Non-Decoration Skills that Matter to Decorators – Part 2


We’re back for Part 2 of our discussion with Erich Campbell about one of his favorite topics, Non-Decoration Skills that Matter to Decorators. Erich will add the title “guest” to his show producer duties this Friday as we talk about a wide array of skills required to run your business beyond decorating garments. Join in with your own questions and comments on this important topic.

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Non-Decoration Skills that Matter

Erich Campbell is an award-winning machine embroidery digitizer and designer, frequently contributing to embroidery industry resources, including hosting his weekly show ‘The Takeup.’ Erich has done many jobs in the industry, from creating and managing eCommerce properties to social media and marketing to establishing and managing relationships between vendors and industry businesses. Erich is an evangelist for the craft, a stitch-obsessed embroidery believer, and firmly holds to constant, lifelong learning and the free exchange of technique and experience through conversations with his fellow embroiderers. He’s also the producer and a frequent contributor to the popular 2 Regular Guys podcast, lending his unique embroidery experience to the mix.

Terry: Today, we want to carry on from our part 1 episode where we covered approximately 1 of our 9 stated topics; I think we may want to catch people up. What were the top takeaways from last time that you think we should keep in mind?

Aaron: Let’s start back where we left off, we managed to talk about pricing and started into customer interaction, but I think there’s more we can cover. Let’s start with the wider topic of customer interaction and Marketing; where do you think that some of the ‘soft’ and non-decoration skills come up in how we market what we do?

Some discussion areas:

  1. Pricing (Part #1)
  2. Interaction with customers /  some
  3. Marketing
  4. Finding your niche
  5. Education… keeping up with the industry


If you would like to present your 5 Things, five quick points on any subject, whether it be advice or five instructional steps, we would love to hear from you. You can come on the show and present them yourself, or we will share your list with our listeners or even play a recorded video of you sharing 5 things. Whatever is easiest.