If you have decided you have a passion for fashion, and that now is a better time than any to put your skills to good use and start up your own fashion brand, congratulations! Starting your own fashion line is a brave and confident choice to make, and if you are able to maintain that confidence throughout the highs and lows that come with running such a business, you already have the basics down to help your brand grow. However, this isn’t all you need, and here we will discuss some other top tips that will help you along the way.
Get to Know Your Market
There are plenty of other people out there just like you who are trying to make it big in the fashion world. However, not all will succeed. The key is to get to know your target market by studying them and your products thoroughly. What kind of user and how many of them will be interested in your products? Is there the potential to improve and develop your basic product in time? You might want to check out your competition – try not to go after the same market; rather you should find a niche that they may have overlooked.
Focus on Marketing
You might assume that the odd Facebook post and a few Instagram shots will get you the sales you’re after, but if this is where your efforts end, it’s time to think again. Whether you’re selling customized prom dresses or kids’ t-shirts, a measurable and effective marketing campaign is essential. First of all, you need to have a website. This may sound like obvious advice, but some people will overlook this simple tip simply because they have already made a few sales without one. However, a website is the perfect place to build a brand, and where visitors can learn more about you as a person and a company, which helps them build a relationship with you.
Next, you need to be active on social media. As well as promoting your brand and products, however, try not to bombard consumers with posts that are all about you. Remember the ‘social’ side of social media, and try to show that there is a human behind the brand.
Finally, you might want to consider things like custom packaging that will help make your brand memorable and may even lead to more shares on social media.
Use Quality Photos
The photos you use for your website and Facebook/Instagram page should be of professional quality. If they aren’t the kind of photos you would find listed in an online catalog, they aren’t any good. So, skip the half measures of hanging your clothes on the back of a door, snapping a quick pic and uploading it to your social media; instead, invest in some quality photography equipment. You can even rope somebody into modeling the clothes for you, but if you can’t find somebody willing enough, at least purchase a mannequin made specifically for photography. Pictures like these will exude professionalism, which will, in turn, help consumers understand your products better and trust your brand.
According to a recent study, 74% of businesses fail because they tried to scale up before the business was ready. So, know that it is of vital importance to secure funding and create a budget before you take any steps to grow your brand. You may want to look into other sources of funding than your own initial investment. If you take out a business loan, however, make sure that you are in a position to sustain the burden of your expenses before you start to see a sizeable profit.
Entering the world of fashion is a daunting step, but get the basics down, and you will be well on your way to success.