Nearly 50% of 2017’s Initial Coin Offerings are currently failing, and one serious factor in this lack of success comes from the lack of trust in a business. Investing in ICOs is risky. Little regulation results in a vulnerability to fraud, and is putting off people from contributing - and rightly so, why would you want to just throw away money?

With that said, ICOs can prove an incredible investment opportunity, with huge potential for growth starting at the pre-sale; and if a potential contributor has trust in a project, there is absolutely no reason for them not to invest.

So how can you earn investors’ trust? This week Tomislav Matic, CEO of Crypto Future, provides Finance Monthly with his top five ways to incite trust in potential investors.

1. Be transparent

One key factor in convincing others of your legitimacy is through being as transparent as possible. Of course, not every detail can be given away, but letting potential contributors understand the inner workings of your company can go a long way to showing them all the work being put into your ICO.

Being transparent develops a unique relationship with investors. Show them you align with legal compliance - you could even go as far as showing off clips of on-site testing; whatever it takes to show the world that you are genuine in your efforts, working hard to make this project a success - it goes much further than you might think.

2. Go social

On average, people spend 116 minutes of their day on social media - just under two hours checking what other people are doing. Only a fool would miss out on this opportunity for both exposure, and a chance to involve future contributors.

Use Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter - and other social media sites too - to give people regular updates on product details, blog posts, interviews, information; anything you can think of. Frequent updates through a channel that people will be checking regardless go a long way to making investors feel involved in the progression of the project, connected and valued - that extra insight only helps towards bridging that relationship.

3. Introduce your team

By now, contributors feel the platform is safe, they know the inner workings of your product, and they feel involved with the project; it’s time to show them the team behind it. It’s all well and good having a brilliant product, but if you’ve got someone running the ICO who isn’t capable of delivering it, how can an investor trust it?

Roll out the blogs, the interviews, the Q&As, and get their social media accounts active too. Does your CEO have an incredible track record of getting ICOs off the ground? Shout about it. And an inexperienced leadership team isn’t necessarily a bad thing either - you just need to show to contributors why they are in the position they hold.

4. Create an extensive whitepaper

Not everyone will go through the entire whitepaper from front to back, but having a detailed outline of everything to do with your project gives contributors access to any specific information they might need.

Having a strong, comprehensive whitepaper in place allows investors to complete their due diligence at their own leisure. It’s a recurring theme: access to information. The more access, the more allowance you give for trust to blossom.

5. Outlining a clearly defined roadmap

Actions speak louder than words, but if you’re showing future contributors exactly what you’re planning and how you’re going to implement that plan, and then following through on it, there is absolutely no reason for them to believe that you can’t continue in that vein.

Outlining your strategy is a brilliant way of proving that you follow up on promises, and if you can do it before the ICO even starts, even with the smallest steps, investors will be more inclined to put their faith in you once the sale has kicked off.

Building trust is by no means easy, but it is incredibly vital to aiding your ICO’s success. It can without doubt be the difference between an ICO that hits the ground running, and one that flops completely.

The process starts early, and requires a huge amount of time and effort - much like building trust face to face - but the rewards are tremendous.