Spring’s best bits—2021 roundup
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It’s been a privilege to watch our exceptional creators and partners grow, evolve, and succeed in 2021. Let’s reflect on the best bits.
With over 8 million Spring creators, spread over 120 different countries, and a mindblowing 16+ billion fans—there’s a lot to celebrate this year. Thank you for your hustle, we’re glad to have supported and grown with you. Read on to see our top 10 moments of 2021 (and some 2022 sneak peaks).
The Spring brand
Teespring becomes Spring
The end of 2021 marks the end of our first chapter as Spring. Our evolution from Teespring to Spring in February 2021 solidified our pledge to supporting you, our creators. With 2,400 people joining our platform every day—this was an exciting time. Since then, together, Spring has been an unstoppable force in carving the way for future creator commerce.
8 million creators milestone
To finish 2021 on a celebratory note, we said a big thank you to you. Spring’s CEO, Chris Lamontagne, said:
“I am humbled to announce there are over 8,000,000 creators on the Spring platform. Together, we’ve created moments so magical, they go beyond followers and likes—thank you, for allowing us to share in the joy you bring fans all over the world”. Moving the party to Instagram stories, Spring creators shared their most memorable moments, using the “Add Yours” sticker.
The Moriah x Rubik’s cube collab
Spring’s product offering continued to evolve in 2021. There’s one brand collaboration that specifically stands out: in March, creator Moriah Elizabeth announced a surprise, never-been-done-before product launch: a fully customized Rubik’s cube. It was the first-ever collaboration between a creator and Rubik’s, and generated an enormous response, becoming the most successful product Moriah has ever launched.
Matt Meagher—40K in a day
We saw unbelievable success over the holiday season when Instagram announced they would be giving creators 100% profits for all products sold through Instagram checkout. Matt Meagher: got the memo and gave it a try. After sharing one post on Instagram and tagging his new hoodie design, he made $40,000 in a single day—keeping every single cent.
Product feature updates
New creator tools
We brought you tools to help power your success and enhance your brand. As well as giving store customization a full revamp, we also added custom domains. Ever since, you’ve reaped the benefits. To name just a few; products featured in custom stores got 20% more views on average, conversion rates increased by up to 35%, and those with a custom domain sold 5x more.
Improving the Spring platform
This year, we focused our efforts on changing the look and feel of the Spring platform. Focusing on the overall design, we made the experience cleaner for you to navigate. You can now choose and order samples in one swoop, manage your payouts and subscriptions in one place, and continue to create products with ease. We also refreshed the checkout process, introduced brand new sample boxes, plus added Afterpay for fans at checkout. The best part: there’s much more to come in 2022, so keep an eye out.
Partnerships and integrations
The Instagram Integration
We’ve armed you with everything you need to engage your fans and promote your products natively within your creative content—but in June, we levelled up Instagram creators with long awaited Shops on Instagram. 13,000 creators now have access to the powerful product tagging features.
In June, we proudly partnered with Linktree, the leading link-in-bio platform. With this, you were able to give fans the ability to browse your products or head to your full Spring store—all from your Linktree in your social media bio. Seamless shopping for them, tons of new traffic for you. Since then, most Spring creators are still utilizing this powerful integration.
In August, Spring partnered with INFLCR to establish Spring stores for NCAA athletes. This was a huge moment: Empowering the next generation of sports stars to become creators in their own right, harnessing their direct relationship with fans and nurturing an entrepreneurial spirit. The innovative partnership gave athletes easy, compliant access to Spring’s platform, where they could build their own store and engage with fans.
Digital products take off
Spring is the #1 platform to sell digital products. With 600% sales growth since January, there’s now over 65,000 digital creators transforming their content into downloadable assets (88,000 digital products, to be specific). You’ve blown us away with your ingenuity; DIY creators have shown up with pop-up shed manuals, basketball champions have taught fans to jump higher with digital guides. We’ve seen meditation audios, 3D printing files, ferret feeding e-recipes and downloadable cheese making courses.
Alongside the unprecedented growth of digital products, in May, we added NFTs to the mix. Sapien Medicine became the most successful digital creator ever on Spring. In fact, they’ve seen a 38% increase in profits since expanding beyond just physical products. Sapien offered a range of digital art and audio file NFTs, and racked up $50,000 within two minutes of the exclusive drop, selling out. Keep posted for more—NFT’s will be available to more creators in 2022.
Tapping into accessories
This year, we aimed to give you a variety of trending new products, focusing on accessories. From bucket hats to wine tumblers, pint glasses to Airpod cases, and black mugs to backpacks—you’ve been busy creating all of them.
Along with the rebrand announcement in February, we came through with a product quality overhaul. Along came AS Colour, a roaring success with all Spring creators ever since. From material, feel, appearance, optimal surfaces for printing, and long lasting quality, AS Colour products have lived up to expectations.
So what’s next? Looking to 2022
There’s lots more to come. A few updates we’re looking forward to; rolling out a fresh new look for the platform, technology to protect your designs, expanding accessibility to NFT’s, and more. We’re excited to have a fully refreshed look next year. We’re excited to explore new ways to revolutionize creator commerce, our hope is that you will continue to grow alongside us in 2022.
Happy New Year, Spring creators ✨