Another favorite in DecoNework 7.5 is the screen printing live preview of design color reduction.
When a consumer uploads or selects a design, DecoNetwork will automatically reduce the image to the maximum number of colors you allow for screen printing, PLUS match the colors in the design to the screen printing color palette you specified in DecoNetwork.
DecoNetwork will also automatically calculate the cost of the screens used. If the design is uploaded on a dark garment DecoNetwork will also automatically allocate one screen for the white based and deduct the total number of colors a customer can choose by one.
In the back-end your production worksheet will clearly show the number of colors and WHAT colors your customer chose for their screen printing design.
This new improvement in DecoNetwork 7.5 ensures 100% accurate pricing for screen printing on your front-end website, and ensures your customer will see exactly what they are ordering on your site.
If you would like to learn more about the innovative ‘DecoNetwork Search’ tool in DecoNetwork 7.5 which gives you instant access to everything in your business, see our previous post here.
There’s a certain magic to the garment decoration process that only a visit to your shop can truly capture. The rhythm of the machinery, the smell of the ink, the feel of the fabric, the dedicated team hustling to bring the designs to life. Seeing this first-hand gives customers an appreciation for your craft and the skill behind their finished product. But in this digital age you’re likely to have customers all over the country (maybe even the world) that will never get to walk through your doors. So what’s the next best thing? How can you convey not just what you offer but what sets you apart? One way is to tell your story through video.
Video content is a powerful marketing tool that is rapidly rising in popularity. It is a great way to give a behind the scenes tour of your shop, services, equipment, team and processes. To many people the print and embroidery process is a mystery, so if you can remove that uncertainty through an informative and inspiring video, you’ll gain a more engaged and loyal customer.
So how do you create a video that really resonates? Make it about the problems you solve, what you offer above your competitors, the experience you give your customers, show some of your personality and passion and share the larger vision behind what you do. To inspire you in your own efforts, we’ve scoured Youtube for some standout examples of promo videos for print and embroidery shops.
This is the kind of video that sticks with you. The meaningful story behind the name, the beauty of the surrounding country, the clear sense of purpose Joe has and the beauty in the printing process pulls you in.
Do not adjust your set, you haven’t just stumbled upon an MTV music clip. It’s just Super Special’s unique aesthetic and style. The synchronisation of driving beats with the printing press in ‘Genesis of a t shirt’ is hypnotic and stands out from your typical promotional videos.
This one won me over with the story behind their name which honors the legacy of Jim’s grandpa. They also show great care, sincerity and attention to detail in their work. Oh and it’s beautifully shot with a stunning intro and outro.
The pride the Traxler team take in their work and in supporting their local community shines through in this video. They’re values and the experience you can expect when working would win over any prospective customer.
What’s great about ‘Life of a craftsman’ is getting to know many different members of the team, from the owner to the production team to quality control to customer relations everyone’s voice is heard. There is a clear unity in their efforts, values, vision and passion for what they do.
Take a walk (or skate) through the Print Renegades factory and you’ll feel like anything is possible when you collaborate with them. Their enthusiasm and positivity is infectious, maybe it’s something to do with the delicious tunnel fresh pizza!
Living up to their name, Awesome Merchandise show a clever montage of snippets of all the little details that go into decorating products, from conversations to coffee, equipment to pooches, and so much more.
The founders share the origins of their business and what has lead to their growth. What’s nice about their story is their focus on nurturing brands through a talented design team and in providing more than just t-shirts.
A great showcase of their team, wide range of services, grand scope of their operation and some sweet specialty finishing services. They cleverly brand their video and promote some special deals at the end.
For ten quick tips on how to creating compelling videos for social media, check out this post by Hootsuite. Share your thoughts in the comments on your favourites and let us know any stellar videos that we may have missed.
Welcome to 2017, a new year, which is rife with resolutions to make changes for the better. They usually consist of smoke less, eat healthier and take a trip to the gym at least once a week. But what about resolutions for your business? Would you like to do more business? Spend less time at work and more time with your family? Do business more easily with your clients? Maybe even bag some new clients!
There’s no reason why you can’t set and execute new resolutions for your business which can assist you on your journey to success. DecoNetwork can pave the road to accomplishing your business goals. You have to remember, we’re not just a website, we’re an entire solution designed with your business in mind.
Our powerful tools have been created to accelerate your time to revenue by cutting down the time it takes to process quotes, orders and the rest of the production process, right up to shipping your items out the door.
This streamlining process works very easily by keeping everything in one place. All your customer data, designs, previous orders and payments are all stored in one location. This makes it a dream to manage your business.
This “one location”, known to all as the Business Hub, not only stores everything you need to manage your business but it also doubles up as the sales tool you never knew you needed.
You can generate a quote and have it sent into your customer’s inbox, with visuals and pricing information, in just a couple of minutes.
Your customer can login to approve this quote and have payment over to you just as quick.
Not only does DecoNetwork deliver such a powerful product, but we have also partnered with some of the most well-known vendors in the industry to bring you ready-to-use catalogues that have been preconfigured by our dedicated catalogue team. You can enable your best selling products at the click of a button.
We have also built the tools to manage your services, so you can set up your pricing for your printing and this will provide consistency through your business when generating quotes and better consistency throughout your website when your customers are self-serving.
DecoNetwork 7.5 is scheduled for release at the ISS Long Beach tradeshow in January 2017. We’re super excited about what’s coming and here is a snap shot of some of the goodies you can expect.
The new Business Hub management dashboards provides not only a snap-shot of your business, but a motion picture of your business that is good enough to win an Oscar! The real-time overview of everything that is happening in your entire business from sales, artwork approvals, purchasing to production ensures mistakes are identified before they become a costly problem. As with that other Oscar winner, ‘The Good, the Bad and the Ugly’, you get to see what you do well, what needs improving, and what you need to tackle immediately.
Our passionate team have delivered a new, beautifully crafted interface tailored to answer to the user’s demand of simplicity. Clean and intuitive menus guide the user to logical structured pages and settings that together create a compelling and natural experience.
The back-end admin management screens are mobile responsive as well as a new mobile responsive front-end checkout.
Speed is everything. For the first time we give you instant access to everything through an innovative search tool called ‘DecoNetwork Search’, or as we lovingly call it our ‘Googly search’. DecoNetwork Search is your business in one search. From a single search field you can locate your products, customers, orders and more, plus gain instant access to any DecoNetwork setting page, help file or video. This dramatic improvement quite literally eliminates hours of searching and the need to understand every menu and setting page of DecoNetwork. It’s the game changer!
Screen printing color detection
Screen printers know it is almost impossible to sell their screen printing services online. Consumers expectations are now met with the new color detection capabilities of the new DecoNetwork online designer technology. Costly mistakes of consumers incorrectly selecting the number of colors required are eliminated. Consumers get immediate feedback about their uploaded artwork and can reduce and merge colors with the smart color matching technology.
Empowering a consumer to be creative is critical to printers and embroiderers. Nothing is more creative than allowing a consumer to personalize a stunning template for their own use. DecoNetwork 7.5 introduces the DecoNetwork Template Builder, a powerful online design tool for decorators to create customizable templates for their customers to personalize on their front-end website. Consumers can now customize without compromise.
Unsurpassed design speeds
Speed was a driving factor. Thanks to two years of core development in a new design processing technology, text edits, color changes and applying special effects are immediate. Experience unsurpassed design speeds, coupled with more creativity and less clicks.
Keep an eye on our blog, Facebook and Twitter for more previews and updates on DecoNetwork 7.5.
We’re pleased to announce the release of DecoNetwork 7.2.1.
DecoNetwork 7.2.1 focuses on expanding the flexibility of Business Hub and improving the integration of DecoNetwork with accounting software such as Xero and QuickBooks, plus much more.
We’ve made it even easier to get the help you need when you need it with a new integrated phone support and ticketing system that ensures every engagement you have with the DecoNetwork Client Services support team is recorded and captured for future references.
For your convenience your DecoNetwork website has been updated so you can begin to enjoy these new improvements.
Below is a summary of each improvement you can enjoy in your new DecoNetwork 7.2.1.
Additional flexibility in Business Hub
You already love DecoNetwork Business Hub for its power and efficiency when creating and managing your orders and production. You’ll love DecoNetwork Business Hub even more with the new level of flexibility introduced in DecoNetwork 7.2.1.
Editing taxes and shipping options
Sometimes your default tax and shipping options are not suitable for a new order you’re creating. We’ve now made it easier in Business Hub so you can edit your tax and shipping values without the need to log into the back-end fulfillment center and create new tax and shipping options!
This level of flexibility allows you to define a new tax or shipping option while in Business Hub which you can select again for future orders.
Disable sizes for free-form line items
Free-form line items have always given you the flexibility you need to create orders for some of your clients. DecoNetwork 7.2.1 makes even more easier and even more flexible!
You no longer need to define a size for a free-form line item and can simply disable the sizing option in the Size/Qty options.
Accounting software integration
You can now live integrate DecoNetwork with your favorite accounting software such as Xero, QuickBooks or Sage.
With live integration your DecoNetwork orders will automatically update to your accounting software removing the painful task of manually exporting your orders from a system and importing them into another.
To access the accounting software integration log into your DecoNetwork website and browse to Manage Fulfillment > Settings and then select Accounting Software Integration under the General Settings section.
New DecoNetwork ticket and phone support
Support is important for any business and now it’s every easier to get support from DecoNetwork thanks to our integrated 24 hour support phone line and new support ticketing system.
To get the support you need simply log into DecoNetwork and click the red ‘Support’ button to the right of your screen. Our dedicated Client Services team are ready to provide you with the assistance you need, when you need it.
DecoNetwork partners with the world’s finest promotional product suppliers, so we are thrilled to collaborate with BTC activewear on an exciting new tool for their customers.
Being the largest B2B distributor of promotional clothing in Europe, BTC activewear continue to grow and evolve. This is due to their commitment to offering the highest level of choice, service, support and innovation. We recently joined forces in developing an Online Product Designer on the BTC activewear website. Powered by DecoNetwork, this feature allows you to create and share decoration designs with your customers.
How it works
Simply log in, go to the selected product page (from over 1200 available) and click on the ‘Decorator’ tool;
Add an embroidery and/or print design or text to the front/back/sleeves, then download a PDF to forward onto your customer for review – it’s that simple;
The design sample PDF has no references to BTC activewear or DecoNetwork and includes your preferred contact details for sending onto your customer. Voila!
About BTC activewear
Part of the Falk & Ross group since 2010, BTC activewear’s distribution centre is conveniently located in Wednesbury, West Midlands at the very heart of the UK’s motorway network. This enables them to offer delivery so speedy that online orders placed up to 9pm can be delivered by noon the very next day (geographical exceptions apply).
There is no minimum order quantity and BTC activewear offer a ‘Click & Collect’ service. This means that orders are ready within 3 hours and can be collected between 8.30am until 5.30pm, AND customers receive a convenient text or email message when orders are ready. No wonder their service is award-winning!
With BTC activewear you will also get access to some superb sales and marketing tools to communicate product details to your customers and stand out from the crowd, such as customised catalogues and eFlyers.
Not only are BTC activewear committed to offering superior products and service, they also demonstrate integrity by developing the talents and skills of their team, committing to sustainability in their business and by supporting worthy causes and charity organisations. The company’s Cyclescheme initiative offers to outlay the cost of purchasing a bicycle for employees to cycle to work – great for the planet and the team!
As the only supplier in the UK with live ordering enabled, DecoNetwork clients can send their purchase orders directly into BTC activewear’s internal system for error and hassle-free purchasing.
DecoNetwork features the BTC activewear product catalog in the Online Designer plus Business Hub quote, order and production management software.
Our previews of the new features and updates over the past few months have been met with much excitement and anticipation, so we wanted to give you the scoop on our plans for DecoNetwork version 7.5 and 8.
But guess what? We’ve got some great news! Sometimes stars align and some features and improvements are completed sooner than expected, and in following with DecoNetwork’s “release it as we build it” policy we’re excited to announce a newly formed DecoNetwork version 7.5.
Previously DecoNetwork 7.5 was primarily focused around the new SVG vector designer, meanwhile DecoNetwork 8 was focused around the new back-end administration, responsive online designer, responsive themes and web page builder.
Each of these areas have been worked on by various teams each focusing hard to deliver their innovation as soon as possible while maintaining the level of quality DecoNetwork users have come to expect.
The great news is the new and redesigned mobile-responsive administration backend design team are ahead of schedule and instead of holding these new improvements back we’ve decided to merge these changes into DecoNetwork version 7.5. When we floated this idea with our end-user beta testing team the overwhelming response was ‘Get it out there!’ sighting the significant user-experience improvements they have experienced.
This merge means you will be able to experience the new DecoNetwork sooner rather than later! 7.5 delivers a well-designed and refreshing experience with intuitive menus, consistent page layouts and backed by hundreds-of-pages of help articles and videos. These changes do not affect in any way the development of DecoNetwork 8, which we know you’re all very eager to get your hands on! 🙂
Some of the improvements you can now look forward to receiving in DecoNetwork 7.5 are:
Powerful vector-based online designer engine with real-time text and color previews.
Automatic color detection of uploaded designs for screen printing.
Easy color reduction slider to reduce and automatically merge colors in a design.
Responsive consumer-facing account management screen for your customers to view their orders, make payments or re-order.
New role-based dashboards providing detailed overview of your business or individual operator performance.
Template Builder allowing the creation of customizable templates without the need of complicated and expensive graphics software.
Accounting integration with software such as QuickBooks desktop, QuickBooks Online, Sage, Xero.
Faster and simpler setup wizard plus a series of interactive walk-through tutorials that introduce you to some of the key functions and capabilities of DecoNetwork.
Hundreds-of-pages of help articles and videos.
… and a whole stack more!
DecoNetwork 7.5 preview images
The new DecoNetwork 7.5 user interface.
Obtain stunning insights with the new role-based dashboards.
Build customizable templates with the new DecoNetwork Template Builder.
Empower your customers to manage their account in the new mobile responsible account management.
Get help when you need it. Over 200 detailed help articles.
Now the big question: when!
We aim to release DecoNetwork 7.5 at ISS Long Beach this coming January.
Meanwhile in DecoNetwork 8 world, our senior development team have been working on the completely new mobile responsive front-end themes and online designer plus the unbelievably powerful web page builder. You’re going to love it!
DecoNetwork 8 website page builder and online designer.
At DecoNetwork we are committed to offering the industry’s best software solution for print and embroidery businesses, so it’s no surprise that we partner with the world’s finest promotional product suppliers. Known for their premium brand offering and top-notch service, S&S Activewear are going from strength to strength.
Founded in 1988, S&S Activewear is a national wholesaler to the promotional apparel market, headquartered in Bolingbrook, IL. The company has over 1.5 million square feet of warehouse space with four distribution centers in Illinois, California, New Jersey and Kansas optimized to process your orders with speed and accuracy. Orders placed are shipped the same day, and delivery reaches 47 states in 1 or 2 days – now that’s efficient!
S&S have a fantastic set of resources and sales tools on their website including customizable catalogs and flyers, an image library, sales sheets and more. They also showcase their brands beautifully through professional, fun and stylish videos that will wow your customers.
The recent addition of a LiveChat feature on their website allows customers to engage with a live employee who can quickly answer your queries about sizes, colors, inventory and more.
Hot off the press is their New Styles 2017 brochure with some fresh new products to inspire you, check it out here.
S&S Activewear’s full catalogue of products has been integrated into DecoNetwork since 2013, giving you access to their 60+ leading brands. From basic garments to fashion-forward styles, their products include t-shirts, fleece, sport shirts, wovens, hats, bags, aprons, performance apparel and uniforms.
S&S Activewear Brands
DecoNetwork features the S&S Activewear product catalog in the Online Designer plus Business Hub quote, order and production management software. DecoNetwork also live-integrates with S&S Activewear purchasing to allow error and hassle-free purchasing of your blank goods.
To enable the S&S Activewear catalog
Log into your DecoNetwork website
Browse to Manage Fulfillment Center > Products
Select Edit Selection under DecoNetwork SmartSelect settings