As fellow crowdfunders, we’re always looking for tools to launch our campaigns faster, and be as cost-effective as possible.
My interest in tools can be traced back to my days in the military.
I remember spending most of those times cleaning my rifle with special cleaning brushes, day-in and day-out.
We had to ensure our rifles were always in tip- top condition for combat.
Rarely in a blue moon, did we actually fire bullets from those rifles while on a mission.
Looking back, those times spent cleaning the rifle were essential for it to properly function during mission critical.
I've thus complied this list of over 150+ very useful tools for crowdfunders.
Many of these tools you might already have heard of before, but I can guarantee some will be completely new to you.
The resources in this guide are the sharpest brushes out there, helping crowdfunders to launch their campaigns faster than ever before.
HOW TO USE THIS LIST
The resources listed in this list are sorted by category.
The names of the resources are linked to a URL and are clickable.
Well some good news.
The majority of tools is free, or come with a free trial. Where there is a price that will also be stated.
You do not need to check out every single tool listed here, so feel free to skip to the most relevant sections.
It’s meant to help you discover the tools you’ll need to run a successful crowdfunding campaign.
Do not be overwhelmed by the sheer number of tools.
The reason so many tools are listed here, is because the more options you have, the better you can fit these tools to your budget constraints.
In this guide, you’ll find that there is a tool to fit almost every budget.
So whether you are a crowdfunder who is starting out with almost zero cash, or a profitable company looking to find the best PR partner to work with for your campaign, you’ll be happy to know that there are tools ranging from free to premium packages that suit your needs.
Tools are well, simply tools.
Tools are useful only when they fit into the overall plan of what you are doing.
If you are building a new house, you do not begin by asking which saw or hammer you’ll need.
While I’m not an architect, I do know that houses are built from a couple of skilled sketches on a piece of paper.
Likewise, while I endeavor to present you the finest selection of crowdfunding tools as at the time of this writing, the tools you ultimately decide on for your project will only make sense in the context of a well-thought plan for your Kickstarter project.
My recommendation is that before you make the deep-dive into checking out these tools, first ensure that you already have a good crowdfunding plan in place.
I’ve seen too many first-time crowdfunders get sidetracked by the minor questions such as “Should I use MailChimp or Aweber for email marketing” when they don’t even have a plan yet.
Just in case you aren’t familiar with what’s involved in crowdfunding project, the next section “Quick Rundown of The Crowdfunding Process” will take you on a crash course of what you can expect.
A QUICK RUNDOWN OF THE CROWDFUNDING PROCESS
Before we jump right into the tools, it is helpful to have a quick understanding of the crowdfunding process.
I’ll run it through with you here.
Crowdfunding first begins with campaign planning.
You’ll have to decide on your funding goals, budget your costs, and decide on your launch date.
Your team will also be assembled together at this stage.
The next stage is prelaunch preparation.
80% of all crowdfunding work is done at this stage.
Your project video, rewards, campaign sales copy, as well as publicity efforts are done here.
Then comes the actual launch.
This is where your campaign goes live to the world.
If you’ve done a good job with prelaunch preparation, you should be able to raise at least 30% of your funds in the first week.
Finally, once your campaign ends, you enter into the post-launch phase.
While its sometimes easy to ask for money, fulfilling delivery of rewards to your backers presents a whole different set of challenges in itself.
In the following sections, you’ll see the tools listed under each of these phases of the process.
When you first plan your Kickstarter project, you’ll have to develop your product idea, prototype, and assemble your team together, on top of figuring out your project finances and tax.
It can quickly get overwhelming to start from scratch and try to map out all your plans on a blank piece of paper.
These are the top tools that will greatly aid in developing your product idea, planning your campaign, and assembling your team together.
IDEA DEVELOPMENT TOOLS
Business Model Canvas is a strategic management and entrepreneurial tool. It describes, devise, challenge, invent, and pivot your business model.
Cost: $299.99 annually
Helpful Canvas. The main challenge faced by entrepreneurs is getting clients, understanding their problems, solving them and retaining them as customers. Sound familiar? Don’t you wish you had a Good plan?
KeyShot is a great and user friendly way to build renderings of your products. Create it in 3D, or make an animation, or use it to make images like what you see in reality.
Arqspin. If you are running a campaign on Kickstarter then you surely know that you have to prototype your product before launching your campaign. Need a good way to display your prototype? Use Arqspin to generate a 360-degree view to show every aspect of the product. If you buy a spin table, it's about as simple as making a video with the camera that you own.
ACCOUNTING & TAXES
Canadian Crowdfunding and Taxes. Ryan is the owner of this site, and is a business leader who concentrates on helping organizations to grow. He has international experience in developing markets and follows a mantra of simplifying everything. Working with the clients to determine how to present value proposition with other clients in growth strategy and forecasting.
Cost: Contact for rates
Kickstarter and Taxes is Kickstarter's approved guide for your accountant.
Cost: Kickstarter keeps 5% of funds collected. In addition, there will be payment processing fees of around 3-5%.
Agency20 is a full fledged crowdfunding campaign planning and promotion agency.
Cost: Their service offers custom packages to satisfy individual needs.
Command Partners is an Internet marketing services company that also provides social media management and PR outreach for Kickstarter projects. Roy Morejon is the president of this start up.
Cost: Command Partners offer custom packages to fit customer needs.
JamisSalesSuccess is a marketing and sales services company for crowdfunding projects.
Cost: Rate available on contact.
CrowdfundPlanning is a crowdfunding consulting company and also offers a variety of related services. David Khorram Shahi is the “Chief Knowledge Officer” of the organization.
Cost: CrowdfundPlanning offers customized options. Contact for rates.
Videogogo is a video sharing website where you can like, share and upload crowdfunding videos.
Crowdsourcing.org is a website founded in 2010. The site features crowdsourcing industry news articles and research.
Cost: Free to read.
CrowdfundProductions is a crowdfunding consulting and event management company by Elena Mikhaylova, a social entrepreneur and crowdfunding enthusiast.
Cost: Offers different options from $30 for a perk review, $50 for a one hour consultation, and up to $850 for handling extended media relations.
CrowdfundingStrategy is a crowdfunding consulting company created by Leigh Lepore.
Cost: Offers hourly services and also customized packages. Contact Leigh for prices.
Kinship Marketing is a crowdfunding marketing services company.
Cost: Offers packages starting at $99/week going up to $199/week. They also will provide a customized quote if needed.
CrowdfundBuzz is a crowdfunding campaign marketing and promotion service company. Matt Cooke is the CEO and founder.
Cost: Offers different levels of service ranging from a one time $149 fee to a $349 fee for a consultant to help your campaign.
Universal Media Consultants helps you make effective messages, provides for you a greater market presence and amplifies your reach by getting your message out to over 10,000 people. They will also post your messages on online networking websites.
Cost: Contact for pricing.
FrontPagePr is a crowdfunding PR company established by Robert Hoskins.
Cost: Rates vary based on service, but start at $75/hr and go up to $250/hr (most are around the $100 price).
LeveragePr Joy Schoffler runs LeveragePr, a full-service public relations firm with a focus on the equity crowdfunding sector.
Cost: Request for quote
Crowdfund Mafia. Crowdfund Mafia and Seeding Factory are crowdfunding consultants that help you develop strategies to spread the word far beyond your network.
Cost: Three packages that range from the Mafia NewsScore( free), to Mafia Toolbox ($994 + 3.65% of funds raised), to Live PR Pro( $ 2991 + 2.79% Funds Raised)
Odesk is the leading online workplace. Businesses and client can make custom job-related inquiries that freelancers must respond and also require them to submit job applications.
Clients are also given the option to set the level of English needed for the job, in addition to preferred locality.There is no fee for employers but freelancers have to pay a 10 Percent fee.
Cost: Rates vary from job to job and package to package basis.
Guru is another popular website to find freelancers. Fees are charged according to membership level.
Cost: Varies by task
Freelancer is another online workplace website. Freelancers from all over the world apply for the jobs postings. Freelancer takes 3% or $3.00 USD (whichever is greater) for fixed price projects or 3% for hourly projects even if you are an employer. For freelancers, it takes 10% or $5.00 USD for fixed projects (whichever is greater) and 10% for hourly projects.
Cost: Varies by project type. Website development: $100 and up. Website Design:$90 and up. SEO marketing: $150 and up. Mobile App: $200 and up.
Elance is the number one outsourcing website. You can easily signup with LinkedIn and post a project, and begin receiving bids. Payments on Elance can be easily made by using Paypal. There is Escrow protection for the benefit of both Employer and freelancer. Elance deducts an 8.75% service fee to all invoices submitted by freelancers (but there is no cost for employers).
Cost: Varies by task. There is no additional fee for posting your project.
Zirtual is a US based virtual assistant service that matches people with dedicated and competent virtual assistants.
Cost: 30 days free trial. Plans range from $399-1199 depending on number of hours required.
Amazon's Mechanical Turk. By using Mechanical Turk, you can select individuals to finish “human intelligence tasks.” Tasks are wide-ranging, from data entry, classifying images, and even transcription services. Mechanical Turk deducts a 10% commission on top of the amount you have paid someone to finish your human intelligence task.
Cost: Hits are prepaid and Mechanical Turk charges 10% commission.
TaskRabbit offers a physical assistant to help you in your life. One can place his/her requirements and get bids. The site also offers virtual assistant for hire. For example, you can ask a TaskRabbit worker to shop for groceries (avg $35) or clean your house (avg $60). You can also ask them to help pack crowdfunding rewards for shipping! TaskRabbit’s service fee is 20% of the task price on every completed task.”
Cost: Workers rates vary. TaskRabbit takes a 20% service fee on each task.
CROWDFUNDING EDUCATION RESOURCES
Indiegogo Playbook has plenty of advice to give about running a successful campaign and also offers learning resources about crowd funding. This guide is fully packed with tips and tricks to help turn your ideas into reality.
Cost: Free to read
Kickstarter Blog is the official Kickstarter Blog, and offers thoughts on crowdfunding strategy and successful techniques.
Cost: Free to read.
Indiegogo Insights Blog. Read Indiegogo blog posts on successful campaign strategy and statistics.
Cost: Free to read.
Hacking Kickstarter- How to Raise $100,000 in 10 Days - Features some ninja strategies for a successful crowdfunding campaign.
Cost: Free to read.
Amanda Palmers TED Talk - The Art of Asking. This impressive talk from musician Amanda Palmer shares why crowdfunding is all about the gift rather than a transaction.
Cost: Free to watch
The Ultimate Crowdfunding To Do List. Excellent articles written by filmmaker Nathaniel Hansen.
Cost: Nathaniel no longer takes on crowdfunding campaigns but you can email him with your inquiries.
Harness the Crowd is a place to share and learn new crowd funding tools. HTC is fully packed with crowd funding tools that will help you publicize your campaign!
Cost: None. HTC in fact refers you to other companies.
Digital Tutors is one of the largest creative and technology training library on the web. Take lessons to make sure that you have the strong fundamentals for good design and for making your product work for the first time.
Cost: Two packages available with Basic plan at $29 a month and Plus at $49 a month
80% of your crowdfunding preparation is done here.
Shooting your video, writing the campaign page, press pitching, email marketing, social media management and more are just some of the many activities done at this stage.
If you’re starting out for the first time, it can seem like a lot of things to do at once.
With these tools, you can automate activities and benefit from the expertise they provide.
Kickstarter Budget Tool helps you figure out your budget for rewards.
Printful. Need an inexpensive reward to give to funders? T-shirts are a great and lovely way to promote campaign and raise funds. Check out Printful, which offers reasonable prices on custom-printed T-shirts.
Cost: Varies by product type. $3-$17 per product
VIDEO EDITING SOFTWARE
iMovie. Every video needs to be edited to add new and fresh effects, to remove certain parts, and to mix different scenes together. If you have a Mac, use iMovie, which provides a great deal of features and functionalities. If you want to use a premium editor, consider using the Adobe Premiere Pro CC.
Cost: $14.99 per download
GRAPHICS EDITING SOFTWARE
GIMP is a photo-editing software that has all the functionalities of Photoshop, but unlike Photoshop it is free. For a crowd funding campaign, it is worth every penny.
Cost: Free to download
PR & PRESS PITCHING TOOLS
BlogDash can be used to search bloggers by using keywords, Klout score, gender, location, and more. By using the Dashboard, tweets and blog posts can be responded easily. It is an effective way to improve SEO by pitching bloggers for back links and product marketing.
Cost: 15 days trial for free. $399 to $1499 for higher service packages.
Press Friendly is an on-demand semi-PR service made to help new startups get the press they need to have a successful business. They offer tools to help turn dreams into reality.
Cost: $149 a month for basic, $449 a month for Basic Plus and $999 a month for Pro
Headliner.fm connects your social media posts with website viewers who have same interests and will promote your message.
Cost: Free. You promote others campaigns, they promote yours in return.
Cision. In today's world, press outreach is critical. If you want to do a dedicated outreach, then check out Cision. It's a media databasewhich you can use to get the information of reporters and media correspondents.
You can determine a reporter's location, phone numbers, email, social networking profiles, as well as areas of interest. Of course you can always build a free mailing list on Google and Twitter for the people you could reach out to.
Cost: Request for quote.
Vocus Media Database gives you a targeted network of media people, and allows you to coordinate online networking endeavors, in addition to looking for key content and influencers – all while easily managing your activities in a short time.
Cost: Contact for pricing.
MuckRack. You can use Muck Rack to connect with over 20,000 journalists on the best appropriate topics for you, your business, clients and campaigns. You can create alerts for key terms. You can also pitch journalists after they have tweeted or posted within the limits of those terms.
Cost: Package starts at $199 per month.
Journalisted is a nonprofit organization that lets users search reporters in the UK. Its intent is to make the media more transparent.
Cost: Run on donations only. No cost for users.
Streak is made to help email management for business simpler. It provides a tool that makes managing different aspects of email a lot easier.
Cost: Starter- $19 a month, corporate- $39 a month and Enterprise- $119 a month.
Buzzstream is web-based tool that helps the world’s top marketers to market and promote their products, services and content.
Cost: Starter- $29 a month, Plus $99 a month and Premium -$249
CrowdfundingPr - Post an absolutely free press release for your crowdfunding campaign.
Cost: Packages range from $159.99, $99.99, $49.99 to $24.99
InkyBee is a tool that can be used to create media listings, search bloggers and journalists, generate notes (CRM) for each individual, and also make reports on your progress. InkyBee does a great job of easing the workflow between team members and recording all of your PR efforts in one place.
Cost: $99-$249 per month
BuzzSumo is a free tool you can use to discover great content that is going viral for any keyword. You can also see a list of social media users that are retweeting/sharing the content. The generated list of users is useful for you to connect with your targeted niche just before product launch. It doesn’t have CRM feature, so it’s best used with CRM tools like BuzzStream, InkyBee, or HighRise.
Cost: Monthly plans range from $99-$499. Annual pricing plans offer a 10% discount.
Haro connects ordinary people with journalists looking for their skill. You might not get featured, but you could offer your expertise and be linked to a high-profile article. It’s absolutely free to use, with paid options available to increase the chances of exposure.
Cost: $19-$149 monthly.
GroupHigh is blogger outreach tool that allows you build, evaluate, and organize one-to-one, as well as one-to-many promotion and marketing relationships. It also functions as a CRM and blog research tool.
EMAIL MARKETING SOFTWARE
Aweber is an emailing tool that can be used to communicate with people who have subscribed to your newsletter from your landing page. Unfortunately, it costs money to use their service, but it is still relatively affordable for people with larger subscriber lists.
Cost: $19/month monthly subscriber fee
MailChimp is an effective way to send out newsletters to email subscribers and offers analytics to track click through and open rates. It has a slightly higher cost for users with more than 5,000 subscribers as compared to Aweber. But MailChimp also provides an auto-responder feature that can be programmed with pre-defined actions like sending a welcome email to new subscribers.
Cost: Both free and paid versions available. 5 packages ranging from free to $25 based on number of subscribers and number of emails sent monthly.
FORUM SEARCH TOOL
Webhose.io is a vertical web search tool that concentrates on client-generated content such as forums and discussion groups content. It can also provide tailored results.
Cost: Plan starts with 6k monthly requests for $39 a month, 45k requests for $95 a month, up to 300k requests for $500 a month.
Omgili – Omgili is the mother of all forums on the Internet. Use this powerful tool to search for forums about almost any niche topic. With that knowledge, you can proceed to do seeding of those forums.
Cost: Free to use
Wix is a cloud-based web development tool that lets users quickly make HTML5 sites and mobile sites, through the utilization of their drag and drop tools.
Weebly lets you to create webpages effortlessly for your innovations.
Cost:Free trial. Afterwards $4 a month, For Pro $8 a month and Businesses $25 a month.
WordPress.com is the world's most famous blogging platform and content management system. It is indeed very useful for getting orders when used with the Woo Commerce plug-in.
Cost: Free. Hosting space will be needed in case you are planning to use your own domain.
SquareSpace will allow you to make your own website easily in minutes.
Cost: Personal package includes 20 pages if you are selling only 1 product ($8/month). Professional sellers get up to 16 products and unlimited pages ($16/month). Business package offers unlimited pages and unlimited products for sale ($24/month)
WEBSITE HOSTING SOFTWARE
Hostgator. Since its formation in 2002, Hostgator has been a world-leading and popular provider of web hosting service. Although its headquarters is in Texas, the company provides excellent service to clients internationally with a staff strength of over 750 employees. The company offers shared and dedicated server packages for both novice and professionals. Each web-hosting plan includes 24/7, 365 days of support, a 99.99% uptime guarantee, and a 45-day money-back guarantee.
Cost: $3.96 for Hatchling Plan, $6.36 for Baby Plan and $10.36 for Business Plan
Bluehost is one of the world’s leading and most reliable web hosting services powering millions of websites. Join Bluehost and get a domain name for free!
Cost: Quickstart service at $29.99. Migration Services at $129.99
Dreamhost secured the first spot in PC Magazine's Business Choice Award for Best Web Hosting Service, defeating other notable hosting providers.
Cost: WordPress Hosting: $19.95, Website Hosting: $8.95 Cloud Computing: $19
PRELAUNCH LANDING PAGE
Prefundia is a tool that can used to gather a crowd before the launch of your project. The platform also provides statistics on page views and lets people enter their emails to be added to subscriber or newsletter list.
PitchFuse is another great tool to create a website for your crowdfunding project. The tool features feedback, social shares monitoring, backer targeting, giveaway offers and more. More functionality will be offered in the future. A detailed tutorial on PitchFuse is also available on the website.
Cost: Free for basic account. Premium account has a one-time cost of $25
Unbounce. Even without much technical knowledge you can build, publish, and also quickly setup A/B test landing pages.
Cost: Starter ($49), Pro 99 ($99), Pro 199 ($199)
Launchrock lets you quickly make landing pages and generate pre-launch buzz and word-of-mouth for your campaign.
CrowdfundingSoftLaunch is a platform and crowdfunding community that lets small businesses, startups, entrepreneurs and inventors to exhibit their products, services, events and concepts to the crowd. It also offers great resources and a targeted investor audience.
SOCIAL MEDIA AUTOMATION TOOLS
Beatrixapp is the top online networking assistant software that helps you create stunning social media content in just a few minutes.
Cost: $20 a month for Assistant plan, $30 a month for Manager plan and $100 a month for Agency plan
Thunderclap. This is practically like crowdfunding through social media posts. Thunderclap allows people to lend you their social media capital to help publicize your campaign. When a certain ‘lending’ goal is achieved, the shared messages will go far beyond your personal network reach.
Cost: Basic package is free but with very limited features. Prices start at $45 to $500 for the plans with greater features.
Twitter Advanced Search lets you search Twitter with different keywords, including people, places, dates and other search fields.
Snaps allows you to share images of your perks, team members, or anything about your campaign on social media. This app can add anything to your photos to beautify it and add content to it in a variety of ways. There are also special tools only for Indiegogo campaigners!
Cost: Free to use.
Newsly is a web tool that connects to your Facebook or LinkedIn to tell you when followers in your network make the news. It will help you make a better-informed decision about who to contact in order to get coverage for your campaign.
Hootsuite is another great tool that allows you to schedule social media posts and helps take the trouble off the need to consistently post fresh and captivating content. With the free plan, you can connect up to 3 social media accounts and get basic services and statistics that how your social media posts are doing.
Cost: $9.99 monthly
Klout is a content scheduling and discovery platform. With Klout, You can schedule social media posts and also find content in which your followers may be interested about. They also offer “Klout score” which is a measure of your impact or how your followers respond to your content.
One of the disadvantage is they offer overall score but lack statistics on individual posts. Klout suggests relevant content by using relevant keywords. If you are an “influencer” or expert in your niche, you can claim Klout perks, where you get free stuff (Example: $10 to spend on business cards at MOO.com website).
Cost: Varies. Request quote for specific pricing.
Buffer is a favorite for analytics, scheduling, and automation of social media content. The software allows you to schedule posts, links, and images to be sent out on different social networks at specific times (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+).
In addition, it provides statistics on click-through rates, re-shares, and likes. Furthermore, there is also a feature called “feeds,” which allows you to add RSS feeds to your buffer so that you can easily choose content to like or share from the RSS feed. Buffer can also recommend content for you to share from all around the web.
Cost: $50 -$250 monthly for businesses.
Adroll is the most widely used ad-retargeting platform in the world. Reputable brands rely on AdRoll to retarget website visitors with advertisements through channels such as Facebook, Twitter, mobile, and the web.
Cost: Pricing depends on your needs.
Bing Ads. If you have limited resources to spend for your crowdfunding marketing campaign, search engine marketing can be a viable alternative as it allows you to target individuals based on their interests.
Cost: Pay per click price varies. The price is computed as your bid times the competitor's Ad Rank/your Ad Rank.
Outbrain Places your campaign on top media sites.
Cost: select a daily budget of your choice.
Once your project has been launched, you’ll need to keep track of backers’ email enquiries, and continue to promote and optimize your campaign for more publicity.
Here are some tools that could help simplify the task of keeping check of your backers’ emails so that you can focus on the high value activity of promoting your project to get more pledges.
CAMPAIGN CRM SOFTWARE
Olark is a live chat tool that can be easily embedded on your website. It offers features that make it very easy to talk with your customers and answer their queries about your product or service offered in real-time
Cost: The plans are calculated based on the number of operators you’ll need. Packages start at $15 a month for 1 operator, $44 a month for 4 operators, $116 a month for 8 operators, and $219 a month for 15 operators.
Zopim is a live chat software that allows you to engage with customers and provide better customer service.
Cost: The lite version is free to use. There's also the basic ($11.20/month) and $20.00/month package.
ZenDesk is a reputable cloud-based customer service platform that also includes ticketing and self service options.
Cost: 30 days free trial. .Plans range from $1-$195 for different types of teams.
CROWDFUNDING ANALYTICS TOOLS
Krowdster provides you with the tools for rapid, effective and successful crowd funding campaigns along with multiple solutions to promote and run the campaign successfully.
Cost: Free 1 Week Trial, no credit card required. After that $49.00 per month.
Crazy Egg. One of the first things website owners discover when utilizing Crazy Egg is that site visitors are clicking on things that aren't even links. Where might that be happening on your website? Stop making guesses about what's working, and begin to see data-backed heatmaps about where visitors are clicking on your website.
Cost: Put Crazy Egg to test on a free trial for 30 days. The prices cost $9 a month for the standard plan, $19 a month for Plus and $49 a month for Pro Membership
Kicktraq. Download this plug-in which lets you see a variety of information on every campaign, including anticipated funding targets and much more.
Kickstarter Creators Handbook is a handbook fully loaded with key knowledge on how to successfully run a campaign.
Cost: Kickstarter keeps 5% of funds collected. In addition, there will be payment processing fees of around 3-5%.
CAMPAIGN PROMOTION SITES
Upworthy is a search engine for videos. Videos are listed in various categories. Users can also share videos with others.
CrowdfundingClassifieds lets you post a free classified listing for your campaign. Find another crowdfunding campaign creator for cross promotion opportunity, hire workers, or post an advertisement etc.
Indiewire Project of the Day promotes a new film project everyday and regularly features crowdfunding campaigns. People can submit their projects to the Projects of the Day category.
Cost: Free, if submitted project is selected for Project of the Day
Indiegogo Updates. Your contributors are a great way to strengthen your marketing efforts and the Indiegogo Updates tab is a great tool to help manage communications you’re your contributors.
Cost: Free to use.
The Gadget Flow showcases "cool" items on daily basis. The site allows shoppers to search for different devices they might need such as cell phone covers or wallets.
Cost: Free to visit
Backershub is your number one source for great discounts on Kickstarter-funded products. Every month Backershub works with a constantly updated list of Kickstarter alumnus to bring to its community of backers the best crowdfunding deals.
Jamplify lets you successfully manage a referral contest for your fans and followers.
EventBrite. With EventBrite, you can successfully create your own event. It connects people together and turns passion into a business. Eventbrite offers everything you’ll need to host your event as excellently as possible.
Cost: Eventbrite charges 2.5% of the ticket price and $0.99 per ticket, plus a 3% payment-processing fee in U.S. dollars
Silicon Valley CrowdFund Ventures is a major crowdfunding expo and conference.
Cost: Offers a wide variety of customized solutions on a per-campaign basis.
Crowdfunding Professional Association is a nonprofit company in the crowdfunding industry which provides a specialized network and tools to keep the crowdfunding eco-system healthy. It also provides industry with crowdfunding education and ensures investors are protected too.
Cost: No cost as it is a non-profit organization.
CrowdfundingRoadMap is an annual crowdfunding convention. The convention also offers a bootcamp, alongside many other events.
Cost: Ticketing information is not out yet for 2015.
4. POST-LAUNCH TOOLS
So you've raised $100,000?
Your crowdfunding journey really has only just started.
You’ll have to ensure that your rewards are manufactured, shipped and delivered in time to your loyal backers.
On top of fulfillment, you’ll have to continue finding new ways to continue selling your product.
The resources listed here will help you to efficiently deliver your products to backers or open up new selling streams.
SHIPPING & FULFILLMENT RESOURCES
Warehousing and Fulfillment connects businesses with warehouses to meet their needs effectively.
Cost: Free quotes available
Shipwire is an e-commerce warehousing and fulfillment company. The company counts reputable names like Evernote and Zynga amongst their customer base. They offer downloadable PDFs for crowd funders, together with the ebook: “Fulfilling Kickstarter: Sending your rewards, and Kickstarting Your Idea into a Shippable Reality”.
Cost: Rates vary
ShipStation makes it easier to ship products yourself. It coordinates with major transporters, like USPS, FedEx, and UPS, so that you can easily generate shipping labels and slips in bulk. It also offers a great deal of other tools for shipping management.
Cost: $25-$145 monthly
Fulfillrite features selected crowdfunding articles on its blog about subjects like estimating costs for your Kickstarter campaign. They have been offering e-commerce order fulfillment for a few years now, along with same-day shipping services.
Cost: Varies. Request for quote.
BackerKit is a dashboard that lets you manage rewards fulfillment and dealings with your funders after the end of a campaign, so you’ll not need to coordinate everything on emails and worksheet.
Cost: $299 startup fee, 1-2% of campaign funds raised (if not using Backerkit). If using Backerkit, they’ll take 5-20% of funds raised.
POST CAMPAIGN PRE-ORDER RESOURCES
Selfstarter.Us is an open source platform for ad-hoc crowdfunding that can be used to raise funds for your product. It was created by Lockitron after they were turned down from Kickstarter. Based on Ruby on Rails, this platform can be personalized to your needs.
Woocommerce is a well known open source e-commerce plug-in for Wordpress Platform. Use it to get pre-orders for post crowdfunding requests.
Cost: Plugin is free to download. Extensions are available for free as well or commercial license.
Kickstand by Shopify. One of the best things can done for the business is to make sure that it has a website before the launch.
Having a website is beneficial in many ways like more interest on a platform, better SEO as a result from back links and traffic from Kickstarter and Indiegogo, and also the ability to generate cashflow from pre-sales. Kickstand closely mimics your campaign page so do check it out.
Cost: Free or paid themes available. Paid themes range from $80-$150.
Crowdhoster is another popular Crowdtilt initiative and it permits creators to launch their own crowdfunding page without being a programming expert. It is free unlike Kickstarter or Indiegogo. They also have a new “recurring billing” feature to help you solicit backer funds. Crowdhoster also offers themes that you can select for your crowdfunding page.
Cost: Varies. 2.5% or VIP pricing. Also 2.9% credit card processing fee + $0.30 per transaction.
CauseVox is quite popular for donation-based crowdfunding and fundraisers, but it can be used to continue crowdfunding for a product once your Kickstarter campaign has ended. They have more features and functionality, but also charge 2.5% transaction fee.
If you would like to manage multiple fundraising pages or edit html/css for your page, charges range from $49-$129 per month. You can even implement “donation tiers” if you wish.
Cost: $49-$129 per month plus 2.5% fee.
POST CAMPAIGN MARKETPLACES
Haystakt helps inventors and makers commercialize their creative products at crowd-determined prices.
Cost: 5% fee on sales or orders
TinyLightBulbs is a post crowdfunding store which offers items for sale that have been sponsored by crowdfunders.
Cost: No charges for listing product
Shopify quickly helps you setup your post campaign pre-order page.
Cost: You pay for purchase of themes. If selling products online only: $29/month, $79/ month, $179/month. If selling products in store: packages range from $49/month, $99month to $199/month. If selling products online and in-store, prices range from $69/month, $199/month to $219/month
CrowdOutlet is the leading marketplace for crowdfunded products. CrowdOutlet seeks to connect inventors with consumers who are looking for unique and exceptional products. It helps to keep the products in the spotlight and give them a chance for continued success beyond the initial funding campaign.
ForeverGeek is a new Kickstarter shop that sells products that have been successfully funded on Kickstarter. The store also features the ForeverGeek blog that targets people into anime, comics, movies, television, and “geekery.”
Kimonolabs converts website data into an Application Programming Interface (API) that can then be integrated into a web or mobile app. This is useful especially for tracking backer comments without the need for you to sit in front of your Kickstarter page all day long. Kimono also hosts your APIs for you and runs them as per your schedule.
Cost: No cost at the moment. Two premium options will be available in the future but no costs are set yet.
CROWDFUNDING BLOGGERS & INFLUENCERS
CrowdFundBeat mainly covers news and information on the crowdfunding industry. It is run by Stuart Hillston in the UK, Philip Chen and Sydney Armani in the US, and Megan Kiakorian in Canada.
Cost: Free to read.
CrowdCrux is another crowdfunding website created by Salvador Briggman. It has been featured on CNN, the New York Times, and more. It’s a great source for tips and interviews with successful crowdfunding creators.
Crowdfunding Downunder is a crowdfunding blog by Jane Bartlett. She holds regular meet ups and also holds workshops in Perth, Western Australia.
SucceedInYourPajamas is also a new website and does not solely focus on crowdfunding, but has some excellent interviews done with Kickstarter campaign creators.
CrowdfundUk is a blog by Anne Strachan. Anne offers workshops and is a freelance fundraiser.
NowStreetJournal – is an equity crowdfunding blog and event management company created by Dara Albright.
Ayudos is an informative blog for the crowdfunding community.
Kickpreneur - A new website by Jason Katzer and Ramin Assemi. They are creating a book on Kickstarter project creators. They exist to interview founders behind successful and inspiring Kickstarter projects, and hope to produce case studies around these stories.
Funding The Dream On Kickstarter - A Kickstarter tips and tricks podcast by Richard Bliss
IndiegogoForum is a discussion forum for Indiegogo Project creators.
KickstarterForum is a forum dedicated to Kickstarter Projects by Salvador Briggman.
CrowdfundingForum is a crowdfunding forum by Brian Krassenstein.
TheCrowdCafe is a blog with a main focus on equity and investment crowdfunding by Jonathan Sandlund.
CrowdfundingDojo is a blog by Piers Duruz that mainly focus on providing Kickstarter fundraising tips and tricks.
Launch and Release is a blog mainly focused on crowdfunding for the music industry. Levi James and Ian Anderson offers tips derived from interviews with reputable music crowdfunders.
The Crowdfundamentals. Rose Spinelli, the owner, specializes in non-profits campaigns. She is also a leading crowdfunding consultant who contributes weekly tips to Crowdsourcing.org and also runs a blog too.
Cost: Range from $50 to $500
CrowdfundInsider is created by Charles Luzar, CrowdfundInsider mainly covers crowdfunding industry news like equity crowdfunding, portal news, events, etc.
Cost: Special rates for advertising on the website. Request for rates.
VaporStarter pinpoints bad/fraudulent crowdfunding projects and also allow users to submit bad crowdfunding projects.
CROWDFUNDING WEBSITE AGGREGATORS
CrowdingIn is a listings website for UK crowdfunding companies. Most of these listings are for non-profit organizations.
Cost: Free service for everyone in the UK.
CrowdfundingWebsiteReviews is a website that gives ratings and reviews crowdfunding websites. With their reviews, you can make a better decision on the choice of your crowdfunding website for your project. Websites are ranked by categories to make navigation of the different reviewed sites easier.
CrowdsUnite is a crowd funding education website that guides users through the crowdfunding procedure from beginning to end. They have free databases but their customized consulting services do charge money.
Cost: One hour of consulting services for $200.
530Funds is a service that offers investor verification and similar other products. It helps investors comply with the JOBS act.
Cost: Services range from $59 to $69. Bulk discounts are offered as well.
CrowdfundingBlog.com is a crowd funding blog for businesses and campaigners to read tips, get advice and instructions related to industry. They also provide excellent resources like videos, books and lists of most funded campaigns.
TEAM AND DOCUMENT MANAGEMENT
Trello is a free, flexible and easy-to-use tool for organizing your to-do lists with your team. Trello allows you to check everything about your project with a quick glance.
Doodle is a nifty tool that you can use to coordinate schedules with other fellow teammates. It has a pretty uncomplicated and easy-to-use interface.
Cost: Free for limited use. $69 a year.
DropBox is a cloud based service for businesses that lets you store all your documents, images, videos and much more in one convenient place. Your content stays absolutely safe and secure and accessible in the cloud, so long as you have an Internet connection.
Cost: Free trial. $15/user/month afterwards.
Evernote is a digital notebook. You can make lists, research papers, papers, add notes and much more. Notes can be typed, cut and pasted from pictures, transcribed and so on. You can likewise covert your notes into stunning presentations with just few clicks.
Cost: Free individual basic account, $5/month for premium individual account, and $10/month/user for business account.
Google Drive is one of the best DropBox alternatives out there. It comes free with Gmail accounts, but payment is required depending on how much data you'd like to store.
Google Docs is basically the familiar office suite of tools that businesses use (Excel, Word, PowerPoint), with the exception that it is web based. Google Docs comes free with Gmail account. By making a document and inviting employees or co-workers, changes can be seen in real time.
Basecamp is a great project management tool made by 37signals who are also the creators of the Rails web development framework. With Basecamp, you can easily setup projects, upload documents, create and assign tasks and more. There is also a calendar where teammates can coordinate with each other so that every one your team can see what everybody has been up to.
Cost: $25-$150 monthly, $3000 annually
Asana was created by Dustin Moskovitz, cofounder of Facebook. This tool helps you assign tasks to your team members, set milestones, and also has a discussion feature for your project. The company's goal is to ultimately replace all email that comes at the beginning of every new project, and streamline communications.
Cost: $21-$750 per month but must be paid annually
You’ve just gone through a long long list of crowdfunding tools that might be of good use for your next Kickstarter or Indiegogo campaign.
To be honest, there are a lot more tools that still aren’t covered in this book.
In the months and years to come, I’ll add in more tools as more 3rd party software providers pop up in the crowdfunding scene.
The crowdfunding eco-system is set for rapid growth, and along with the growth will be plenty of these crowdfunding services and tools on the fringes.
That’s why I encourage you to drop a comment below if you have any tool you come across that might also be of interest.
Until then, I hope that you can always refer back to this tool guide when you are in doubt.
Thank you for reading this.
Wishing you crowdfunding success!
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