Creative Software Packaging for Developers

The FlashPad (n)

1. The premiere software packaging solution for anyone trying to take something mundane and make it pop.

 

You know, like a flash drive. Want to give it a real stage presence? A bit of pageantry goes a long way when you’re trying to stand out among competitors, or even just be remembered. The Flashpad fits that bill, while retaining the functionality we’ve grown to love about personalized packaging.

 

I’ve mentioned before how custom USB drives driving business as an alternative to the business card at trade shows. They are a fantastic, reusable asset that puts your company’s name at the fingertips of a potential client on a daily basis. There’s no better marketing tool than an asset that has multiple purposes. What began with a square of paper, became a pen, and now ends with a veritable digital portfolio, smaller than both its predecessors and infinitely more functional.

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But what if you dwell in a world where customized flash drives are the currency of the realm. A techie business, where you are literally swimming in a pile of flash drives. Water water everywhere and all that. Certainly there must be a way of standing out in that domain, right?

 

The FlashPad should be a go-to for any up-and-coming software developer or game designer. Why? Because if the bulk of your work exists within the walls of a computer, there’s not much to hold onto in the real world. Believe it or not, seeing is still believing, even in the online era that we live in. Trade shows, conventions, and business expos are still relevant outlets for new products, digital or otherwise. And custom flash drive packaging still makes the difference.

 

If you’re a software developer, maybe you have great new antivirus product. Now, you can fish for leads online, hoping that a pop-up catches someone’s eye and brings them back to your site for a download. But we all know where pop-ups end up. And do you really want your antivirus program associated with a pop-up? I don’t know know about you, but every helpful piece of software I’ve ever downloaded has come from word of mouth.

 

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: not everyone opens an email, but everyone opens a FlashPad. The same can be said of a pop-up. But chances are you won’t immediately close a FlashPad the moment it appears.

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In fact, it’s just the opposite. Like an intriguing book, or the compact disc (in it’s prime), curiosity will drive your potential client to open your sharp software packaging. And with a FlashPad, it will be a memorable experience, complete with images, text, high-definition graphics, and a diecut foam insert housing your flash drive. Consider the FlashPad a preview of what’s to come when they plug in your USB drive.

 

 

So how can software packaging help exactly? Well, a plug-and-play jump drive loaded with your software demo is that much closer to being downloaded. An indie game delivered in a classy, flip-open binding on a flash drive is that much closer to being played. Not only are you providing your potential user/gamer/customer with the ability to get started quicker, the FlashPad offers you the luxury of including other materials. A pen, a stylus, a keychain, even a good old fashioned business card if you’re feeling nostalgic. Why pick and choose what to include when you can store it all in a clean, organized display.

 

It’s like a mini trade show in the palm of your hand!


 

5 Cool Features for a Standout Custom Game Box


 

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I can safely say that board games are the name of the, well, game around my homestead lately. My roommate and I have been spending our spare time discussing everything from hit points to game mechanics to hypothetical company names. Maybe it’s that Gen Con is just around the corner, or that an old friend of mine just launched a Kickstarter campaign for his custom game due out next year, but something is definitely in the air.

 

 

 

The indie custom game scene appears to be at its peak, and I’m absorbed with all the aspects. As much as I’m a geek about story and characters, I’m also a geek about the design side. The game board intrigues me, sure, but I’m what you’d call a custom game box enthusiast too. Between graphics, blurbs, and logos, I love to judge the proverbial book by its cover.

 

Last week, I found myself at a game shop. Surprise surprise. As I made my way up and down the aisles, I tried to keep track of what caught my eye. It wasn’t necessarily the graphics. I mean, sure, a splash of color or a cool character rendering couldn’t hurt your custom game, but what really drew me in was the packaging. An interesting shape or texture. Features.

 

Which of course got me thinking. So if you’re a game designer about to box up your hot new board game, then you may want to consider these…

 

Cool Custom Game Box Features

Handle It

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Handle boxes make a great presentation for press kits, but they can also add a little flare to your custom game. A game box that looks like a briefcase or a treasure chest could certainly benefit from this little element. Plus, handles are just plain handy. They make your game easier to transport. Keep your meeples upright, peoples!

 

Magnetic Personality

cigar style magnet box for custom game design

Who doesn’t love magnets? Think about the last time you got a box or a device with a magnet. Now think how much time you spent playing with said magnet. It’s like a game within a game! Okay, maybe I’m just easily entertained, but magnets do add an extra level of security. The smooth snap enclosure also increases the value of your game by leaps and bounds.

 

Sleeves FTW!

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How many times have you had a board game that you loved but lost the rules? Or some other important paper element–a card, or a booklet perhaps? What if you included a sleeve in your custom game. It could safely hold rules, cards, maybe even a custom DVD to go along with your game. You could even utilize the sleeve to create a little window into your game box, another cool design feature!

 

Hold Out for the Fold Out

die-cut custom game board with turned edges and glossy lamination

You might think this idea is bonkers, but I think it’s the next revolution in game design. Folding game boards are pretty standard, but what if your custom game box became your board game! Yeah, I said it! Using buttons, magnets, tuck tabs, it wouldn’t be a stretch for the box could transform into a gameboard. Major cool factor in my book.

 

Notch Your Usual Box

example of custom packaging with thumb notches

Thumb notches, thumb notches, thumb notches. You gotta have the thumb notches, especially when it comes to custom game design. This is true for any box really. This handy little design feature makes your game infinitely easier to open. What’s the point of having thermoformed compartments for all your individual pieces if you’re just going to shake everything loose trying to get the box open. Cards all scattered, meeples everywhere like a mini hurricane hit. A little thumb notch goes a long way.

 

It can be tricky to stand out in any market, but with custom game design on the rise, the market is about to get even bigger. No matter what game box feature you go with, always remember to stand out, make a splash, and blow your audience away!

Custom Packaging Spotlight: Ramble FX Twin Bender Setup Box

Minnesota’s own Ramble FX knows that an elegant piece of equipment like their Twin Bender fuzz pedal needs elegant custom packaging. The custom box we crafted for them definitely fits the bill. It truly puts the custom in customized.

 

custom two piece rigid setup box by sunrise packaging for ramble fx, turned edge, soft touch laminate tray with diecut foam insert

 

This luxurious custom package is a very unique combination of elements. The Ramble FX box is a rigid 2-piece setup box which means it has a strong, durable construction of sturdy chipboard that almost completely telescopes shut. A sliver of the bottom tray remains. This design is as functional as it is visual; the flash of red compliments the box while also providing a handhold for ease of opening. A custom package should always consider having this element or thumb notches for a smoother user interface.

 

The top or outer layer of this custom packaging sports the impressive Ramble FX logo, brought to life with crisp graphics and protected with a soft-touch lamination. This soft-touch feature ratchets down the glare as well as giving the packaging a high-end feel. When you have your hands on the Twin Bender custom box, you know it’s a fine piece of hardware before you even open it.

 

The bottom tray has it’s own unique glossy lamination, giving the red a glow while also giving the bottom a smooth, clean texture. The lower tray is fit with a foam insert, die-cut precisely for the pedal and matching the colors of the rest of the packaging. The devil is in the details, as they say.

 

Ramble FX Twin Bender custom packaging. turned-edge box design, rigid two-piece setup box, offset printing, glossy lamination, soft touch lamination, diecut foam insert

 

The Ramble FX custom box has a highly-impactful presence, garnering an appreciation from the buyer that is opening their purchase for the first time, or the onlooker that may be in the market for a fuzz pedal. Truly impressive, unique, and personalized for a standout look. A beautiful frame for a masterpiece of musical equipment, and a testament to the added value of custom packaging.

 

As always, it was a pleasure to contribute to this truly artful custom packaging presentation.

Full Service Flash Drive Packaging


If you follow this blog with any consistency, you probably know how awesome the FlashPad™ is. If you don’t, here’s a brief reminder why it is the top tier of custom flash drive packaging.

 

The FlashPad is a turned-edge hardcover binding that, when affixed with a die-cut foam insert, essentially becomes a book. This “book” in turn can hold a flash drive, pen, or any other like materials. The near-endless customization options and sharp presentation make these pads a memorable packaging choice. Not everybody opens up an email…but everyone opens up a FlashPad.

But you might not realize how convenient it is to get your FlashPad from SunPack into your client’s hands. We’re practically a one-stop shop. Sure we make custom flash drive packaging, but we’re also a custom corrugated box and thermoforming facility–which means we can do so much more for you.

 

It’s Truly Full Service Flash Drive Packaging.

 

Let’s run through it, shall we?

 

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You’ve decided you want to make a splash with the FlashPad. You’ve seen the statistics,and you know flash drive packaging will do the trick. So where do you begin? Well, technically you can start with the flash drive itself. These aren’t your father’s custom flash drives. You want one that’s dinosaur-shaped? You got it. Sunpack can get you the drive of your dreams. Consider it done.

 

 

Lock and Load

Let’s not forget why you’re going with flash drive packaging here. You’re going for all the great features a USB drive offers. Most important of all, the freedom that comes with massive storage space. With a flash drive, you can add that extra video. You can put the whole manuscript and the sequel. You can include all the photos you want. And guess what? We can load them up for you. You don’t have time to plug-and-load a hundred flash drives with all your e-materials. Let us handle that.

 

Dress it Up

FlashPad, custom flash drive packaging from sunrise packagingHave you ever heard the phrase “Dress for the job you want, not the job you have?” That’s the FlashPad in a nutshell. It’s peacocking. It’s utilizing something unique to make a lasting impression on your potential client/publisher/producer/whatever. If you’re an independent businessperson, just a startup, this is your chance to send a message of professionalism. So choose your design well. Make the FlashPad look like your book, or give it the crisp, clean logo treatment to really brand yourself. In any case, we have you covered. With offset printing, turned edges, foil stamping and embossing, you know your custom flash drive packaging will look the way you want it.

 

Seal the Deal

When your flash drive packaging is looking dapper, the next step is to make sure it’s protected. Secure. That’s we we’ll shrinkwrap it for your. Fresh off the line, will make sure those colors stay sharp, those smudges stay off, and those prying eyes keep out until it reaches your recipient.

 

Special Delivery

And speaking of recipients, we can even take care of that too. Our corrugated packaging facility can create a custom mailer that perfectly fits your flash drive packaging. You can even customize that too. Add your logo or your office address. Heck, we can even seal it up and mail it for you.
What did you think I meant by Full Service Flash Drive Packaging. Just one of the awesome things we’re doing at Sunrise Packaging these days.


 

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The SunPack Social Media Family

Social media presence is like luxury packaging.

 

It needs to be brilliant and sharp. It needs to have a name on it, and preferably some contact info. It needs to be impactful. Relevant. Modern, and kept up-to-date. It needs to jump out at its audience. Catch eyes, turn heads. And it needs to do all of that on the fly.

Business lives online, and Sunrise Packaging is no exception. So please allow us at Sunpack to show you our “digital packaging” as we run through the heavy hitters of social media and how we use them to stay fresh, trendy, and always connected.


 

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Linkedin

If the social media outlets were a group of friends, Linkedin would be the guy that always wears a suit. Clean and network-driven, Linkedin has proved it has staying power in the social media world, being both a more professional Facebook and an online resume.

 

Sunpack on Linkedin

See the friendly faces that drive the custom packaging machine and keep us in your career Rolodex.


 

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YouTube

Talk about an underdog story. What started as a hub for funny cat videos has become the  cornerstone of social media marketing. Now that “going viral” and “Internet Celebrity”  are officially in our lexicon, it is hard to remember a world without YouTube.
Sunpack on Youtube

Check out cool videos! Everything from tooling processes to sneak peak product reveals.


 

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Pinterest

Who doesn’t love Pinterest, right? The scrapbook of Internet! The Online Idea Board! “Pinning” is probably the quickest form of social media out there today, giving folks the ability to grab anything and put it on their digital to-do list, sharing great ideas and lifehacks with friends and followers.

 

Sunpack on Pinterest

Keep up with our products, of course, but also see what we think is cool in the world of luxury packaging. Clever ideas are our precious gems–and we’re always ready to polish!


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Facebook

Well, if it isn’t Ol’ Blue Eyes himself. The original and still the king of the social media palace. Zuckerberg’s social experiment has soared to heights he didn’t even know existed. The best place for posting anything and everything. Everybody’s on Facebook. You know it’s true.

 

Sunpack on Facebook

What don’t we post on Facebook? New blogs, promotions, product reveals and more!


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Google+

Still hanging in there. While it may not have made the sonic boom it intended, Google+ still benefits from a smooth interface and quick turnaround. Sort of a mashup of Facebook and Linkedin, but benefitting from all the best assets of its social media predecessors.

 

Sunpack on Google+

Google loves businesses. Look there for all our in-depth industry coverage, plus our regular announcements.


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Twitter

The neighbor kid that started hanging around Facebook in Junior High. While it seemed like Twitter was just a scaled back version of the Face-phenomenon, it famously gave us the #hashtag and has since become a place where writers, designers, musicians, and other creatives show off their wares.

 

Sunpack on Twitter

Well, if it’s for creatives, you know we’re there. Follow along!


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StumbleUpon

The new kid on the block, more or less. StumbleUpon is like Pinterest without all the frills. Tailored to your specific needs (much like custom packaging!) this social media outlet shows you websites, graphics, and any other cool Internet curios that you might not know about.

 

Sunpack on StumbleUpon

A hub for all our blogs, conveniently organized by category. Plus anything else that strikes our fancy on this clever little site.

Know any other great social media spots we haven’t listed? We welcome a heads up!

5 Ways to Get Noticed with Custom Flash Drive Packaging

 

Everybody knows how cool flash drives are, right? USB drives have taken data storage to the next level. But what if I told you there’s still another level? A way to make your flash drive more than a flash in the pan. A way to make your jump drive jump higher. A way for your thumb drive to get a thumbs up.

 

It’s Called Custom Flash Drive Packaging.

Standard Foam insert inside of custom flash drive packaging flashpad

 

More specifically, it’s called the FlashPad™ and it’s crazy versatile. It’s a way to take your flash drive from typical trade show SWAG to memorable marketing tool. A way to make your fledgeling business shine, or give your old dog some new tricks. Custom flash drive packaging is the hybrid of an informational pamphlet and an email blast campaign–except, unlike most of those, this one will get opened, interacted with, and (most importantly) remembered. Coolest of all, the FlashPad™ has a die-cut foam insert tailored to your specifications–so a flash drive is just the start of what you can include.

 

Here’s a quick look at 5 ways you can ride the crest of this trend. Go ahead and read’em. These ideas are on the house.

 

The Modern Mixtape

You remember making a mixtape or CD for someone back in the day? And you juuuuuuust could not fit that one last song on there? Frustrating. Now imagine that on a global scale. Say you’re a garage band. You’ve played a few gigs around the neighborhood but you’ve dreamed bigger. You want a record deal. The Big Time. What are you going to do? Send out a CD, scribbled on with a Sharpie? Congratulations, you’ve given a record producer a new coaster. A perfect garbage can frisbee. But a personalized USB drive, dressed to the nines in custom flash drive packaging, shows you’re serious about making it big. A sharp, professional look. A mockup of your debut album, complete with a legible track list. Images of your band rocking out under the bright lights of your favorite venue. And, best of all, a preloaded thumb drive with all your songs.

 

Consider: going with a guitar-shaped flash drive. Maybe include a pen too for signing your contract.

 

The Better Business Card

If you’ve ever been on the business end of a tradeshow, you know how tough it can be to make an impression. You’re lucky if you get a couple minutes one-on-one to wow your potential client. More often than not, though, your pamphlet ends up lining a SWAG bag or someone just grabs your pen and vanishes. If only you could make that pen tell that person about your great business the next time they use it. With custom flash drive packaging, you can do one better: you can show instead of tell. The FlashPad™ becomes your pamphlet, complete with all the visuals and bullet points you love. And inside? Your talking pen: a personalized flash drive loaded up with instructional materials, your last office newsletter, videos of your product, and a shortcut to your website. Swish.

 

Consider: making your better business card look like an actual business card. A customized Credit Card Drive has that traditional look and slim design with all the functionality of a flash drive.

 

The Portable Portfolio

This isn’t the 80s where you can stumble into an interview with a goofy tie and cardboard box of rolled posters. Well, maybe you can pull off the goofy tie, but if your professional portfolio looks like you just got kicked out of your house, you’re in trouble. Now imagine being a graphic designer or an architect and strolling into that interview with a digital portfolio all presented in sleek, attractive custom flash drive packaging. Right off the bat, a customizable FlashPad™ printed with your designs is putting something visual and interactive into their hands. Or maybe you’re a wedding photographer hoping to show off your prints without the glare and bulkiness of a proof book.

 

Consider: putting your digital folder in a folder-shaped flash drive. Now that’s just cute.

 

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The Autographable Ebook

I’ve mentioned this one before, but frankly, it’s a good idea. If you’re an indie author, you probably don’t have a lot of hard copies of your book lying around. And if you’re an author that dabbles exclusively in e-books, then you probably don’t have any lying around. But let’s say you hit it big with a monster e-seller. Somebody’s going to want you to autograph your book. Now if you’re a real smooth talker you might be able to take a permanent marker to their Kindle. Or if you’re a real fine handwriter, you might be able to inscribe the flash drive loaded up with your ebook files. But, if you’re smart, you’ll have a mockup of what your hardcover book would look like (in custom flash drive packaging form, of course). Sign that baby up and drop the mic!

 

Consider: Know who else thinks it’s a good idea? Only Hugh Howey, the guy that changed the face of ebook publishing FOREVER. See how custom flash drive packaging worked for him here.

 

The Standout Software

Scenario: You’ve just invented the most life-changing software of all time. Maybe it’s the ultimate pop-up blocker or the greatest pay-to-play app of all time. Now how are you going to get people to use it? Are you going to hit up Comic-Con with a little square of paper with your URL printed on it? Heck no! Load up a flash drive with a digital demo and secure it in some sleek Silicon Valley-style custom flash drive packaging and get some results! Don’t forget links, concept art, and screenshots!

 

Consider: making your FlashPad look like an old floppy disk. Because nostalgia.

 

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All great points, I know. The standing ovation isn’t necessary, really. But all jokes aside, custom flash drives and packaging really do make a splash. They’re like a Bat Symbol for your intellectual properties. And in all cases, they give your potential producer/client/boss/whatever a smart, memorable asset. One with your name on it. And far more reusable (and professional) than any novelty whistle.

The Most Famous Piece of Corrugated Cardboard Ever

A portion of the star wars early bird certificate, maybe the most famous piece of corrugated cardboard in the history of retail


The year is 1977. Fleetwood Mac is blasting through the speakers of Trans Ams everywhere, Star Wars takes the box office by storm, and the Kenner toy company is sitting on the golden egg of a lifetime–and they almost crushed it. Here’s the true story of how a piece of corrugated cardboard changed the face of marketing history.


 

May the Corrugated Cardboard Be With You

 

Months earlier in 1976, The Kenner toy company caught a seemingly lucky break. A small subsidiary of General Mills, Kenner’s usual fare was squirt guns and bubbles. But a major toy company, Mego, had passed on the Star Wars license to produce toys. Kenner, the Little Toy Company That Could, managed to acquire it.

 

Huge mistake for Mego. Potential mistake for Kenner.

 

Why? Just because Kenner picked up the license didn’t mean they believed in Star Wars. It seems impossible now, but the original Star Wars movie could barely get off the runway back in the day.

 

But once it did, it exploded.

 

The late May blockbuster left Kenner scrambling to produce Star Wars toys in time for the holiday season. Even by today’s standards, that’s a tough deadline. At some point, the small company realized they couldn’t meet the demand by Christmas. But did they give up? Not a chance. Instead they turned to a piece of customized corrugated cardboard into a legend.

 

The Star Wars Early Bird Certificate Was Born.

custom corrugated cardboard packaging used in the marketing of popular star wars toys

A member of the Kenner team had an idea. Instead of letting the ball drop, they created a corrugated cardboard box. Most likely an E-Flute wall structure–the standard in luxury display packaging–Kenner’s Early Bird Certificate doubled as a display stand. The idea was that kids could mail in the certificate and, when the toys were ready, Kenner would send out the first wave of toys, packaged in a thermoformed plastic tray. Then, when the package came, kids would have a spot ready to display them.

 

And they sold it.

 

Hero Complex’s Jay West calls it the “the most coveted empty box in the history of retail.” To think that anything could replace an action figure under the tree in a child’s eyes seems unlikely, let alone a hunk of corrugated cardboard. But it did. In fact, the anticipation of staring at the placeholder while waiting for the figurines to arrive made the prize even sweeter. Exclusive mail-away action figures would be the cornerstone of the Star Wars toys for the next 30 years.

 

Maybe Kenner’s whole plan wouldn’t fly today. But there’s a lot of takeaways from this story. Not giving up? Of course. Taking chances? Sure. But, above all, it shows the creativity stored in that “coveted empty box.” That’s the power of corrugated cardboard. It’s durable, environmental, economical, and endlessly engineerable. Just a simple piece of cardboard changed the face of product licensing forever. Think what it could change next.

 

You might be wondering what parents paid for that precious corrugated cardboard back in the day. $7.99. But what are folks willing to spend on it today?

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Customized Incentive Games: Bored to Board in 5 Steps

Jungle Safari customized incentive game

Customized incentive games are a great way to boost sales at the same time as boosting morale. Why? Because they’re fun. Incentive games are so well received because employees because they’re competitive. They can also take the place of a raise or bonus that just isn’t in the budget. But just like with any game, customized incentive games have rules. Not just for the player, but for the game-maker as well.

 

It’s Called Gamification.

 

And it means using elements of game development to promote an increase in productivity. It’s taught in business classes and preached about in textbooks. It’s not just a fun thing to talk about in the breakroom. It’s a trusted motivational tool.

 

How Can Customized Incentive Games Help?

 

There are many different variations of incentive games, but customized incentive games set the gold standard. Anyone can tape a twenty over the water cooler and say most sales wins, but what about tomorrow? And the next day? Seems like that would get expensive. And what happens when you don’t put up the bill one day? Chills. But a creative boss can do better (and probably save a little dough along the way) by creating a unique game experience with a board game that is tailor fit to your business. Many companies use custom board games for corporate retreats, team-building activities, meeting a sales goal, or even as a holiday bonus. Later we can get into ideas for customized incentive games, but for now, let’s talk about the universal rules for business owners considering customized incentive games.

 

Personal

This should be an obvious element of customized incentive games. Customized means personalized. A game that is made specifically for your business or trade. Let’s look at the Monopoly model. A standard chipboard game board with a border of squares where players need to progress. If you owned a restaurant, you wouldn’t fill the squares with goals like Be Positive or Promote Synergy. You would want something like Sell 5 Desserts in One Shift, or Sell 3 Bottles of Wine. Be specific. A good game shouldn’t have wiggle room. And while we’re being personal, consider adding some inside jokes or an experience unique to your business.

 

Attainable

Nobody likes an unfair game. Customized incentive games are no exception. Incentives are always pretty tensile. Some employees are content with their performance and don’t want to be pushed.  But a game that’s fun is contagious. Competition is contagious. Know what isn’t contagious? An impossible goal. No server is going to sell 20 bottles of wine in one night, or 20 cars in a day. A game like that is over before it even begins.

 

Interactive

Another problem with taping a twenty over the water cooler? There’s nothing to do. Except your job, of course. But how’s that incentivizing? It’s important to get up out of your chair, especially in an office setting. Even the smallest excuse to be less sedentary is a win. If you’re a CEO of a chain, consider sending a customized incentive game to every branch of your business. Something that can be set up at the front of the office. After a few people get up to move that piece, everyone will want the chance.

Custom Game Boards and customized incentive games with turned edge chipboard for business or  home entertainment.

Attractive

Just like any game at a retail store, the package needs to sell. Your employees won’t be sold on a piece of paper tacked to the wall. That’s about as memorable as a staff meeting. Use the opportunities of a customized incentive game to really wow your staff. A durable chipboard game with turned edge printing gives the game a real feel. Like they’re playing a real game. Playing to win.

 

Payable

Which brings me to the biggest rule: the payout. Maybe it’s money. Maybe it’s a free night’s stay at a hotel. Heck, maybe it’s a pair of socks. Whatever the payout is, make sure you can actually pay it out. You customized incentive game is only as good as your word. And if you promise winnings that can’t be paid, you lose the trust of your employees. You get one shot. If your incentive game doesn’t deliver on its promise, nobody will play again.

 

Experts estimate that 70% of the world’s top performing businesses use gamification to boost their sales. It is a proven method for improving productivity. And it isn’t just for employees. Elements of gamification can be geared towards consumers as well.

Product Launch Kits and Why You Need One

Product launch kits are like battering rams for new business owners. These customized kits don’t just put a foot in the door–they kick it in and take a stand! For a variety of reasons, launch kits can put your product at the top of the charts when it comes to retail.

 

What are Product Launch Kits Exactly?

 

Fair question. For packing such a powerful punch, one might think a product launch kit is some sort of secret weapon. A specific tool, like a wrench. In actuality, a launch kit’s real power relies on its ability to be customized. Adaptable. A launch kit can be tailor fit to any consumer or company.

 

Physically, product launch kits are customized corrugated boxes, typically with an E-Flute wall structure for emphasizing graphics and logos. An appealing, attractive box that can store and support a new product, as well as any informational materials that come along with it. Keeping those elements in mind, the options for a final launch Kit are nearly limitless.

 

Under Armour E-Flute product launch kit for marketing

 

Where to Start

 

When trying to decide on the right product launch kit, it’s important to consider where your product is at in the marketing/retail process. Is your product fresh and new, barely out of the prototype stages? Is your product an established tool or concept that has seen plenty of shelf time? Is your product practical, or is it for pleasure? Or entertainment? Is your product trying to reach a typical shopper? Or is it specialized to a particular industry, like medical equipment?

 

For products fresh out of the gate, product launch kits are invaluable. There’s no substitute for getting your product into the right hands. Tactile contact is still one of the biggest advertising tenets. When you get your hands on a wrench, you know what it does, right? This isn’t always true with a brand new invention or product, which is where a launch kit comes in. It can answer questions, show diagrams, all while keeping your product in a potential buyer’s hands. Product launch kits can even be made to look like actual retail packaging to give a store a peek at what your product might look like on their shelves.

 

But maybe your product has been around the block. Maybe your product isn’t even a product. Perhaps it’s a new idea for a non-profit organization, or a new promotion from a timeless sports team. In which case, your product launch kit might be more of a relaunch kit. This is also an effective tool, breathing a second wind into a classic model. Maybe your custom launch kit could be more subtle in its design, opting for a glossy laminate with a stark logo instead of informative blurbs and splashes of color.

Custom presentation packaging product launch kits for Minnesota Vikings

Customization is King

 

No matter which stage in the spectrum your product–or property–is at, the best part of a product launch kit is its ability to be loaded with SWAG. When fit with a die-cut foam insert, or thermoformed tray, a launch kit can store not only the actual product, but related materials, flash drives, and any other relevant promotional materials. If you’re a gym, maybe you want to include a water bottle with your logo, or a personalized sweatband. With a custom foam insert, a launch kit can house just about any giveaway goodie. These promotional items will add value and also increase notoriety.

 

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Bottom Line? In today’s market, it will be difficult to make a splash without some sort of custom product launch kit. The days of pamphlets and firm handshakes are over. With so many products and innovations, don’t you think your business card should be a little more three-dimensional?

 

 

Custom Corrugated Box for Branding

 

What’s your favorite logo? Think of your t-shirt collection. Or your favorite hat. What’s on it? Is it the Fox Racing fox? The Budweiser crown? Maybe the slashed M of the Monster logo?

 

 

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Company logos are big. Not size-wise necessarily, but there’s a reason businesses drop major dollars on logo design. If you land on the right one, it transcends the brand and becomes a piece of pop culture. Those companies listed above—consumers actually purchase clothing with their brands blazing on them. They are paying to advertise for that company. Now how’s that for a turnaround on investment?

 

Granted some folks might have seen them sported by a celebrity, or on the door of a race car. But most people just like to show their support for a company they like. I bet nobody at Apple foresaw how fashionable that little piece of fruit would become today.

 

Or maybe they did?

 

A Custom Corrugated Box is Your Canvas

 

Now your average John Q. Startup doesn’t have the funds to furnish a Nascar driver with their logo, but you can start with personalized packaging. A custom corrugated box offers durability, but also a proper canvas for your company’s brand. The fluted walls of a custom corrugated box allow for full color digital printing, so your exact logo can come through in high definition. It might not be in the hands of a pro athlete yet, but imagine how many E-Flute press kits go out a trade show. Your company logo is bound to get into the right hands eventually.

 

Which leads back to having a proper canvas. The nice thing about a custom corrugated box is that it’s affordable enough to give away, but can be made luxurious enough that it will be kept by its recipient. That’s the real goal, isn’t it? That’s how your logo sticks. Your name sticks. By providing your potential client with high-end custom packaging, you are giving them a reason to remember you. And if history has taught us anything, there’s nothing more useful than a custom corrugated box.

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