When to Launch Your Campaign
The best date for your campaign to start is when you are completely prepared and ready to start. To succeed, it is vital to spend ample time working on your campaign, optimizing it before you go live.
Here are a few things to keep in mind when deciding when to launch your campaign:
- Campaigns can only be in draft for 6 months. We will email you when your draft is approaching the expiration date to let you know that you should launch, or start a new draft. If your campaign expires, you won't be able to recover it.
- If you have an active pre-launch page, remember that you still only have 6 months from the date your draft was created to launch your campaign, so make sure you factor in that time when deciding when to publish your pre-launch page.
- If you are part of our closed beta that allows you to add a perk to your pre-launch page, you will have 30 days to launch your campaign from the date you activated your pre-launch perk.
We find that successful campaigns launch on a Monday or Tuesday as backers are more engaged with their email early in the week. Launching at the start of the week helps campaigns gain momentum in the following days. To increase your odds of success, consider a soft launch.
Avoid launching during a major holiday. People are more likely to contribute when at their computers during a regular workweek.
How Long Should Your Campaign Be?
We encourage campaigners to set a campaign length of 40 or fewer days for the following reasons:
Momentum: Your campaign should be long enough that you have time to build interest and reach your audience, but not so long that it becomes background noise.
Engagement: The longer the campaign, the harder it is to continue to keep your audience engaged, excited, and contributing.
Urgency: Seeing that a campaign has just a few days remaining creates a sense of urgency for potential contributors, motivating them to act now, rather than later.
Resources: Take into account that you’ll be closely managing the campaign through its duration; you may not want to dedicate 60 days to it.
Also, make sure to factor in the amount of time that it will take for your funds to be disbursed following your campaign. We recommend you leave three weeks - 15 business days - between the end of your campaign and the date you need your funds.
While preparing for your upcoming campaign, we recommend you take a look at these great blog posts. They are full of ideas and great resources for planning your campaign:
- A Pre-Launch Guide For Successful Campaigns
- 30 Days From Launch: 4 Things Every Campaigner Should Do
- Expert Tips for Running a Successful Crowdfunding Campaign