Get your T-Shirt Business Online Without Making a Website
How to get your custom t-shirt business found online.
The Internet has boomed in the past few decades, and nearly everything is online, especially when it comes to custom tee shirts. Whether you’re a commercial embroiderer, direct to garment printer user or run a bling machine to create rhinestone transfers, you know you have to be online. Nearly every brand, person, and company can be found with a quick Google search. However, having an online presence doesn’t necessarily mean a website.
A website, for various reasons, including upkeep and cost, may not be right for you or your business, or it may be something you’re developing over time. But in the mean time, you’ve STILL got to get pictures of your products, your name, phone number and e-mail address, and even pictures of you work, out there for everyone to see!
Read on for good alternatives.
Sign up with your Chamber of Commerce
If you’re a business, one of your first steps, regardless of whether you want to be online or not, should be to register with your local Chamber of Commerce (this is assuming you are a local business). You can also join other local organizations designed to help businesses, such as the Lions Club.
Get listed on Review and Local Sites
Make sure your business is listed under database and review websites, such as Tripadvisor.com, Yelp.com, merchantcircle.com, or Zagat.com (if you are a restaurant). Get a friend or customer to post a (positive) Yelp review for you. Responding to Yelp reviews is a great way to interact with customers. When you take the time to write a measured, helpful response to a negative review, other customers see it and appreciate it. If you have a brick and mortar location, you can get a free listing on YellowPages.com, and can also be listed on Yahoo! Locals and Local.com.
Add your business to Google Maps
Adding your business to Google Maps doesn’t just mean giving yourself a place on the map. You also can add details about your business. In fact, you basically get your own mini page. You should add your opening hours, phone number, and any other methods of contact.
Make a Facebook page
Your Facebook page can function as a website for your business. You can add photos of your storefront, product, or anything else you want to share. You can update daily to keep your business on your customer’s newsfeeds. Customers can also ask questions, leave comments, and send you messages via the Inbox system. Facebook is also a GREAT place to show off your work with photos!
Make a Twitter page
This sort of goes hand-in-hand with a Facebook page. You can gain a huge following and update your customers by the minute. You can also hook up your Facebook to your Twitter so that whatever updates you make to Facebook automatically get posted on Twitter. Twitter is also a great place to connect with other businesses and use them to promote you (in exchange for promoting them).
Make an email account
You can actually have your own email address without having your own website. You can register with a website like GoDaddy and you will be able to compose emails from @mycompanyname.com, but you can also set up a Gmail or Hotmail account with our company name like: thisismycomapny@ gmail.com. This will just make you seem a little more professional!
Use social sites
LinkedIn and Google Plus are excellent ways to connect and build a network around you. Both are free. You can fill out info about yourself or your business and people can look you up. Having a LinkedIn and Google Plus account will also give you more hits on Google. Whenever someone tries to look you up, they’ll see your accounts listed right up top.
Marketing Your Custom T-Shirt Online Video
If you want to learn more, and in more detail, watch this video:
Let’s face it, if you want to grow your business outside your own neighborhood, you’ll eventually want some kind of website. But in the mean time, or if local-only is your market you DO have alternatives!
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