Hiya! Mary here, with the 10th Open Studio post. This week, I’m excited to share with you some concepts for a brand new experience within Patreon - merch!
We know that creators of all kinds already offer physical rewards to their patrons, but that the logistics of doing so can be a huge headache. Merch for Membership will help you create high-quality, customized items to offer your patrons AND deal with all the logistical stuff: producing your merch, tracking patrons, shipping their items at the right time, and handling all support. That means you can save time and get back to doing what you do best — creating.
Disclaimer: This concept is a work in progress, and though it might not represent exactly what you see on Patreon, your feedback will be super helpful in how we tackle this project. Any and all feedback is very welcome - so lay it on me, team.
Choose a schedule
First, you’ll choose the schedule at which you’d like to send merch to your patrons.
Choose how to browse
Next, you’ll choose how you want to browse the products that you can customize - by creator type, or content type.
Here we see the creator and content types you can browse by. If you don’t see what you do, you can view all products.
Select and customize a product
Once you select a creator or content type, you’ll see the merch marketplace where you can view all of the products that are available to be customized with your own designs. Here you see what it might look like if you’re browsing by the Musician creator type, where you can see what products are popular with musicians.
Once you’ve chosen an item, you’ll be able to customize it with your own designs . If you need design help, you’ll be able to work with a real human designer to review, revise, and approve your design before it’s produced and shipped.
So there we have it. Again, these are very early concepts, but your feedback will be super helpful as we develop them further.
I’d love to hear your thoughts on:
- Are you excited by the proposed vision for Merch? We’d love to hear specific pieces that you are intrigued by, or feel need work.
- Does browsing my creator type or content type feel helpful to you? Are there other ways you’d like to view products?
- What type of creator are you? Are there specific products you want to offer your patrons that would be unique to your work?
- Is there anything missing here? Feel free to dream!