Let the Tee Games Begin!

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Big Update: +1 Bonus Week!

The Tee Games have just begun, and we’ve seen some strong momentum right out of the gates. For those of you who need time to put aloe on your sunburns and blow the sand out of your keyboards, we’ve added a bonus week to the competition timeline. With this bonus week, you will have a total of 7 weeks to hit your unit benchmarks! Read on for more details about our awesome prize packages and about Tee Games contest guidelines. 

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Tee Games Tip: Week 1

Teespring Ambassador, Luuk Olde Bijvank, was recently crowned one of Fabrily’s Royal Tee Contest winners. Luuk entered the competition with his springing partner, Dan, who he’d worked with for 6 months but had never met face-to-face. Read on about how Luuk and Dan competed fiercely to achieve their ultimate goal, and use his winning tips to get ahead of the competition in the Tee Games! 

10,000 sales in 40 days: getting my partner to Europe!

My partner (Dan Nikas) and I got really excited when we heard about the Fabrily Royal Tee Challenge this past May. Why? Let me explain:

I am based in Holland and my partner is based in Australia. We have never met before in real life, and we had been talking a lot about me making the long journey to Oz (Australia), or Dan coming to visit me in Europe. Then, in May, Fabrily came out the news that was music to our ears! It was almost like fate that they ran the Royal Tee contest with a trip to Europe as one of the prizes.

We were already selling high volume to in Europe, so we decided to join for one purpose only:
“Win the gold prize and finally get Dan to Europe!”

10k sales (Gold) – The game plan

10,000k Sales in 40 days equals 250 sales a day. Achieving that is not an easy feat! We had days where we hit 250 sales before, but had not done that consistently. Still, we decided to give it a go.

We had about just a couple of days to come up with a game plan and planned like mad men. Here is what we came up with as to-dos to reach our goal:

  • Relaunch all our best sellers (also the ones we’d targeted towards the USA to repurpose for Europe)
  • Design like crazy – keep popping out new designs at lightning speed
  • Mail our current customers every 4 days (on average) to cross sell
  • Try to get a head start by selling 300 a day for the first 10 days
  • Advertise like crazy (at a certain point we had more then 300 ads running at a time)
  • Monitor ads really well (we do not need to make a lot of profit and we were ok if we would make a small loss, but big losses are out of the question for a competition) – this takes LOADS of time!
  • Evaluate every morning how things are going to see where we stood

Ready? Set? Go!

For the first few days, things were going really well. We launched about 100 of our best sellers and we were launching new campaigns like crazy. The first 5 days we were able to sell around 250 shirts a day, but after that it became a bit harder.

Our initial e-mail to previous buyers did well, but after mailing them twice conversions dropped. This made sense though, since our past buyers had already seen most of the shirts before so they A) had already bought it, or B) didn’t like the tee enough to buy it the first time.

We kept pushing hard on the emailing past buyers, but we also had to attend to our other campaigns that were running in the US with Teespring that were making us good money as well.

At a certain point we had to decide to stop aiming  for the Gold prize (10k shirts), since we were falling too far behind. BUT we were right on track for Silver and that also meant winning a trip to Europe. If we hadn’t aimed for the gold prize from the get-go, we would not have been aggressive enough to secure us that Silver!

Europe, Europe, Europe. Oi Oi Oi!!

I could go on and on telling you about this, but let’s just fast forward to the end of the competition: we made it and took home the Silver prize!

This means that I will finally have a chance to meet Dan! We have been working together for over 6 months now and have never been in the same place. Pretty excited to plan this trip :).

What we’ve learned?

Like I said we were already selling in Europe, but this competition opened up our eyes to even more opportunity. We came to the conclusion that Europe sells well, REALLY WELL. As a matter of fact, we find it easier now to sell to Europe then to the US. And keep in mind: We do pretty well in the US, but now our horizons are opened to the entire globe!

Nowadays we are selling more and more in Europe, and let me tell you, there is far less competition then in the US. The challenge also allowed us to build our Custom Audiences, which are true assets for the future.

TeeNinja.eu!

While we were doing the challenge, Fabrily asked us if we were interested in creating a course/training about how to sell in Europe.

We gave it some good thought and decided to go for it. The best part: we decided to create the training 100% free of charge and call it TeeNinja.

In Teeninja we are going to show you exactly what steps we took to selling well over 300,000 euro worth in shirts in 6 months (our journey)!

As we speak we are finalizing the training videos, but we do have an early bird going @ www.teeninja.eu

Cheers and I Wish you all great luck in the Tee Challenge! It is a real good learning experience + you will build great Custom Audiences while having fun and making money!

Thanks, Luuk! To all the springers out there who are interested in selling to Europe, head over to Fabrily.com to create an account. Remember, units sold on Fabrily count to your towards your total in The Tee Games! Haven’t signed up for the Tee Games yet? ENTER HERE TO GET IN THE GAMES.

Hot New Summertime Products!

Our product offering is heating up with the addition of the new Alternative Women’s Meegs Racerback Tank and the Hanes Relaxed V-Neck! Shoppers are looking for breathable and stylish looks to wear this summer, and we hope these two stellar products will give you just that.

tacohotsauceWe’ve heard countless requests from both buyers and sellers to add a racerback option to our designer, and we’ve finally found the perfect one! The Alternative Women’s Meegs Racerback Tank has a flattering, relaxed silhouette that is perfect for the days when you go from sand to land and back again. It’s soft material and scooped neckline combined with the sporty racerback give this tank the perfect balance of sporty and feminine! Coming in 8 vibrant colors, the Women’s Meegs Racerback is a surefire favorite for your summertime shoppers.

frenchueAnd don’t forget the Hanes Women’s Relaxed V-Neck Tee! This tagless shirt is the perfect option for buyers who appreciate a little wiggle room. What’s even cooler about this style than the breathability is the base price. The cost for the Hanes Women’s Relaxed V-Neck is $1.44 less than the Hanes Women’s Fitted V-Neck, giving you more bang for your summertime buck! (A couple more vacation days might be in order). Sizes range from S-3XL in this 100% ComfortSoft cotton tee, so everyone will be comfortable with how it fits and feels.

We know that springers and customers alike will love the tee and we absolutely can not wait to see what you put on it!

Teespring Goes Local

We all know that “home is where the heart is,” which is why state-themed tees perform so well! Not familiar with U.S. geography or state specific facts? Not to worry! We put together a quick 101 fact guide on each state so that you can come up with a state design just as if you were a local. Don’t forget to tag your campaigns with TX15 (Texas), CA15 (California), and NY15 (New York) in the Teespring designer for a chance to be featured!

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Texas was the 28th state in the USA- it was admitted on December 29th, 1845

State Abbreviation – TX
State Capital – Austin
Largest City – Houston
Area – 268,601 square miles (Texas is the second biggest state in the USA, second only to Alaska!) 
Name for Residents – Texans
Major Industries – petroleum and natural gas, farming (cotton, livestock), steel, banking, insurance, tourism
Bordering States – Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma
Bordering Country – Mexico
Bordering Body of Water – Gulf of Mexico
Origin of the Name Texas
– The Caddo Indians of Eastern Texas called their group of tribes the “Tejas,” meaning “those who are friends.”

State Nickname – The Lone Star State
State Motto – Friendship
State Song – “Texas, Our Texas”

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California was the 31st state in the USA- it was admitted on September 9th, 1850

State Abbreviation – CA
State Capital – Sacramento
Other Notable Cities – Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco
Area – 163,707 square miles (CA is the 3rd biggest state in the USA, only Alaska and Texas are bigger!)
Name for Residents – Californians
Major Industries – agriculture (avocados, grapes, marijuana, oranges, walnuts), oil, mining, electronics, movie making/entertainment, and tourism
Bordering States – Oregon, Nevada, Arizona
Bordering Country – Mexico
Bordering Body of Water – Pacific Ocean
Origin of the Name California
– The name California comes from a mythical Spanish island ruled by a queen called Califia that was featured in a Spanish romance (“Las Sergas de Esplandian”) written by Garcia Ordonez de Montalvo in 1510. The Spanish explorers originally thought that California was an island.
State Nickname – The Golden State
State Motto – Eureka (I have found it)
State Song – “I Love You, California”

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New York was the 11th state in the USA- it became a state on July 26th, 1788

State Abbreviation – NY
State Capital – Albany
Biggest City – New York City
Area – 54,475 square miles (New York is the 27th largest state in the USA)
Name for Residents – New Yorkers
Major Industries – finance, communications, international trade, publishing, fashion, communications, farming (fruit and dairy), tourism
Bordering States – Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island
Bordering Country – Canada
Bordering Bodies of Water – Lake Ontario, Lake Erie, Lake Champlain, Atlantic Ocean
Origin of the Name New York – The English took over of the area that had been called “New Netherland” in 1664, and renamed it New York to honor the Duke of York (York is a city in England).
State Nickname – The Empire State
State Motto – Excelsior (Ever Upwards)
State Song – “I Love New York”

We hope this guide was helpful! And don’t forget to tag your freshly designed, state themed tees in the Teespring designer.

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Teespringers of the Week, Music Edition: My Brothers and I

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My Brothers and I are a Portland based band, full of infectious rhythms and grooves who also double as Teespringers! Through their dedication to always playing a rockin’ show and connecting at a real level with their fans, My Brothers and I are turning heads and tapping feet worldwide. Because of their incredible music and story, we asked them to share some more with us as our Springers of the Week.

When did My Brothers and I (MB&I)I first realize that they were really onto something, could really “make it”? Originally we posted Nowhere To Run on YouTube so we had something to show venues in hopes of booking a gig. We realized that we were onto something as the views started to add up. We had no idea that our Live Sessions EP would get us a record deal along with with opportunities to headline at amazing venues in Portland, San Francisco, and Los Angeles.

What did MB&I’s early fan-base look like – how did they grow it? It always starts with friends and family. From there, we played as many shows as possible, used creative social media posts, and made our music available in as many places as possible for our fans! (Follow MB&I on Twitter, Facebook).

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Teespring’s New Referral Program

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We’ve found that active sellers are the best people to help newbies succeed on Teespring! We also know that our current springers have their own networks of creative, entrepreneurial people- exactly who we’re looking for! This program is our way of thanking you for making our community bigger and stronger.

What is a referral program?

Our referral program rewards current springers for signing up and mentoring new users. The Teespring referral program offers Springers up to $2,500 for each new seller that they refer.

How do I refer someone to Teespring?

  1. Log into your account
  2. Go to teespring.com/invites
  3. Find your unique link, which will look like: “teespring.com/invites/______”
  4. Share your link. In order for you to receive credit, your referral must enter Teespring through your link and sign up for their account during that same session!
  5. When one of your referrals signs up for a Teespring account through your link, we will update their email at the bottom of the Invites page! This is how you know that the referral was successful.
  6. Start receiving payouts each time your referral’s campaigns end successfully! These will show up in your Payouts tab, clearly marked as Referrer Credit.

How should I pitch Teespring to people who would make great sellers?

They’ve heard you talking about the awesome things you’ve done with your Teespring profits for a long time, and now they want in. The best thing to do is be honest – let them know about the things Teespring has enabled you to do, and let them know “If I can do it, so can you!”

Here are a few quick talking points you can include:

  1. Thousands of people are making a living every day by selling on Teespring.
  2. Shoppers give Teespring an average score of 9 out of 10 on the quality of the product.
  3. Teespring has been featured by Forbes, Business Insider, and the New York Times as a leading platform for selling merchandise online.

How does the reward work?

Teespring pays you and whomever you referred a $0.50 bonus for every item sold. We pay this bonus for the first 5,000 units.

This means can make up to $2,500 for each seller you refer. The person you refer can also make up to $2,500!

Your bonus will be available in your Payouts tab after each campaign that ends successfully.

*Please note these bonuses apply to any new sign up on or after May 27th, 2015.

Are there any restrictions?

There aren’t any restrictions on the number of people you refer, and there’s no time limit for your referral to expire.

However, you cannot refer yourself or an existing Teespring seller. Those referrals will not be valid!

Thanks, as always, for spreading the springing love! Together, as a community, we’re going to reach some incredible heights (and make a lot of $$$ while doing it!)

Payoneer: an easier way to get paid!

Teespring is happy to announce it has partnered with Payoneer, a leading provider of global payment solutions, to provide you with flexible, low-cost payment options! Not only is Payoneer a dependable way to get paid quickly anywhere in the world, they are also growing a network of motivated entrepreneurs that we are proud to partner with.

Benefits to signing up for Payoneer:

 Faster Payments: Funds are available in your Payoneer Account immediately

 Greater Flexibility: Withdraw your funds to your local bank account in 100+ currencies or use the Payoneer MasterCard® at ATMs and Point of Sale

 Lower Fees: Free to receive payments and very attractive conversion rates

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The next time you cash out your Teespring profits, you will see an option to be paid out via Payoneer in your dashboard. Don’t have any profits to claim yet? Get springing!

For more information about Payoneer’s global payment solutions, click here

Paypal: multiple currencies!

Teespring is a global platform, so it only makes sense that we cater to the global wallet!

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In May only, we’ve paid out over $600,000 from countries with a local currency of GBP, EUR, CAD, AUD. Starting today, Teespring sellers will now have the option to select and receive a payout in these currencies with no transaction fees. The amount shown is the amount you’ll receive in your bank account.

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Lauren Flake is Texas Strong

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Lauren Flake is a 7th generation Texan, avid blogger, and mother of two. She recently added ‘hero’ to that list by raising over $120,000 (and counting!) with Teespring to support those affected by the tragic floods in her home state.

The Memorial Day weekend floods left at least 23 people dead across the state, destroying at least 200 homes and causing an estimated $30 million in damage. Seeing reports of this extreme tragedy via social media, Lauren felt compelled to spring into action. She stated, “I have been overwhelmed by the devastation of these floods, including at the nursing home where my mom spent her final years in San Marcos.” Having two young children to keep an eye on, Lauren knew that in order to help she’d have to find a creative solution to make a difference without leaving her home. “I felt called to use my blog, For the Love of Dixie (loveofdixie.com), to help flood victims in Hays and Caldwell Counties.”

lauren-flake-2-800To best harness the power of her large social following, Lauren decided to use Teespring to raise funds and awareness via a uniquely designed shirt, showing pride in her Texan roots while honoring her late mother, Dixie. Enter: Texas Strong, a design inspired by her two daughters, 1 and 3 years old. “My 3-year-old is very into superheroes,” Flake says. “But she tells me all the time that she’s not pretty, so lately our motto has been ‘Pretty Strong’ – because girls can be both beautiful and strong.”

Being  a natural social media maven, she shared her Teespring campaign in a few groups and this blog’s page on Facebook, as well as on Instagram and Pinterest.

While her original goal was to sell 50 shirts to raise a few hundred dollars, within just a few days she sold into the thousands. Lauren’s campaign went viral almost immediately, and while she was thrilled with the support of shoppers near and far, she humbly admits to being shocked by the influx of attention. “This whole experience has been very exciting, but being in the “spotlight” is a little overwhelming! As the People article pointed out, I am a mom, first and foremost, so I’m trying to keep a balance between family time and social media time.”

16695_876412055737969_7459668114912404598_nThrough her successful Teespring campaigns, Lauren has managed to boost her “Love of Dixie” brand to incredible new heights. With this newfound renown, she hopes to use the momentum of Texas Strong to help others in memory of her Mother, Dixie. “There are so many causes I would like to support, but of course, Alzheimer’s research, awareness and caregiver support are especially close to my heart. I would also love to support our veterans in conjunction with the July 4th holiday.”

The passion that Lauren has for her community combined with the power of her social following has yielded a deep well of support flowing in from all over the world. Teespring is so proud to help power #TexasStrong- we can’t wait to see the incredible things that Lauren does in campaigns to come.