Share your campaign to spread the word and reach success!
Grab your network for this part because this is how they will share, too.
Jump to Part 4 for resources on identifying and growing your crowd.
Part 1: Social Media Summary #
Before we get into the details of sharing your campaign, it’s important to highlight the Social media summary.
The social media summary is shown alongside any post or link you share from a campaign, even if you are just a supporter of the campaign and not on the team. We’re sure you want to dictate at least a little of what your supporters say about your campaign. They can (and should) write their own piece to the post, why they’re supporting the campaign, etc.; however, to ensure you know potential supporters are getting the info they need, write a concise social media summary.
Part 2: The Share Center *NEW* #
All of your share options can now be found in the Share Center. You can also turn your personal message on or off (see this article for more information on the personal message).
STEP 1 – Click ‘Share’ in your sidebar menu.
STEP 2 – Choose your option to share.
Keep the checkbox checked if you want your personal message shown. Uncheck it to turn the personal message off.
Part 3: The Share Bar #
Allow us to introduce you to your share bar:
This bar specializes in social sharing. It contains everything you need to share campaigns with your entire network.
Social media #
Just in case you’ve been enjoying the benefits of under-a-rock living, these are Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. They are the direct social media sharing options – meaning you can click a button and share to your account.
For example, clicking the Facebook button will open Facebook’s log-in window. Enter your information, and then it will open into the post-dialogue.
Note: if you’re already logged in on your browser, the post-creation window will immediately open instead.
These work in the same manner for Twitter and LinkedIn.
You can also share via Pinterest by clicking on the three dots (…) at the end of the share bar.
We didn’t want to crowd the bar, and Pinterest is not a particularly popular form of sharing (sorry, Pinterest!).
What about Instagram and Tiktok?? #
These platforms ARE gaining more and more followers… however, they’re different when it comes to posting links. Direct posting of outside links to an Instagram or TikTok post is only allowed by certain users (if at all) and only for certain sites. Perhaps one day, this will be an option, but until then, you’ll have to plant the link in your bio for these platforms and direct people to click here.
Private media/Dark social #
You can also share your campaign via private posts – where you send it to specific people instead of posting for the world to see. Directly send a link from Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, and email.
Note: WhatsApp only appears as an option when you’re sharing from a mobile device.
**This email share is designed for your and/or your supporters to share to a few email addresses. If you want to upload an entire email list, see our post on Contacts.**
Clicking the ‘Links’ option shows you your shortcode for the campaign (ConnectionPoint’s shortcode for all our platforms is fnd.us) and the QR code.
Short codes are excellent for Instagram and TikTok sharing and anywhere else where the number of characters is limited. And if the length doesn’t matter, you can always grab your link from your browser’s address bar.
Note: you’ll notice your link comes with a reference code; it’ll start with ?ref= followed by a series of numbers and letters. This is your user profile’s reference code. It’s how our platforms can tell who has shared the campaign. When potential supporters click on a link shared from your user profile with this code included, they will see an endorsement banner telling them that you would like them to see the campaign. This adds a strong layer of trust to your campaign. Read more here.
If you do NOT want an endorsement banner to show, share this link without the reference code attached.
For example, fnd.us/ConnectionPoint?ref=ab_o40rtf will become simply fnd.us/ConnectionPoint
Are you looking to create a link on a website to your campaign? You COULD just do a simple text link… but we like to do things fancy here (in the most simple ways we can). Why not put in a button or a badge??
This link opens the widget menu, where you can grab a snippet of code to paste into your website to create a SmartWidget badge or button that people can click instead of a texted link (yawn).
And you DON’T need to be a programmer to do it. Trust us, if your friendly neighbourhood content writer (who couldn’t code to save my life) can do it, so can you.
When you open the Widget menu, you’ll see this:
Once you’ve chosen your style, click “Get the code,” where you’ll see options to click a Loader script and a Widget script.
Copy & paste both the Loader code and the Widget code into the source code for your website.
Widget code – This is the code for the widget itself. This snippet needs to be placed where you want the widget to appear on the page.
Restrictions & Tips
- This link might help, IF you have some advanced HTML knowledge:
- If you have more than one campaign running at the same time, you can place them all on one web page. To do this, you only need to add the loader script to the page once, then for each additional campaign, you only need to change the 5 digit code for your campaign
Are you an organization looking to customize widgets for your website? Click here:
Part 4: Identifying and growing your crowd. #
One of the toughest parts about crowdfunding is finding a large enough crowd to fund your need. A common misconception is that an organic crowd is out there already, waiting for new campaigns to fund. We wish that was true on multiple levels… our job would be easy-peasy and all of the wonderful projects we see on our platforms would be funded.
However, the fact is that even on platforms with a larger audience to market campaigns to, you still need to do the work we’re talking about here. In order to reach their organic audiences, your campaign needs to ‘rank’ high. In order to rank high, you need to create an engaging campaign, have a marketing strategy, and communicate with your audience.
That’s what these resources will help you with. As our platforms cover a range of needs, we’ll direct you to different places depending on that need.
Everyone should read our blog post “A Guide to Campaign Promotion: I’ve launched my crowdfunding campaign – now what?” Even if your campaign is on Crowdfundr, CoCoPay, PetFundr, or Sponsifi, you’ll find this article helpful.
Finally, our HUBs are excellent sources of information for all fundraisers.
The Fundraiser HUB is designed for those fundraising for a cause (whether personal or otherwise). Articles are geared toward FundRazr, CoCoPay, and PetFundr users.
View our Campaign Promotion Toolkit on the Fundraiser HUB for cause-related campaign promotion.
Creator-crowdfunding is a whole other ball game. So you get a whole other HUB! The Creator HUB is your spot for help on creative projects.
View the Campaign Promotion Toolkit on the Creator HUB for creative-project-related campaigns.