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The Ultimate Summer To-Do List for Your Screen-Printing Shop

Some shop owners think summer is when things slow down. Other shops use these three months to tune up their marketing, sales and workflows so they have a competitive advantage heading into fall. What’s your plan?

This is a good time to jumpstart your plans, after the wild pandemic ride we’ve had. You’re also in good company. Right now, 64% of entrepreneurs and SMBs say their businesses can survive more than a year under current business conditions, as the wave of shutdowns and bankruptcies finally ease after COVID-19, a CNBC and SurveyMonkey Small Business Survey shows. That percentage is rising, up from 55% in the first quarter. The survey also found that 34% think current business conditions are good and poised for growth.

We asked a bevy of experts what smart SMBs do during the slower months to rev their business up for the fall. From starting to use video in your social media to planning your holiday sales campaigns to revamping your getting-paid policies, check out our ideas for the ultimate shop summer to-do list of bottom-line-boosting strategies to get on your calendar now.

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Do Virtual Shows Benefit You? We Answer Your Top Questions.

Yes, it’s trade show season again, but as no surprise to anyone, everything’s virtual. Trade shows are one of the best ways to set the stage for a solid year for your business, network with your peers, and of course, build relationships with companies that supply decoration pros and promo distributors. 

First, coming up in Q1 2021, there are a few virtual events to check out (and attend):

So with most in-person trade shows and conferences in a holding pattern for now, are you ready to attend these same shows in online venues? We answer the top questions we’ve heard most from distributors, decorators and other industry pros about how to get the most out of cyber shows. Now’s your chance to create a solid alternate plan to reach your contacts, gain product knowledge and network like a pro.

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Here’s How to Score Millennial Buyers for Life

Ready to speak Gen Y’s language? Millennial buyers and end-users want a lot from brands, including sustainable practices, products that last for the long term, great service, a track record of giving back and more. When you pitch decorated apparel to these buyers, you need to give them exactly what they want to score loyal customers for life. Here are 6 ways to bond with the generation that makes up the biggest portion of the world’s population.

#1 PITCH ECO-FRIENDLY APPAREL

Millennials prefer to buy clothes, workout gear and accessories from companies that use sustainable practices and materials—and share that eco-friendly message. Here’s a powerful stat: 73% of Millennials buy eco-conscious products and are willing to pay more to support environmentally conscious businesses, according to a Nielsen report. 

The good news? There are many wholesale brands offering top-quality, eco-friendly apparel. And in turn, your Millennial buyers can feel good about gifting or selling these branded products, adding to their company’s Earth-focused mission.

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