Print-On-Demand Tools For Your Business

So, you’re chilling at home fantasizing about starting a business with some cool custom products. Then reality hits you. You have no idea what it really takes to get this gig up and running. We’ve all been there, right?

Well, that’s where I come in. I’ll be taking you down a checklist of everything you need. This print-on-demand thing takes more than some fancy designs, it is a real business model after all.

I’ll be taking you through it all, from suppliers and design tools to those new AI tools and cool marketing tools.

So, whether you’re just starting out or coming back to see what you’re missing. Put your boots on and buckle up for the Print-on-demand tools your business needs to succeed in 2023 and beyond.

What Are The Best Print-on-demand Tools For Your Business

So, there it is. The BIG question.

Well, I decided to break all these tools up into some categories for you. This way you get a better understanding of what they’re each good at.

What Types Of Tools Will You Need

  • Print-On-Demand Supplier: This one is pretty obvious, without a great manufacturer, your POD business won’t even start.
  • DIY Tools: Print your products at home, it’s a great way to reduce the cost per product. Who doesn’t like more profit?
  • Design Tools: Without designs, you’re just selling blank products. Who wants a blank product? Don’t worry, it’s not as hard as it seems.
  • AI Tools: Waste no time and use AI instead. Generate ideas and help create designs. Don’t get left in the dust.
  • Image Tools: You’ve got some sweet designs. But how do you make the customer love them? Awesome product images are how.
  • Automation tools: While you grow, you’ll be adding tons of new products. Why not automate the process so you don’t have to worry?
  • Brand Identity Tools: You have to keep your business consistent. Building a strong brand identity can really set you apart. :
  • Email marketing tools: These tools can lead you to some of the highest returns. Basically reminding your customers and fans that they still want your products.
  • Social media marketing tools: Build up an audience. Make people love more than just your products and build an empire around them.
  • Ad Spy Tools: You aren’t the only one advertising. Go check out what your competitors are doing. You can do better.
  • Conversion optimization tools: Even if your products are being seen, they might not get bought. Make your listings and ads more appealing to buy from.
  • Research Tools: You have to stay on top of what’s trending and what the competitors are doing. You’ll never run out of product ideas if you keep up with the trends.

Wow! You made it through that whole list. Let’s jump into each category and see what makes them important and some of my personal favorite picks for each.

Print-On-Demand Suppliers

What would you do without these guys? Probably not start a print-on-demand business if I had to guess.

This is arguably (Definitely) the most important print-on-demand tool for your business.

With the wrong provider, not only are you risking selling poor-quality print-on-demand products, but they could be more expensive too. You might also think that a cheaper provider would be best, right? NO

In my opinion, if you’re selling cheap products, you’re setting your brand up for failure. Yeah, even if the higher-quality products cut profit by 20%. Think about it, a 20% loss per sale is a lot better than 100% fewer customers.

So what are my favorite providers? Let’s take a look.

Printful: Best For Quality

Printiful Home Page

As I said, quality is king. These guys take absolutely no shortcuts when it comes to quality. In fact, they offer 100% in-house printing around the world. Alongside that, they have a great selection of over 230 products.

What I Like:

  • Product quality: In-house printing means they’re one of the highest quality services in the industry.
  • Ease of use: Great for beginners, Printful has easy integration, intuitive interfaces, and simple design creation.
  • Product Range: Offering over 230 unique products, you can run your entire store off of this one supplier.

What isn’t so great:

  • Pricing: Their prices are a bit higher than some other options. But all good things come with a price.
  • Premium: Their lack of a purchasable premium is unfortunate. They are however in the process of adding a plan currently.

For more information read our Honest review of Printful.

Printify: Best For Value

Printify home page

My other top choice is Printify, Printful’s larger competitor. If you’re all about options and flexibility, then Printify’s your jam. They’re not doing the printing themselves; they’re like the middleman connecting you to a whole bunch of print providers. So, you get to pick who does your stuff.

What I Like:

  • Choices, Choices, Choices: Because they partner with multiple print providers, you get a smorgasbord of options. Want eco-friendly? You got it. Need it fast? No prob.
  • Ease of Use: Just like Printful, these guys make it a breeze to set up your shop. Their platform’s user-friendly, so you won’t be pulling your hair out.
  • Pricing: Generally cheaper than Printful. If you’re just starting out or on a budget, this is a big win. Plus they do offer a premium that reduces prices further.

What isn’t so great:

  • Quality Control: Since they’re not doing the printing, quality can vary. But hey, you get to choose your print provider, so do your homework.
  • No In-House Printing: Unlike Printful, they don’t print in-house. Could be a drawback if you’re super picky about quality control.

For more information read our Honest review of Printify.

DIY Printing

DIY Printing at home

What if you wanna be the boss of it all? DIY printing lets you do just that. This is hands-down the most control you’ll have. You’re the chef, the waiter, and the dishwasher.

Pick the wrong tools, and you’re not just risking quality; you’re also burning money. Think going cheap on a printer is gonna help? Think again.

Cheap gear equals cheap products. And that’s a one-way ticket to No-Salesville. Even if you save some bucks upfront, you’ll lose in the long run.

Now, there are a lot of ways you can start printing at home but my personal favorite is sublimation. Let’s take a look at what you need to get your sublimation business started.

Sublimation Printer

This isn’t just any printer; sublimation printers are made to transfer your killer designs onto fabric. Think of it as the quarterback of your DIY team. My top sublimation printer picks are the Epson EcoTank ET-2800 (cheapest option) and the Sawgrass Virtuoso SG-500 (great value for beginners). They’re your go-to for reliable, high-quality prints.

Sublimation Paper

Just like the printer, this isn’t just paper; it’s specially coated to hold onto the ink until it’s transferred. It’s like the wingman to your printer, setting you up for the perfect execution. Brands like A-SUB or Koala are solid choices that won’t let you down.

Sublimation Ink

This is the soul of your design. It’s got to be vibrant and long-lasting. Skimp on this, and your designs will look like they’ve been through the wash a hundred times after one cycle. InkOwl and Cosmos Ink are your pals here.

Cutting Tool

In the beginning, you could start with a good ol’ pair of scissors, but if you’re serious about this, you’ll want to level up. A specialized cutting tool like the Cricut Maker or Silhouette Cameo 4 gives your designs that clean, pro finish.

Heat Press

You could just start with an iron, but that’s like bringing a knife to a gunfight. If you’re in it for the long haul, invest in a proper heat press. This ensures your designs stick and stay vibrant. Brands like PowerPress or Fancierstudio are my favorites.

AI Tools

Depiction of AI

Hold onto your hats, folks. AI tools for print-on-demand are game-changers. Seriously, if you’re not on this train, you’re missing out.

These tools are like the secret sauce for your POD biz. They’re the future, and they’re making waves right now.

Not using AI? You’re basically bringing a knife to a gunfight. These tools are evolving so fast, you’ll be left in the dust if you don’t keep up.

So what are my favorite tools to use in this new wave of tech? Let’s jump in.

ChatGPT: Your In-House Copywriter


ChatGPT is like that friend who always knows what to say. Need to whip up some catchy product descriptions or titles that grab attention? This tool uses natural language processing to generate text that sounds human, not robotic. It’s like having a 24/7 copywriter who doesn’t take coffee breaks.

What I Like:

  • Quality Assurance: The text it generates is almost unnoticeable from what a human would write. That means more engagement and sales.
  • Time-Saver: Forget spending hours brainstorming and editing. ChatGPT speeds up the content creation process.

What isn’t so great:

  • Not Always Perfect: While it’s good, it might generate text that needs a bit of tweaking to fit your brand voice.
  • Subscription Costs: While there is a free version, its often full. So you’ll probably need to shell out for the premium which gives priority access.

MidJourney: The Digital Da Vinci

Midjourney Examples

MidJourney is like having a graphic designer on steroids. It’s one of the most powerful AI image-generation tools out there. Need a unique design for a T-shirt or mug? MidJourney can create intricate and high-res images that can make your products stand out.

What I Like:

  • Uniqueness: Offers a level of creativity and complexity that’s hard to match.
  • Quick Turnaround: Generates designs in a fraction of the time a human designer would take.

What isn’t so great:

  • Learning Curve: It’s powerful but not exactly plug-and-play. You’ll need some time to master it.
  • Price Tag: Quality and speed come at a premium cost.

TinyWow: The Swiss Army Knife of POD

Tinywow for Print-on-demand

TinyWow is your one-stop-shop for all things POD. It’s like the utility belt Batman would use if he was into print-on-demand. From image resizing to generating snappy text for product descriptions, this tool is a jack-of-all-trades.

What I Like:

  • All-in-One: Eliminates the need for multiple subscriptions to different tools. Budget-friendly in the long run.
  • Ease of Use: An intuitive interface means you spend less time figuring stuff out and more time creating.

What isn’t so great:

  • Jack of All, Master of None: While it does a lot, it might not be the best at any one thing.
  • Overload: With so many features, it can be overwhelming to navigate at first.

Design Tools

Alright, let’s talk design tools. If you’re planning to create your own designs, which you totally should, you can’t skimp on this.

This is the bread and butter of your print-on-demand game. Screw this up, and you’re basically selling blank tees and mugs, got it?

You might think, “Hey, I can just use some free tool and call it a day.” Yeah, you can. Free tools are cool for starters, but if you’re serious, paid tools or paid plans can help step up your game.

Adobe Photoshop/Illustrator: The Pro’s Choice

Adobe photoshop and Illustrator

Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator are the titans of the design world. Photoshop is your go-to for photo editing and complex graphic design, while Illustrator excels in vector-based work. These tools give you the ability to create literally anything you can imagine, from intricate logos to full-blown illustrations.

What I Like:

  • High-Quality Output: The level of detail and quality you can achieve is unmatched.
  • Endless Customization: Layers, filters, and advanced editing tools mean your creativity knows no bounds.

What isn’t so great:

  • Cost: Monthly subscriptions can add up, making it a hefty investment.
  • Steep Learning Curve: You’ll need time and possibly training to fully utilize these tools.

Canva: The Beginner’s Bestie

Canva Design Options

Canva is like the friendly neighbor of design tools. It’s incredibly accessible with a drag-and-drop interface. Plus, it offers a plethora of templates for social media posts, presentations, and even print-on-demand designs. It’s my personal favorite for anyone just starting out.

What I Like:

  • User-Friendly: Perfect for those who are new to the design world.
  • Affordable: The free plan is robust, and the paid plan offers even more without breaking the bank.

What isn’t so great:

  • Limited Advanced Features: It won’t replace Adobe for high-level design work.
  • Template Reliance: Easy to spot a Canva design due to common templates.

Procreate: The Hand-Drawn Hero

Procreate is like your digital sketchpad. It’s perfect for illustrators who want that hand-drawn look. With a variety of brushes and an intuitive interface, it’s like drawing on paper, but better.

What I Like:

  • Natural Drawing Experience: Feels like you’re drawing on paper.
  • Portable: All you need is an iPad and a stylus.

What isn’t so great:

  • Platform Limitation: iPad exclusive, so you’ll need to invest in the hardware.
  • Not Ideal for Vector: Best for raster images, not so much for scalable vector designs.

Gimp: The Budget Photoshop

Gimp is the underdog that packs a punch. It’s a free, open-source tool that mimics many of Photoshop’s features. While it may lack some of the advanced capabilities, it’s perfect for basic photo editing and graphic design.

What I Like:

  • Cost-Effective: It’s free, making it great for those on a tight budget.
  • Decent Capabilities: For a free tool, it offers a good range of features.

What isn’t so great:

  • Less Intuitive: The interface can be clunky and less user-friendly.
  • Limited Advanced Features: Lacks the high-end capabilities of its paid counterparts.

Mockup Tools For Print-on-Demand

These bad boys are the unsung heroes of your business. Why? Because you won’t be buying every product you list to make product photos.

This is the tool that can make or break your online store. A lousy mockup is like showing up to a job interview in flip-flops. Don’t be that guy.

A bad mockup is a sales killer. You want your stuff to look as good online as it does in real life. Otherwise, you’re just throwing money down the drain.

Some print providers actually offer their own mockups. Let’s take a look at my favorite mockup generators.

Placeit: The All-in-One Powerhouse

PlaceIt Home Page

Placeit is like the Netflix of mockup tools. It’s got a massive library of templates for everything you can think of—T-shirts, mugs, phone cases, you name it. The best part? It’s so easy to use that you’ll feel like a design pro in no time. You can even animate your mockups to make ’em pop!

What I Like:

  • User Experience: The interface is so intuitive, that it’s like it reads your mind.
  • Quality: The mockups look so real, your customers will try to grab ’em off the screen.

What isn’t so great:

  • Cost: It’s subscription-based, so it’s a recurring expense. But if you’re serious about your biz, it’s a no-brainer investment.
  • Overwhelming Choices: With so many options, you might get stuck in decision paralysis.

Smart Mockups: The Detail Freak

smartmockups Home Page

Smart Mockups is for those who sweat the details. It offers high-res, photorealistic mockups that make your products look like they were shot in a studio. Plus, you can customize backgrounds, shadows, and even the product’s color.

What I Like:

  • Precision: The level of detail is insane. Your products will look like they’ve been shot by a pro photographer.
  • Flexibility: You can tweak every little thing to make it just right.

What isn’t so great:

  • Limited Range: It doesn’t have the vast library that Placeit offers.
  • Learning Curve: It’s not as plug-and-play as other options, so you’ll need some time to get the hang of it.

Unfortunately, Smart Mockups Will only be in operation until September 2024

Printful/Printify’s In-House Mockup Gen: The Convenient Choice

canva shirt done

These in-house gems are built right into Printful and Printify, making it a one-stop shop. You design, mockup, and sell all in one place. While they may not offer the range or customization of standalone tools, they get the job done and keep your workflow streamlined.

What I Like:

  • Time-Saver: Everything’s in one place, so you save time toggling between apps.
  • Consistency: Since it’s in-house, your product mockups will match the end product more closely.

What isn’t so great:

  • Limited Customization: You’re stuck with what they offer, so forget about going wild with your creativity.
  • Quality: They’re good but not ‘wow’ your socks off good. If you’re super picky, this might be a deal-breaker.

Brand identity tools for print-on-demand

Look, you can’t just be another face in the crowd. You have got to stand out, make some noise, be memorable! Your brand identity is like your business’s personality. No one wants to hang with the dull, faceless guy at the party, right? Well probably, but not everyone.

This is the secret sauce, my friend. It’s what makes people feel something when they see your logo or hear your name. Mess this up, and you’re just another generic brand in a sea of meh.

Going cheap or half-assing your brand identity? Bad move. You’ll look like every other no-name brand, and that’s a vibe killer. Trust me, investing in your brand identity is what can turn your business into an empire.

Namechk: The Name Game

namechk Home Page

Namechk is like your brand’s personal detective. It scours the internet to find available domain names and social media handles that match your brand name. This ensures you have a consistent online identity, which is super crucial for brand recognition. Imagine having the same name across all platforms; it’s like having the same outfit for every party—people will remember you.

What I Like:

  • Unified Branding: Consistency across platforms builds trust and makes you easily searchable.
  • Time-Saver: No need to manually check each platform; this tool does the heavy lifting.

What isn’t so great:

  • Limited Options: If you’ve got a common name, good luck. You might have to get creative.
  • No Guarantees: Just because a name is available doesn’t mean it’s a good fit for your brand.

Brandroot: The Premium Pick

Brandroot Home Page

Brandroot is the VIP lounge of brand naming. Not only do you get a premium, brandable domain name, but it also comes with a ready-made logo. It’s like buying a tailored suit with all the accessories included.

What I Like:

  • Turnkey Solution: You get a name and a logo, so you’re ready to hit the market.
  • Quality Assurance: These names are curated for impact and memorability.

What isn’t so great:

  • Cost: This is the champagne of naming tools, and it’s priced accordingly.

Colors.LOL: The Color Guru Home Page with examples

Colors.LOL is your brand’s personal stylist but for colors. It offers curated color palettes that can make your brand visually stunning. It takes the guesswork out of choosing colors that complement each other, making your brand look cohesive and professional.

What I Like:

  • Visual Cohesion: A well-chosen palette makes everything from your logo to your website look put together.
  • No Design Degree Needed: The curated palettes mean you don’t need to understand color theory.

What isn’t so great:

  • Not Unique: Other brands might be using the same palettes.
  • Limited Customization: You can’t tweak the curated colors, so you’re stuck with what they give you.

Print-On-Demand Automation Tools

You can’t clone yourself, but automation tools are the next best thing. Seriously, these bad boys are a lifesaver when you’re scaling up.

This is the unsung hero of a growing print-on-demand biz. You start small, but as orders pile up, so do the tasks. Think you can manually upload hundreds of listings? Nah, you’ll go nuts.

Going manual is like riding a bike in the Indy 500. You’ll get lapped. Automation tools help you keep pace without losing your mind or quality. A bit of investment now saves you a ton of headaches later.

Flying Upload

Flying Upload Home Page

Flying Upload is like your personal assistant for uploading designs. It supports multiple platforms, so you’re not just stuck with one. It’s got a bulk upload feature that’s a lifesaver when you’ve got a ton of designs to get out there.

What I Like:

  • Bulk Uploads: Imagine uploading hundreds of designs in one go. Time-saver, right?
  • Multi-Platform Support: You’re not putting all your eggs in one basket; spread your designs across different platforms.

What isn’t so great:

  • Cost: It’s not free, and if you’re just starting, the price might make you think twice.
  • Learning Curve: It’s feature-rich, which is awesome but can be overwhelming at first.


Merch Titans Home

MerchTitans is like the Swiss Army knife for print-on-demand. It’s got keyword research, analytics, and even a design automation feature. It’s for those who are serious about turning their print-on-demand into a full-blown business.

What I Like:

  • All-in-One: From keyword research to analytics, it’s got you covered.
  • Design Automation: You can automate the boring stuff and focus on being creative.

What isn’t so great:

  • Pricey: It’s on the expensive side, especially for newbies.
  • Complexity: It’s got a lot of features, which means you’ll need time to get the hang of it.


Lazy Merch Home Page

LazyMerch is all about making your life easier. It automates the uploading process and even fills in the product details for you. It’s like the set-it-and-forget-it of print-on-demand tools.

What I Like:

  • Auto-Fill Feature: Filling in product details can be a drag. LazyMerch does it for you.
  • Ease of Use: It’s user-friendly, even if you’re not a tech wizard.

What isn’t so great:

  • Limited Features: It does what it does well, but don’t expect a ton of extra features.
  • No Analytics: You’ll need another tool for tracking your sales and performance.

Merch Informer

Merch Informer Home Page

Merch Informer is your go-to for market research. Want to know what designs are hot right now? This tool will show you. It’s like having a crystal ball for the print-on-demand market.

What I Like:

  • Market Insights: Know what’s selling and what’s not, so you’re not shooting in the dark.
  • Design Inspiration: Get ideas for your next big hit.

What isn’t so great:

  • Subscription-Based: Another monthly fee to think about.
  • Niche-Specific: It’s mainly focused on market research, so you’ll need other tools for other tasks.

Email marketing tools for print-on-demand

Alright, let’s switch gears to something that’s pure gold: Email Marketing. Why’s it so killer? ‘Cause you’re not cold-calling randos; you’re talking to peeps who already dig your stuff.

This is the sniper rifle in your marketing arsenal. One good shot, and you’ve got a customer for life.

Go cheap or lazy on this, and you’re basically throwing money down the drain. Cheap tools = crappy features. And you don’t want to be that guy who spams everyone’s inbox, do you?

So let’s take a look at my favorite email marketing tools.

Klaviyo: The Data-Driven Dynamo

klaviyo home page

Klaviyo’s all about using data to make your emails smarter. It automates key messages and lets you see how your campaigns are doing with killer analytics.

What I Like:

  • Automation: Set up key messages once, and let Klaviyo do the rest.
  • Analytics: Real-time data to tweak your game.

What isn’t so great:

  • Price: It’s on the pricier side, but hey, quality ain’t cheap.

Drip: The eCommerce All-Star

Drip Home page

Drip’s your go-to for eCommerce email marketing. It integrates with platforms like Shopify and Woocommerce, giving you a 360-view of your store’s performance.

What I Like:

  • Integration: Syncs with major eCommerce platforms.
  • Full Picture: See how emails impact your overall sales.

What isn’t so great:

  • Learning Curve: Takes a bit to get the hang of all the features.

Social media marketing tools

If you’re not on the social media train, you’re missing out big time. This isn’t just about getting clicks; it’s about building a fan base that loves your stuff.

This is the secret sauce, my friends. You can have the best products, but if no one knows you exist, you’re shouting into the void.

Cheap marketing? Nah, you’ll look spammy. Invest in solid social media tools, and you’re investing in your brand’s future. A smaller, loyal fan base beats a ton of one-time buyers. Trust me, the ROI is worth it.

Buffer: The Zen Master of Scheduling


Buffer is like that super-organized friend who never forgets a birthday. It lets you schedule posts across multiple platforms—Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn, you name it. But it’s not just a scheduler; it also gives you analytics that are easy to understand. So, you’re not just posting; you’re posting smarter.

What I Like:

  • User-Friendly: Even if you’re a tech newbie, you’ll get the hang of it fast. This means less time fumbling and more time engaging.
  • Consistency: With Buffer, you can maintain a consistent posting schedule, which is key for keeping your audience engaged.
  • Quality Analytics: It doesn’t just throw numbers at you; it gives you insights you can actually use.

What isn’t so great:

  • Limited Collaboration: It’s not the best for team efforts. You’re kinda on your own.
  • Pricey Upgrades: The free version is decent, but if you want the really good stuff, you’ll need to shell out some cash.

Hootsuite: The Jack-of-All-Trades

Hootsuite Home Page

Hootsuite is like your personal social media command center. It’s not just about scheduling; it’s about everything. You can manage all your posts, check your mentions, and even let your team in on the action. It’s the Swiss Army knife of social media tools.

What I Like:

  • Comprehensive Dashboard: You can see everything from one screen. It’s like having eyes on the back of your social media head.
  • Team Collaboration: If you’ve got a team, this is a game-changer. Assign tasks, share drafts, and more.
  • In-Depth Analytics: This tool digs deep. You’ll know exactly what’s working and what needs a tweak.

What isn’t so great:

  • Learning Curve: It’s feature-rich, which means it can be overwhelming at first.
  • Cost of Full Features: The free version is a teaser. For the full experience, your wallet’s gonna feel it.

Ad Spy tools

Ever wondered what your competitors are up to? Stop wondering and start spying! Okay, not like James Bond spying, but close enough.

Ad Spy tools are the unsung heroes of any online biz. They’re like your own private investigator but for ads.

Go cheap or skip ’em, and you’re basically flying blind. You’ll miss out on what’s hot and what’s not. And let’s be real, doing better than the competition is the name of the game.

If you’re not spying, you’re not trying. Why let your competitors have the upper hand? A little investment here can mean big gains in customer traffic.

Facebook Ad Library: The Basic but Reliable Spy

Facebook Ad Library

It’s an official tool from Facebook that allows you to see what ads your competitors are running on the platform. It’s super useful for a quick glance at what your rivals are up to, especially if you’re mainly competing on Facebook. It’s a great starting point for understanding your competition’s Facebook strategy.

What I Like:

  • Zero Cost: It’s free, so you can start spying without spending a dime. This is a huge benefit for small businesses or anyone just starting out.
  • User-Friendly: It’s straightforward to use. You don’t need to be a tech wizard to navigate it.

What isn’t so great:

  • Surface-Level Data: It gives you a peek but not the full picture. You won’t get detailed analytics or insights into the ad’s performance.
  • Facebook-Only: It’s limited to Facebook ads. If your competitors are rocking it on other platforms, you’ll be in the dark.

PowerAdspy: The All-In-One Intelligence Agency

PowerAdSpy Home Page

PowerAdspy is like having a full-fledged detective agency at your fingertips. This tool goes beyond Facebook and lets you explore ads on a variety of platforms. It’s incredibly detailed, giving you insights into the target audience, ad performance, and even the ad’s creative elements.

What I Like:

  • Multi-Platform Coverage: You’re not just limited to one social media site; you can spy across multiple platforms. This is a game-changer for comprehensive competitive analysis.
  • In-Depth Analytics: It provides a wealth of data, from engagement metrics to audience demographics, helping you craft more effective ad campaigns.

What isn’t so great:

  • Pricey: Quality comes at a cost. If you’re on a tight budget, this might be a stretch.
  • Learning Curve: With great power comes great responsibility. It takes time to fully understand how to utilize all its features for maximum benefit.

Conversion optimization tools

You’ve got the products, but how do you turn window shoppers into buyers? Enter conversion optimization tools. These bad boys are like your wingman at a party, making sure you don’t just get noticed but actually get the date.

I can’t stress this enough: these tools are clutch. Without ’em, you’re basically throwing a party and forgetting to send invites. You need people to not just see your stuff but to actually hit that “Buy” button.

Going cheap or skipping these tools? Bad move. You’ll get traffic but no sales, like being all dressed up with nowhere to go. A few bucks spent on a good tool can skyrocket your sales.

Hotjar: The Behavior Whisperer

HotJar Home

Hotjar is like your website’s personal psychologist. It doesn’t just show you what users are doing; it helps you understand why. With features like Heatmaps and Recordings, you can see where users are clicking or getting stuck. The Feedback and Surveys features let you directly ask your audience what they think. This is gold for tweaking your site to make it as user-friendly and conversion-ready as possible.

What I Like:

  • User-Centric: Helps you get into the user’s head, making it easier to solve their problems and up your conversions.
  • Actionable Insights: The data you get isn’t just numbers; it’s a roadmap to making your site better.

What isn’t so great:

  • Information Overload: If you’re not data-savvy, the wealth of info can be overwhelming.
  • Cost Factor: The free version is decent, but to unlock the real magic, you gotta pay up.

Unbounce: The Landing Page Maestro

Unbounce Home

Unbounce isn’t just another landing page builder; it’s a conversion machine. The Smart Traffic feature is a game-changer. It automatically directs different visitor segments to the landing pages where they’re most likely to convert. Plus, the Smart Content feature tailors your landing page content to individual users. It’s like having a personal shopper for each visitor.

What I Like:

  • Conversion-Focused: Every feature is designed to not just attract but actually convert visitors.
  • Personalization: The Smart Content feature makes each visitor feel like the landing page was made just for them.

What isn’t so great:

  • Steep Learning Curve: It’s feature-rich, which is awesome, but can take a while to master.
  • Price Tag: It’s on the pricier side, but remember, you’re investing in conversions, not just a tool.

Research Tools For Print-On-Demand

You can have the best print-on-demand setup, but if you’re not in the loop with what’s hot, you’re basically shooting in the dark.

These tools are your crystal ball, man. They help you see what’s trending and what’s not, so you’re not stuck with a bunch of “Live, Laugh, Love” tees in 2023.

Skimping on research tools? Don’t. You’ll end up with stale designs that even your mom won’t buy. And let’s be real, if you’re not keeping up with trends, you’re basically setting your brand up to be the next Blockbuster. Ouch.

Merch Titans: The Amazon Whisperer

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If you’re selling on Amazon, Merch Titans is your backstage pass. It shows you the top dogs in your niche, plus all the nitty-gritty like price, seller rank, and monthly sales. It’s like having a spy in the Amazon jungle.

What I Like:

  • Top Sellers: Know who you’re up against and what’s selling like hotcakes.
  • Versatile: Good for Amazon, but you can apply the insights to other platforms too.
  • Time-Saver: Frees you up to focus on design and customer service.

What isn’t so great:

  • Amazon-Centric: If you’re not on Amazon, some features might not be as useful.
  • Competitive: Amazon’s a tough playground, and this tool confirms it.

Why Are These Print-On-Demand Tools Important

These tools aren’t just bells and whistles; they’re your secret sauce for success. For print-on-demand sellers, it’s not just about slapping a design on a tee and calling it a day. You’ve got to be on top of trends, understand your audience, and offer something that’s not just good but great.

Take professional graphic designers, for example. They can help you create stunning illustrations that make your products pop. Or maybe you’re looking to create social media posts that grab attention. These tools can help you do that too.

So, why are these tools a big deal? Because they give you the edge in a saturated market of selling print-on-demand products. They help you go from being just another seller to the one people can’t stop talking about.

Bottom line: If you’re serious about growing your brand, these tools are your ticket to the big leagues. Don’t miss out!

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the best print-on-demand platforms to start with?

There are a ton of demand platforms out there, but not all are created equal. Look for platforms that offer quality products, good customer service, and easy integration with your own website or online marketplace. Our top picks are Printify and Printful.

How important is SEO for my print-on-demand business?

Super important! SEO tools can help your products show up in search engines like Google. If you’re not using an SEO tool, you’re basically leaving money on the table. Google Analytics can also give you insights into what’s working and what’s not.

Can I run my print-on-demand business without any software?

Technically, yes. But why make life hard for yourself? There are plenty of demand software options that can handle everything from design to shipping in just a few minutes.

Do I need to be a design pro to create images for my products?

Nope! While Adobe Illustrator is the go-to tool for many, there are other user-friendly options that offer unlimited downloads of ready-made designs. You can also hire professional graphic designers if you want something unique. Canva is great for POD, plus it’s easy to use and free.

How can I market my print-on-demand products?

There are tons of ways to market your POD products! From targeted email campaigns to social media ads, the sky’s the limit. Just make sure you’re reaching the right print-on-demand audience to get the most bang for your buck.

Can I sell on multiple platforms?

Absolutely! The more, the merrier. Different print-on-demand platforms have different audiences, so spreading your wings can help you reach more people. Just make sure you can manage them all effectively.

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