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rymf

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I've started a small clothing brand but I haven't got any sale yet.
I spent $1000 (it's a lot for me now) to create first products - everything is sewn locally etc - about 25 pieces.
(creating it took about 6 months, everything made out of scratch. My first real business ever)

I started selling few days ago and run Facebook ads - now they have 100k reach.
My website is visited by 100 people each day and I still haven't got any sale, my marketing budget is running up.

I don't know what is wrong - my product is good, unique and many people like it but no one buys it (1,5k likes on IG).
In Poland there are many small clothing brands and they're just putting big text with basic font with their name on a hoodie and people buy it.
My products are unique and feel premium. Description of my product is like a story telling, I try to connect with people and make my brand seem special. Price is about 70$ (with shipping) (other brands prices are much higher)
Does anyone have any advice on what should I do to get sales?
I really want to work hard on it but I don't know what should I do.

I would rather not give away any details like name or website
 
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I would rather not give away any details like name or website

Really tough to see what's wrong if we can't see what's wrong.

I'd also like to see a screenshot of your FB ad numbers. Costs, targeting, etc.
 

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Really tough to see what's wrong if we can't see what's wrong.

I'd also like to see a screenshot of your FB ad numbers. Costs, targeting, etc.
Thanks for interest
I cannot set specific target group when targeting people under 18, so It's just set to
Poland, all gender, 13-24

1 zł = 0,25 USD

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Maybe should I remove reach ads and invest all money into conversion/traffic ads? If yes, which one - conversions or traffic?
 
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Thanks for interest
I cannot set specific target group when targeting people under 18, so It's just set to
Poland, all gender, 13-24

1 zł = 0,25 USD

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Maybe should I remove reach ads and invest all money into conversion/traffic ads? If yes, which one - conversions or traffic?

Yeah reach ads for you will be useless.

I don't have all the factors. I'm worried about your site not being set up for conversions/capture/etc... simply because any idiot can get traffic and leads, it's what you DO with those leads that actually makes the difference.

What I'd suggest is run 10 conversion ads to 10 audiences with VERY little targeting.

Meaning: everybody in Poland, all ages, all genders who like __________________

The blank is under the detailed targeting for interests.

Figure out what your people MIGHT like (I'm totally bullshitting these answers so you'll have to figure this piece out yourself):

everybody in Poland, all ages, all genders who likes fashion
everybody in Poland, all ages, all genders who likes clothing
everybody in Poland, all ages, all genders who likes video games
everybody in Poland, all ages, all genders who likes food

The trick is to find audiences that would align with your stuff.

So if I were you:

Run 10 conversion ads for 10 audiences @ $5 per day (no more) for a week. So you're spending $50 per day.

At the end of the week, you take a look at which audiences are working, which ones aren't. Kill the ones that aren't and either take that $5 and add it into one that IS working or create a new test audience.

If $50/day is too much, run 5 ads for $5 a day.

Let the algorithm do the work -- let Facebook find the right people for you instead of trying to tell it what to target. That'll decrease your costs and increase your conversion.

But once again... any idiot can get leads and traffic... it's the site that's going to make the real difference.

NOTE: Make sure your ads are SUPER clear you're selling these types of shirts ( or whatever)
 
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You spent 6 MONTHS working on stuff with ZERO market validation and evidence that people would be buying from you?

LMFAO

Welcome to the painful world of learning business lessons.

Do NOT invest your time, energy or too much money into things that are not validated with real sales or a ton of interest.

You make a mockup, run some fake ads, test the conversion rate, then you make it real or kill the project. Rinse and repeat and you can test an idea every weekend.

Do NOT think that being busy is being productive. The customer does not know anything. They do not know if your ads are to a real product. They do not know if you spent 45 years hand stitching a single shirt or if you waved a magic wand and made it appear for one cent. Use that to your advantage instead of your disadvantage.

You should test an idea in a single weekend with a grand of ad spend or so.

No sales? Then no one gives a shit and you are free to move on.

Now you're stuck because you're so invested it HAS to work, which means you'll go crazy trying to swim upstream when you're in the wrong river.

Hard work is important. Smart work is important. In business you have to do both.
 

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So you spent about $40 a piece on them. Seems pretty expensive. Do you communicate that they are locally made, hand made? What’s so special about their quality?

300 visits and no conversions tells me it’s a price, product or audience issue. You need to figure out which one it is.
 

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Yeah reach ads for you will be useless.

I don't have all the factors. I'm worried about your site not being set up for conversions/capture/etc... simply because any idiot can get traffic and leads, it's what you DO with those leads that actually makes the difference.

What I'd suggest is run 10 conversion ads to 10 audiences with VERY little targeting.

Meaning: everybody in Poland, all ages, all genders who like __________________

The blank is under the detailed targeting for interests.

Figure out what your people MIGHT like (I'm totally bullshitting these answers so you'll have to figure this piece out yourself):

everybody in Poland, all ages, all genders who likes fashion
everybody in Poland, all ages, all genders who likes clothing
everybody in Poland, all ages, all genders who likes video games
everybody in Poland, all ages, all genders who likes food

The trick is to find audiences that would align with your stuff.

So if I were you:

Run 10 conversion ads for 10 audiences @ $5 per day (no more) for a week. So you're spending $50 per day.

At the end of the week, you take a look at which audiences are working, which ones aren't. Kill the ones that aren't and either take that $5 and add it into one that IS working or create a new test audience.

If $50/day is too much, run 5 ads for $5 a day.

Let the algorithm do the work -- let Facebook find the right people for you instead of trying to tell it what to target. That'll decrease your costs and increase your conversion.

But once again... any idiot can get leads and traffic... it's the site that's going to make the real difference.

NOTE: Make sure your ads are SUPER clear you're selling these types of shirts ( or whatever)

Thank you for for advices. I know that I should specify but in EU you can't specify interest if you're targeting people under 18.
 

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You spent 6 MONTHS working on stuff with ZERO market validation and evidence that people would be buying from you?

LMFAO

Welcome to the painful world of learning business lessons.

Do NOT invest your time, energy or too much money into things that are not validated with real sales or a ton of interest.

You make a mockup, run some fake ads, test the conversion rate, then you make it real or kill the project. Rinse and repeat and you can test an idea every weekend.

Do NOT think that being busy is being productive. The customer does not know anything. They do not know if your ads are to a real product. They do not know if you spent 45 years hand stitching a single shirt or if you waved a magic wand and made it appear for one cent. Use that to your advantage instead of your disadvantage.

You should test an idea in a single weekend with a grand of ad spend or so.

No sales? Then no one gives a shit and you are free to move on.

Now you're stuck because you're so invested it HAS to work, which means you'll go crazy trying to swim upstream when you're in the wrong river.

Hard work is important. Smart work is important. In business you have to do both.

Of course I had some market validation.
I am 17 and didn't expect that selling 25 clothes would be so hard - in Poland there are many many brands like mine and they're just putting name of the brand on a hoodie and making sales (despite not being recognizable brands) so I thought it would be the same in my case.
 
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I haven't even read Rat Race Escape and I know who that is, but you have the badge and you don't?
Sorry I only just clicked on HA ha ha he brought a shit load of T shirts
 
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Thank you for for advices. I know that I should specify but in EU you can't specify interest if you're targeting people under 18.
Ah, right.

So just do everyone in Poland for $5 a day and see what happens.

Change the copy, imagery, and everything to dial it in.

Without any conversion ads, you're not telling FB what you want.

You got all the reach you were asking for... but reach, engagement, and conversions are very different goals
 

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You read Fastlane and your idea of a first business is to sell clothing this is priced more than average?

Clothing brands can work, but generally speaking it is purely a business of BRANDING and top-level MARKETING expertise, not product based.

Jeff Trotman, is that you?

Ha Ha, but it's my passion! And the gurus said I could make millions!
 

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As you already have them and don't seem to be selling them in the way you hoped, I would think about cutting my losses.

In the UK it is dead easy to get a market stall place and you can shift them in a day as you ony have 25 even if you sell at a loss just to recoup something.

Better to lose $500 or $1000 rather than $2000 or wherever you are heading towards.

The you can learn from your error.

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Gee, tough crowd here. Cut the young fella some slack.

Pick the right objective for Facebook ads and keep testing.
You don't have enough data to call it quits yet.
 
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1. many likes on instagram for a mockup
2. I seen many small, unknown brands that were doing nothing special and people bought it

1 is not market validation
2. they could be literally selling shit packed with their name on it. Check Supreme and in a week you’ll start thinking about making bricks and pens with your logo on them.


As @Johnny boy said, you need real market validation. That means sales. Or preorders.

Almost anything clothing related can be made into a mock up / rendered.

Assuming you just slapped some designs on some garments, that could’ve been done in Photoshop in two minutes.

I spent £50k on launching a clothing brand.
I had swarovski rhinestones, fine leathers, suede, fur, the lot. So, just like you, I tried to provide value. My costs were barely covering my expenses.

The broad message I got was :

Why would I buy from you when I can spend a little more and buy from Dior, Versace, etc?

And I had real market validation through sales. But at £250/ hoodie I would’ve needed £1 mil in ads to make it work.

Lesson learnt. Now every time I feel like it, I dress like a drug dealing millionaire. :rofl:

I am repurposing the designs and everything I have into another venture, so it’s not all bad.

If it’s just print, you can make 50 good mockups/ day.

Might seem weird, coming from a guy charging £250 per sweatshirt/hoodie, but $70 is expensive for just print.
 

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2. they could be literally selling shit packed with their name on it. Check Supreme and in a week you’ll start thinking about making bricks and pens with your logo on them.

I mean small unknown brands make nothing special and people buy it, not supreme or something like that
 

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I mean small unknown brands make nothing special and people buy it, not supreme or something like that
Hey man I came across your post. I think I can help you a little bit here. I sell home decor products in India through instagram. I think same principles you can apply in Poland.

First of all, your target audience is probably more on instagram than on facebook. So just open up instagram business account and start posting. Initially get your family and friends to follow you there. Once you have 10-20 posts start running promotions.

Now for small businesses like you when you run promotion, select the goal of your campaign to be "messaging". I was running traffic straight to my website but was not getting any sales. You can try this even with facebook.

When you run messaging ads, people start to enquire about your products and some of them buy. And these ads are really cheap if you know your target audience.

The most important thing is the post itself. You need to add multiple images or a video of your product. And it becomes even more powerful if you take the lifestyle photo of your product. I mean like some people wearing your hoodie and playing basketball or people sitting in a sofa and having a good time. If the photo is in plain white background I have found that people do not connect and don't buy from you or message you.

Also bring something unique to your product which does not increase the cost but increases it's value. This will differentiate you from your competition. You can look for the ideas at pinterest or etsy.

Once you have sales through messaging campaign. Ask your customer that how was the product. Take the screenshot of this and post it as a story and a highlight.

And when you have got these reviews, you can leverage them to make more sales and more reviews. After this, you can start doing website campaigns. Post these reviews on the website to build trust. I directly post the screenshots next to my product photos. Even if i make a single sale, i generate profit to even out the cost of the campaign.

You can apply these similar concepts to facebook ads I think.
 
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Screw the ads. Validate your product/design first by validating THE STORY of your brand. Get on tiktok/instagram tell a good story or at least a story that resonates with an audience. Some kid from the hood slapped on a patch on some hoodies and made 500k in 6 months off of tiktok....even though he sells locally to barbershops who then sell his hoodies. Fashion retail is all about the story.
 
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Screw the ads. Validate your product/design first by validating THE STORY of your brand. Get on tiktok/instagram tell a good story or at least a story that resonates with an audience. Some kid from the hood slapped on a patch of hoodies and made 500k in 6 months off of tiktok....even though he sells locally to barbershops who then sell his hoodies. Fashion retail is all about the story.
That's what I am constantly trying to do, but little results - maybe I'm doing it wrong.
 
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I've run Facebook ads for a few years now and this is going to be ridiculously difficult to figure out what the problem is because business unfortunately isn't so cut and dry as to what the problem is. It's not like for example a car that is leaking coolant and you can replace hose and it fixes the problem, it's much more complex. Also you're in a absolutely brutal market.

Anyways, like mentioned by others above, the price could be an issue and since you're already losing money you could change the price and make it $40 for example to see if people buy it and run a conversion campaign for a week but to be honest it probably won't work. I've tested this theory many times of reducing the price and it never worked. But it's a quick change so see how you go.

As has been mentioned in this forum previously the best way of validating your product is when people take their wallets out and pay you for your product, I agree with this. Those people in real life that you said are interested but won't buy it are either being friendly and are really not interested or they are not your target market, or both.

lastly, Facebook ads is pure trash imo even though it's what I do, lol. CPC's, CPM's, etc are crazy expensive at over $100 CPM's, and anywhere from $3- $15 CPC so it may as well be impossible to become successful on it and also Facebook just sucks at finding customers.

If I could go back in time I'd focus on Google shopping ads, just makes so much more sense as people are actually searching for your product where Facebook there isn't much buying intent or it's much less, maybe you could test your product there? I get the feeling that you will run into the same issue (no sales or little sales)

Good luck man hope you figure things out!
 
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That's what I am constantly trying to do, but little results - maybe I'm doing it wrong.


How? What’s the story?
Show us video, copy, if you can of course.


So far all I got is :
“it works for others and I wanted to do that too. It doesn’t work for me. What’s wrong?”

Also, you did not reply when I told you $70 per sweatshirt is too much.
 

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How? What’s the story?
Show us video, copy, if you can of course.


So far all I got is :
“it works for others and I wanted to do that too. It doesn’t work for me. What’s wrong?”

Also, you did not reply when I told you $70 per sweatshirt is too much.

I don't want to show my brand, it's not very professional to talk about getting no sales on a forum.

$70 is actually normal price in Poland. Other local small brands that sell only in Poland have similar or even higher price. One of the most famous brands that sells mainly in Poland prices their hoodies at $100
 
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Invest in the INSIDERS subscription, post there more details about your business, ideally a link to the website and maybe screenshots of your ads (posts on the inside aren't indexed by Google), and you'll learn what's wrong.

The alternative is to keep wasting money not knowing what to fix or if it can even be fixed.
 

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I don't want to show my brand, it's not very professional to talk about getting no sales on a forum.

$70 is actually normal price in Poland. Other local small brands that sell only in Poland have similar or even higher price. One of the most famous brands that sells mainly in Poland prices their hoodies at $100
Well, all the messages you got are as far as it can go here. You have no message, no story, no differentiator but want to charge the same price as other actual brands that have all those things.

Why do you think it doesn’t work?

Without seeing what the problem is, we can talk generic all day long and it won’t help you one bit.
 

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