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What do 40%+ of (new) successful Teespring sellers have in common?

Teespring Labs recently ran a test, surveying all new sellers who just launched their first successful campaign. Do you know what the majority of these sellers had in common? Over 40% promoted their products organically!

When we say “organic” promotion we mean free promotion—as in selling your products without using paid ads. Alison Scott, a successful seller based in the UK, agrees with this approach. 

…If you’re a newbie, here’s the thing: Do not spend a single penny on ads until you have already sold one shirt to a person who you aren’t related to. I keep seeing people saying ‘you have to spend money to make money’ and spending hundreds of dollars ‘testing’ very poor designs. If you can’t sell one shirt to a mad keen person using free methods, it’s unlikely to ever be a profitable shirt.– Alison Scott

Get more insight from Alison in her article: 7 Steps to successful selling on Teespring. In the post below we’ll discuss tips and tricks to help you promote your products for free on Facebook. Make sure to check out the Training Center for more information and examples on promoting with different social media platforms.


Promoting your products for free on Facebook

Paid ads useful for scaling your successful campaigns—if you’re just starting out however, you might not have the funds to invest in paid ads upfront. Try driving traffic to your Teespring campaigns organically through Facebook first.

  • Share your campaign URL: Share your products on your Facebook page or personal profile—make sure to include the campaign URL in your post. You can tag your friends and ask them to share the products as well. This is how Quinisha got her first sales—her campaign ended up selling over 700 units in a week!
  • Share your products every 2 – 3 days: Share updates about your products every few days; you can thank people for their support, ask them to share the campaign, etc. You should aim to create interest and excitement through these posts. Also, we recommend sharing individual campaigns (not stores); it’s more likely someone will share individual designs (organically) as opposed to a store link.
  • Update your profile and/or cover photo: Update the cover photo of of your Facebook profile or page; you can include images from Teespring Creatives, or create a cover image using free tools like Be sure to include images of the products available and the campaign URL. Click here to learn how to save product images with a transparent background. 
  • Pin the campaign to the top of your page: Make sure to “pin” the post to the top of your Facebook page whenever you share a new update—by pinning the post you’re able to highlight the campaign so it’s the first thing people see when they visit your Facebook page.
  • Ask for photos of buyers: When the campaign ends ask customers to share photos once their items arrive—this creates “social proof” which can lead to more sales in the future if you relaunch the campaign. Learn more about post-campaign promotion in the Training Center.

8 responses to “What do 40%+ of (new) successful Teespring sellers have in common?

  1. Auki says:

    I am not american, i do not have any facebook friend form america, how can i promote my design for for people i don’t know on facebook?

    1. Dagmar says:

      Hi Auki,
      But you do have friends on facebook, no? There are always friends of friends who know people. Also If you don’t live in the US you could do Shirts in YOUR language. I am in the process of setting up my store with German text shirts…
      Also, you can search for interests on Facebook and maybe that way GET some American friends… just be sure to talk about everyday stuff and interests you have in common first. “Normal” conversation all the way. with that person. then when you DO share a product on your page the will definitely see it and maybe share…
      Hope these really quick tips help…

  2. sandip says:

    If somebody bought shirt of my first given design then how many days it got in shipping of first item on tee spring and how much percentage i got.Is there is any restriction to sold 10 or 12 tshirts then you start shipping up to that you do not start shipping. Actually like somebody told on the Facebook.If yes ,then if you are not shipping one item then how the customer order another ones.If they make trust on us then they can order,I got first order and they have not received any confirmation email.Actually i made this shirt according to their choice.can you please process this order soon .So,how i trust .I really like this site .can you please explain more if there is any problem.

    1. Kate Shoaf says:

      Hey Sandip – if your buyer is having trouble placing an order you can direct them to our customer support team via [email protected]. You just need to sell 1 product for the order to go to print.

  3. Sayak says:

    I have followed the above steps to sell mt t shirts, asked my friends to share my posts, but it’s been more than a week and I have got no results.

    1. Roofus says:

      Try testing new methods. Create your own method to promote. If you are first, you’ll be more successful

  4. Hannah Olukoya says:

    Hi I’m Hannah and I’m about to test my designs on teespring. However, I have an issue yet to be rectified with PayPal and I really want to seize this very moment to start driving sales to my store. My question is, can I make sales before adding my cash out details or do I have to provide my cash out details before I can make any sale? Thanks

    1. Erica Bickel says:

      Hey Hannah, you can make sales without adding your cash out details for a period of time. However, after you’ve already made a sale you will need to add your cash out details before adding new products to your store.

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