Indiegogo marketing mistakes that can ruin a campaign before it begins

Oct25

Since I launched the crowdfunding marketing consulting arm of my business, I’ve been fortunate to be involved in a number of very successful crowdfunding campaigns (mostly on Indiegogo, a few on Kickstarter).

Due to the massive success of the crowdfunding industry, the perception is that it’s “easy”. Many individuals and businesses are jumping on the bandwagon, anticipating their idea on the back of a napkin will have brought in six-figures in funding by the end of next month.

Unfortunately, this leads to much frustration and many failures. In fact, almost 80% of Indiegogo campaigns fail.

There are a number of core elements required for a successful campaign, from marketing to manufacturing, and the mistakes I’ve seen made could be a book.

In this post, however, I wanted to offer an insight into a few key questions that ought to be asked right at the start. Questions that, if asked, can prevent a campaign being doomed before it even begins.

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3 wildly success nonprofit marketing campaigns that drove massive impact with no budget

May24

In our small – but growing (join us!) – private Facebook group for socially-good marketers, we often discuss successful nonprofit marketing campaigns.

Particularly, those with a little-to-no budget.

Seeing how others drive massive impact with minimal resources is something we can all learn from, and take back to our own organizations and marketing campaigns.

We’ve had a few pretty incredible examples referenced recently, worth highlighting outside of our private group. Laid out below are three wildly successful nonprofit marketing campaigns that drove massive impact with no (media or advertising) budget – and what we can learn from them.

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No budget? Here’s how to accelerate word-of-mouth marketing for your social enterprise

Mar12

According to a study by Nielson, 92 percent of consumers believe recommendations from their friends and family over all forms of advertising. Word-of-mouth marketing is powerful, and lucky for those with limited budgets, it can also be free.

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In a crowded space this is a huge opportunity, and you ought to be taking advantage of it. Here’s how. Continue reading “No budget? Here’s how to accelerate word-of-mouth marketing for your social enterprise” »

How to make your marketing 12x more powerful with social proof

Feb24

“To be persuasive, we must be believable; to be believable, we must be credible; to be credible, we must be truthful.” – Edward R. Murrow.

A lot of things go into our decision making. When viewing this through a marketing lens, credibility is certainly one of those important factors. And one of the most powerful ways of achieving credibility in the online space is through social proof.

Did you know, for example, that consumer reviews are 12x more trusted than vendor descriptions? People don’t always trust a brand, but they always trust other consumers.

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Social proof (the concept that people will conform to the actions of others under the assumption that those actions are reflective of the correct behavior) is incredibly powerful. If it isn’t a key piece of your marketing messaging right now, here are a few ideas for how it could be. Continue reading “How to make your marketing 12x more powerful with social proof” »

Create a content marketing strategy that actually works (plus a free content calendar template)

Jan20

Far too many brands confuse “output” with “outcome”, and there are few places where this is more evident than content marketing.

So. Much. Noise.

It’s a problem that’s causing brands to waste thousands of dollars and hours every year on marketing that offers limited value.

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Content marketing shouldn’t be about creating content simply for the sake of it, or because everyone else is doing it. It should be tied to very specific business goals and aligned with your overall strategy.

Here are the six steps (and the exact content calendar template) I’ve used to build out my content marketing strategy for the upcoming year.

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