So, I've always used Brand Reps and YouTuber's for my business. I've worked with the best in the industry and I love them dearly. There is definitely still very good reason to work work with Brand Reps and Ambassadors because they do things that mock-ups can't, like promote your brand and help drive traffic and bring awareness to small shops that otherwise drown in a sea of big corporations. You can view some of the Brand Reps that I've worked with on my Liv & Co. Instagram page.
On the flip side of that, I have spent TONS of money purchasing blank products for my Brand Reps making my products, paying for postage, and waiting to get pictures in return. To help ease the burden of cost and speed up time to get new releases out, I went on the search for other ways to creatively express my t shirts, because I'm not the type of girl that likes regular ole photos.
That's when I came across PlaceIt. Be ready to take your small business to a whole new level! Not only does PlaceIt have the best mock-ups for t shirts, they also have mock-ups for hoodies, long sleeve tees, muscle tanks, tank tops, hats, coffee mugs, beer mugs, cell phone cases, bags, pillows, Facebook Ad videos, sale templates, computer screen mock-ups, presentation mock-ups, and much more. There are mock-up options that have people modeling your products or plain mock-ups with just a shirt or cell phone screen, etc., like the one below with our "Darlin' go make it happen." tee.
You may be thinking "Mock-ups? Ewe.", because originally, I did, too. I'd see these HORRIBLE mock-ups that just laid a word over top of a shirt that was all wrinkled up and you could tell the design wasn't really on it. Not with PlaceIt. Your designs flow with the template you apply them to. Like t shirts, for example. If the t shirt the model is wearing has wrinkles or is pulled a certain way, the design is applied to flow with it seamlessly. See below with these two girls in our Girl Power and Hippie Heart tees.
In addition to the financial aspect of having Brand Reps, I had a hard time diversifying my social media platforms and my website photos because I never had POC apply to be on my rep teams, even when I'd put a heavy emphasis on specifically looking for diversity each time I'd launch a search. PlaceIt has made this a non issue for me! There are people of all ethnicities, ages, styles, and sizes in all sorts of settings to choose from. If you need to add some diversity to your social media and/or product photos for your website, you need to get addicted to PlaceIt like I am!
At first I just ordered my photos individually, which was silly, because I was ordering so many and the monthly subscription is only $29 to download UNLIMITED mock-up photos AND mock-up videos (see the one below of our Girl Power tee!)! I was paying $8/ photo. After downloading just 4 photos I would have been at the membership cost. Since purchasing the membership I've downloaded hundreds of pictures in a matter of days for just $29/month! This way I can keep my social media flowing at a steady pace, filling in with these mock-ups while I'm awaiting Brand Rep pictures to come in!
I bet you thought you needed Silhouette for Business to do amazing mock-ups for product photo's, but the good news is - you don't! Below I'm going to show you the 3 step process that takes less than 3 minutes to convert your files!
This link will convert your .studio3 file from your Silhouette Cameo to an .svg file. Once you've uploaded your Silhouette design and converted it to a .svg file you will need to convert it to a .png so it will have a transparent background. You will need to visit this link to upload your .svg files (you can upload and convert multiple at a time), then select what you want want to convert them to, which will be .png. It will ask you an email address to send your converted images to. From there, you'll download those to your computer, go to PlaceIt, select one of the mock-ups you like and click "upload image". Size it to fit the way you need it to and explore the site options! Once you download your finished mock-up, it will email you when it is ready. From there you can download the photos to your computer or phone and share all over the place! Haha!
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