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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 Business & Intellectual Property

    POD WEEKLY #36 PRINT ON DEMAND BUSINESS & 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 print on demand business 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, …

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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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  • POD Weekly #34: Local Merch Problems

    POD WEEKLY #34 LOCAL MERCH PROBLEMS Last week, we discussed using print-on-demand to find ways to work with local businesses, providing both upfront consulting fees and ongoing revenue from t-shirt sales. We heard back from some readers with some questions. One of the biggest concerns was why local businesses would be willing to pay someone else to do this for them rather than doing it on their own. There are many reasons, including owners and managers not having enough time, not knowing about the overhead-free possibilities of print-on-demand, lack of knowledge of how to get it done, etc. Regardless …

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  • Infographic: How Print on Demand Works

    Print on demand is a growing influence in the ecommerce industry. Many sellers have found success on third-party POD marketplace platforms, while others run their own shops integrated with POD software and fulfillment providers. Still many aren’t clear on how print on demand works. In the below infographic, from the team at KITE, a print-on-demand software and platform with Shopify integrations as well as their own web portal and APIs, the entire print on demand process is explained.   How Print on Demand Works   Infographic by Kite.ly  

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  • POD Weekly 33: Local Merch Strategy

    POD WEEKLY #33 LOCAL MERCH STRATEGY   There’s no doubt that Merch by Amazon has gotten more crowded as more sellers have been approved. With more competition, it’s become tougher to get your custom t-shirt designs found in organic search results without any local Merch strategy. Instead of relying on organic searches, expert seller Mike Gual developed the “local merch strategy” where he sells services to local businesses to help them get setup with print on demand tees. He earns both initial consultation fees and recurring revenues from each shirt sale. We listened to a number of podcasts featuring Mike, …

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  • Local Merch Strategy: Earn Recurring Revenue Working with Local Businesses

    Tired of Waiting for Designs to be Found? One of the biggest challenges with running a successful print-on-demand business is dealing with competitors. With low barriers to entry, there are an ever-increasing number of sellers making it harder to get found via organic search results on platforms like Merch by Amazon, RedBubble, Etsy, etc. Mike Gual, who first heard of Merch by Amazon in 2005, was weary of getting started on the platform after experiencing similar problems on TeeSpring. Then, he developed a new strategy for using Merch by Amazon to tap into the existing marketing efforts and customer bases …

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  • POD Weekly #32: Last call for Early Preview Signup

    POD WEEKLY #32 EARLY PREVIEW SIGNUP As mentioned last week, we’ve got a big update on the way for sellers looking to create great looking to create custom designs quickly and easily. If you’re interested in getting an early preview, sign up at the link below. Join Early Preview List     RECOMMENDED LINKS Each week, we share content from a variety of sources intended to help print-on-demand sellers. Get even more links by following us on Facebook or Twitter.    — Here’s a good read on how to use social media marketing to gain customers for a …

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  • POD Weekly: Early Preview Signup

    POD WEEKLY EARLY PREVIEW SIGNUP Tomorrow is Independence Day in the United States, where most MRD subscribers are based. We’re taking off early today will be be back on Thursday. We’re working on a big update for sellers looking to create great looking to create custom designs quickly and easily. If you’re interested in getting an early preview, sign up for our early preview list at the link below. Join Early Preview List     RECOMMENDED LINKS Each week, we share content from a variety of sources intended to help print-on-demand sellers. Get even more links by following us …

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  • Weekly POD: Summer is Here

    Weekly POD Update Summer is here and July is just around the corner. We’re working on a few big things for DIY designers and will have more info soon. If you’ve got PopSockets available in your Merch account, let us know what’s been working for you. Any guesses as to what product Amazon will make available next?   RECOMMENDED LINKS Each week, we share content from a variety of sources intended to help print-on-demand sellers. Get even more links by following us on Facebook or Twitter.    MERCH BY AMAZON     “50-150 of his shirts are sold each day, …

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  • Weekly POD: Monthly Credit Value Increased & Free Design

    Weekly POD Update Monthly Credits Value Increased by 20% We’re excited to announce that monthly credits for all Pro members have been increased by 20%. With this increase, Pro members get the ability to download one free design each month (or use it towards a custom order).  Pro memberships can be purchased for as low as $14.92 per month, include discounts on all copywriting and designs, and can be canceled at anytime. Sign up today.  RECOMMENDED LINKS Each week, we share content from a variety of sources intended to help print-on-demand sellers. Get even more links by following …

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  • Guide To Merch By Amazon

    The idea of making sales on Merch by Amazon can be an exciting but a bit overwhelming to newcomers. To help, here's our guide to selling on Merch by Amazon.  For those who don’t know, Merch by Amazon is Amazon's print-on-demand platform that was launched in late 2015 as an innovative platform designed to encourage the easy sale of branded t-shirts designed by you and produced, sold, and shipped by Amazon.

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  • POD Update: Non-Apparel Businesses using POD

    Weekly POD Update NON-APPAREL BUSINESSES USING POD Something we’ve noticed recently is the number of non-apparel businesses using print-on-demand platforms. POD is great for those companies since there is no inventory, no fulfillment, and they likely an existing fan/customer base. Plus, it gives them a potential new revenue stream and two opportunities for increased brand exposure (via the shirt listings and the shirts being worn). We recently posted a list of popular brands using Merch by Amazon – and it’s not just big brands. Check out the two Merch Minds podcast episodes at the end of the links for ideas …

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  • Popular Brands on Merch by Amazon

    Amazon’s print-on-demand platform is growing quickly in popularity among businesses both big and small. There are a number of popular brands on Merch by Amazon, with any number of products available among Amazon’s selection of t-shirts, long sleeve tees, sweatshirts, and hoodies. Some of these businesses previously had little available in terms of online shopping for physical products. With print-on-demand platforms, it’s easy for any business to sell apparel, as it requires on inventory, fulfillment or shipping. In the case of the Merch by Amazon platform, there’s not even any customer service required as Amazon takes care of that aspect …

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  • Weekly POD: Building your own Audience

    A number a few sellers have expressed concerns about competition as print-on-demand platforms become more saturated with sellers. One of the best ways to separate yourself from the competition is by building a direct connection with your audience.

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