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This article originally appeared on Haulix Daily.

 

I'm not ashamed to admit that at 28, there are times I get jealous of today's young music fans. As someone who lived the majority of his teens and 20s wearing band, record label, and/or music-related shirts almost everywhere I went, it's hard to realize such behavior is frowned upon the older you get. Once you leave college and begin waking most days out of the week with the purpose of working to pay off the enormous debt you accrued becoming an adult, the world demands you put a little more effort into your wardrobe than promoting whatever music you're currently enjoying at that moment in time. It's a hard realization, but one that must be faced nine times out of 10 if you hope to get ahead in life. You don't see many executives rocking T-shirts these days, and if they are, they probably started their company at a young age and used their drive to become so successful no one would dare complain about how they dress on any particular day. That's not the case for my life, and I'm willing to bet it's not the case for many of you reading this, so please remember everything that follows is intended for those hoping to target younger demographics of music fans.

7 Special Things Your Superfans Won't Hesitate Paying For

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Sure, it's all about the art, but don't forget that being a professional musician is a business, and money must be made. The profits from album sales are becoming slimmer, and there's only so much touring one group can do before both they and the fans are exhausted, so what's a musician to do?

Whether it be in a Kickstarter-type situation, an online auction, or just something you can add to whatever online store application you're currently using, offering special, one-of-a-kind products is a great way to bring in some extra revenue. Demanding money from those who love your music might be rude, but giving them the option of supporting your art even more with merch and experiences that they would really be into is good for everybody. Tapping into superfans is always acceptable if you're doing so fairly and in a way that respects them. Here are a few ideas for those special items and once-in-a-lifetime opportunities.

4 Smart Ways to Save Money on Your Band Merch and Promo Costs

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Designing band merchandise and promotional materials is a creative exercise second only to writing songs. But what if ambition exceeds band funds? Here are a few simple ways to cut corners financially without watering down the final product too much. Each method will keep more money in the band's coffer, or at least redistribute funds into the local DIY community.

3 Promotional Tactics for Selling More Band Merch Online

Echo Park band LA Font offers free shipping on cassettes – another way to encourage purchases. (Image via lafont.bandcamp.com)

Social media can help you boost sales of online merch, but there's more to marketing your shop than you might guess. Treating your online store more like any other online retailer by using promotional tactics could boost your profits – and the popularity of your shop in general. We've outlined three basic, tried-and-true strategies for online merch sales below. Once implemented, share them on social media. And, of course, as with any sort of discount, be sure to factor in the cost of production to make sure you're not losing money. Consider shipping, too!

How to Set Up a Killer Merch Table at Your Next Show

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As a live music fan, I spend a lot of my time between sets scouring the band's merch tables. Sometimes I rush in knowing exactly what I want, and other times it's a kind of listless wandering, where I'm just waiting for something to jump out at me. But what about the fans who don't ever stop by, or who come by only to leave seconds later because they can't make sense of what you have to offer? How can bands attract the attention of not only new fans, but also future fans?