There are statistics galore that tell the state of play as it currently sits with the world of crowd funding. Having researched them thoroughly, the following list shows some of the more poignant figures that give a true indication of the landscape of this exciting form of e-commerce. From its inception some 15 years ago, it has now become one of the fastest growing forms of business on the internet, and is ever increasing in its acceptance as a real option for funding projects across a variety of sectors.
4 external links referring back to a project are said to result in a 103% higher generation of funds raised
16 percent of all crowd funding sites worldwide have a business orientation
21 percent of project listed on crowd funding sites do not receive anything in terms of funding
32 is the number of crowd funding sites in the UK as at the end of 2011
41 percent of all the crowd funding sites in the world are in Europe
41 percent of all crowd funding sites in the world are in North America
45 percent of all projects listed on crowd funding sites achieve their funding target (on average)
49 percent of all crowd funding sites worldwide have an orientation to creative projects
50 dollars is most commonly pledged amount
57 percent of crowd funding sites employ an “all or nothing” funding model
67 crowd funding sites were launched worldwide last year
71 percent of crowd funding sites are based on the donation / philanthropy / sponsorship model
138 is the number of crowd funding sites in the USA as at the end of 2011
1.6bil dollars was generated by crowd funding platforms in 2009
6.2bil dollars is forecast to be generated by crowd funding sites in 2013 (Ref Gartner Research)
Statistics are often interpreted and misinterpreted in a manner of ways. However, there is no denying the figures above.
And the number on which all involved with successful crowd funding agree is that as far as realistic, relevant, and available funding options go across creative, commercial, charitable, and community projects, crowd funding is the number one choice.