When you put together a Facebook ad, you have to choose a Facebook page to sponsor the ad. This means if you don’t have one which accurately reflects the T-shirt design you want to promote, you have to create a new one. When I created the gluten free T-shirt, I didn’t have a page that fit well, so I created a Gluten Free Families Facebook page. When I made the Hello Knitty T-shirt, I created a Hello Kitty Fanatics Facebook page.
As part of the Facebook ads, there is a button on the advertisement to “like” the page sponsoring the ad in the top right corner:
I think this would actually have been the best way to begin with T-shirts. As the Hello Knitty campaign showed, pitching to a community which already has a high interest in the topic makes it a lot easier to sell. If you create the pages about themes you’re already interested in, they should be easy and enjoyable to maintain while creating a community you can sell to down the road.
One of the things that I have started doing is filling in the new pages I create with some content so they don’t look like they were just created. An convenient tool to do this with is called Instapost (use access code “teespy” to get it for free). This quickly pulls up a popular image on whatever topic you input so you don’t have to spend a lot of time researching. If you want three or four great images, just hit the “generate post” button a few times. This will make the new fan page look more active to attract even more people to like it.