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We looked for twenty years to find the best practices, the road map and the recipe. We documented our process and with the help of Google apps and its business solution (Google collaborative applications), we organized and digitized our research an Intranet website. Then we made the "door " with fabric of Search, imagination, effort, risk and Google (innovation is built in Google DNA)
We also made it to be "Wiki" style since we believe on expert sourcing and the power of the "crowd" using internet network (or " the cloud").
We believe "open systems " crowdsourcing and cloud-sourcing will allow innovations to get to a higher level and to reality. We invite you to join our membership and collaborate with us to add more relative updated content and collective of our experiences and knowledge to make Crowdfundingplanning.com to be the "door" that opens up and leads SMBs, Entrepreneurs and Startups to success and prosperity.
When we look at successful individuals, or companies that achieve market share beyond their initial dreams and plans, you can quickly see that Timing is Everything. This is even more true about CrowdFunding.
CrowdFunding is an avenue for entrepreneurs, startups and SMBs to solicit Working Capital from non-accredited investors. The CrowdFunding provisions of the JOBS Act (H.R. 3606 Jump Start Our Business Startups Act) allows companies to raise up to $1 million in capital per year via crowdfunding platforms from individual investors without the requirements to registering with the SEC (Securities and Exchange Commission ). Many investors will come from, family, friends ,Venture capitalistss, Entrepreneurs’ preexisting networks, mentors, andf former colleagues.
Clearly, There are many unknowns as the SEC completes the development of the functional details and related regulations of CrowdFunding Platforms by January 2013.
However, there are many steps that small businesses can take to get ready. You need 3 to 6 months ahead of Crowdfunding campaign to:
As an entrepreneur, startup and SMB, you have a specific goal. and " A CROWDFUNDING WITHOUT PLAN IS JUST A WISH ".
Crowdfundingplanning brings SMBs, Start- ups and entrepreneurs more than money! “We've learned that everyone wants to live on top of the mountain, but all the happiness and growth occurs while you're climbing it.”
SMBs, Start- ups and entrepreneurs (fastest growing category) can use Crowdfundingplanning.com to get some valuable insight about how to promote and run their businesses. By going through the steps, videos, and work sheets. Communicating and collaborating with our experts , You can;
be able to leverage every accepts of your business and Crowdfunding campaign with Google Apps and Google business solutions. You will get the same technology platform Google uses to manage its daily business . Google Apps is a solid foundation for your ideas and your business.
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Stage 1- Discovery :
We meet listen to an Entrepreneur's ideas, business concept, goals, and the needs. We work based on a road map that has over hundred direct relevant questions and share knowledge through brainstorm . We develop and deliver a unique business development program that would be most successful, always keeping a budget in mind. These are the steps we cover on our discovery phase:
a- Organize your business information ;
b- Your goal:
c- Concept Discovery:
E- Risk Mitigation
F- Your Business plan ( short version )
G- Your Marketing
Stage 2 - Analysis and Research:
Using Information gathered in the discovery phase, we analyze and research the overall concept and each of the main categories outline in the Concept definition. This phase involves building on the data from the Discovery phase, bringing to bear practices, Crowd building methodologies, standards Into a reference frameworks and best practices.
Stage 3 - Communication / feedback
We solicit your input after completing our detail analysis and research to make sure we are aligned with your vision, mission and goal .
Stage 4 - Recommendation
Recommendations are then made on each of the identified applicable items in detail. This includes the breakthrough road map and results analysis of your current “Crowd Assets”. We look at the competition, market needs and trends and project if the direction of the new product , service and business is strategic and financially viable .
Stage 5 - Collaboration
You can choose to use our research and recommendations to achieve your goal &/or secure the assistance from our Mentors and Consultant to help you to build your business and Campaign. Consultants can help you on each specific subject and as mentors can guide, analyse and recommend actions through Campaign Building Process.
We create a plan and schedule based on PMP method and we measure success every step in our mutually agreed plan . We work with entrepreneur and start up and provide them with fortune 500 Information technology infrastructure, Crowd and relationship building engines , Business process outsourcing and business process CrowdSourcing to reduce cost and focus on raising the seed funding needed .
From ideation to revenue, we have the team and the tool to get you to the next level!
Questions which we are asked :
We are making video for our crowdfunding campaign through CrowdFunding portal , but we have limited funds. We are wondering ;
Present Your Ideas and story the best way possible
Considering that you are presenting your ideas to tens, thousands or million potential investors , clearly you need to present your idea the best way possible considering your budget .
The number of pledges, donation and arwad that you receive is entirely dependent on how well you pitch and deliver your story and concept. Though you may have a great idea, if it is not presented the best way well, it will not make an impression and build the trust you need on the audience.
You can use various tools such as videos, picture sequences or animated slideshows, whiteboard presentation even prezi to pitch your concept.
Main goal is produce a very compelling and engaging video ( and not enough budget may be an slideshow) to appeal to the broadest to largest spectrum of crowd possible.
Do you know YouTube is the 2nd largest search engine and Do you know why ? Reality is you and people like watching than reading . In CrowdFunding Planning we advocate making the best video you can, “show them, don’t tell them “
Your video does not have to be Hollywood quality but its story better be as good . Hire professionals taping and editing your idea and story proposed wire frame of the invention, its value/utility and who you are and the passion you have for your invention.
Budget for 2 to 3 minutes of video . This means ( at 3 minutes ) you can display 800 pictures and communicate 510 words .
In CrowdFunding video is the best way to communicate your content . You would have heard the old saying, the medium is the message
Before you start thinking about the video content
Very Clearly answer the following question, even ask your Friends knowing about your campaign do the same. Remember you can not say ‘everybody “, you can not be a tenet for every one , you do not have the budget to tailor make your message for everybody
Your answers will likely point to type of video you need to produce.
CrowdFunding video is best kept short , sharp and even funny
Remember audience and viewers can and will ;
One of the best kept secret in CrowdFunding is the CrowdFunding campaign for movie and film projects . As you see, it is the highest and most successful CrowdFunding project categories among the other projects and campaigns
The reason is simple, filmmakers own the camera, lights , editing and know how to make a compelling story better than others, then their success is higher.
What is a roll of project video in CrowdFunding:
In crowdFunding reward and donation based there is no business plan or bank manager or VC to award or approve the fund . Crowd is the investor / donor .
You see why the word “crowd” comes first in CrowdFunding. Crowd wants to know you ,your product, service, your perks and also above all, they want to trust you .
Your interface with them is through campaign web page ( The content ) , Your video ( Pitch, business plan, story , idea, your personality ,...... ).
You know picture is Worth a Thousand Words, Then a Video Worth a Million . Then, in three minutes project video you can deliver more than;
Video is one the most important and powerful ways to influence the investors / donors. An effective video could deliver :
Just imagine you are making a business pitch to thousands or million of investors. Do you want to be in a shark tank ( Tv program ) delivering your business pitch to sharks ( few people ) or in the Ocean ( internet ) delivering your pitch to thousands or millions ?
Then you need to get creative, learn and come up with a budget .
If you have less than a thousand dollar budget , then you need to be the producer . Think of your video as a story. All good stories contain certain elements. When creating your story keep in mind the 5 W's; Who, What, When, Where, and Why. This will help you fill in the main body of your story. Additionally, there are some general terms that you should be familiar with; protagonist, antagonist, plot, setting, turning point, dialog, introduction, conclusion, narration, and points of view.
There are two main styles for laying out your story:
They each have their pros and cons. Continue on to find which one best suits your needs or use a combination
The storyboard and script methods should be used in conjunction with one another. Creating a storyboard allows you to refine and examine the overall story-line. Once completed turn the storyboard in to a script. The final script will provide the detail required for the actual shooting. It will also allow the talent to view and rehearse their lines
You can use an a HD webcam , and editing and mixing software such as :
Project Video , upir script and CrowdFunding Success
You know by now how important video is to increasing conversion in online sales, but the exact same is true of crowdfunding. According to Kickstarter, “projects with videos succeed at a much higher rate than those without (50% vs. 30%). Crowdfunding pitches with video content raise 112% more than pitches without videos.
There are no rules when it comes to video, which is part of what makes it intimidating to some people. If you’re looking to get some ideas you can watch these twelve videos .
Those videos are interesting and some even amazing – and a big part of why their campaigns were successful – but your video can be as simple as you sitting in front of a web camera and telling your story.
On the other hand, some campaigns call for a professionally produced video. Pebble’s video and Jumpshot clearly has extremely high production values, but don’t let that intimidate you. What makes their video effective isn’t only the quality of its production; it’s the quality of its message that really matters.
Watch it below and then I’ll walk you through why it works so well.
Project Video best practices:
Step 1: Choosing a Camera
Choosing a camera is the first step on your way to making videos that you can share on Vimeo. There are a lot of options to choose from including camcorders, simple point and shoot cameras, and nowadays cellphones with built in video cameras. Where do you even start? Check out the video below for a quick run down of your various movie making options.
Step 2: Shooting Basics
So you bought yourself a camera or maybe you borrowed one from a friend, cool! Um, but how do you use it to make videos that look good? Shooting video well is a skill that takes time to develop but with a few simple tips you'll find yourself on the path to movie magic. Take a peek at the video below for an introduction to those tips.
Step 3: Editing Basics
Editing video clips together can be really fun, especially once you master a few basic features in your editing program. With a bit of patience and experimentation you'll be producing smoothly edited videos in no time. For an overview of what you can do in a standard editing program watch the video below.
Step 4: Recommended setting
Step 4: Watch some of these
How to videos:
Funny and extremely successful
Questions which we are asked :
Who is our Crowd and how to build our crowd to maximize our crowd Funding ?
You Crowd is consist of two categories, if you build them strategically and do it well they will trust you and when try trust you they will particiapte and want to be part of your dream and CrowdFunding . You Crowd included:
Following are the best practices when it comes to Crowd Building :