Blast Your Campaign Out!
- Personal emails to your friends and relatives are the most powerful way to spread the word! People who get a personalized message are 88% more likely to donate, and donate a higher amount on average.
- Make a timed splash on Facebook. Ask all your supporters to share your campaign on Facebook at the exact same time. This will make your post stick at the top of your friends’ news feeds.
- Don’t be shy. Reach out to people you normally wouldn’t, and ask them to donate $5 or spread the word for you. You might be surprised by how responsive they are. If you sound pretty passionate in your message, they’re likely to help your campaign go viral. (One example here)
- Update, update, update! Keep your supporters in the loop, give them milestones to celebrate and remind them to spread the word! Check out these tips to write great updates.
- Say thank you. Tag your contributors in Facebook posts, Instagram screenshots and updates about your campaign. This is key to making your campaign more visible and encouraging friends to help you more.
- If you’re throwing a large event, create a Facebook event to spread the word! The people you invite will be able to invite more friends and publicize your event more widely. Remember to put your Crowdtilt link in the event!
- If you’re running a fundraiser for a good cause, create a Facebook group to spread the word! A Facebook group was key to the success of this campaign that raised $82,000 in one week, and this campaign that raised $50,000 in three days.
Crowdtilt does not get you automatic supporters. Public campaigns get coverage in our public mobile app timeline, and they often get a few extra bucks here. We also help out by tweeting your campaign out once you’ve reached 15 supporters.
Questions? Write us at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Great updates to your supporters
Here are some tips for writing great updates to your supporters:
- Write an update for every major milestone — when you raise 25% of your goal, 50% of your goal, or when you get an incredible update like a $1,000 contribution! This will inspire your supporters and make them feel part of the community :)
- Remember to thank your supporters, whether they gave $5 or $500! Appreciative supporters make the experience better for everyone, and they’ll help you tilt your goals to infinity and beyond!
- Encourage your supporters to spread the word for you to their own friends and family via email or facebook!
- Tell them to get 3-5 friends to join your cause! Whether it’s an awesome party or a heartwarming fundraiser, remind them that the success of this campaign is in their hands!
- Don’t be shy. Encourage those you might not normally ask for help, to spread the word for you! :) You’ll be surprised by how responsive these acquaintances are! If you sound pretty passionate about it, this might help your campaign go viral. (One example here) Every person they reach makes a giant impact!
Check out these campaigns for some examples of great updates to your supporters! :)
Kirsten’s inspiring fundraiser:
Craig’s $50,000 fundraiser to buy a boat for a hero:
‘Tilting to Help Raise Awareness for OCD and End the Stigma of Mental Illness
By Eileen Carey
In honor of International OCD Awareness Week, ie #ocdweek, I wanted to share the story of the JCK Foundation and how we used Crowdtilt to help raise awareness for this crippling disorder. John Kelly was an incredible friend, brother, son and above all else, a true legend. He was only 24 years old when he tragically took his own life after a long, hard battle with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Though John was suffering terribly inside, he lived his life full of compassion for others. The JCK (John Cleaver Kelly) Foundation was created by his family and friends to raise public awareness about the paralyzing effects of OCD and to help end the stigma of mental illness by sharing his story.
When John passed away, we knew we had to keep fighting for him. John was actively involved in philanthropy and the OCD community. He wanted more than anything to be free from the shackles of his mental disorder. The JCK Foundation’s mission is to spread his story about how challenging living with OCD and mental disorders can be and to teach others to be compassionate towards people with mental illness.
To see us in action speaking to college students about mental health, check out this quick video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eye778Vqp54
Every year since John’s passing, his family and friends gather together for the JCK Legends Tournament in his hometown of Dobbs Ferry, New York. It’s an amazing event full of hope, love and celebration. We want to remember John for the wondrous life he lived and not for his untimely death. This year we had over 100 players in the tournament—all adorning John’s little league jersey #7. Each team is named after the teams John used to play on as a child. Every year we’ve been able to raise over $15k for the JCK Foundation to continue their work speaking on college campuses, conferences and via social media content to share John’s story.
This year we wanted to take donations not only from those who were playing in the tournament but from John’s friends around the world who couldn’t make it.
I had used Crowdtilt to plan trips before and knew it was a sleek, easy to use platform to gather funds. We built out our campaign on Crowdtilt and shared the link via social media so that more people could donate. Within weeks we raised close to $3,000 in addition to the money raised at the actual tournament. I loved using Crowdtilt for this process because their customer service team was great and attentive when I had questions and also because without Crowdtilt we never would have reached our 15k goal! It was so easy to share via Facebook and it was a great way to collect information on our donators. You can check it out here.
To hear John’s story, please watch the JCK Foundation’s short documentary “Heroes Get Remembered, but Legends Never Die”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i1qsu3p8ibs
If you are thinking of starting a non profit or wish to fund raise events for social good, we highly recommend using Crowdtilt. Whatever cause is near or dear to your heart, do something to help other people. Using Crowdtilt makes the whole process so simple. The most valuable lesson our friend John taught us was to give back. ‘Tilt to make a difference!
- Eileen Carey, Proud Tilter
Funding a Fan Birthday Present for Cote de Pablo!
Operation “Bring Back Cote” is a diehard Cote de Pablo fan club. They adore Ms. de Pablo’s portrayal of officer Ziva David on the TV show NCIS for the last eight years. And they’re pooling funds to buy a giant ad in the LA Times to express their love and gratitude to Cote de Pablo for her birthday!
You can check out their awesome efforts here:
They’re getting there slowly and steadily. But they really need some help from y’all. So what are you waiting for? :) Feel free to chip in on their page to help these diehard fans. $5 from each of you would help make this happen!
We love seeing the innovative ways that fan groups on Crowdtilt have pooled their resources to surprise their idols in ways previously impossible. There’s the MIKA fan club that raised $1,775 in two weeks to name a seat at the Royal Opera House in London dedicated to MIKA for his 30th birthday. There’s the group of Phish fans that raised $1,765 in a few days to hire a private jet and spell a secret message in the sky for the band. The list goes on and on…
Crowdtilt helped these fan clubs and others pool money for the idea while ensuring that nobody would be charged until the full amount of money needed, was reached. We’re excited to add Operation Bring Back Cote’s present to this list!
Tell us why you love Cote de Pablo, what your favorite scene of her as Ziva David is, and why you wish she would come back to the show!
7 Ways to Crowdtilt Your Halloween Party!
Crowdtilt is all about empowering you to do extraordinary things with friends, but without any extra hassle. We do this by making organizing and collecting funds easy!
Take the everyday Halloween party: You eat, drink, and get scary… But what if you could do this aboard a themed pirate ship, or in a haunted cornfield? What if you could invite more costumed, ghoulish friends and feed them all? We’re here to help you make those wild ideas possible!!
Here are 7 killer, tilted Halloween bashes!
Funding the biggest Halloween party in the nation!
Just a few days ago, 3 tilters groupfunded the largest party yacht on the entire West Coast to throw a Halloween bash! You can check it out or join the fun here!
An unforgettable birthday and Halloween extravaganza
Costumes, drinks, and your best friends - these are the essentials to any great Halloween party!! But to make it bigger and badder, Lindsey collected $45 from each of her friends to reserve a giant lounge, get food, bottle service, and party on with endless booze and music! See their party here.
Be Sea Monsters!
Upgrade a get-together with costumes and festivities
Rent out a Party Bus fit for superheroes!
Spook for a good cause
Steve and his buddies started up a party fund to rent out a room, decorate the place, and hire DJs. They even donated all the proceeds from their event to the UCSF Family House!
What will you tilt?
These groups used Crowdtilt to collect money for their event, organize the details about the day, and make sure they had enough support to make the party happen. From smaller events to large ones, Crowdtilt made the collecting of funds painless, hassle-free and quick!
We’re here to help you do more together. You ready?! Tell us what you want to tilt with your friends below! :)
Put Change in Your Pocket: The Crowdtilt Mobile App Is Here!
With today’s launch of the Crowdtilt app for iOS—the first crowdfunding mobile app that lets you start a new campaign on the go—we think we’re on the verge of something big.
Twitter, for instance, took blogging – which was already a growing phenomenon – and super-charged it by making “micro-blogging” in 140 characters easy and fun.
This led to huge shifts in how people share opinions, information and news. With a tweet from a mobile phone, people from around the world can learn and share like never before, with absolutely zero resistance.
That’s the kind of simple – but major – shift we’re aiming for with the Crowdtilt mobile app.
To this point, crowdfunding has been known mostly for celebrity passion projects or gadgets. That’s great, but for most people, supporting those kinds of campaigns is maybe a two-to-three times a year occurrence. We’ve always believed crowdfunding has more potential—and a more personal potential.
Take this, for example—one of the most popular activities on Crowdtilt.com is friends splitting the cost of a meal. With our mobile app, you can do that in less than 30 seconds—text your friends, let them chip in, lower the cost per-person in real time as more parties foot the bill, and collect the funds.
And that’s just one everyday example. Our app supports hundreds more – because it’s the only mobile app that lets you start AND contribute to a crowdfunding effort.
On top of how good it works, we’re thrilled with how good it looks. We sought design inspiration from classics like Britain’s “Keep Calm and Carry On” public service announcements during WWII. Filling out more details about your campaign may feel similar to “Mad Libs”—and it should, since that’s what inspired the simple (but effective) flow.
The result is a beautiful and easy-to-use mobile crowdfunding app, which only needs the most basic details up front and makes all the credit card payment red-tape invisible.
Now, funding a political candidate you support has never been easier. Pooling funds for a trip? A snap. Organizing a school fundraiser? What about managing a community block party? Or even launching a business? You can do this all from your pocket. And, of course, we made it iOS 7 compatible. Here’s a short demo video that shows how easily and elegantly the app works.
The app is the latest tool from Crowdtilt aimed at making crowdfunding radically inclusive and accessible—the kind of accessibility that will help move crowdfunding from something you do a few times a year to a few times a week.
Combined with Crowdtilt.com, the Crowdtilt API (the first of its kind to provide other developers with an out-of-the-box crowdfunding solution) and Crowdhoster (the first, full-featured open source crowdfunding tool), we’re making huge strides in making and radically inclusive, more open, and accessible to all.
#TailgateHarder - Week 2 + 3 winners!
Our weekly $500 tailgate giveaway is going strong, and we’re stoked to announce the winners from Weeks 2 and 3!
Week 2 - TCU Tailgate Fund: Andrew and friends used Crowdtilt to pool over $1,000 for an entire season of tailgates. They used the extra $500 to upgrade from “BYOB” to a fully stocked bar at their next few tailgates. They’ll be partying it up at the next TCU vs. SMU game on 9/28, in tilted fashion.
Week 3 - Baylor vs. ULM tailgate: Cameron has used Crowdtilt for nearly every Baylor game in the past year. He blew us away with his story of how Crowdtilt helps him and his friends stay connected after graduating two years ago. They promoted their entry on Twitter, Reddit, Baylorfans.com, and Facebook, recruiting ~800 votes to win the $500 contest.
Cameron’s crew usually starts tailgating at 8am, so the extra funds will help power not one, but two meals (kegs and eggs + pulled pork tacos) to keep the party going strong until 7pm kickoff.
The contest is on for Week 4! Start a Crowdtilt campaign for your tailgate and submit to our contest to win $500! And as always, #TailgateHarder!
With tilted love,
INFOGRAPHIC: Crowdtilt and mobile commerce: growing like crazy!
As you may have already heard at TechCrunch Disrupt, our CEO James Beshara announced that we’ll be launching a mobile app very soon! We’re pumped to be bringing the power of crowdfunding right to your pockets so that you can start or join a crowdfunding effort in seconds, from anywhere—making crowdfunding more accessible than ever.
On top of that, let’s face it—people are making more and more transactions on the go, whether it’s a bill payment, a
spur of the moment wardrobe upgrade purchase of clothes, or contributing to a crowdfunding campaign. At Crowdtilt, we think this explosion of mobile commerce—combined with how fast WE are growing—make this the perfect time to release the best mobile crowdfunding app in the industry.
To show off just how big these two areas are growing, we put together an infographic full of interesting facts about mobile commerce and all the amazing progress Crowdtilt has made in just 14 short months.
On to the numbers!
Tell us – how will you #tiltonthego? :)
Don’t forget to sign up at Crowdtilt.com to be notified once our app is released. You can find the sign up field halfway down our homepage, on the right.
The Crowdtilt Team
#TailgateHarder Week 1 - Our First $500 Winner!
It’s tailgate season, Tilters!
Throughout the season, we’re awarding $500 to one tailgate every week to help you and your friends organize bigger + badder tailgates. Reviewing the latest entries has been a blast, and we really enjoyed hearing how the first winner used the extra funds.
To make their Texas A&M vs. Alabama tailgate more festive, Nick and Cory brought in the piano man from Pete’s Dueling Piano Bar in Austin. Epic singalongs ensued, and the entire group (+ passers-by) loved the spectacle.
So who’s next? We’re selecting $500 winners every week - so get started and submit your Tailgate here! Gather friends, get creative, start tilting, and #TailgateHarder.
Crowdfunding a Music Festival to Life!
One of the things we love most about crowdfunding is how it enables everyday people, groups, and friends to make incredible ideas happen without the hassle. Eye Heart SF — a small, local, DIY production team — was looking to bring a music festival to life in their local stomping grounds. But they found themselves up against scheduling problems, a dire need for funds, and a thirst to involve their community in a tangible, grassroots way. That’s where the power of Crowdtilt / Crowdhoster came in.
The small team shot a quick video and threw up a short description of the music festival they envisioned. They hosted it all on their customizable Crowdhoster campaign, and blasted out the word about their pipe dream. There were no rules, no restrictions, and no screening process before they set it up. And in just 3 weeks they raised over $17,000 to make this venture happen!
After long last and much careful planning, the festival is here at last. It’s being held in Dogpatch down in Potrero Hill, CA. And people are having a blast…
The pictures are still rolling in, but we wanted to share some with you here first. Loved seeing the fruits of this, and we’re elated to have helped this awesome little production team resurrect this music fest and tap into the power of community!
Tell us: Where are you from — and what crazy music festivals, or community projects would you fund? :)
Get your tilt on,