Entrepreneur Crowdfunding Tip of the Day – Blogger Outreach

Crowdfunding Tip blogger outreach by Kristen Matthews

Have you identified a list of bloggers that would be interested in what it is that your campaign is all about? You really should. Blogs are a great way of accessing people with similar interests to yours. Start by doing a Google search using “Blogs + a key word that relates to your industry” and you will be surprised at what you discover! Remember that bloggers are people like you…so when you approach them to talk about your campaign on FundedByMe, keep your email personal, short and informative.

Remember to include the following:

– Your elevator pitch, explaining what your brand does

– Add a good photo that would entice them to share it with their readers

– If you have a video, include a link to that

– Add a link to your campaign on FundedByMe

It’s okay to ask them to help you share awareness around your project! If you’re nice enough, most bloggers will be happy to help. But never spam a blogger! If they don’t reply, accept it and move on to another. Good luck!

What is your top crowdfunding tip? Why not share it with us in the comments? Also, read this great article by Kristen Matthews about blogger outreach.

Mashable’s 10 tips for an awesome crowdfunding campaign video

Mashable is a great resource for entrepreneurs wanting to learn new, helpful tips – including things that could help improve your crowdfunding campaign video and presentation on FundedByMe! I spotted this tip list to help you shine on the camera and had to share them here to ensure you are ready to record the best crowdfunding campaign video possible. For Brandon Smith’s full article on Mashable, please click here.

From Mashable: Jared Matthew Weiss had a regular spot on The Today Show, a column in Shape Magazine and has consulted over 800 clients worldwide on how to reach their potential. He founded Overture, a company that produces short, chic black-and-white videos designed to capture your story and share it with the world. The personal branding expert was kind enough to sit down and share 10 important tips that will help set your personal video apart from others.

Flip Video Cameras are great for shooting crowdfunding campaign videosImage from Flip.com

10 Tips for Being Awesome on Camera

How You Look

1. Wear Clothing That Makes You Feel Good About Yourself

Have some fun with your wardrobe and be sure it reflects your personality. Choose comfortable clothing that showcases the real “you.” To make a slightly more formal statement, a suit and tie or blouse and skirt is perfect. Keep jewellery to a minimum. Feeling good about yourself is key. And it will show.

2. Mom Was Right: Sit Up Straight

The camera exaggerates everything because there is nothing to distract the viewer. If your posture is poor, viewers will think you’ve checked out and lost interest. Your body should convey your energy and intelligence without being stiff and robotic.

3. Watch Your Body Language — Everyone Else Will

Weiss speaks from personal experience on this one. Throughout his first live television segment he was unaware of the fact that he was impulsively rubbing his leg to calm his nerves. Find a good place for your hands so they aren’t distracting to viewers.

4. Smile With Your Eyes

A warm and genuine smile does wonders for coming across as sincere and confident. But flashing those pearly whites is only part of the key to smiling. The eyes can dictate whether a smile is real or forced. In this case, crow’s feet can be a good thing.

How You Sound

5. Use Your Natural Voice.

While some of us admit to practicing our news anchor voices, leave that “Good evening, Mr. and Mrs. America” voice at home. Be yourself and speak to the camera like it was your best friend. Not only is it more natural, but it’s what people expect. You want your video to reflect who you are, not Brian Williams.

6. It’s How You Say It

You know what you’re talking about. So focus on how you deliver the goods. Pacing matters. If you rush through your spiel, you throw away your credibility. The message you deliver is: what I’m saying doesn’t really matter. Your choice of words is also key. Simple and clear beats a multisyllabic mouthful any day. Enunciate and avoid slang at all costs. Shakespeare didn’t write “ta be or not ta be, dude.”

How To Prepare

7. Look At The Camera As You Would Your Dog

Don’t be afraid of the lens — it won’t bite or even lick you. Just look into it with the love you’d give a welcoming pet at the end of the day. Don’t look around; darting eyes scream, “I’m nervous and desperately searching for the exit!” Blink naturally; excessive blinking signals a lack of sincerity. Don’t be afraid of flubs, either. That’s why we have editors.

8. Keep It Moist

Dry mouth is the enemy of talking. Get that frog out of your throat with a sip of water. Taking a water break can also be a way to step away from the camera and calm your nerves. And keep your lips moist with something other than your tongue!

9. Chill

Don’t go in front of a camera full of nerves and sweaty palms. Do whatever is necessary to help you relax — stretch, do jumping jacks, listen to music, go into the bathroom to talk to yourself. Sit in front of the camera only when you’re feeling calm, cool and collected. It will add to your confidence.

10. Breathing Is Good

Not only is it essential for life, but breathing is necessary to be awesome on camera. Take deep breaths before you go live, and continue to breathe easily when the camera’s on. If you find yourself breathing or talking too quickly, it’s time for a break.

Unless you are portraying a character or alter ego, it’s important to be yourself while on camera. This is especially true if you are using the video to market yourself. Allow you and your personality to flourish and embrace the moving frames.