Crowdfunding Tools & Resources
Are you starting a crowdfunding campaign or business ? Want to learn more about how crowdfunding works ? Below is a list of tools, guides, and other crowdfunding resources to help build your project and online presence:
- Crowdfunding – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
- “Introduction to Crowdfunding” Webinar by Indiegogo – this 45 minute video is very helpful as a general introduction to “rewards” crowdfunding and for actual campaign tips **
- The Ultimate Guide to Crowdfunding by Shopify
Website Content Management Systems / Landing Page Creators
- WordPress – most popular website solution for self-hosted sites
- Tumblr.com – a simple blogging solution
- Unbounce.com – Build, publish & A/B test landing pages
- Launchrock – create a “launching” / “coming soon” page for your website or campaign, and gauge user interest beforehand
- Wix.com – simple website creator – no coding required
- GoDaddy.com – the world’s largest domain name registrar – purchase a domain name and/or hosting for your website
Analytics, Tracking, Email, & Social Media Management
- Hootsuite.com social media management app – manage and organize your social media profiles from one dashboard. Schedule content in advance and easily track everything.
- Clicky premium website analytics service – get useful, actionable data about your website’s visitors (customers, visitors, and referrers)
- Google Analytics – free website analytics service
- MailChimp.com – Email Marketing & Promotion Tool
- Google Alerts – monitor specific keywords and topics that appear in Google News and search results
- SurveyMonkey.com – create surveys and polls to collect data from users
Note-taking and Collaboration Apps
- Evernote.com – This is a project workspace for note-taking and archiving data and information. You can create “to-do” lists, store information (photos, notes, research), and annotate/organize everything.
- Google Docs – This is another collaboration service by Google. You can easily create, edit, and share documents with other people.
- Bitly.com – link shortener and tracking service. Basically you can shorten and then track your links as they move across social media sites, email campaigns, posts, etc.
- Goo.gl – another link shortener and tracking service, by Google
- Ow.ly – by Hootsuite
Platforms to Hire Freelancers for Large and Small Tasks
- Mechanical Turk (by Amazon.com) – a marketplace for work and tasks
- Fiverr.com – P2P marketplace for online services and tasks, starting at $5 per gig (marketing, video, logo, writing, etc.)
Tools to create visuals, charts, and infographics
- Canva.com – online graphic design platform for all kinds of documents – free to use with additional premium paid features
Stock photos for websites and campaign materials
- BigStock.com – they offer a solid 5 image per day subscription plan for about $70/month
Order Custom Promotional Items and Marketing Materials
Photo & Image Editing Apps
Post-Crowdfunding: Selling your completed product
- Shopify.com – create a fully-hosted online store. You can easily set up payment processing along with other store features. They also provide you with many attractive designs to choose from.
- Etsy.com – an online marketplace and storefront focused on handcrafted items, art, and supplies.
- Amazon.com – the world’s largest e-commerce and product marketplace. If you are serious about selling your product, you need to consider Amazon.
- WooCommerce.com – WordPress plugin to create your own online store
Social Media Platforms & Content Sharing
- Reddit.com – online community site featuring user-generated content and links. Contains many different “subreddits”, which are basically niche community message boards for sharing.