty brands like Apple spent decades cultivating yet you gain their trust (albeit on a smaller scale) absolutely “painless” through with a crowdfunding campaign.

With backers pouring in (we hope), you’ll find creating a strong database of customers remarkably easy.

This is the data of highly targeted and potentially loyal customers — and it’s priceless.

 

7. Word of mouth

Cultivating thousands of organic users who share your product or service is very, very hard to do with traditional marketing.

But crowdfunding doesn’t have a commercial image, so everyone’s more inclined to help you out a d exponentially spread the word about you.

And if you get enough people sharing your campaign, it might even go viral, sometimes in mere hours — which means more backers and a bigger community to research AND more chance of attracting media attention mentioned above.

Another benefit: the crowdfunding platforms – Kickstarter and Indiegogo drive huge traffic (many international backers and potential investors) and pledges within their networks if your campaign goes viral.

 

8. New partnerships

You’re not just targeting backers and the media.

Create a buzz around your crowdfunding campaign, and you could draw out potential partners as well.

It might not be the primary focus of your campaign, but don’t underestimate the power of a professional network.

Optimize your crowdfunding campaign to attract new partners by ensuring your campaign is literate and includes testimonials from people you’re already working with.

 

9. Confidence/ Lucrative investments

Investors are always looking for successful companies.

A large number of people interested in your project is a great asset; it shows investors that you have market appeal and a solid community behind you.

It’s not uncommon for crowdfunding projects to receive greater funding from investors after their campaigns.

The best example is, of course, Oculus Rift.

In September 2012, they raised a cool $2.4 million through Kickstarter, prompting a $2 billion buyout by Facebook only six months later.

Best of all…

It costs (almost) nothing, and you walk away with the funding, insight, and support to make your dreams a reality.

3/4. Funding aka global financing

As a laughably obvious benefit it is, get funds or investors who believe in your ideas and vision to bank on you is tough.

Due to its format – crowdfunding breaks the geographical and currency barriers. In the technology century, crowdfunding bridges between business innovation, funding and investment. 

Global financing through Crowdfunding thus became a viable alternative for tons of entrepreneurs, innovators and self-starter individuals to bring their boldest and most innovative ideas to fruition.

Bottomline

Crowdfunding started as a way for business owners or innovators to receive funding and gain exposure.

From a social “experiment” now it became a strong viable medium to give birth and grow ventures of all sizes.

Now, one can hardly embrace the full arsenal of the opportunities and benefits of crowdfunding.

Crowdfunding is full of projects with big potential – and we are here to make the big product debut down the line.

Narek V.

Narek V.

CEO and Founder of The Crowdfounding Formula.Crowdfunding expert & advocate. Author of “57 secrets of crowdfunding”. The Campaign manager of 100+ successful crowdfunding campaigns. Get acquanted with Narek in Forbes, The Gadget Flow.

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