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Maximizing Success in Your 2024 Crowdfunding PR Campaign


Maximizing Success in Your 2024 Crowdfunding PR Campaign

Behind every successful crowdfunding project is a strategically planned & crafted PR campaign.

Business crowdfunding is increasingly mainstream for companies and individuals. Kickstarter and Indiegogo platforms enable raising funds and thus help early-stage startups to multi-chain corporates bring bold ideas into reality.

According to data, crowdfunding raised a global amount of USD 1.25 billion in 2022. Further research on crowdfunding indicates that the market will grow to USD 3.62 billion by 2030.

Indeed business fundraising is one of the most rapidly growing sectors of crowdfunding. Furthermore, it is becoming a more and more popular method to finance startups and their brightest & innovative projects.

Nonetheless, for a successful crowdfunding campaign – it is highly important to develop a compelling PR campaign ahead of other activities.

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Why press coverage matters for crowdfunding campaigns

Raise brand awareness
A well-articulated PR campaign helps spread the word about your campaign to a larger audience.

Earn credibility
Validation from an authoritative and unbiased reporter is one of the key factors in generating visibility and gaining potential backers’ trust.

Drive traffic
Traffic that comes from a third-party post on a product and service tends to show higher conversion rates.

A challenge to be featured

Getting highly authoritative media and reporters’ attention is one of the trickiest parts of the crowdfunding PR campaign.

The reasons why journalists usually avoid covering crowdfunding campaigns:

  1. Many campaigns are not making it to the final stage of product delivery. That, in turn, makes the journalist’s story irrelevant in the first place and leads to reputational losses.
  2. The main goal of every journalist is to deliver interesting, educational material to their readers. Thus, if they don’t consider it interesting for their audience, they won’t like to serve it as а free advertiser for short-term fundraising needs.
  3. Also, media outlet professionals don’t like simultaneous pitching of themselves and their colleagues from their company.

However, suppose you consider your product to be truly groundbreaking and worth being presented to a larger public. In that case, it is more than possible to be featured in medium-ranking journals and hit the top ones.

For the crowdfunding PR campaign to be successful, it should be strategized. Unless you make a comprehensive master plan, you will not get much coverage.

Here are the 5 steps toward a successful crowdfunding PR campaign without further ado.

Research is the key

Relevancy is of utmost importance

A common mistake of most crowd campaigners is the emphasis on the quantity of media outlets in the database, not quality.

The higher the relevance of your campaign to the journal and the more related topics the reporter has covered, the more interested and willing they would be to cover the product you seek to crowdfund.

Make a segmented database specifying topics that media outlets/reporters cover

Segmentation helps to generate personalized emails for outreach.

Target specific writers, not publications

Generic email addresses of media outlets usually don’t work well. They are email stuffed, and the chances of your email being read are significantly low.
Hence the better approach is to target specific journalists. This, in turn, helps to develop a relationship with writers.

Create a media database of high, medium, and low-ranking journals and reporters

This strategy minimizes your chances of not being covered and enables you to acquire access to a larger public, as every outlet has its own niche. The more the product is featured, the higher your chances are to reach the funding goal and get overfunded.

Prioritize media launch targets

While planning the outreach campaign, make a selection of outlets that have the potential to drive the most traffic for the publication and offer them an exclusive.

The primary goal of every journalist is to deliver news to his/her audience. And for sure they are not interested in writing about the product that has been already covered by many.

High-ranking media outlets are key to maximizing traffic and conversions from Kickstarter pledge management. Offering them exclusively increases your chances to be featured by them and so receive substantial backing for your campaign.

One of the primary tools to check the page authority – aka established reputation – is Alexa traffic rank Google Chrome extension.

Establish relationships ahead of the campaign

Pretty much every journalist giving tips on how to pitch them emphasizes the fact that they receive 100s of emails per day. Hence, the chances they are going to open your email if they are not familiar with you are quite low.

If you are not hiring a large crowdfunding PR firm that already has established relations with journalists and decide to do it by yourself, you want them to know you in advance.

The LinkedIn social platform could be perfect for enlarging your professional network with journalists you would like to write about your campaign.

Here are some tips on how to get to the journalists’ radar before you pitch them.

Building relationships takes time and effort. However, once you have them, the chances of coverage increase considerably. Journalists are always in search of good stories. Receiving an email from a familiar addressee with a relevant story is hitting the mark.

Press kit: create a compelling and media-friendly press kit

A press kit is first-hand information that reporters receive about your product and campaign.

The more detailed the press kit, the easier it is for a journalist to write a story about you without the need to search for reliable source information.

The usual media kit consists of several must-have elements:

  1. High-definition and a viral-to-go video presenting the product you crowdfund to
  2. High-resolution pictures of the product
  3. Bios of the key people of your crowd campaign
  4. Facts and figures on the industry the product belongs to
  5. A comprehensive and well-structured press release

A press release is the most essential part of the press kit and one of the strongest tools in the crowd campaign arsenal. A press release is a frame on how the journalists would see the product, its marketing positioning, and how they present it to the large auditorium.

There are lots of tips on how to write the best press release ever and how to structure it, and there is no universal formula for it.

However, a consistent press release should at least include the following:

  1. A short and sweet title in the format of {someone announces something new};
  2. Paragraph with more details on the announced product {what it does, what purpose it serves, date and location of the product crowdfunding campaign launch};
  3. Paragraph with specifications of the product that make it outstanding on the market;
  4. Story of the product creation and the quote from the founder of the startup {give a compelling reason why the idea of the product was born, and why it is unique to the market};
  5. The relevancy of the product is from the standpoint of the industry it belongs to and the community it is meant for.

Except for traditional hosts for the press kit as Dropbox or Google Drive, Presskithero helps to create a press kit that presents all the information concerning your product and crowdfunding campaign in an easy-to-navigate interface.

Media pitch: craft killer emails and LinkedIn pitches

E-mail continues to be the most preferable form of business communication.

That is why crafting a perfect media pitch is one of the most important steps to landing a great publication about your crowdfunding project.

There are some must-dos while composing a perfect pitch for it to be open and interesting to the journalist.

Nail a perfect subject line

The subject line serves as a “gate” to your email. The better your “gates” look like, the higher the probability of the journalist opening them.

Here are DO’s and DON’Ts for subject lines

  • Keep it short and catchy (an average subject line should not exceed 50 characters);
  • Give insight into the email content but leave room for curiosity;
  • Create a personalized and catchy subject line for each segmented list of your database to target the right beat;
  • Make it mobile-friendly, as people use smartphones to open the majority of emails nowadays;
  • DON’T use CAPS, emojis, or exclamation points; otherwise, your email will end up in the bin box.
  • Create the perfect email subject line.
  • Use the journalist’s name in the subject line to make it more personalized.

Brainstorm and come up with the body (structure) of your pitch

  • Briefly introduce yourself.
  • Use your database segmentation to personalize your pitch. Give them a reason to be interested by mentioning the relevancy of the topics they are covering.
  • Give a brief description of your product. Don’t make evaluative judgments about your product. Instead, provide facts about your product and what makes it exceptional and unique to the market.
  • If the content is complex, use bullet points to make your email short and readable.
  • Give journalists a reason to cover your crowdfunding campaign. Engaging material for their readers is the best argument for the case.
  • Attach a link to your press kit in the email to give journalists first-hand information on your campaign.
  • Be concise. Don’t exceed 190 words in your email.

Here are pitch examples. Feel free to copy them, and don’t forget to customize them to your campaign 🙂

Media pitch example 1

Pr pitch for crowdfunding campaign

Media pitch example 2

Pr pitch for crowdfunding campaign

The art of follow-ups

As said before, journalists often avoid covering crowdfunding campaigns. That’s why you don’t expect to get a publication on the first attempt. Following up properly after sending pitches is one of the most important skills for your fundraising campaign.

Develop the follow-up strategy that will help you to land a great story on your product.

  • Follow up after 3 business days after you send the pitch
  • Change your subject line if your email was not opened (You can easily track the open rate with tools like Streak)
  • For those who have seen your pitch follow up with something new to your original pitch and offer news on your crowd campaign or the product you fundraise.

Here’s a follow-up pitch example for the third point:

follow up message for pr campaign

The formula “wanted to check” does not provide any additional value to your email, and with a high probability reporters will ignore it.

If they saw your original pitch and did not reply, you should pitch your story either from a different angle or include new information to your story that would be of interest to a journalist.

LinkedIn pitching and follow-ups

If email ‘’hunting’’ for your crowdfunding PR campaign somehow failed, LinkedIn is the right place to find the right addressee through pitching in the first place. The chances of seeing your message on social media platforms are much higher than in the email box clutter.

As a matter of fact, you can use Linkedin for initial pitches. Pitching a journalist via LinkedIn on behalf of the startup founder is one of the most efficient ways to land a great publication.

Founders and CEOs who pitch their stories first have credibility since they are the ones responsible for the final delivery of the product after the crowdfunding campaign.

Thus the ‘target-beat’ reporters can acquire first-hand insider information on the campaign and provide great material for their readers.

Here’s a LinkedIn pitch example that we used during Vezo 360 campaign:

linkedin pitch for journalists


The right crowdfunding PR strategy and its implementation would land you great publication across your niche media outlets and help you to further heat up your funding goal.

Bonus: here is the ultimate toolkit for PR research and outreach!

Artak Mkrtichyan

Artak is a digital PR expert with 4+ years of experience in the crowdfunding sphere. In charge of PR activities for campaigns such as UVMask, GigaDrive, and ElecJet. Specialized in Digital Media and Reputation management.


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