Be a great client.
A key element, don't waste time.
Ask the right questions up front and demonstrate to the provider that you're not just “quote-seeking” from everyone on the internet.
What do I mean?
Most orders start as a quote.
You have an idea, you either have to pitch it internally or it's been decided that you're moving forward with a project.
When you engage, be prepared with the specifics as to what the order entails, including:
1. Due date:
If it's for an event, say it upfront as it’ll impact what the vendor recommends to you Some items can be done in 24–72 hours. But if you need a highly customized cap or an uncommon gadget, the provider needs more time to complete your order. if there's a crunch, be upfront.
“I want a T-shirt” doesn’t say much.
“Short sleeve, triblend T-shirt” says more. There are endless options when you leave it ambiguous. The less guessing the better chance you can get what you want.
What is it?
Price will be impacted greatly on this, so lead with it. Embroidered or printed?
The more locations in a decoration appears on a product, the more it adds time and cost.
Full front, back, left chest, sleeve etc..
1 location per shirt is 1 press, 2 location per shirt is 2 press and so on, each press adds time and cost to your shirts
Base color of a product only matters if it causes a color change to the decoration.
For example: Light print on a dark T-shirt requires another layer of white under the print.
But if you want 50/50 of an order, then you need to switch colors to print Black on white. What color is the product?
6. Decoration colors:
1 color prints cost less than 8 color prints.
Note down how many colors are in the decoration, so you can get a more accurate estimate.
And last but not least
If you have one, share it.
All reputable promotional companies are trying to get you the best product for a fair price.
The internet has democratized the industry, everyone knows what things should cost.
The key to setting your next swag campaign up for success are 3Ts:
Keep them in mind while talking to your swag provider, and you’ll have a much more seamless experience planning your next promo merch.
And if you ever need help – shoot me a DM and let’s talk.