MM Local Foods completed a crowdfinancing opportunity already and recently successfully raised funds for a second time.
MM partners with family farmers to preserve surplus produce at the height of harvest through our two brands MM Colorado and MM Pacific Northwest. Their production model helps prevent food from going to waste and helps local farmers grow.
Even with retail sales booming at 95% year-over-year and having already done over $1MM(Local) in product sales last year, the demand for their products was outstripping the available inventory. MM Local's First Co-Op was to crowd-finance the production of an additional 10,000 units of MM Colorado Sriracha sauce.
- Raised $21,057 in 6 minutes
- Offered a 12% profit and estimated completion in 6 months
- Cost of capital: $2,526.84
- Completed in 4.9 months
- Received positive platform reviews
MM Local came back for a Second Co-Op to fund a Live-Fermented product line as well as MM Pacific NW fruit spreads for Whole Foods in the Pacific Northwest. Having built credibility among the Kickfurther community through their first completed Co-Op, they funded production for another purchase order.
- Raised $180,010 in 1 week
- Offered 13% profit and estimated completion in 10 months
- Referred 32 of their supporters to the Co-Op
- Over 265 Kickfurther users followed the company
- Yahoo Finance Press Release (provided by Kickfurther for successful raise)
MM Local's Strategy:
1. Establish Credibility
Having a completed opportunity on Kickfurther generally allows a business to raise more capital at a lower cost. One of the best practices on the site is to under promise, over deliver. MM Local utilized the crowd-financing platform initially to leverage future financing which would launch after completing their first opportunity. While the minimum production run cost for MM well Local over the $21k of their first raise, they saw the value in Backer review after completing first offer MM Local saw the value in making friends.
2. Help In Your Supporters
MM Local decided to show the appreciation of their supporters by allowing them to earn money rather than the bank making money off of their success.
By doing so, supporters gain when MM Local gains. Users win when MM Local wins.
They’ve now got a bond stronger than just purchasing goods. The customer has a vested interest in your business. It’s engagement with your fans and supporters that you just can’t measure.
3. Promote through social channels
Sharing the Kickfurther campaign can create a frenzy of exposure. Customers often share their excitement in working with the brand as well as promoting on their own. MM Local used social media to spread the word and get others talking. Engaging with those who shared their opportunity once again strengthened their bond with their customers and fans.
4. Comment/Backer Feedback
Communication is key. The Kickfurther community loves being updated when the status changes such as, goods landed, selling or a payback initiated. By using the Kickfurther platform to begin dialogue with their contributors, MM Local established themselves as a trustworthy brand which greatly helped in funding their second crowd-finance opportunity.
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