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Crowdfunding 101: What It Is and Where To Start

In this presentation, you will learn about crowdfunding and how it can benefit your business and community.

Suzanne Paschall is Editor in Chief and Owner of Indie Ink Publishing in Saskatoon, has been experimenting with crowdfunding to mitigate risk, improve the cash flow of book production, and to build advanced marketing buzz and audience for indie authors and their books. To date, Indie Ink has launched two campaigns for their Spring 2013 titles: The New Rockstar Philosophy and Eating Myself Crazy.

In this presentation, participants will learn:
* what is crowdfunding and what it can achieve your business or community
* the three most common and legal types of crowdfunding
examples of crowdfunding in Saskatchewan
* lessons learned in launching a crowdfunding campaign

Special guest speaker, Suzanne Paschall is a member of the National Crowdfunding Association of Canada and a local ambassador for the NCFA.

SEDA members can access the full webinar recording here: http://owl.li/ob2n6

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Crowdfunding 101: What It Is and Where To Start

  1. 1. Welcome Crowdfunding 101: What It Is How You Can Benefit & Tips for Getting Started
  2. 2. Agenda Industry Update Dashboard Speakers Q&A Follow-Up
  3. 3. 3 Suzanne Paschall Editor in Chief, Indie Ink Publishing Presenter
  4. 4. What is Crowdfunding? • What it ISN’T: – crowdSOURCING – Only ‘donations’ – EASY – Only for short-term gain – Only for financial gain – Only for business
  5. 5. What is Crowdfunding?
  6. 6. What is Crowdfunding?
  7. 7. Examples of Who CF Can Help… Crowdfunding is ideal when you’re… •Entrepreneur •Community organization •Individual artist/inventor •Charity •An individual seeking support for a personal venture
  8. 8. Types of Crowdfunding: Charitable • Registered charities • Broader reach • Ease of show & tell • Transparency • Donation targeting • Tax receipting • Low administrative fees
  9. 9. Saskatchewan Charitable Campaign Example: SES • Production of video on tar sands development in Saskatchewan • Touring costs for 4 northern community presentations • Raised $5K • Found corporate sponsor
  10. 10. Types of Crowdfunding: Community Empowering More timely Families can reach out in crisis
  11. 11. Community Campaign Example: Scadding Court Community Centre
  12. 12. Community Campaign Example: Scadding Court Community Centre
  13. 13. Success Components of Campaign • Phases/Steps • Creative/various rewards • Includes content/creative crowdsourcing (design) • Engages: voting! • Builds for long-term buy- in: usage! • Creates buzz & EXPECTATION • Promo for business
  14. 14. Types of Crowdfunding: Rewards-Based • Create products/services to pre-sell • Fulfill after the campaign is over • Cash flow management strategy • Risk mitigation strategy • Fan engagement • Building marketing buzz
  15. 15. Saskatchewan Rewards-Based Campaign: New Rockstar http://igg.me/at/newrockstar
  16. 16. Rockstar Results… • Exceeded Goal • Eliminated our up-front cash flow/risk issues • Built buzz for launch • Built email list • Created new products/services • Post-campaign advertising • Media interest
  17. 17. Types of Crowdfunding: Equity-Based • Has up to recently been illegal in Canada & US • US JOBS Act legislation (1/13) making legal in US • Legislation in Ontario/Saskatchewan this summer making some forms legal • Will allow individuals to invest in companies, with some limitations • Will allow companies to offer investment options, with limitations • Huge growth area in CF
  18. 18. Campaign Promo: Using Social Media
  19. 19. Top 10 Lessons Learned or… Things I Wish Someone Had Told Me Before My First Campaign 1. PICK PLATFORM CAREFULLY 2. REALLY PLAN 3. HAVE LAUNCH EVENT 4. GET ADVANCE $ 5. ENGAGE CORE (and I don’t mean abs) 6. DO REGULAR VIDEO UPDATES 7. TAG YOU’RE IT! 8. SET GOAL CAREFULLY 9. SET CAMPAIGN LENGTH CAREFULLY 10. REWARDS VARIETY
  20. 20. Crowdfunding Info Resources GENERAL •National Crowdfunding Asssociation of Canada www.ncfacanada.org •Indiegogo (crowdfunding portal platform) www.indiegogo.com •Kickstarter (crowdfunding portal platform) www.kickstarter.com EQUITY CROWDFUNDING •FCAA – Saskatchewan Equity CF White Paper •Ontario Securities Commission White Paper •US Equity CF Article •http://www.inc.com/articles/201112/why-the-crowdfunding-legislation-is-good-for- startups.html VERTICAL PORTAL EXAMPLES •See the entire current list at the NCFA Canadian Crowdfunding Director
  21. 21. Q&A Please send your questions via the Chat or Question widget on your dashboard.
  22. 22. Contact Info Suzanne Paschall Indie Ink Publishing & Story, Incorporated www.indieinkpublishing.com www.storyincorporated.com Email: suzanne@indieinkpublishing.com Ph: 1-888-438-1343
  23. 23. Stay in Touch Thank you for joining us! Verona Thibault President, SEDA @saskecdevassoc @growourregion verona.thibault@seda.sk.ca 306-384-5817

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In this presentation, you will learn about crowdfunding and how it can benefit your business and community. Suzanne Paschall is Editor in Chief and Owner of Indie Ink Publishing in Saskatoon, has been experimenting with crowdfunding to mitigate risk, improve the cash flow of book production, and to build advanced marketing buzz and audience for indie authors and their books. To date, Indie Ink has launched two campaigns for their Spring 2013 titles: The New Rockstar Philosophy and Eating Myself Crazy. In this presentation, participants will learn: * what is crowdfunding and what it can achieve your business or community * the three most common and legal types of crowdfunding examples of crowdfunding in Saskatchewan * lessons learned in launching a crowdfunding campaign Special guest speaker, Suzanne Paschall is a member of the National Crowdfunding Association of Canada and a local ambassador for the NCFA. SEDA members can access the full webinar recording here: http://owl.li/ob2n6

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