VER is a leader in the Video Equipment Rental industry. SMC, Inc. works with their touring sound division. Since we began our relationship with VER we have been able to supply them, their clients and their vendors with corporate apparel and promotional merchandise that sets a new standard for the term “SWAG”. Some of the items include Patagonia backpacks, Mountain Hardwear jackets, Addidas shirts, Ogio bags. When you have clients that appreciate the finer items, we definitely can fulfill your needs, your clients or a co-op marketing project.
“We were at the end of our rope dealing with cookie cutter, bland swag companies until SMC was recommended to us for their custom work and amazing customer service. It has been one of the best decisions we have ever made when it comes to growing our business. Giving people high quality swag has meant that every dollar spent was a dollar in functional marketing and not just another shirt sitting unused in our customers closest.” -Chance Stahlhut, Director of Audio Production Services – VER
Joe Gallagher is an industry veteran. Having worked with him for many years. He knows “SWAG”! The list of items we have done and come up for Gallagher Staging is long and literally can cover you from head to toe. Which is exactly what we have done, everything from hats, hoodies, shirts, lip balm, backpacks, socks, hockey jerseys, toiletry bags, work shirts, jackets, shorts, koozies, you name it! When it comes to getting your logo out there. Branding through apparel is what the music industry gets more than any other. Plus as a bonus giving some cool products to the guys that work so hard on the road goes a long way. Here at SMC, Inc. we understand that more than most.
“Back in 2000, we needed some crew shirts in a hurry, SMC was able to pull this order together in a very short time and everyone on the crew was so stoked! Since then, we have used SMC for just about everything.” ~ Joe G. – Gallagher Staging & Productions
One of our first non “artist” clients back in early the early the 2000s. While still working within the entertainment industry. We worked closely with Accurate Staging to conceptualize and design “swag” for their touring crews, in-house employees, as well as potential clients. This relationship has blossomed into much more than a shirt supplier. Together we have assisted with a complete rebranding of their company. Some of these services include vehicle wraps, decals, all business cards & marketing materials.
In late 2013 we overhauled their website which incorporated the complete new rebranding effort.
Along with all those services, we have also consulted with them in their advertising efforts and designed all the graphics for the chosen marketing channels.
“SMC has so many different services and products to supply it’s almost endless! We always seem to get exactly what we are looking for, whether is dickies workshirts, bags or hats or some other swag. They always nail it and delivery it on time.” ~ Tye Trussell – Accurate Staging
Tour Supply Inc. is THE One Stop Shop for Touring Professionals Worldwide. Founded in 1998, Tour Supply has locations in Los Angeles, Nashville, St Paul, MN and another in the UK (Manchester). SMC, Inc. & Tour Supply have been working together since 2014. We have been supplying them with promotional merchandise and corporate apparel. We have also worked closely with their artists and vendors for co-op branded products like jackets, sweatshirts & workshirts.
“SMC has taken incredible care of us over the years. They always have a great selection of products and understand the sense of urgency our industry requires. I would recommend them in a heartbeat!” -Lance Wascom, CEO – Tour Supply Inc.
Our company has been working with Bret Michaels and his team for close to 4 years now. Our teams have worked closely to generate tour merchandise products for his devoted fans these items include t-shirts, his trademark bandanas, girl shirts, notebooks, pencils, and notebooks. While the ever expanding offerings to his fans grow, so do our ideas. With all of Bret’s charities, guest appearances, and celebrity status we look forward in the years to come where we can conjure up new ideas and concepts.
After our initial consultation with Yamaha Entertainment Group, we discovered they had just signed a new artist by the name of Leogun. We worked closely with their team to come up with a pre-order package. The package included a t-shirt, sticker, hat, mini poster and shot glass. After the release of the album, we were also contacted to supply them with a 24”x36” double sided fold out poster for the vinyl release of the same album.
If you have not heard of Nathan East, you definitely heard his bass playing. Just look him up! YEG asked us to come up with some idea for Nathans album release pre-order and tour/web store merchandise. We did a full-color mug of the album cover, a nice soft jersey tee, v-neck t-shirt, silver key chain, & poster. It was an honor to supply such a legend in the music industry with his merchandise.
“I’ve worked with several merchandisers over the years, and SMC Inc has by far been the best and easiest to work with. Not only do they promptly deliver thorough proposals – within 24 hours of discussion – but they actually take the time to research their clients and create tailored suggestions to help make sure the merchandise you order will fit your targeted demographics. Rob and his team are excellent about meeting deadlines and is always willing to go the extra mile to get the job done.” ~ Megan K – Yamaha Entertainment Group
This artist is one of our owners favorite bands. Having been able to sign them to a licensing deal was a proud moment. Since we started working with Seventh Wonder in 2010, they have consistently been one of the best-selling artists. In 2014, we had a massive undertaking. We needed to conceptualize merchandise ideas for their performance at the world famous ProgPower USA festival in Atlanta. Where the band agreed to perform their Mercy Falls concept album in its entirety. That release is arguably one the best concept albums in their genre. So with that said.. the fans will be rabid. We knew this, so we brainstormed with the band to come up with themed merchandise for the Mercy Falls release. We started eight months in advance of the performance. With everything complete a month or so prior we started an extremely successful pre-order, where the fans could pick up their orders at the festival. All in all, it was a huge success for us and the band.
We started working with Megan Duckett and her company, Sew What, Inc. back in 2006. As a leader in the theatrical drapery and stage curtain industry, we were thrilled to be her choice for promotional items. Over the years, her team has come up with some great art and ideas for us to produce. In the years since we have done t-shirts, laundry bags, aprons, mouse pads, tote bags, beer steins & full-color coffee mugs. We looked forward to a future working with her and her team to produce promo & marketing item that will not only showcase her awesome company but also to display what we can do for others.
“SMC, Inc. always found the balance between quality product, affordability and timely delivery. Our brand never looked better!” ~ Megan Duckett, Founder and President Sew What? Inc / Rent What? Inc
Hailing from Stockholm Sweden. HEAT needed some merchandise for a headlining festival show in Chicago. After getting in touch with the management, we were worked closely with them to come up with an exclusive shirt design for the festival as well as other merchandise. The exclusive shirt sold out the day before they even played. While the other merch did very well as well.
After the festival, we kept in touch with the management firm and in late 2014 we offered HEAT a licensing deal for the North American territory. Through our partner site www.merchdistro.com we have launched a complete online store and fulfillment for their licensed merchandise.