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  • Customer Service for Print-on-Demand

    While it'd be nice to never need to deal with customer service issues, there's most likely going to be a customer facing problem at some point. It's worth keeping in mind your responsibilities when it comes to providing customer service for print-on-demand products. If it is on your company, be mindful not to point fingers and point fingers at others. Plus in POD Weekly #51: Top 10 POD mistakes, US Rugby on Merch by Amazon, Brands use KITE for POD Merch, Embroidery-on-Demand, influencer marketing, and Amazon search is getting worse

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  • Print-on-Demand vs Dropshipping – POD Weekly #50

    Traditionally, running a store meant upfront purchases & inventory headaches. Dropshipping and print-on-demand have changed that. Which method is the right method for your ecommerce business?  Plus, in POD Weekly #50: success factors for selling custom merch, google shopping for print-on-demand, a guide to fabric types, 3-d printing on demand, profile of latvia's startup success story of printful

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  • How Do Successful POD Stores use Social Media? POD Weekly #49

    Successful print-on-demand sellers typically connect with fans by uniting behind a bigger mission. When done right, that message is conveyed consistently across all channels, including social media. If you're looking for ideas of how to use social media effectively, I'd highly recommend looking at what the best of these shops are doing. Plus in POD Weekly #49: Merch Sellers in Time.com, BFCM for POD Sellers, Full Time POD Success Story, & Printful Growing

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  • Get Started Creating Great T-Shirt Designs for Free – ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​POD Weekly #48

    We've introduced many new features and tools to make it easier for members to get great-looking designs quickly and easily. Until now, only members had access. Now, anyone can try all our new features with a 7 day free trial.  Plus, in POD Weekly #48, digital art created with AI fetches $432,000 in auction (& how it works), creating print-on-demand products for large Facebook groups, new holiday merchandise options, 21 free fonts, and BeeJay DeLong on the MerchMinds podcast

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  • How to Create a T-Shirt Brand Like Warby Parker and Tom’s Shoes – POD Weekly #46

    If you're struggling to come up with a story from your brand, try finding a non-profit cause that may fit well with your brand. Alley & Rae Apparel has used a Shopify app to donate nearly 20,000 meals, which in turn has helped them better connect with customers. It's not the only key to success, but can go a long way towards setting a brand apart from competitors, similar to Warby-Parker and Tom's Shoes.  Plus in POD WEEKLY #46, find free Shopify apps, download free fonts, get holiday design inspiration and learn why you should be selling tote bags.

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  • Choosing the Right Designs for your Brand – POD Weekly #45

    Each brand has choices around the platform, marketing strategy, and designs utilized. The right choices go a long way toward building a strong brand. Try DesignJar to create great looking designs quickly and easily. Plus you can create & save your own templates to generate your own brand style. ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​[POD Weekly #45] WTF?! Merch by Amazon's new content policy, $0-40k in 4 months, Seth Godin, and Halloween Design inspiration

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  • Create Unlimited Merch Designs Quickly & Easily – POD Weekly #44

    Creating new designs for print-on-demand merchandise doesn't need to be a complicated process. With our new design tool, DesignJar, we've made the process as simple as possible by allowing members to download design files in the correct dimensions directly from the design tool. Join MRD today to try it. [POD Weekly #44] 6 Figure Merch Brand Tips, How much do Halloween shoppers spend, TeeSpring vs Merch by Amazon, and Using Social Media to Boost Sales.

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  • How to Generate Ideas for New T-Shirt Designs – POD Weekly #43

    Looking to keep costs down when trying new ideas? DesignJar helps anyone create unlimited great-looking designs quickly and easily with easily customizable professional template & instantly downloadable design files. All members currently have access to all features. [POD WEEKLY #43] Will Amazon B2B integrate Merch by Amazon, Merch by Amazon Conference in Seattle, How New York Media is using Merch by Amazon for a line of Tees

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  • Creating Original Designs from Templates – POD Weekly #42

    POD Weekly #42 Creating Original Designs from Templates   Templates provide a great starting point, with a portion of the work already done, they are ready to customize to suit your needs. Of course, it’s the customization work the becomes the most important part of the design process when using templates. By definition, templates are easy to copy and to make them stick out from competitors, you’ll need to put a little extra work into making them great. Take time to go to the extra mile by crafting a message that resonates with your target audience, expressing it boldly with …

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  • Increase ROI by Creating your Own Supply of Great Looking Designs – POD Weekly #41

    POD Weekly #41 Increase ROI by Creating your Own Supply of Great Looking Designs   One of the problems many print-on-demand sellers run into is paying too much for designs that don’t sell. Many sellers find that a handful of designs drive a disproportionately large percentage of sales so it’s necessary to limit costs on the non-sellers and continue to try more designs to find more winners. Whether looking to fill out your a marketplace account quota, try out some new niches, stock a new Shopify store, or even sell design services to local businesses, there are countless times it’d …

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  • Ecommerce sales without hassles of traditional inventory – ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​POD Weekly #39

    POD Weekly #39 Ecommerce sales without hassles of traditional inventory   Physical inventory businesses have a number of pitfalls including upfront costs. inventory projections, storage and fulfillment, running out of stock of good sellers, and holding too much inventory of poor performers are just some of the issues every physical product business has to manage. For apparel owners, the problems are only exasperated by variations among inventory and sizes. As an owner of a small clothing brand with way too many units (over 600,000 units and 2,000 SKUs at one point), I can tell you the headaches never seem to …

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  • 10 Alternative Strategies for Print-on-Demand Merchandise – POD Weekly #38

    POD Weekly #38 Alternative Strategies for Print-on-Demand Merchandise   Many sellers struggle with the ever-increasing competition on marketplaces liker Merch by Amazon and Etsy. We hear about problems with listings suddenly being removed, competitors stealing designs, constant undercutting, etc. This week, I read an article on how a wood shop is using print-on-demand to add new products to their shop without adding any hassle. As you may imagine, a wood shop isn’t exactly designed to scale and isn’t a fit for every budget. By adding print-on-demand merchandise, they give fans a way to show their support for the brand, while …

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  • POD Weekly #37 Beyond Tees

    POD Weekly #37 Beyond Tees   The print-on-demand industry has grown to include a huge number of products. While many sellers get started with t-shirts, there are dozens of other types of products available to print-on-demand merchants. Some platforms, like Merch by Amazon, offer a handful of apparel products like sweatshirts and longsleeve tees. Other platforms, like Printful, offers dozens of products including mugs, hats, bags, phone cases, and many other accessories and household items. ALSO: See our list of over 22 print-on-demand platforms Offering more products is an easy way to expand your inventory, without necessarily needing new designs. …

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  • POD Weekly #36: Print-on-Demand & Intellectual Property

    POD WEEKLY #36 PRINT ON DEMAND & INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY In an article on Tamebay about Merch by Amazon launching in Europe, there’s an interesting take on the reason for Amazon’s platform being the most notable among the dozens of services available. “The Amazon offering is likely most notable because of how it protects the trademarks and intellectual property of your artwork and that of big brands too. Other less stringent services are available.”1 Amazon’s review team is certainly quick to reject items for any perceived copyright infringement of big brands intellectual property. Typically, big brands have gone through …

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  • POD Weekly #35: Merch by Amazon Launches in Europe

    After many months of rumors of Merch by Amazon expanding to Europe, Amazon announced on Monday, July 30 they have launched the program in the United Kingdom and Germany.  Like the US marketplace, sellers and designers will need to apply for an account and wait for an invitation to join the program. Existing sellers will be granted access gradually on a rolling basis, similar to the addition of new product types, such as PopSockets which we covered back in June. 

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