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How to Crowdfund like an Amish Rockstar

Posted in Crowdfunding by Drew

The Amish (the folks who ride around in buggies) are amazing entrepreneurs with a better than 90-percent success rate for new businesses in the first five years of operation. When you consider that in the U.S. half of new businesses fail in the first five years, it is clear the Amish are doing something right. In fact, in 2010, CNN Money…

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Three Ways Crowdfunding Will Benefit Your Business

Posted in Crowdfunding by Drew

Securing startup capital can be one of the most significant challenges a new entrepreneur faces. Regardless of how clever or innovative a business idea is, there may be very little to attract investors or lenders, particularly, if a new business lacks proof of market viability, collateral assets, or mind-share. Of course, entrepreneurs are nothing if not resourceful, and many startups have begun…

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10 Secrets of Highly Successful Crowdfunding Campaigns

Posted in Crowdfunding by Nathan

As crowdfunding makes gains in popularity, the battle for pageviews and pledges has become increasingly competitive, especially on portal sites that feature thousands of live projects at once. If you’re depending on a Kickstarter feature to kickstart your campaign, then you could be in trouble. So how do you ensure that you’ve optimized your campaign for success? We’ve taken a…

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Crowdfunding Capital Campaigns

Posted in Crowdfunding by Nathan

The Changing Landscape of Capital Campaigns Online fundraising is an increasingly competitive business, and many charities and nonprofits can find themselves squeezed out in the search for support. This is especially true in the event of capital campaigns, where the model is to approach donors with big pockets in the hopes that they can make a significant dent in the…

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Can a Crowdfunding Platform Really Protect You From Fraud?

Posted in Crowdfunding by Nathan

You may have come across media reports highlighting one Encik Farhan, a Kickstarter donor who appears to have been pledging large amounts of funds to back projects, only to withdraw the cash once the rewards had been offered. To execute this heist, Farhan gamed a system known as the credit card chargeback, scamming more than 100 Kickstarter project owners in…

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Testing the Market: How to Validate Ideas Using Crowdfunding

Posted in Crowdfunding by Nathan

There’s nothing more exciting than the spark of a great idea. If you’re like most entrepreneurs, that idea will keep you awake at night, fuel your creativity, and dominate your thoughts. However, as great as the idea might sound in your head, it’s not until you share the idea with others that you can get a true perspective on it….

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IgnitionDeck vs Crowdfunding Platforms: A Cost-Benefit Analysis

Posted in Crowdfunding by Nathan

Business and startup spending decisions all center around the return you’re going to see on your investment. This is especially true in crowdfunding, where every dollar has the power to make or break your campaign. Fortunately, this is an area in which IgnitionDeck excels. Compare the service of our WordPress Crowdfunding Plugin to that of signing up for one of…

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