What can StartEngine do to market my raise?

Campaign Marketing Guidelines

We typically see about 30% of raises come from the StartEngine community. We continually evaluate how we can best utilize our existing community to help companies hit their funding goals.

We introduce you to our audience once you hit $45,000 in committed funds. 


The Philosophy

Every day StartEngine communicates with our hundreds of thousands of users, many of whom are active investors. By raising on StartEngine, your company’s campaign will be provided ongoing exposure to this pre-existing audience once you hit this goal.

The Strategy

Our goal is to direct eyeballs to your StartEngine campaign. This is different than advertising your offering and different than advertising your product. Creative for all promotions is meant to inspire click-throughs to StartEngine campaigns, not to close the deal, per se.

Therefore, it’s critical that you plan and execute your own marketing strategies as well.

The Rules

  • No campaign will receive any more opportunity for promotion than another.
    StartEngine does not curate; we want for all companies on the site to have an equally positive experience.

  • All creative content for promotions is at StartEngine's discretion.
    We know the nuances of our website and the behaviors of our community best.

  • Marketing Promotions are subject to change at any time.
    As more and more companies make the leap to equity crowdfunding, promotions will scale simultaneously

The Audience
Campaign Marketing Promotions are intended for all StartEngine users and investors depending on their opt-in preferences. Some promotions are sent to the entire audience at once. Others are uniquely customized for audience members with equal distribution across campaigns. That is to say—one user might receive an email featuring your campaign, and her nextdoor neighbor might receive promotion for a different campaign. Custom promotions are based on previous user behavior.

User Behavior
You know the drill. StartEngine tracks the behavior of its users onsite. We analyze where they click, when they click, and what they invest in. This data is paired with data from email marketing campaigns to create custom experiences for users.

Custom promotions can help your campaign reach the eyes of interested parties quicker, and with more targeted accuracy. Our algorithm may suppose, for example, that one user is interested in a certain industry (electric) based on previous behavior, and serve that user more electric-like campaigns. This is good! Robots are good!

Once the $45k is hit, the offering will then get a series of promotions from the StartEngine team:

  • Milestone email
    The week that you hit $45,000 in committed funds, your company’s campaign will be featured in an email blast to the entire StartEngine community. 

  • Automated Ongoing Emails
    At the moment you hit this threshold, it enters our custom promotion queue. Automated emails featuring your campaign will be uniquely targeted to users every day, across the world, for the duration of your campaign. The first deployment of these emails is evenly randomized to collect data, and ensuing promotions are targeted based on user behavior.


  • Homepage placement

    • Most Popular - Features the three live campaigns that have raised the most money.
    • New to hit goal- Features the three newest campaigns that have hit this $45k threshold.
    • Closing Soon - Features the three campaigns closest to closing.


  • Homepage Carousel
    Your company will be featured in the hero section of StartEngine’s homepage. This promotion will last for seven days. All creative (copy, photo, and design) are at StartEngine’s discretion.


  • Social Media Promotions
    It will be featured in unique social media posts to StartEngine’s social networks. Retweet our posts! We post to three mediums.
    • Facebook
    • Twitter
    • LinkedIn


  • StartEngine Investor Newsletter
    StartEngine sends a weekly investor newsletter to its user base. Companies may be promoted in this email if they fit a certain criteria. All criteria is objective, and unbiased. All sections rotate week-to-week. Sections include:
    • Recently Launched
    • Focus on the Founder
    • Vertical to Watch
    • Most Momentum This Week
    • Most Investors This Week
    • Most Raised
    • Most Investors
  • StartEngine Company Newsletter
    StartEngine sends a weekly email to companies interested in the platform as well as live companies. Companies are featured in this email week-to-week but the audience is limited to other CEOs. Topics usually focus on marketing tactics. The features are intended to encourage other companies to raise on StartEngine, not necessarily to promote your offering.

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