Advertising your t-shirt business today is very different from how t-shirt entrepreneurs do it in the olden days, but they require more or less the same effort and money! You might disagree and say that the internet has made advertising much easier (and free) but just try one day into your online advertising venture and you will know that it’s not as easy or cheap. The advertising game has changed a lot but it remains the same. Basically, the only things that changed are the platform and the consumers’ attitudes, trends, but everything else–the basics of good advertising like good research, great design, amount of hustle and marketing skills– still remain the same. If you want to know how to advertise your new t-shirt line, here are 10 tried and tested ways:
Heat Press Machine or Heat Transfer Printing is the modern, no-fuss way of printing artwork onto t-shirts. It is a great alternative to the classic screen printing. Of course, when it comes to quality and longevity, screen printing still wins the game. But for the regular customers’ point of view, they can’t tell the difference between a screen printed tee and a heat pressed tee. This is a good thing for t-shirt entrepreneurs because not only is heat press printing easy and affordable to do, it also makes custom t-shirt printing possible. With screen printing, the customers have to order in large quantities or else it would be too expensive per piece, but with heat press machine, it’s still affordable even if they order one or one thousand. No wonder heat press is a favorite of many t-shirt entrepreneurs. If you just bought your heat press machine, here is a basic guide on how to use the machine.
In the t-shirt business, like all other businesses, it is very important to define your niche. Niche is your target market or a highly focused, specific type of people that you want to sell your products to. Bear in mind that you cannot sell to everybody. Attempting to do so would just waste your time and make your brand forgettable. First of all, what is a niche? “Teenagers” is not yet a niche because there are so many kinds of teenagers on this planet. That’s still not focused enough. Selling t-shirts to all types of teenagers is very risky because you’d still be shooting at random teenagers. And that’s a total waste of time. However, “female teenagers aged 14-18 who love Nirvana and Doc Martens” is a niche. So is “geeky male teenagers aged 14-18 who prefer reading science books over parties”. Having a niche means you can draw a clear picture of your market. From what they’re wearing, what colors they like, what music they listen to, where they hang out, and the most important of all…what things they’re willing to pay for.
The best time to define your niche is before you even start creating your t-shirt designs so that when you’re done printing your shirts, you’d have a pretty good picture of whom you’re making your t-shirts for. The reason for this is simple: It’s impossible to sell marketable shirts without knowing your market. Try it and it’s damn near impossible! The worst thing could happen if you skip this step is that you’d have hundreds of shirts not selling because you don’t know how, to whom, and where to start selling them! If you don’t identify your niche early on, I guarantee you’ll have a severe case of regret. In trying to figure out what went wrong, you’d be working backwards; tracing your steps, until you realize that what’s missing all along is a defined niche.
I’m sure this is not the first time you read about the importance of finding a niche. It’s like listening to a broken record. Of course you know the importance of finding a niche but the hard part is in actually identifying them! The truth of the matter is, it’s not an easy peasy thing to do but the good news is that it’s not rocket science, either. Here are some steps on how you can choose your perfect niche to help you in your quest.
If you want to be good at t-shirt business, one thing you should be expertly good at is knowing what your customers really want in a tee. You can be good at taking charge of the business and finance side of things but if you know only very little of what your specific market wants in a t-shirt or what people in general look for when they buy their tees, then you’re not yet ready to start a t-shirt business. You have to stop planning about your business right this moment and just take time to study what customers want in a t-shirt. Research is probably the most important part of business. For starters, here are some basic things that you need to know about how customers choose their t-shirts:
Here is one thing you should know before you even think about starting a t-shirt business: You can’t start a t-shirt business if your heart is not in it. You just can’t! You might roll your eyes and say “It’s just t-shirts, it’s not something like I’m gonna make automobiles or computers.” Sure. In that case, you’re right. T-shirt business is definitely easier compared to other businesses, but it is not something so easy that anyone can do it. Every month, there are hundreds of excited entrepreneurs who want to make t-shirts (because they think it’s easy money) but only one or two of those people actually do it.
Starting a t-shirt business looks so simple on the outside, but on the first day of your attempt at a t-shirt business, you will find out that it’s far from simple or easy. You must be absolutely, one-hundred-percently crazy about shirts if you want to be a successful t-shirt entrepreneur or else you’d be miserable and broke. Here are the reasons why entrepreneurs need a truckload of passion in order to succeed in the t-shirt business…
So, you finally decided to sell t-shirts. Hurray! But are you sure you will not lose money in this endeavor? How do you ensure that the shirts you’re making will not just be gathering dust in the basement? T-shirts are usually printed in bulk to get bigger discounts but how sure are you that all the shirts you print will be sold? The honest answer is, we can’t really be 100% sure.
But there’s a secret to get almost 100% in t-shirt sales: Create shirts that your customers will love. Actually, not just love. It should be something that they cannot resist! But I guess you already know that. What you want to know is HOW to create irresistible t-shirts. That is exactly the reason why you’re reading this, amirite? So without further ado, here are our tried-and-tested ways of how you can come up with t-shirts that will surely be a hit to your customers:
Without even knowing you I can tell you exactly why you have come to this page. You’re either thinking about starting your own T-Shirt business or you’ve already done that but aren’t making any significant sales. Well you’ve come to the right place.
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