CrowdsUnite, a resource for the crowdfunding industry and the largest review site in the world, has ranked the top top ten crowdfunding sites based on user reviews. By Alex Leibowitz, PR and Marketing at CrowdsUnite. www.crowdsunite.com
YouCaring, a donation based crowdfunding platform designed to help provide money for those in need of things like tuition, and medical expenses, received the top ranking as the best crowdfunding site. Users thought that the site was easy to use and has great customer support. In addition, our users thought that it was very easy to raise money from strangers. One reviewer wrote that it, “was very user friendly, easy to share with others, and no additional fees.”
Pubslush is a reward based crowdfunding platform focused on the publishing industry. Reviewers really liked how user friendly the site was, saying that it was very easy to set up a campaign. Furthermore, they liked that after you raise $500, you are able to keep the money that you raise. The only slight problem some users had was that receiving funding from strangers was difficult.
Seed&Spark is a crowdfunding site for films. Users liked that they had the option to create a campaign as rewards based or donation based, giving them more freedom in raising money. Reviewers also said that they liked the site because it was just for people who wanted to raise money for films. One person wrote, “I love that the focus is entirely on film/video – S&S totally gets what filmmakers need and how to support these types of projects.”
GiveForward is a donation based crowdfunding platform designed to help people raise money for medical expenses. Users thought it was easy to setup a campaign and raise money. Furthermore, reviewers said that it was very easy to raise money from strangers. One of the few problems reviewers had was that there are some restrictions in accepting money from outside of the US.
Surprisingly, Kickstarter, the most popular crowdfunding site, is just fifth on this list. Users liked that the rewards based crowdfunding site was very good at driving strangers to contribute to their campaigns. However, they complained that the site was “All or Nothing”, meaning that if you don’t reach your funding goal, you don’t get any of the money that you raised. Finally one reviewer said that, “Its a very grueling process. Just the setup itself took a huge amount of time and effort and Kickstarter required lots of changes before it was able to go live.”
Rockethub is a rewards based crowdfunding site. Users liked that the site was easy to use with great customer support. However, some reviewers did feel that the site didn’t do a great job at generating funds from strangers. They thought that gaining the right amount of publicity to receive funding was very difficult.
Pozible is a rewards and donation based corwdfunding platform in Australia. Reviewers said the site was easy to use, and the customer support was great, with people responding to your questions quickly. One of the few things some reviewers complained about was that you cannot change your funding goal.
CrowdRise is a donation based crowdfunding platform for non profit organizations. Reviewers thought that the site was user friendly and that it was very easy to set up a campaign. One reviewer did complain that, “The fees are very high. If you are on a tight budget and only use a free page, there is a big restriction on how you can set up your page.”
Ulule is a rewards based crowdfunding platform in Europe. Reviewers thought that it was easy to create a project, and that their questions were answered quickly. However, some reviewers didn’t like that it was hard to get funding from strangers and that the site had an 8% fee for a completed campaign.
FundRazr is a donation and rewards based crowdunding site. Reviewers thought that it was very simply to set up a campaign. One reviewer wrote, “Fundrazr was very easy to use – it has a very intuitive interface. ” Reviewers did complain that it was hard to raise money from strangers.
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