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Graphic design has a learning curve and we would like to help you get better with some tips and tricks. Here are 5 basic rules to keep in mind.

1. Use contrast to make your designs pop

Juxtaposing contrasting elements in your design will help it stand out. Use contrasting colours for the background and the foreground. A simple rule is that on a lighter coloured background you should use darker fonts and vice-versa.

 2. Choose your fonts with care

Follow the same rule while choosing the fonts for a particular design. Use contrasting fonts for the heading and the subtitle or body. You could pick a font that is grand for the heading, and choose for the subtitle and body, simpler fonts. Make sure the fonts you choose are easy to read!

 3. Pick a colour scheme

Just like you’ve now chosen a font palette, you’ll also want to pick a colour scheme. Start with 2-3 main colours and usually the tool you are using will suggest the rest of the palette.

 4. No naked images

Use appropriate images in your designs to help it stand out. However, if you choose to simply place the images on the background, it will not be as appealing as if you place it within a frame. This is a simple trick which will give your design a professional edge.

5. Keep it simple

Lastly remember, a cluttered design is will overwhelm the senses and not appeal to the viewer. Use every design element frugally and keep the number of fonts, colours, shapes and frames to a minimum.

Click on this link to check out free design resources from all over the Internet!

 

It is a freeing thought to be able to be in complete charge of what you wear. Create a unique and personal T-shirt that is relevant to you and your clique, your University batch or your favourite social media page. MyDreamStore – India’s first crowd-funded merchandising store – gives you the opportunity to wear your own tagline, your own joke or your design on your T-shirt. Try your hand at creating your own T-shirt.

To visit our design studio, go to https://mydreamstore.in/design-tool or click on the ‘Start a Campaign’ button at www.mydreamstore.in, it will take you to the design studio.

There are two ways to submit a t-shirt design in www.mydreamstore.in .

Once a campaign has reached its goals, it is deemed successful. We will then start shipping the T-shirts and releasing the payments to our campaigners. You can choose various methods of Pay Out. Please remember, Pay Outs will be processed within 15 days after the completion of the campaign.

At MyDreamStore, a Payout can happen in three ways. You can select the option that is more convenient to you.

Get a Pay Out via

  1. Cheque
  2. Online Transfer
  3. Paypal

For each method, you will have to put in various account and other information like PAN number, etc. Please write in to us at info@mydreamstore.in if you have any queries regarding Pay Outs.

What are you waiting for? Our No loss, only profit model, makes it a great place to experiment! Happy Campaigning!

Congratulations! Your campaign is now live. At this step all you have to do is promote the campaign as best as you can so you can sell as many T-shirts as possible so as to make as much profit as well as to qualify for the grand prize of Rs. 1 lac for the CLASH OF TITANS Contest (April 4th – 26th)

Below, we have listed the easiest and quickest ways to do so. Please take a quick look and start promoting!

Tips for Basic promotion:

  1. First send out an email:

That’s right. Sending out an email to your friends and contacts telling them of your new venture and guiding them to the website link is probably the easiest way to start on the promotion of your T-Shirt. Write a thoughtful and Catchy email along with the link that is selling your T-Shirt and send out to a large number of your friends.

  1. Post and Share on Facebook:

Once your campaign is created, share the URL on your Timeline as well as give the link to close friends and ask them to share on their Timelines. This way the traffic to our Selling Page will increase exponentially and your T-shirt will reach more and more like-minded people and the chances of you selling it increases.

  1. Tweet out loud:

On Twitter, first build your brand. Be interesting. Stay relevant. Interact with your followers. And soon you will be able to reach out to a wider audience. Twitter users are always up for new information, products and services. If your profile interests your followers, you will be able to persuade them to visit the Selling page and even buy your T-shirt.

  1. Pin it:

What’s unique about Pinterest compared to most social media websites is that it reduces the number of steps from discovery to conversion. This means that visitors from Pinterest checking out your T-shirt will convert to sales faster than from other social media sources. In fact, early research indicates that Pinterest is more effective at steering traffic back to a website compared to other social media sites, even Facebook. What are you waiting for? Get onto Pinterest and start exploring it.

You’ve tried all this and are ready for the next step of Promotion? Watch this space for Part II.

T-shirt design is a popular outlet of creativity. If you’re a graphic designer, illustrator, or a slogan writer, designing your own T-shirt is quite a cool idea. It can be a good channel to express your creativity. A sold-out t-shirt campaign at MyDreamStore.in can even rake in good money for you.

  1. Explore your concept and think it out:

Do a full brainstorming process, create a few variations and then sleep on it.  Even if you figure out early on what you want to do, explore other options just in case. You can get some inspiration from some awesome boards that are on www.pinterest.com.

  1. Stay ahead of the game:

It is alright to be inspired by what the latest trends are but it’s not a good strategy to blindly copy them. There is a possibility that by the time your t-shirt is printed, the topical trend will be out-of-date, and you will not be able to sell your merchandise. Your creation should ideally be a timeless masterpiece.

  1. Visualise the t- shirt:

Imagine the t-shirt design you just created in 3-D. Try and get a feel for how it will look on a person wearing a t-shirt. Print the design out and place it on an actual tee to get an idea. Don’t forget to create your artwork at actual size.

  1. Find your Forte for every design:

Your great drawing ability and attention to detail on a well executed masterpiece is awesome, but then so are the simpler, more classic designs which quickly get the message across. You will have to find what your forte is. www.canva.com is an easy to use tool to make some awesome designs.

  1. Who is going to buy your T-shirt:

This is an important one. Who is your audience? Who is your customer? Are they men or women, young or old? Like a good marketer, remember, at the end of the day you’re designing a product that you want people to wear. Know your target group’s likes and dislikes, who they are, what they like and go from there.

  1. Mind your humour:

If you’re going for a humorous design you don’t want it coming across as a cheap and low-cost joke shirt. Remember, even the most successful loud and in your face designs have subtle humour.

  1. Find a great Platform to sell your T-shirt:

Your design is great! But remember, your t-shirt will only be as good as your printer. Visit www.mydreamstore.in, India’s first crowd-funded platform for Customised merchandising!

You create an iconic design and let us shoulder the burden of the logistics involved. We enable you to turn your concept into an actual T-shirt with 0 upfront costs and 0 headaches!

Are you ready with your design? Click, https://mydreamstore.in/design-tool and start your campaign with us NOW!

MyDreamStore is India’s first platform for crowd funded merchandise. You can start selling your merchandise and make profits without the inconvenience of investment, production, shipping, inventory management or customer support.

You can campaign for your Hobby clubs, Fan Groups, Music Bands, Social Media Pages, NGOs, College Fests, & Student groups and all through the creation and sale of T-shirts. You have to find a niche market and cater to your audience and their taste.

From the time we launched we have been getting repeat campaigns from the following groups.

Budding Entrepreneurs

Our no investment, no risk model is suited for a unique kind of start-up. Budding marketers can make use of our platform to gather a large market and sell T-shirts through us. There is no hassle as we take care of the entire logistics.

Designers

Fancy yourself a good designer but don’t know how to set up a store? MyDreamStore is the perfect platform to help you to make that happen. Make your T-shirt in our design Studio and get going!

Music Bands

Merchandise and other collectibles get fans more enthusiastic about music bands. Sell cool, quirky t-shirts to your fans right away without worrying about costs, dead stock, shipping or returns. We can scale up to any size, so don’t worry, just set a goal!

Fundraising/NGO activities

If you are looking to build awareness about your cause at the same time raise funds for your organisation – Start a campaign with us! Believers in your cause can purchase the t-shirt and we will deliver all across the country. You don’t have to worry about costs or stock. Leave all that to us!

Online Communities

Owners of popular online communities can monetise on their fame and brand by adopting our model. Create a cool T-shirt and make the most of it by making your blog/group/Facebook Community. Bring together the like-minded followers and make this enterprise a recognisable brand in its own right

Schools and Colleges

Wearing your pride on your T-shirt is the norm. Now you can create unforgettable iconic T-shirts for your Class, School or College. Promote it within your classmates without worrying about sizing or payments.

All this and many many more! Use your imagination and just create that iconic T-shirt and promote it as much as possible and more and enjoy a cult following!

First you have to create a mydreamstore ID. Once you have done that, you will be able to log in and create an original T-shirt campaign. Create a T-Shirt design using our Studio Tools or upload your own unique artwork. Then follow the steps-by-step process to finish the campaign creation process.

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Once the campaign is live, you will have to market the T-shirt well. Remember, the more you promote, the better are the chances that your one-of-a-kind T-Shirt will sell like hotcakes!

We will take care of the manufacturing, delivering, as well as customer support while you make money!

 Ready to start?

Take a quick look at How it Works!

Experiment in our design studio – Play with our tools and design your Dream T-shirt!

  1. Set a goal – Confident 10 T-shirts will sell? Set that as a goal
  2. Selling Price – Select the optimum amount as the selling price. Balance between Feasibility and profit.
  3. Time Range – Need 7 days to promote your Campaign? Cool!
  4. Promote your Product – Share the page selling the t-shirt with your friends and follower network. Remember! More you promote – More you sell!
  5. Meet your Goals – 10 pre-orders in 7 days. Awesome! You have done it!
  6. Bring in the money! – Your campaign is a hit. We print and ship to the buyers and you make money!

If your first campaign fails, don’t lose heart. Don’t give up. Instead start a fresh campaign! Try till you succeed. Like Winston Churchill said, “Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.”

All the Best!

Check our video tutorial on How to design a T-shirt and launch a campaign!

Success by accident is a rarity. By all means, we can strive towards it. And by putting in all our efforts we can witness ourselves getting lucky. We would help you get there, that’s the whole idea – our conspiracy.

Here is another attempt by us, to help you get what you want – A rocking campaign.

Targeting

When you want to advertise through Facebook, it presents you with an array of options and you can choose which set of users are your potential clients. The key to success in any campaign is targeting. You can choose to go by interest targeting, name targeting, sports team targeting, profession targeting etc. So here is your chance to choose wisely and save a buck. Do not carpet bomb and waste your money.

Newsfeed ads

The news feed ads were launched by the end of 2012 and then leapt to success. A research shows that the client base increased by 140% in the last quarter of 2013. Now does anyone need to tell us why?If you think that it’s a costly solution consider this – the newsfeed ads have 5 times higher conversion rate than the other conventional methods of advertising. It’s all about the outreach.

Laser targeting

If you have ever used Google ad-words before, you already know what I mean. Google gives you an option to advertise on local websites. So this is your way to target geo-graphically. So all the websites (associated to AdWords), within a particular radius, would be putting up your ad. This helps greatly as you won’t be burning a hole in our pocket to advertise. Second, it brings in the attention of people from one area, which has a greater conversion rate.

Add a streak

It’s good to have different channels to advertise. But, when you put emotions into your campaign you add mileage to it. A lifeless ad can hardly make an impact, even if it’s a big brand on a huge budget. Emotions well placed and well pronounced makes your audience connect to your merchandise and turn them into customers.

Engagement

Most of the direct and indirect channels of marketing today, come with an additional benefit. And that’s the benefit of engagement. Facebook, Twitter, Plus and others give you the chance to engage with your customers and appreciate their choice. For engagement goes a long way, never refrain from it. Replying, thanking, appreciating, responding, commenting – everything adds to the success of the campaign

Know your stats

Once you launch your campaign and also market it accordingly, it’s a good idea to keep an eye on the stats. Any channel you choose to advertise helps you with stats, which will help you calculate your return-on-investment. In fact, I heard from many successful campaigners that it’s addictive – checking the stats of your campaign.  It’s amusing that I am mentioning this point, but it turns out to be important. Your stats are the first indicators of the movement of your campaign. And also the best source to inform you if your campaign was a hit or a flop.

Ideas of scaling up?

If you have been a successful campaigner and if you are on a spree, it’s time for you to scale up. When you are targeting a smaller group or a niche market, you would reach your goal. But the scope is limited. But if you have an idea to scale up, as most of us do, then it would be right for you to target a bigger market, use your learnings and scale up.

You are not married to your campaign

As ironical as it might seem, this is one important aspect that needs a mention. You cannot always catch the pulse of the market. Sometimes bears fly and Eagles crash. And in the true market, some of the best campaigns might fail. In such scenarios, it’s advised to pull out of the market and move ahead with the next campaign.

But before you think of the first point in this article, look back at your campaign and ask yourself these questions –

  • Is my design outstanding?
  • Are the pictures good?
  • Are the colors right?
  • Is it well in time and trend?
  • Am I charging too much?
  • Did I campaign right?

Finally, we reiterate – “The Campaign fails, when you stop trying.”

One dream at a time and that’s how we do it!

That’s right, that’s what we do to turn “a’ campaign into a “dream” campaign. And this journey is fun and adventurous. Now did we mention ‘sluggish’, we did not. For it’s not a late evening walk.

In the last few months we have seen quite a few campaigns. Some took off like targeted missiles while the others landed with a thud. We have to be frank in our submission here, as some campaigns were not necessarily rock-stars on the bill-board. And that left us pondering, when Zig Ziglar came around and said “You can have everything in life you want, if you will just help other people get what they want.”

So we set out to pen down what can help you make your campaign a hit, and behold – this is our attempt.

1.    First of all – Speak!

It’s imperative for you to let the people know. If there is a campaign that you have started, go ahead; tell the people that you did. Begin with family and friends and then, may be, move to their family and friends. Make all your attempts and use all the platforms, to let all your contacts know that you have a campaign up in the market, and they can help you rock it.

 2.    Target audience

No rocket science, targeting increases the probability. Based on the campaign, know for yourself who are your target audience. A “beer lover” campaign would not put you in the bar, but behind the bars – if you are trying to lure an under-16 into it. So, know your audience and also help them know your campaign. And gain audience who might turn into your customers.

 3.    Options, options!

The world is diverse. And hence one color, one size, one pattern is not going to make everyone happy. Plan-out combinations. Provide variety, provide choices. You might just come across a guy who would say “Spidey in green &red, that’s exactly what I wanted” – You never know. Hence, provide options – people like that.

 4.    Trends

You might not be someone who sets the trends, but there is no harm in following one. Of course, we have always been advised ‘to make hay while sun shines’. For instance – Presently, it makes more sense to design a theme around football irrespective of your cricket passion.

 5.    Niche

When planning small campaigns, it’s good to target a niche. Focus on the niche groups and their hangout places. Let them know, or even involve them into your campaign. This will help you reach your target sooner.

 6.    Serve, just the right amount.

It’s suggested, to make a good guess of your reach and have a stock based on that. Having an abundant stock and also letting the customers know about it, is not a good idea. Some might say “I need it”but put-off their purchase to the weekend and well, never return.  If the supply is more, the demand seems to go down automatically. Hence, never have too much at hand. A sense of scarcity might help you sell sooner.

 7.    Don’t stop speaking!

It’s not enough to say “campaign” once and expect your campaign to be a hit. You have to let people know that the campaign is very much “alive and kicking”, till the last T-shirt goes off the shelf.  So, the speaking ends with the stocks.

Finally, we want to leave you with a mantra – “The Campaign fails, when you stop trying.”

 Keep dreaming!

Author – Kiran Mortha, Team MDS