Custom band t-shirts are very effective promotional strategies not just for musicians, but every other business or organization that needs promoting. And of course, you would not just find a company or shop that would print your custom band t-shirts, you’ve got to evaluate them first and find the best and most reliable company.
Here are 6 tips that may help you find a good and reliable company to have your custom band t-shirts printed:
#1: Prioritizes customer service. This is a must because a company that does not have good customer service and is neglectful of the customers is a pain in the arse. We don’t want someone too chatty but we want our experience to be at least nice and smooth sailing, right? What if you want to know the progress of your order and they don’t reply to your 10th email or answer your calls? That would be quite a headache. How to test this? Ask them something via email and see how long before they respond.
#2: Experienced staff. When you’re looking for a trustworthy company, you have to know if its staff is well-experienced. This is very important because if they aren’t, then your custom band t-shirts will be a disaster. When you ask them to design your shirts, it would be great to have a well-experienced designer, in this way, the color, the design itself, and every other detail will be done professionally. Look for the kind of staff that can give you advice and suggestions on the artwork and the type of materials to use. Of course, it would be best if the people printing your shirts are experienced in handling the machines to ensure good output. So how do you actually know this? You ask around, you Google, you look for their portfolio.
#3: Good customer rating and reviews. If they have a website you can easily look up their customer rating but don’t forget to still read the reviews on Google, Facebook, and Yelp. But you know what would really help? You ask past customers of their service. Just look at their portfolio and email those guys.
#4: High printing quality. This is the most important part. You should check out the quality of their printing. That’s why we’re looking for a company that has experienced staff, right? I mean, what’s good customer service if the product sucks? So to check their printing quality you can go to their branch and ask them for a sample of their printing. There are companies that offer test printing. Make sure they deliver one shirt to you before you have thousands printed.
#5: Wide range of t-shirt options. This is really not a tip to find a reliable company, but it would be good to consider this when you choose a company. A wide range of options may suggest their experience in the business. It would also be a benefit for you because you can choose from a wide array of different t-shirt styles which will be a plus point for your promotion. Not only should you look for t-shirt brands and options, you have to check their t-shirt packaging and t-shirt printing options as well.
#6: Offers rushed printing. Another tip to find a good company. So this is not really a must, but for some who are on a tight schedule, this will be helpful. Since it has a fast turnaround you can have your shirts in no time (aka less than a week).
There you have it! My 6 tips on how to find a reliable company to have your custom band t-shirts printed. The criteria above are very much met by us, Unified Manufacturing so I hope you check us out and consider working with us.
We don’t just have those things mentioned above, we also have an array of things to offer for musicians like you. We offer a 5-15% discount for indies. We can also manufacture CDs, DVDs, vinyl, USB music cards, and more. Click here to get an instant quote.
James Hill is a veteran of the music industry. He first worked at Warner Reprise Records then later joined Interscope/ Geffen Records where he managed producers and songwriters and got his first platinum record for Keyshia Cole’s The Way It Is. He is now helping indie artists with branding and manufacturing through his company Unified Manufacturing, a CD/DVD/vinyl and merch company in LA.