Partnerships & Positive Vibes

We’re firm believers in doing what you love, and are proud to team up with others who are all about that, too.

That’s why we’re feeling the love with the launch of the first-ever Slightly Stoopid and Don Carlos collaboration tee!

The SoCal rock-reggae group combines musical talents with roots reggae legend Don Carlos. Both are known for touring the world, and bringing good energy wherever they roam.

As a trailblazer in the reggae movement, Don Carlos urges Slightly Stoopid to, “Show them with the music, teach them with the music.” Their design is a nod to the idea of spreading hope through song, and positive vibes from one generation to the next.

Slightly Stoopid Teespring design

Slightly Stoopid Don Carlos Teespring shirt

The design was created by Jimmy Ovadia and the Stay Up Movement, whose uplifting work is meant to motivate those who are “relentless for success.”

Like what you see? Go ahead…get Stoopid.

WMC Questions, Answered

Weapons of Mass Creation

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Our next batch of FAQ comes from the creative minds from the Weapons of Mass Creation Fest. A team of Teespring employees attended in mid-August, mixing and mingling during three days of inspiration, collaboration and self-expression.

A handful of solid questions popped up, and here are the answers:

Q: How does the campaigner make money?

A: When they launch a successful campaign that tips (or meets its sales goal).

Your profit comes down to the difference between the base price (an amount we quote to you) and your selling price (which you set).  Before you launch your campaign, you’ll be able to configure these options and determine the best fit for you.

Selling Price –  Base Price = Your Profit!

Need an example? Let’s say you choose a Ringspun Premium Tee with a base price of $8.05 per shirt:

Teespring Campaign Launch

Next, you go on to set your sales goal and price. The sales goal is set to 50 shirts, and the asking price is $22. Your profit would be $13.95 per shirt. If you meet your sales goal, you would make about $697.

Teespring Sales Goal

In the example below, the sales goal is 30 shirts. At an asking price of $20 per shirt, you would make a $11.58 profit on each one. Once you met your goal, your profit would be $347.

As you can see, everything is outlined for you so you know all the deets before you launch!

Teespring Sales Goal Adjustment

Q: How many sales are needed before the campaign goes to print?

A: You tell us! You set the sales goal, and once it has been met, your campaign is guaranteed to go to print. The minimum sales goal is 10 shirts.

Q: Do buyers get shirts shipped directly to them, or do I have to hand them out myself?

A: Consider it done. We’re responsible for the production and distribution of your product, which is funded by your buyers’ purchases. There is never any cost to you, or legwork on your end.

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Teespringer Kyle Wagner answers questions at WMC.

Q: What rights does Teespring reserve of the artist’s original work?

A: None! Your artwork, your property. In our Terms of Service, you agree that you are the owner, or licensee, of all rights associated with any created or uploaded artwork or text, including but not limited to, the trademarks and copyrights that may be associated with said material.

Q: How does Teespring make its money?

A: How kind of you to inquire! Teespring makes a flat fee per t-shirt you sell, which is included in the quoted base price you see while designing your item. We do not take a percentage of your profit margin.

Q: Who takes care of marketing the shirt?

A: You do, and we have lots of great tips to get you started! Check out these blog posts for starters:

Thanks for the great questions and don’t forget, you can pick our brains anytime. Comment here or email us – support@teespring.com. 

 

Teespringers Surf for Life

Surfing in Guatemala

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Big swells and a tropical climate make Guatemala one of the world’s premier surfing destinations. The surf is consistent, the waters are warm and it’s not too crowded.

But beautiful beaches aside, Guatemala remains one of the poorest countries in the Americas. It lacks infrastructure, employment opportunity and healthcare. Roughly 56% of Guatemalans live below the poverty line.

Teespringers visit Guatemala

International Committee of the Red Cross                                                                                                                               

As tourists become aware of local hardships, they’re pledging to make a difference. Enter Teespringers Justin Baker and Stephen Grieves. They’ve teamed up with Surf for Life to make their global surf trips about more than hanging ten. They want to give back to the destinations they visit.

That’s exactly what Surf for Life is all about. Volunteers fund and complete high-impact, sustainable development projects in underserved coastal communities.

As proud volunteers, Justin and Stephen call themselves “The Snorkel Bros.” They created this brand to raise awareness and fundraise for upcoming surf trips. Next stop: El Paredon, Guatemala.

“A lot of people don’t really understand the value, and some people just see it as a surf trip,” Justin shares. “That’s not what it is at all. We want to give something back, and do something a little more meaningful with our time.”

On their trip to Guatemala, The Snorkel Bros. will join other Surf for Life volunteers to construct a secondary school for local children. Without a secondary school currently, students in 6th grade and above must wait until primary school children finish their studies, then use their classrooms. This cuts their learning time in half.

The project breaks ground in November. Surf for Life requires a fundraising commitment of $2,000 per person to attend, and Justin and Stephen have upped the ante to $3,000 each. Donations cover all project materials, travel expenses and room and board.

With $1,700 raised so far, they’ve created a Snorkel Bros. tank to keep the momentum going.

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Snorkel Bros. Surf for Life tank top

Justin and Stephen are encouraging people to purchase shirts for themselves, or one they can bring and give to a Guatemalan child.

Guatemalan children

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With any luck, The Snorkel Bros.’ brand will become unstoppable, and Justin and Stephen will be packing for Guatemala. Learn more and follow their journey on Facebook and Twitter.

You never cease to amaze us, Teespringers. You’re athletes, world travelers, and true go-getters. Above all, you’re good-hearted people. We’re happy to be in your company.

Introducing Teespring Storefronts

Have you ever walked into a store, picked something up, and decided not to buy it? Maybe you were deterred by the color or price. Maybe you spotted something more your style. If we always bought the first thing we saw, we’d own way too much stuff we didn’t really like!

Put yourself in your customers’ shoes for a moment. Say they visit your campaign and decide not to buy that particular design, but might have purchased three of another one of your designs. That kind of missed potential was too much for us to bear.

That’s why we’re so excited to introduce Teespring Storefronts!

Now, your customers can browse the campaigns of your choosing in one place.

Teespring Storefront

Here are some ways Teespring Storefronts can help boost your sales:

A branded experience

  • You can choose to customize your Storefront by naming it, uploading a unique cover photo, and adding a description to motivate buyers, and introduce them to your brand.

Customize Teespring Storefront

One URL

  • You can create one URL to direct customers to your selected campaigns, so you won’t have to market each campaign separately. Save time and energy while showing off the designs you choose in one place.

Teespring Storefront URL

Ended campaigns can live on

  • Thanks to the Auto-relaunch feature, if you choose to include ended campaigns in your Storefront, customers can purchase designs they never knew existed, and you continue to earn profit from your past campaigns.

We’re all about the right fit, and Storefronts are our latest tool to help you match buyers up with the custom apparel they love.

To get started, click the “Create Storefront” button on your user dashboard. You can launch one Storefront at the moment, and we’re working on allowing more.

Launch Teespring Storefront

More details coming soon, so keep it locked here! As you start using Storefronts, remember we’re here to help. Comment on this blog post with questions, or your ideas for new features, or reach us at support@teespring.com.

Update: In response to some great questions, it’s important to note that once you delete your Storefront,  you won’t be able to get it back. You can not currently republish a Storefront that has been deleted.

Additionally, once your Storefront URL gets deleted, it is essentially reserved and unobtainable afterwards. For example, if you created a Storefront for “teespring.com/stores/this-url-rocks” and deleted it, nobody would be able to claim the url “/this-url-rocks” again – including you. This is because of the future functionality of being able to retrieve a deleted or disabled Storefronts – we’re working on it.

Please be very careful to not delete a Storefront with a URL you wish to use in the future!

If you’re sure you want to, you can delete your Storefront under “Settings” when it is being edited.

Twitch and Teespring

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Today we’re thrilled to announce the initial rollout of a partnership with Twitch to allow their broadcasters to easily provide custom apparel to their audiences directly on their channel. Over the next month, four initial groups of some of Twitch’s biggest gamers will be launching Teespring campaigns on their channel pages.

To get things started, this week’s lineup features: CohhCarnage, EatMyDiction1, Ellohime, lolRenaynay, MANvsGAME, and Sevadus. You can also check Twitch’s online store to see all the designs in one place.

Twitch has long been a friend of Teespring, and we’re thrilled to now call them our partner as well. Our goal at Teespring is to empower people to engage and delight their communities through custom products they love, and Twitch is the perfect platform to help make that goal a reality.

Glhf,

Jack Altman

Head of Business Development, Teespring

Product Updates

Teespringers,

We’re excited about your continued success. It’s off the charts! We’re working hard to keep up, and with that, we bring you more updates from our merchandising team.

With such fast-paced growth, we’re experiencing low stock in some of our top colors in select products. It’s not a bad problem to have – your customers can’t get enough of what you’re offering! Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. We secured some great product additions that are well-stocked in an array of colors.

We did our homework and we know you’ll be impressed with the quality and style of two products we added to our designer. The Premium Rinsgpun Tee and Women’s Fit Tee are 100% ringspun cotton and available in more than 17 colors! They’re super soft and comfortable, and sure to please.

Additionally, we continue to monitor customer feedback and quality scores. We hear you loud and clear – we have an opportunity to improve our athletic wear, and we’re on it! Based on your comments, we’ll be removing the Gildan Athletic tees from our product offering in the near future. We’ll soon be launching new athletic wear that will meet the high-quality standards that your buyers can expect from us.

We continue to closely examine product performance and audit buyer responses to provide the best options out there. We aim to please, and are always enhancing our product line to surpass customer expectations.

Have suggestions? Comment on this post – we love hearing from you. We can’t stop, won’t stop, and look forward to sharing new product launches soon!

 

Shannon Ward

Head of Merchandising, Teespring

Movin’ On Up – New SF Office

As our community continues to grow, so does the staff in both our Providence and San Francisco offices! We’re all for shared workspace, but without a spare electrical outlet to be had in our Mission Street office, we knew we’d gotten too big for our pioneer San Fran hub.

It was a bittersweet realization. A workspace is a second home, and our Mission Street space was home to our first west coast struggles and celebrations. Sigh.

Mission Street Teespring office

Teespring Last Day

Teespringers celebrate on their last day in the SF office

Nostalgic as we were, it was time to look for something with more room to move around without bumping elbows. The historic SoMa warehouse at 460 Bryant Street was being renovated, and we signed on.

Teespring renovations

Renovation photos from a Teespring walk-through in July                                                                                 

The building has quite a sordid (read: fun) past. Most recently, it was a hotspot for underground raves. The proof is in the graffiti that’s still visible on the basement walls.

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The warehouse has also housed a winery and a print shop. But our new office was built in 1907 and originally operated as a liquor warehouse. (Fun fact: the floors slope ever-so-slightly toward Bryant Street, to make it easier to roll the liquor barrels back in the day.)

This is our first week in the nest, and we’re loving it. While we’re still getting settled, we’re jazzed to share some photos with you. Nuestra casa es su casa, fellow Teespringers. Enjoy!

Setting up the Teespring office

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Teespring SF office

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Teespring kitchen

Cozy kitchen space                                                                                                                                                     

Teespring founders

Teespring founders Walker and Evan, psyched about the new digs                                                                            

Got a cool workspace of your own?  Tweet us @teespring or comment below, and we’ll revel in your workplace glory!

Not your Traditional Teespring Design

Middlebury College

Middlebury College

There’s something inexplicably satisfying about an inside joke. The way it connects you to a person or a group can gives you a sense of belonging. However, when you try to explain the joke to an outsider, it often falls flat in a “had to be there” kind of way.

These inside jokes can make great design inspiration.

Think of the Johnny Cupcakes brand. It started as a random nickname his coworkers gave him – no baked goods involved. Johnny capitalized on it, and turned the inside joke into a thriving business.

Another great example comes from Middlebury College in Vermont. The Middlebury community prides itself on insider references and little-known idiosyncrasies.

“The most memorable parts of my college career stem from the undercurrent of student life,” says recent Middlebury graduate Ryan Charles Leung Brewster. “We have a lot of weird traditions.”

We’ll say! Consider the Middlebury “Crush List.” In a longstanding ritual, graduating seniors create lists of the names of everyone they’ve had crushes on since freshman year. The lists are prominently displayed in Proctor Dining Hall for all to see. Nothing like plastering the pages of your most intimate diary entries for the whole school to read, right? Hey, whatever floats your boat. No wonder Middlebury students blush when they hear the term “Proctor Crush.”

“It is these more unspoken, yet ubiquitous customs that help to define someone’s experience as a ‘Midd Kid,’” Ryan shares. “It connects them to the rest of their peers on campus, and also to past and future students.”

To commemorate Middlebury-isms like this one, he founded the “Ron’s Closet” apparel brand. It’s named after Ronald Liebowitz, the current president of the college.

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Ryan explains the motivation behind the brand by saying, “The goal of Ron’s Closet is simple – to create apparel that is inspired by the lifestyle and pulse of Middlebury College.” The brand’s Facebook page opens a dialogue for new ideas and designs.

As you may have guessed, one of Ron’s Closet’s first designs pays tribute to the good ol’ Proctor Crush:

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We conducted a little research into another Ron’s Closet design, and uncovered a bit of scandal. Read more about what happens at Middlebury when Madonna’s “Like a Prayer” comes on here (scroll down to the “Traditions” section). Be warned: this one’s sure to make you blush!

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Ron’s Closet has drummed up plenty of interest from the Middlebury community, and rightfully so. They’re proud to be insiders, and to keep these elusive references alive.

Preserve your own memories and personal puns in design form and tell the world, you just had to be there – and if you were, you have to have this shirt.

Teespring Support Blog Series, Part 3: Twitter Questions

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We’re back with our Support Blog Series, to offer you a smooth and successful Teespring experience!

In this post, we catch up with Kaitlyn Boisvert – one of our friendly Customer Support people behind @teespringhelp. Here, she answers some of your top Twitter questions.

Q: I just placed an order, but there are a few details I need to change – such as my address, product size, or color. How can I do this?

A: No problem. If the campaign has not yet ended, look for the verification email that was automatically sent to your email address when you placed your order. That message contains a link that will allow you to make any necessary updates to your order. 

If the campaign has ended, it has been sent off to the printer. Unfortunately it’s too late to change your order details at that time. For this reason, it’s important you look everything over when you place the order and receive your verification email. This way, you’ll receive your custom gear as soon as possible!

Have more questions? Contact us at support@teespring.com or @teespringhelp. 

Q: I’ve just launched a campaign and would like to add more products. Can I do this myself?

A: Congrats on your new campaign! Once you have launched it, you can no longer add more options on your end. Reach out to us at support@teespring.com, and our team will determine whether additional options can be featured on your campaign. We’ll work with you to make any additions if the campaign allows.

Q: I would like to donate all of my campaign proceeds to a particular charity or organization. Is this possible?

A: It sure is, and we love to hear it. You may have seen the “Verification Donation Badge” we offer for approved campaigns. It’s a visual graphic confirming that Teespring has verified the charity, and that 100% of campaign proceeds will be donated directly to the organization. It assures buyers that they’re supporting a good cause. Here’s what our official badge looks like:

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In order to qualify for a Verification Donation Badge, you must intend to donate 100% of campaign proceeds to an accredited organization.

Contact us at support@teespring.com with the organization’s address, contact details, and payment info. Once it checks out, we’ll add the badge to your page, and direct your proceeds to the appropriate place when your campaign ends successfully!

Note: Teespring is only able to direct your campaign profits to verified, certified 501c3 nonprofits.

You can still donate to great causes that aren’t certified nonprofits. If you’re donating to a family, for example, we will send you the campaign proceeds and you can forward them on from there. Please note, we do not offer a badge for private donations.


More questions for our team? We’re your sidekicks for success. Reach us on Twitter @teespringhelp, or email support@teespring.com.

[This is Part 3 of the Teespring Support Blog Series. Stay tuned for additional answers to your FAQ, coming soon!]

Merchandise Updates

We’ve said it before, and we’ll continue to say it again, and again – we’ll never stop looking for ways to offer you the best product possible. As we continue to enhance our product offerings, I’m excited to share some updates from our merchandising team.

First, we are refining our color offerings to ensure the colors you select for your campaigns will draw demand from your buyers. We are removing 96 colors that are so rarely used, they represent less than 4% of sales. With more than 200 colors still available, we continue to offer an extensive amount of colors to choose from.

Narrowing our color options allows us to improve inventory stock levels, ensuring that the high-demand products are readily available. We no longer have to stock items that don’t appeal to your customers, so we’ll be free to focus on the items that do.

Second, we’re quickly working on adding new products to the designer that will surely excite your buyers! We will be adding a full-zip hoodie, a women’s fitted tank top, and a women’s tri-blend option, just to name a few.

Quite a bit goes into these decisions. Our in-house merchandising team lives and breathes Teespring products, from feel and fit, to color and price. We’re committed to offering the high quality options your buyers expect.

We do this by monitoring buyer preferences and patterns. We conduct market research, monitor market trends, and plan stock levels. We’re always examining product performance and auditing the Teespring buyer response. Our comprehensive data library allows us to make informed decisions that are based on user behavior – not speculation.

As you can see, we’re pretty passionate about our products! It’s been amazing to see the overwhelmingly positive response from the Teespring community to date, and we’re excited to continue to make it even better.

Stay tuned for updates on new product launches in the near future.

Sincerely, 

Shannon Ward

Head of Merchandising, Teespring