You can have the greatest band merch in the world, but what’s the use of having it if you fail to sell it? Follow the Backwoods Merch following pointers and your merch will be flying off the table in no time!
- Put A Light On it!
Venues/Clubs/Bars are dark areas. Having a light on your table helps to attract attention and makes people want to check out what you are selling.
- Make an interesting Merch Display!
Get creative with how you present your merch. One of the greatest setups we have ever seen was for the traditional band, The Apathy Eulogy. They set their merch up in vintage suitcases. It gave their merch an indie, almost bohemian feel, which tied in nicely with their music.
Here are some other tips that could make your merch display more interesting:
-Use digital picture frames to display pricing.
-Use props like trunks, plants, mannequins, etc.
-Set up line holders behind your table to hang t-shirts on.
-Arrange your Compact discs into pyramids.
- Bundle Your Merch Together!
Instead of selling your Computer games, stickers, t-shirts, etc. individually, try bundling them together for a small discount. For example, if you sell your CD for $10 and t-shirt for $15, offer both for $20. This will cause your fans to purchase more than they might normally.
- Advertise Your Merch From the Stage!
While you are still on stage and have everyone’s attention, make sure you mention your merch. Also, tell people that you are going to be at your merch table right after you get off stage so one of these know how to locate you.
- Meet Your Fans at the Table!
When you get off the stage, fans always want to talk to you. Instead of meeting your fans at the front of the stage, go back to your merch table. Confer with your fans there. This enhances the chance of making a sale.
Usually, there is a rush to get your equipment off the stage before the next band starts. Before you head on stage, select a few band members to lead to the tools. This will allow at least one person in the band to head on to the merch table.
- Accept Credit/Debit Cards!
Let’s face it: We are almost a cashless society. Don’t lose out on sales because you accept cash. There are a lot of apps out there right now that allow you to process credit/debit card transactions right through your phone.
If you do not have a smart phone, another option is to just use a laptop where wifi is available and run transactions by way of a PayPal account.
- Give Something Away For free!
Have something free to share to your fans. You do not want your free item to cost more than a few cents each so we would recommend offering small stickers, pens, key chains, etc. with your band name on it.
Another great option is to print up music download cards with a sample of your music and hand them out for free. Download cards allow fans to download your songs and put them on their ipod touch, Zune, etc. You can get these cards from companies like mine, Distrophonix for about $99 for 1000.
Here are two suggestions
-For anyone who visits your merch table, offer something for free. Much better, use the free item as an compensation for them to sign up for your list.
-At the end of the show hand out free download cards, stickers, etc. to people as they leave. With regards to this is to make sure that everyone leaving the show has something to remember you by. This will help you grow your fan base and sell more merch in the future.