Promotional Packaging for the Holidays

The holidays are coming up quickly! What's your promotional packaging strategy? No, not for customers... But to show appreciation to your employees?

That's right, we're seeing more and more companies shower their employees with appreciation and recognition. Whether it's part of their retention strategy during this "Great Resignation" or business as usual, keeping workers around is (not surprisingly) a goal of some promo packaging.  

Promotional Packaging Aids Employee Retention

The holidays (or year end break, as some companies prefer to refer to it as) is the traditional time period to give gifts. Whether that means bonuses, luxury items or some other token of appreciation. But, as we said above, employees are quitting their jobs in all industries to pursue a career change or pivot completely. So it might pay off to share the love sooner rather than later. 

At Sunrise, we can help. Our two piece setup boxes are the perfect gift box. With our ability to utilize digital lamination for fast printing and wrapping, we can help you implement a branded recognition strategy quickly.

Resignation to Retention

Still not sure you believe us about how appreciating your workers can help them stick around? Here's a bit from a recent Inc. article

More importantly, workers simply want to be recognized; in fact, according to bonusly.com, 63 percent of those in a recent survey who said they are regularly recognized also said they are very unlikely to look for a new job. Workers want organizations that understand that hybrid work requires management to communicate more, not less. They want their boards and HR departments to finally awaken to the fact that narcissism is a malignancy and that bullies have no business managing other human beings.

This is a big opportunity for companies to make a difference in the lives of their employees and create a better, more sustainable work culture. Sunrise can help - reach out when you're ready!

Custom Foam Inserts Fit Every Box

Die-cut custom foam inserts. It's not a phrase most of us use everyday. Or really ever, if I'm being honest. But foam plays a big role in manufacturing and packaging, bigger than most consumers and organizations might realize. When you are looking for the best bet to keep your product safe, foam is one of your best options. 

Sure, there are other options out there, like using a thermoformed mold or tray to ensure packaging consistency and safety. And sometimes, it's the right option for the job (depending on what you're up to). But if we're talking bang for your buck, let's talk about custom foam options.

Filling Your Box with Custom Foam Inserts

By this point, you might be asking yourself: what's so great about custom foam inserts?

Here's our response: 

Foam is malleable and shock-absorbent. It's also a good thermal insulator, meaning that no matter how your product is transported, it won't experience wide temperature changes that might affect its quality. There are many different types of foam that might work well based on your product, budget, and other factors. Sunrise can help you make the right choice for your needs.

To Foam or Not To Foam

Ultimately, the object being packaged plays the biggest role in foam-choosing process. Products that are valuable, fragile, made from glass or other potentially breakable material are good candidates for some kind of custom foam insert. Liquids and foods might have some legal  requirements as well that need to be met. 

Most importantly, working with a packaging provider whom you trust is key to understanding foam options. At Sunrise, we have literal decades of experience packaging a wide variety of products for a wide variety of industries. So we feel confident in saying that we can guide you--and your products--safely through this design process. Contact us when you're ready to start!

High End Presentation for Higher Ed

High end presentation is a bit of an unspoken rule amongst most higher ed institutions.  One of the most expensive undertakings and investments that a potential student will make in their lifetimes, there are certain expectations. One of those expectations is that the "pomp and circumstance" that accompanies advanced degrees will honor that investment. If you are paying tens of thousands of dollars for something over the course of a long time, you expect that the diploma at the end isn't written on a pizza box, right?

Ok, ok, that's a bit of a leap, we know. But it exemplifies the expectation. There's a spectrum of what we think is appropriate. And high end presentation, particularly from prestigious schools, is on the upper end of the spectrum.

Meeting Expectations with High End Presentation

With that in mind, take a look at this project that Sunrise recently completed. We collaborated with Printhouse Boston to create this box for Harvard Medical School. It's a gate fold box with soft touch lamination, accented with silver foil. 

The gate fold box is one of our high end presentation pieces. And it's hand crafted and inspected to ensure quality, resulting in a true show off piece. It's ideal for an institution as venerable as Harvard Medical School. From the first look and feel, users are entranced by the softness of the package and the intricate closure.  We love this style of packaging for a lot of reasons, but mostly because it's the epitome of style.

Preferential Packaging Ideas

Making an investment like higher education, at any level, is big. To honor that investment - and to instill confidence that your prospects are making the right choice - Sunrise Packaging can help guide you toward the best high end presentation packaging options. 

Contact our team when you're ready to learn more about possible packaging ideas with high end details!

USA-Made Packaging: Kimberly Handbag

When shopping for packaging, there are plenty of options out there for organizations. For those looking to save big, chances are they're looking overseas for the best deals. But the implications of shipping boxes and custom packaging options from abroad is bigger than just saving a few dollars. That's why we recommend focusing your budget on USA made packaging.

USA made packaging, like what we create at Sunrise Packaging (located in Minnesota), provides many benefits. Our custom options are almost always handmade, meaning that the quality is superior, and personally inspected by our team prior to shipping. But the benefits are even more far-reaching than quality (although that is a great one). 

Why USA Made Packaging Matters

In the video to the side, you can see the care that goes into packing a purse by one of our customers. This kind of care is echoed in our own process, and is displays part of why USA made packaging is an important part of our brand. 

In addition to ensuring that every piece that leaves our warehouse is high quality packaging, here are other benefits that buying American can have: 

  • Keeping jobs in the USA - especially manufacturing jobs
  • Lower carbon footprint - these products have to travel a much smaller distance than something coming from China or India (and it can also reach you much faster as well, and with less pollution)
  • Human rights - weaker environmental regulations in other countries lead to violations and unsafe working conditions

Read more on why it's important to go with USA made packaging.

Sunrise Packaging calls Minnesota home, and our central location allows us to easily ship across the country to either coast in quick, efficient timeframes.  We never compromise on our quality, and are proud to partner with companies and organizations who share our values. Contact our team for a quote on your packaging project!

Message Marketing for Ministries

Religion is a deeply personal thing, and requires a hard-to-pin-down resonance to attract followers. Message marketing, or finding ways to share your church with the goal to increase membership, might feel crass or uncouth. But the truth of the matter is that the competition is fierce, the approaches varied, and it's not easy to simply *connect* with the right audience. Engaging is modern marketing tactics and analysis is important for the health of any congregation. 

From branding, technology implementation, and beyond, the opportunities for church's to level up their engagement are endless.  Cre8tive Marketing has plenty of insights for churches, and Sunrise can bring the packaging power.

Sermons, Lessons and More: Message Marketing Tactics

Faith-based organizations have an uphill battle when it comes to business. One of our favorite recent projects is the example to the side. This project uses custom foam insert for promotional products (just another aspect of custom packaging). The matte lamination around the unique design gives this package a unique look and feel, and the magnetic closure is the cherry on the top of this promotional packaging project. 

Whether you are planning on digitizing sermons, hymns, or some other method of sharing the unique proposition that your church presents, we guarantee that the perfect packaging customization is out there for you.

Callings, Clarified

At Sunrise Packaging, we've worked with a wide variety of industries. And in those experiences, we've learned a lot about how to help companies drill down to the heart of their messaging and branding, and how to bring it to the forefront of their custom boxes and packages. Putting your words in our hands is not something we take lightly. When you're ready to pursue this calling, we'll be here!

Financial Industry Marketing: Design the Customer Journey

The financial services sector is teeming with competition. As resources become more stretched, upcoming generations are increasingly aware of how important it is take rein of finances early on in their life. For any organization, marketing and branding is highly important to attracting and retaining customers. But financial industry marketing should also share key elements of the customer journey as well. 

Why should someone trust your company with their money? What kind of returns can they expect, and more importantly, what kind of insight can they expect into the process? What are the important touch points? All of these factors contribute to the customer journey.

Boxes & Financial Industry Marketing

O8 Agency found that financial services companies that invest in their customer journey typically see big returns. To be exact, it's been shown to "...increase marketing-driven revenue by 24.9% YoY, reduce service costs by 21.2%, and reduce the average sales cycle by 16.8%."

One way to invest in this aspect of financial industry marketing is to through brand channels, including packaging options. The example to the side, with rose gold foil against a white background, implements  popular trends. It's chic packaging that speaks to younger audiences, and tells a story all on its own. 

Customers will be drawn to the photogenic aspects of the packaging, and it can be used to house various materials assisting in the customer journey.

Customer Journey Packaging

The customer journey is conceptual versus physical. But at Sunrise Packaging, we can help with the physical packaging aspect of your financial industry marketing. Not every product has to make use of current trends (and, if we're honest, we recommend a more classic look). But that's something we can coach you on through the design process. 

When you're ready, reach out to our team. Talk to you soon!

Special Event Boxess

Anniversaries, birthdays, sales goals reached. The opportunities for recognizing employees, volunteers, colleagues, etc. are... Well, virtually endless. Special events require special event boxes, and Sunrise is your one-stop-shop for showering those who deserve recognition with respect. 

By commissioning a project with Sunrise Packaging, we'll work with you side-by-side to design handmade packaging tailored to your specifications. Are you gifting an award? Commemorative coins? Event tickets? Pens? Again, literally endless opportunities that can leverage our expertise. 

Commemorative Special Event Boxes

Celebrating those who deserve celebrating is a no-brainer, but science shows that, when employees feel recognized, they do better. Per Gallup

Workplace recognition motivates, provides a sense of accomplishment and makes employees feel valued for their work. Recognition not only boosts individual employee engagement, but it also has been found to increase productivity and loyalty to the company, leading to higher retention.

And related effects have been found for volunteers or non-compensated folks as well. 

Event Planning Includes Packaging

Packaging for your tokens of appreciation should be a top item on your to-do list. Simply imagine handing someone a thank you gift unwrapped versus wrapped (we like to think this case makes itself). Now, level up that wrapping into a branded box. Maybe with a soft laminate wrap and elegant embossment on top. Again... it speaks for itself, no?

Sunrise can handle any level of customization and any budget. But it starts by talking with our sales team.

Packaging Customization Options

The ability to personalize items is long-loved tradition for people that goes back to literal centuries. Roman emperors, Greek generals, even Neanderthals felt the intrinsic need to put their unique stamp on their projects (or cave walls, as it were). And that desire hasn't changed or waned in the ensuing millennia, continuing in the age of packaging customization. 

Customizing your organization's packaging for products, marketing, and more can be intense. While your branding can determine some aspects, the rest is wide open and dependent on budget, expectations, and intent. Which can take time to boil down. Luckily, Sunrise has an extensive manufacturing history and expertise.

 

Ideas for Packaging Customization

So what kinds of customization options are out there for packaging? Here's the short list:

  • Box design
    Magnetic closure? Slide lids? Gate fold tops? There are a lot of different ways to design a box, and we can help you determine the best options.
  • Printing
    Using multiple colors? Just one color? It all affects cost and final impression.
  • Lamination
    Wrapping the box in lamination adds to the overall experience. Whether you go with something silky-smooth or a little more textured, there are subtle messages sent every time.
  • Decorations
    From embossing, debossing, foil stamping and more, decorations add the sparkle. Literally.

Check out our archives for examples on some of our favorite projects. 

When Less Isn't More

We have a few ideas that we go by when it comes to package design, and some of them go against conventional wisdom. The idea that "less is more" is true at many times. But when it comes to packaging, we feel that it's more appropriate to say that more is more. Our rationale? Taking advantage of more packaging customization brings more to the table... Within reason. For help finding out what that reasonable "more" is, contact our team to start the design process!

Luxury Foil Stamping: Case Study

Among the many uses and purposes for unique packaging, gifting is one of the most fun for which we like to design.  Organizations come to Sunrise Packaging to help design custom gift boxes for their customers and employees to hold a variety of things. Anniversary gifts, holiday mementos, and more are all common requests. The possibilities are pretty endless when it comes to packaging customization. But one of the most universally popular is luxury foil stamping for setup boxes. 

Inherent Message in Luxury Foil Stamping

Luxury foil stamping is a tactic employed by A/Z Corp for the gift boxes we recently created for them. We started with our custom two piece setup box, a style utilized frequently by tech orgs for cell phones, tablets, and items of high value. Using a style associated with expensive items creates a valuable connection in the mind of the recipient. From the snug fit to the non-telescoping lid, it's a luxurious experience to just open the package.

The box is wrapped in black ultima, upon which the luxury foil stamping is inlaid. In addition to looking clean and classic, it feels clean and classic in the hands of the user.  A/Z Corp falls into the category of "another happy customer" with this stylish addition to our packaging library!

Luxury at Every Price Point

Contact Sunrise to learn more about the other ways we incorporate luxury finishing into projects. We understand how different budgets might make you think that it isn't possible to have the level of luxury you want in a finished product. But there are limitless ways in which we can integrate different high-end elements. Every project is unique, and we're confident in our ability to design the perfect box for your needs. 

 

Creating a TikTok-Worthy College Acceptance Package

One of the most exciting and validating experiences in life is getting the college acceptance of your dreams. It's an event that has almost mythic importance in American culture with movies, books, and user-generated content focused on the event. And it's something that many colleges and universities know can make or break their freshman class. As social media has become more and more omnipresent, particularly visual mediums like Instagram and TikTok, prospective students are documenting just about ever aspect of their lives. Including college acceptance packages. Which is what makes designing a college acceptance package doubly important for enrollment.

The Whole College Acceptance Package

A college acceptance package can have a few purposes. Of course, information sharing is, ostensibly, the most important aspect of it. Conveying the deadline for registration, orientation information, and more is important for prospective students. But it can wait for the follow up mailing. 

In the acceptance, find ways to ramp up the excitement. Maybe it's with some branded swag or a custom video from a university personality that will resonate with the prospect. Take into consideration the type of degree as well; college freshman will be excited by different things than an MBA or doctoral student. These flash pads, created for Baylor College of Medicine, contain USB drives, business cards and booklets. Knowing your audience is step one to knowing how to create the type of content that will influence and entice. 

College Preparedness on Social Media

Accepting an admittance letter is a big deal. Students have plenty of choices; it's not easy for marketing and admissions offices to stand out from the noise. But it is possible. Sunrise Packaging can help with the logistics once you know the content of the package or box. 

Contact Sunrise Packaging for a quote on your admissions recruitment piece!