How To – Launch a Graphic T-Shirts Website in 24 Hours

1.) 8:00 AM: REGISTER A DOMAIN NAME. This takes up to 24 hours to go through so start out by getting yourself an on-target graphic t-shirts domain name. One that happens to be available right now: RadGraphicTees.com. It includes one of the most searched keywords in terms of graphic t-shirts: graphic tees and is fairly easy to remember.

2.) 8:30 AM: HOST YOUR DOMAIN. Find cheap hosting for around $9 per month with minimal bandwidth to begin with. You can later upgrade later once there is more demand for your graphic tshirts. Make sure you have MySql and php abilities and at least 5 Gb of space.

3.) 9:00 AM: BUILD YOUR GRAPHIC TEE WEBSITE. Hopefully you know some html and/or php – MySql. (If you don’t, you have many options, which I will go through later. ) Start simple with your graphic t-shirts site design. Be minimal and use large images. Follow the example of the leaders in good design such as Threadless or Indie Shirts. Avoid using unnecessary Flash and keep your code clean. Include strong calls to action: “buy”, “buy”, “buy”. Remember your goal: you want visitors to not only like your website, but to purchase your graphic tees. First mock-up the design in Photoshop, then code it. As for creating the e-commerce functionality, you may need to rely on a web developer if you have only basic skills. Otherwise, there are solutions through WordPress and Joomla extensions, Paypal, and countless online services to help you with this. Good luck. This will most likely be the most stressful part of your endeavor.For those who do not know how to code html or know anything about making a website, install WordPress to post each graphic t-shirt one by one, each with its own post. This is a different kind of website for graphic tees, but will still work. Just make sure to eventually customize your look and add your e-commerce functionality later down the road when you learn how. At first you can simply try and create buzz around your t-shirts and sell them later.

4.) 9:00 PM: DESIGN YOUR GRAPHIC T-SHIRTS. To have a line of t-shirts, you only need one t-shirt. To begin with, come-up with an idea. Refer to my guide on how to do so if you need help. Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop are a great place to start. Look for free vector images if you want to add anything besides text to your graphic t-shirts. Your tees should deliver a message and look cool at the same time. Also, try and make them original so that your website in particular stands out as a place to go for great graphic tees.

5.) 12:00 PM: PHOTOSHOP YOUR DESIGN ON TO BLANK T-SHIRTS. Until you have printed any graphic tees, simply take your designs and Photoshop them on to blank t-shirts. One color of each design will do, with other colors available. Place your cool graphic t shirts on a background that is plain, making them easy to see, or that says “urban”. You can start printing a limited number of t-shirts right after your website is launched, and based on demand. Crop these to the right size and upload them to your graphic tee website.

6.) 5:00 AM: ANNOUNCE YOUR NEW GRAPHIC TEE WEBSITE. Use an online press release agency, go to every single graphic t-shirt blog you know – or that you find through Technorati – and post information about why your new graphic tee website is the best. Once your site goes live, be sure to use StumbleUpon to drive traffic to this fresh content. Digg a blog entry about your website if you create a blog (it’s a good idea).

7.) 8:00 AM: (if you are still awake) GO TO BED. YOU JUST CREATED AN ONLINE GRAPHIC T-SHIRTS STORE.

Blue Man Group Launches First Theatrical Tour of North America

Blue Man Group has been around since the late 1980′s. They have shows in New York, Boston, Chicago, Orlando, Las Vegas, Germany, Japan, and Sweden. They also have a production running on a Norwegian Cruise Line.

The trio of blue skinned, earless, speechless, alopecia suffers have appeared in dozens of commercials and television shows as well as numerous high profile live events.

However, they are most famous for and will always be famous for one thing: being on Arrested Development.

On the hilarious but ill-fated Fox sitcom, the character Tobias Fnke-the first licensed “analrapist” (a combination of analyst and therapist)-tried to join the Blue Man Group. He mistakenly believed it was a support group for depressed men.

As a result, Fnke spent most of the second season in a blue hue. The makeup, which stretched from his head to his toes, was constantly getting onto everything. And in a hilarious contradiction of the aforementioned description, Fnke wore glasses and failed to shave off his bushy moustache.

Arrested Development is a cult classic. Separating one’s self from such a thing is quite difficult, but if anyone can do it, it’s The Blue Man Group.

The creative organization launched their first ever theatrical tour on Sept. 14, 2010 in Dallas, Texas. Prior to that, the show played in Fayetteville, Arkansas for about a week.

The tour will visit nearly 40 cities culminating with a multi-week stand at the Golden Gate Theatre in San Francisco, California.

Tickets are currently on sale for a majority of shows.

The tour features stuff from their current productions as well as brand new stuff created just for this outing.

Traditionally, Blue Man Group shows are a cross between a rock concert and a theater show. Their act utilizes music, comedy, and multimedia elements. The trio is accompanied on stage by a live band.

“We can’t wait to show the country what we’ve been working on. This show combines Vegas-sized production values and spectacle with the intimate Off-Broadway experience for which we are best known,” says Chris Wink, Blue Man Group co-founder.

Some of the new features fans can expect to see are a proscenium-sized LED curtain and a high-resolution screen. The traveling production also employs new sets and a new sound design.

Aspects of the show that haven’t changed are the good times and the audience participation.

“Our show is really more about the collective experience of the audience. It’s about all of us embracing a sense of wonder and discovery, and celebrating together rather than passively viewing a performance,” explains co-founder Phil Stanton.

The Blue Man Group was founded by Phil Stanton, Chris Wink, and Matt Goldman in 1987 in Manhattan. The trio’s first show, Tubes, was well-received by both critics and audiences and eventually earned them an Obie Award (bestowed by the Village Voice to off-Broadway theater groups and performers). That show is still running at the Astor Place Theatre. The group’s first show outside of New York opened in Boston at the Charles Playhouse in 1995.

In addition to their theatrical shows, the Blue Man Group has also released several albums and performance DVD’s. A full-length 3-D movie starring the Blue Man Group is scheduled for release at IMAX theaters in 2011.

A Successful Launch

Think back to the last movie you went to see. Did you know something about the movie before it opened in theaters? You bet you did. The movie studios made sure of that. You see, the movie studios are masters of pre-launch marketing, which includes building buzz and anticipation for their movie. They make sure you see intriguing clips well ahead of the opening date. They team up with joint venture partners (like fast food restaurants) to hand out related toys and figurines.

They also make sure the top reviewers and a few select customers see the movie well ahead of time and start building that buzz. If they’ve done their job, on opening day, they’ll have lines of people stretching around the block at theaters everywhere.

Now imagine instead if they didn’t start advertising their movies until the day the movie opened. For the first time, potential customers would see TV ads. On that day, the movie studios would be scrambling to get reviewers for the movie. There would be no advanced screenings. There would be no trailers on the Internet.

End result? No massive push, no pre-launch buzz… and so, no lines of customers stretching around the block.That wouldn’t be a very smart way to market a movie, would it ? Of course not.

And yet, all around the Internet, people think it IS a smart way to market their own products. The day they launch their product is the very first day their prospects are exposed to any type of advertising or marketing. Instead of launching the product with a huge bang and a fresh burst of word-of-mouth buzz, the product launch fizzles like fireworks in a rainstorm.

Obviously, it’s important to get your product launches off with a bang.

Then, Once you get the product launch rolling, it’s like a snowball rolling down the hill – it only gets bigger and bigger.

Here are two important keys that should build the framework of your entire pre-launch:Your pre-launch should be entertaining and it should be an event.