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How to Put Your Brand First with Inside Label Printing

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It’s not a secret that customers are willing to pay premium price for brand products that offer quality and consistency. That said, creating a strong, differentiated brand image is a key to turning website visitors into loyal customers.

Now, there are many tools you can use to put your brand first. But as an online clothing store owner, you should start with the basics – making your apparel stand out. That’s where inside labels come into the picture.

If you haven’t heard of inside labels or not sure whether your brand needs them, don’t worry. This blog post will walk you through the basics of this custom branding option that can help you stand out from the competition.

What are printed inside labels?

You’ve probably heard the term “inside label” quite a lot, but just in case, here’s a reminder. Inside labels are the shirt manufacturer’s tags that are attached at the back of the collar, showing the info the apparel is bound by law to have – country of origin, size, fabric, and care instructions.

When it comes to print-on-demand services, however, you might also see the option to have a printed inside label added to a product for an extra fee if the product of your choice has a tear away tag. In this case, the manufacturer’s original tag is removed, and an inside label is printed on the inside of the t-shirt.

inside-label-example-nike-tshirt

Source: Behance

Of course, a printed inside label still needs to have all the mandatory product variant info. But many brands also use inside labels to add that little extra touch to a product.

Benefits of inside label printing

And that extra little touch could be anything – a (very) short joke, a sketch of your cat, an important date… but in most cases it’s probably going to be your brand logo, so that’s what we’re going to talk about.

If you’re running a successful online store, custom-printed inside labels with a logo are definitely something you need to at least consider. As always, you have to look at the pros and cons of adding a customized inside label to the products that allow them.

Let’s start with the pros, and there’s plenty of those! Here’s why inside label printing might be just what your brand needs:

  • It makes your brand more professional. With printed inside labels, your garments are completely under your brand, and your customers see that you have thought about everything, even the smallest of details. There’s nothing more professional than that.
  • It helps your brand stand out. By customizing labels on your products, you’re working on yet another angle of creating and defining your brand which helps you stand out from the competition.
  • It’s a constant reminder of your brand. Let’s be honest – most of your customers care about the product, not the brand. There’s a strong chance that after a customer gets their hands on the product, they’ll forget all about the store they bought it from. Out of sight, out of mind. But a printed inside tag on a shirt makes your brand stay in their sight for as long as the shirt lasts.
  • It’s yet another way to be creative, i.e. add a fun or informative message for the customer.

What about the cons then? Well, an inside labels cost extra (it’s $2.49 at Printful). So you have to decide whether building your brand image in the long term is worth investing a little more.

Apparel with tear away tags on Printful

If you’ve decided to go for your own custom printed label on your garments through Printful, there are a couple of things that you should know.

First, inside label printing is only available for garments with tear away tags and some all-over print items.

Second, at the moment inside label is only available if you’re doing DTG printing. If you want to do embroidery on your chosen product, printed inside labels are not available.

You can filter garments by “Branding options” to find products with inside labels.

inside-label-printful-branding

You can also sort garments with tear away tags by models, brands, colors, and other characteristics that appeal to you.

How to add an inside label to your products on Printful?

You can add an inside label to your products either when you’re pushing a product to your store, or when you’re making a manual order through your account for a specific product variant. For the sake of this blog, we’re gonna use the process in the push generator, but they’re very similar.

You need to open your Printful Account, pick the store you want to add the products to, and pick “Add product”.

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Choose the shirt with a tear away label that you’ve set your eyes on. Pick all the product variants you want to add by choosing the colors and sizes. Add the design you want to put on the shirt. On the right from the mockup you’ll see an option to add an inside label. Choose that, and you’ll see the space where you can customize the inside label.

Here you can add your logo or any other info you want to the template. The size of the field that’s meant for your logo is 3×1.13″. When the product gets printed, all the mandatory info about the shirt will be filled in automatically. And that’s it! Printful’s labels are as easy to add as that.

Take your brand to the next level

As your online business is growing, you have to think of the new ways how to develop it further. While there are loads of things you can do, improving your product value is something worth investing in.

Custom inside label printing is one of the options at hand that can strengthen your brand and its image. And our intuitive Mockup Generator gives you an easy way to do that while offering a wide range of products in a variety of colors and sizes. So take your brand to the next level with inside labels!

This article was originally published in January 2014; it has since been updated.

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    1. Edward Zarins

      Hey, Suzy! There’s no need to download a template because you can just upload your logo (or other info) right when designing your products. 🙂

        1. Edward Zarins

          Hey, Jay! This depends on the product. You can see the file guidelines on the product pages and you can also download the print file templates from there too.

  1. Alex

    Very disappointed at the products I receive. No attention to care when packaging. Tag tags and labels are not torn off. Lint and stray threads all over the garment, and yet customer service says it’s normal and I should wash it before I wear it. All they need to do is do a once over with a lint roller before packaging and use the right size bag.

    When you want to white label products, and everything aside from the t-shirts are full of labels from another manufacturer. It definitely makes you brand look sketchy.

    I’m moving my entire operation away from printful.

    1. Daniela Bergmane

      Hey Alex, we’re really sorry to hear about your experience. In cases when there’s something wrong with your order, we always suggest submitting us a problem report, so we can properly investigate the situation and advise on how to solve it. We are white-label, however, there is mandatory information we have to include on the labels. Here’s more information on this. Again—I’m sorry to hear about your experience and that you weren’t satisfied with our products and service.

  2. Hunter Overacke

    Hello, I was reading through the comments and I saw where you posted the link to the tag requirement guidelines (size, country of origin, care instructions, etc), but when I clicked on it I was led to a selection of shirts. I decided to manually search for the information, and when I click on the Next Level 3600 Men’s Fitted T-Shirt, there are three countries that which they may be sourced from. How do I go about finding the correct information on what to actually put on the label? Thank you.

    1. Alise Zindiga

      Hey, Hunter, this information is included in the side label that still remains, so you shouldn’t worry about that. Our suppliers have fulfillment centers in different locations just like we do, so it’s not possible to know exactly from which facility will receive the stock.

  3. Matthew Vidale

    I understand that removing tags for certain products is difficult to do. However, it is frustrating for people like myself to market products that are our own. How am I suppose to create a genuine and unique brand when half my products have a Gildan tag on them? If printful is truly suppose to be for people trying to start a clothing line, there should be an option to have your own personal tag on all items regardless of the item and the type of print/embroidery that you are doing. This is something that I hope you take into consideration for the future. Brands such as mine would be more than happy to pay additional charges so that our products only have our name and logo on it. If this is not addressed in the near future, I will be taking my business elsewhere.

    1. Alise Zindiga

      Hey, Matthew, thanks for the feedback! We’re actually already looking for ways on how to expand our branding options and understand how important this is for our customers. Unfortunately, it’s not an overnight fix and requires significant reorganization in our daily workflow, but it’s something that we’re working on.

  4. JB

    I’m not only unhappy with the quality of the sample leggings I ordered (uneven seams – very noticeable!), but the way they were packaged was really lacking. There was some ugly sticker on the pants and they were just thrown into an ugly plastic bag. I’m not going to be able to use Printful going forward. I have found another POD supplier that supports people trying to grow a brand. When you’ve expanded your branding options (and improved quality control!) maybe I’ll be back.

    1. Alise Zindiga

      Hey, David, we only offer inside labels for those products that have tear-away labels—you can filter these products on our Product Catalog by using the “tear-away label” branding option.

  5. LEv

    its really frustrating i can’t combine embroidery with inside label printing. If i want a small embroidery why can’t I print my brand inside of the shirt as well? If i choose embroidery, some other brand is gonna be on the shirts tag, is it correct?

    1. Alise Zindiga

      Currently, we can’t provide more than 1 fulfillment method on each product due to the technical limitation in the workflow. If you’re not using inside labels then the product will have the tag of the manufacturing company on it.

  6. Chris Pederson

    It’s good to know that a printed label still needs to have all the mandatory product information. you don’t get to skip that because it is being printed on directly. Customers still deserve to know what they are getting specifically.

    1. Alise Zindiga

      You can submit both colors with one label and then update half of them from your Printful dashboard > Stores > pick the store > pick the product > select all tees in one color > press Change print file > update the label from here.

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