11 Proven Band Merch Ideas To Generate Excitement, Sales, and Fan Loyalty (UPDATED)

Band merchandise, or “merch” for short, is a huge market. While physical copies of music sales are down (for the most part– we see you, vinyl), fans now have YouTube, streaming services, downloading, and a multitude of other ways of getting their music online. Which is why the music business is booming, generating 51.5 billion dollars globally in 2018.

So what are all these fans spending money on, if not the music itself?

Ever since the early days of file sharing (think Napster), bands have had to look at other revenue streams to stay afloat and keep the music coming. Merch is one of the main things doing that for many bands. It’s also often one of the only things that a band benefits entirely from, without the label taking a cut.

In this post, I’ll go over some of the tried and tested band merch, explain what they are, and why they are popular. This should give you some ideas for creating customized swag that will excite your fans and bring in some bucks.

They asked me to list 10, but I’m turning it up to 11.

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Imri (pronounced em-rye), also known as “M”, joined RushOrderTees in the spring of 2015, bringing over 10 years of graphic design and color separations experience in the screen printing industry. Over the next three years, he helped transform the Art Department, improving the overall quality, efficiency, and customer service of the team, while making some beautiful T-shirts along the way.

A graduate of the Multimedia program at University of the Arts in Philadelphia, he has explored various creative pursuits, including art and design, marketing, DJing, and even producing comedy shows. He brings his well-rounded skill set and forward-thinking approach to every project he’s involved with at Printfly / Rush Order Tees.

He is a contributing writer for Impressions Magazine, Printwear Magazine, and ASI Central. He loves roller coasters, music, and fried pickles.

7 Solid Options For Spending Your End-of-Year Budget on Company Swag

 

It’s that time of year: when you have money left in your discretionary budget and you don’t know what to do with it. Well, I have the answer. You’re going to get some awesome stuff for your company from RushOrderTees.

Taking care of employees is one of the hallmarks of any successful business, and some year-end swag is a great way to do that. Or you might want to send out some quality branded merch to your VIP customers to thank them for their business.

In this post, I’m going to give you seven options to choose from. Pick one or more of these, or use them as a springboard to think of more ideas. There’s nothing stopping you. Except the limits of your budget.

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Imri (pronounced em-rye), also known as “M”, joined RushOrderTees in the spring of 2015, bringing over 10 years of graphic design and color separations experience in the screen printing industry. Over the next three years, he helped transform the Art Department, improving the overall quality, efficiency, and customer service of the team, while making some beautiful T-shirts along the way.

A graduate of the Multimedia program at University of the Arts in Philadelphia, he has explored various creative pursuits, including art and design, marketing, DJing, and even producing comedy shows. He brings his well-rounded skill set and forward-thinking approach to every project he’s involved with at Printfly / Rush Order Tees.

He is a contributing writer for Impressions Magazine, Printwear Magazine, and ASI Central. He loves roller coasters, music, and fried pickles.

Four Things You Need To Do To Master The Custom T-Shirt Business

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We may be a 300+ employee strong business now, but we started this business with only three people, a manual screen printing press, and a garage way back in 2002. We know what it takes to build a strong custom apparel business from the ground up, and we want to help beginners in the industry find their way.

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How To Find The Best T-Shirt Printing Company

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Looking to order custom gear? You’re likely overwhelmed by the number of options out there since the online custom apparel market is saturated with companies big and small.

So here’s the big question: how can you differentiate one custom printing brand from another? With RushOrderTees.com being one of the best screen printing companies in the space, we’ve fleshed out the five main factors to consider as you scope the scene for your custom apparel needs.

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Color Matching Your Company Logo on Custom Apparel

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Putting your business logo on custom apparel is a great way to advertise your brand; when you’re ordering custom gear for your company, we know it’s important that your logo looks as recognizable and professional as possible. Whether you’re a small startup or a big corporation like Google or Amazon (both of whom are on our client roster), RushOrderTees.com specializes in matching your logo’s exact colors to ensure your gear looks cohesive, no matter what you order! Continue reading “Color Matching Your Company Logo on Custom Apparel”

Four Essential Rules For Making Custom Jerseys And Sports Gear

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Who doesn’t love the start of a new sports season? There’s the fun anticipation of a game, bonding with teammates, and of course, an opportunity for new sports gear.

It doesn’t matter what sport you love to play. If you’re participating in a team sport, custom jerseys and apparel are a must.

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RushOrderTees wraps up #MySixersTee Design Contest with the Philadelphia 76ers

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This past week, we were honored to announce the winner of our very first fan t-shirt design contest, an exciting part of our partnership with the Philadelphia 76ers. When first creating the contest, our goal was to find the most creative expression of Sixers spirit in Philadelphia. In the end, the entries we received were above and beyond our expectations. 

In search of Philly’s #MySixersTee

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The #MySixersTee design contest followed our #MadeinPhila event at the Sixers vs. Warriors game, where all game attendees received an exclusive MadeinPhila t-shirt.

The popularity of the #MadeinPhila tee inspired us to create a contest calling for Philadelphia fans to design the next Sixers game day t-shirt. The winning design entry would be printed on 2,500 shirts and distributed at the Sixers vs. Bucks game on April 8th.

To get the ball spinning, we teamed up with some of the people at the 76ers to build a customized version of our design studio, which included 76ers logos and clipart that was available exclusively to fans entering the contest. Fans could also upload their designs straight to Facebook or Twitter, tagging RushOrderTees, the Sixers, and the #MySixersTee contest.

A close call

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At midnight on Tuesday, March 21, the contest was closed and it was decision time. Our judging panel, a team comprised of both 76ers and Rush Order Tees staff, was blown away when we took a final look at the hundreds of impressive designs we received. After mulling it over for a few days, we were finally able to narrow it down to just three entries.

When it came time to make the final call, our judges went with the one entry that stood out to them from the very beginning–the design depicting Sixers forward Dario Saric as “The Homie Dario.” It just so happened that April 8th is Dario’s birthday.

The Homie Dario 

76er The Homie Dario t-shirt

The designer of our winning “The Homie Dario” t-shirt is Joe Pekula, a New Jersey-based graphic designer who could not have been any more excited to win. Joe happens to design apparel for a Philadelphia sports-themed apparel company called Veterans Shirtium. Needless to say, he’s a HUGE Philly sports fan.

When Joe found out we were going to print his design on 2,500 of the official game day t-shirts, he was stoked. Joe, along with our two runners up Brain and Brad, will receive two club box suite tickets to the Sixers vs. Bucks game on April 8th, where they’ll get to watch fans jump over each other to catch their own #MySixersTee.

The Homie Dario shirts will also be worn by Wells Fargo Center staff, media, and–as a special bonus in recognition of Dario’s birthday–each of the 76ers players.

Congratulations to Joe, Brain, Brad, and all of the other talented artists who entered our #MySixersTee design contest! Look out for more opportunities to win game tickets and more in the future!

How to Throw a Company Holiday Party Your Employees Will Love

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Company holiday parties are becoming more and more popular in the U.S. In fact, over 90 percent of companies—small and large—typically throw company holiday parties.

But holiday parties are about more than just celebrating. They promote company pride, they foster a sense of unity between employees, and they also improve employee-employer relationships. Getting all the employees together under the same roof every once in a while is an absolute necessity, and there’s generally no better time than the holidays.

But you already know that. In fact, if you’re reading this, it’s probably because it’s your turn to plan the company holiday party, and you need help.

Well, we have your back! If you’re trying to host the rockin’est holiday party your company has ever seen, here are 5 surefire ways to make it happen:

Drive attendance with raffles, prizes, and games

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Traditionally, one of the things office holiday party organizers struggle with most is getting the whole company to attend. In fact, it’s the whole reason we’re writing this article.

If the prospect of good food, good drink, and good company still aren’t enough to motivate your employees to show up in force, nothing works better than a good old-fashioned holiday raffle.

If you’re going to have a raffle, try to give away gifts that your employees will actually want. Gift certificates to local restaurants, electronics, TV’s, gift cards—take this time to reward your employees for their time and dedication throughout the year. Plus, if you wait until the end of the night to start drawing the prizes, it serves as an incentive for people into staying until the end!

Schedule it for the right time

One of the trickiest parts of planning a company holiday party is figuring out scheduling. For people with children or larger families, getting a day off in the couple weeks leading up to the holidays can be more stressful than it’s worth. Selecting a date the week of the holidays also might pose a problem for people who have family in other regions of the world and need to travel to see them. And if you have your holiday party too early before the holidays, the point becomes convoluted and inauthentic.

Ideally, the perfect time to plan a company Christmas party is the first or second week of January. The hustle and stressful bustle of the holidays have subsided, a new year has begun, and everybody is ready to settle back into work mode. Now’s the perfect time to get everyone together in the same room to express thanks and gratitude for a job well done and a year well spent, and allow employees a little time to unwind and decompress.

It doesn’t have to be done the first week back, but just make sure you’re not planning it so far after the holidays that the holiday theme becomes dated or irrelevant. 

Keep the food and drinks simple

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You’ve heard the phrase “Eat, Drink, and be Merry” your entire life. It’s so old, believe it or not, that its origins are biblical. That’s what the holiday season is all about.

So, when it comes to throwing a holiday party, making good food and drink available is integral to creating merriment among your attendees! Depending on the size of your group, try to avoid complicated menus and tables, and instead opt for a more communal setting—platters, tables, etc. 

Choose an accessible venue

We contemplated whether or not to take an official stance on venues for holiday parties, but every business is different. If you’re a medium-sized or larger business, renting out an off-site venue—like a banquet hall or bar/restaurant—is probably ideal. It ensures that there will be enough space for everyone, and also helps to make organizing and cleaning up easier.

If you’re a smaller crew and just want to keep things a little more casual, an after-hours get together at a local venue, or even on company premises (depending on your insurance policies), may be perfect. 

One thing that should be explored beforehand, however, is transportation. If your party will take place off the premises, especially at a place where alcoholic beverages will be consumed, you should plan on getting everyone there—and back home—as safely as possible.

Rideshare services like Uber offer corporate accounts, where you can purchase a designated number of rides for your employees, and all they have to do is enter in a discount code before scheduling their ride. This will ensure that everyone gets to and from your party safely. 

Keep it all positive

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The holidays are that special time of year where we show how thankful we are for everything that went right. You made it through another wonderful year, and you couldn’t have done it without the help of your incredible team.

Whether you’re a company of five people or 50,000, the point of your holiday party is to put all of those people in the same room, show them your gratitude for a job well done, and wish everyone growth and prosperity in the New Year. That’s what it’s all about.

We hope you take these tips to heart, and if you have any questions (or need some custom Christmas apparel for the occasion!), don’t hesitate to reach out to us!

From our family to yours, Happy Holidays!