Growth Strategies for CBD Packaging

Cannabidiol, or CBD, is one of the most popular wellness products to emerge in the last few years. With revenue in the billions--and no sign of slowing--it's not an understatement to say the market is hot.  And with a hot market comes an influx of products and grades of CBD packaging. 

One of the major difficulties every brand faces is how to stand apart in a market. It's even harder with an increasingly-saturated market. As scientific evidence mounts in support of CBD oil, it's more important than ever for a product to find its footing, its audience and its packaging appeal.

Why CBD Packaging Matters

Brand differentiation is key to gaining a foothold in the CBD market. And one of the most effective ways to do that is to have unique packaging. Depending on how your business operates - storefront, mail order or otherwise - there's a benefit to investing in quality boxes for your CBD products. 

The obvious reason is to protect your products during shipping and transportation in general. Most CBD also benefits from cool, dark spaces, and Sunrise can craft custom foam inserts for this reason. But there's the shelf appeal to packaging, and that extends far from the classic shopping trip. With the popularity of unboxings on Instagram and TikTok, video reviews through Reels and YouTube, the visibility of a product has never been higher. Ensuring that your customers (or influencers) have an experience to share is the best use of your marketing dollars. 

Growing Quality Content

Content creation is another hot part of any marketing strategy. Marketing teams can do this, naturally. But leveraging user generated content is even better. When customers are excited by a product and want to share it, it's definitely a bonus. Crafting experiences that customers want to share starts with crafting unique packaging.

Talk to us more about your ideas for experiential marketing through packaging. Contact our team today!

Handmade Packaging

Call it custom, crafted, creative, whatever synonyms come to mind. But handmade packaging is one of our specialties at Sunrise Packaging. Handmade packaging is far from our most economical offering, but for customers that want something that is truly unique with elements that can't be found anywhere else, it's the only option. 

Crafting boxes by hand is something of a revolutionary thought. Or at least it was in the not-so-distant past. But as people are encouraged to stay home more and avoid public spaces and crowds, there's been a crafting renaissance. More and more people are learning how to do more from home (who hasn't seen someone in their feeds making sourdough?). And while packaging hasn't exactly risen to the highest point of popularity, a respect for craftsmanship and knowledge is surely present.

The Magic of Handmade Packaging

We've all experienced the disappointment of packaging that doesn't hold up over time. The corners become dogeared and dented, the colors fade. Maybe even worst of all, the packaging contents become damaged or unusable for some reason. Simply put, the quality that enhances the value in a literal way and for the product itself. 

Viewing packaging as an investment is one way to justify the cost and time. Custom boxes do tend to see a return on that investment, though, by being more stylish and eye-grabbing than the standard box formats. In the example to the side, you can see the custom foam insert, the matte-scuff free lamination, all encapsulated in the magnetic closure box. It's an effect garnered from the sum of the whole. Packaging like this is about creating an experience. And that's part of the magic of handmade packaging.

Bring Your Vision To Reality

Handmade boxes and packaging can be time-intensive. It depends on what elements needs to go into the end product. We're confident in our ability to create unique experiences for consumers, but we need the input and vision of our customers to make sure that we're on the same page. We view these type of projects as partnerships. 

When you're ready to partner up on your next packaging experience, we'll be waiting!

Uses for a Binder Box

Packaging is sometimes a bit of a hidden art form. It's something that's always present in multiple forms in your life. But when it's done well, we don't always notice it. That's the case with a sturdy binder or binder box. 

A three ring binder is fairly utilitarian thing. We need it when we need it, and we take it for granted when it's sturdy and made to withstand usage. It's when it falls apart that we notice it. That's why we're making the case for *not* being the organization with the bad binders. 

Using a Binder Box for Durability

One way to not be that organization? Invest in quality binders. One way to be the organization that people remember for great binders? Use a binder box. 

A binder box uses a tray with the metal rings attached. The classic binder style uses a magnetic flap to keep the entire thing enclosed, and the inserts firmly in place. It's a great tool not only for marketing, but for weathering the elements as well. Think of it as useful on a construction site or in a shop. Blueprints, receipts, timesheets, and more can be kept securely in one place. Additionally, this type of packaging can be fully printed and customized to your needs. Whatever colors, watermark, logo, and other branding needs you might have can be included. 

A Box for All Industries

The binder box lends itself well to a variety of industries outside of construction. And it's not limited to work sites or marketing presentations. It's great for training materials and classroom use, to keep syllabuses in order while giving you the ability to take notes and add your own materials. Basically, no matter what your business is, there's a business use for the binder box. 

Teaching, training, project management, and beyond. The binder box can make your life easier and the lives of your employees and customers. Get a quote and get started with your binder design today.

Promo Marketing for Collector’s Editions

Promotional marketing, or promo marketing, is specifically geared toward increasing awareness of some kind of promotion. It's generally part of wider marketing efforts but with a more narrow focus. For example,  Adam Sandler's 'Uncut Gems' film was released in 2019. Showings for the film included events in some areas. And those events, or promotions, included a series of marketing geared toward the event itself, separate from the wider movie marketing. 

Promo marketing is a strategic approach to indirectly grow interest in a product or brand. The specialized nature of it makes it worthy of its own special variation of a brand, which requires something we love: unique packaging.

Promo Marketing with Collector's Editions

Promo marketing campaigns commonly surround special releases or editions. These types of campaigns target a specific subset of customers with the goal of elevating their like of a brand to love. In the project to the side, you can see an example of promo marketing packaging we created for a tattoo ink maker. 

These magnetic boxes are considered collector's editions within a subculture of tattoo artists or tattoo aficionados. We upped the ante in the design, using the magnetic box and matte lamination to create a style that echoes the classic ethos of the brand as well as the old-school tattoo stylings. We're digging the retro look of the design, especially with the modern functionality of the overall packaging. It hits the mark that the company wanted for this special release. 

Promotional Marketing is Collector Packaging

Sunrise can help flesh out a promotional marketing strategy with unique collectors' edition packaging. Even if our company doesn't make your regular product packaging, our handmade approach ensures that your design will be unique. Special editions of products deserve to be, well, special. Give your customers something to more to love with innovative and valued packaging.

Contact our team today to get started!

The Secret Life of Gift Boxes

Providing sales incentives is just about standard practice these days. But in the age of covid, one of the most popular none-monetary incentives isn't quite as attractive as it used to be.. And that is incentive travel. Businesses who are looking to pivot should start examining the types of things their sales team wouldn't normally purchase for themselves. They should also start looking at the gift boxes that can help convey the appreciative messages. 

We're a fan of none-monetary employee incentives for a few reasons, but the biggest one, which is backed by research, has to do with mental accounting. When someone is gifted money, it's unlikely that they'll use it to buy themselves a treat with it. When we get extra money, our mind tells us to be responsible with it. Maybe it's the inner child voice of your parent telling you to "put it toward something!" So the money pays down the mortgage, the credit card, or into savings for a rainy day. 

That's why we encourage people to live a little. 

Creating Incentive Gift Boxes

The best gifts are the things that we want, but just can't quit justify buying for ourselves. This varies from person to person, of course. It might be an expensive watch for some. A fancy coffee machine for someone else. Airpods. The options are endless. If your organization is able to tap into these hidden desires, or even have a catalog of possibilities for people to select, it will provide more satisfaction to them as well be a physical reminder of a job well done. 

But then there is the question of uniformity, and that's where custom gift boxes come in. Sunrise can create unique, classic gift boxes for your employee incentive items that will create a cohesive image. The boxes can include any amount of customization desired. Take a look at the example to the side. These foil-stamped, custom inserted boxes are gorgeous and durable, and most importantly, memorable.

Motivating Your Team

Every organization needs some way to motivate their employees, especially in this day and age. They're being asked to deal with A LOT, and any little thanks you can toss them is appreciated. Creating incentive gift boxes can do just that. Chat with our team to learn more about how Sunrise can help!

Innovations for Packaged Products

Creativity and innovation stand on the shoulders of giants. Meaning that, everything that comes afterwards has to build on what came before. Still not entirely picking up what we're putting down? Let's look at some classic packaged products. 

Product packaging is a straightforward concept. You have a product, and it needs packaging for multitude of reasons. Security. Safety. Shelf life. The reasons go on. But just as there are a myriad of reasons for why packaging is needed, there are just as many potential packaging styles. And most of them started with a simple style. Like the cigar box. Or, the case of our most recent packaging innovation, the setup box

"Shouldering" Packaged Products

The basic setup box consists of two trays that slide together. It's a simple and relatively iconic design. Intuitive and accessible for all ages and abilities, it's popular for tech devices, tools, and more. It's also the basis of our new box style: the two piece set up shoulder box.

As you can see in the video and photos to the side, the "shoulder" is actually a small ledge on which the top tray of the setup box sits. Normally, a the top and bottom trays in setup boxes slide and overlap. The shoulder makes this box style even easier to open, and also adds an additional layer of protection to items inside. We love the presentation of the should set up box as well. The delight of a heightened reveal, or unboxing, is a simple joy that doesn't get enough credit. At least, we don't think so 😉

What's Next?

Just when we think we've explored every avenue of packaging design, someone comes to us with something new. A new request, a new product, a new idea. The wheels start spinning, and we start creating. Before you know it, we've crafted something new and personalized to the project itself. 

This is just one reason why we love chatting with our customers so much. We learn as much as we hope we impart, and value all of our partnerships. Whatever your product packaging needs might be, try Sunrise Packaging. We'd love to see what grows out of the collaboration.

Box Construction Informed by Style

When people talk about construction, they're usually not talking about box construction. They might talk about cranes. Skyscrapers. Majestic, sweeping bridges, or unmistakeable jackhammers. In light of these admittedly bigger projects (at least physically), we'd like to present something smaller, and more immediate. Box construction isn't something that we take lightly. And it deserves more consideration. 

Hear us out. 

Constructing memorable packaging takes more work than simply folding cardboard. There's the material to consider, and the finishing touches. What will the product be, and how can we mirror or forecast it with the box styling? How can we bring it all together?

Box Construction Styles

As a study in style, let's look at the setup box

You've almost definitely held a setup box in your hand. It's ubiquitous in the technology world, especially for smartphones. You probably remember opening up the box for the last smartphone you purchased. The box was probably small, tailored to the brand (white for Apple, black for Samsung, and so on). As you pulled the top off, it probably resisted a little before begrudgingly sliding off slowly. Your new phone--an expensive but exciting purchase--lay cradled inside. 

Did we get it right?

Setup boxes are evocative and classic. They're constructed in a way that makes them firm and rigid, yet--as you experienced--yielding and personal to the user. 

Packaging & Personality

All packaging must (or at least should) be branded. And with a brand, comes personality. 

As we stated above, the chic blankness of an Apple product is practically iconic at this point. So are the set up boxes they use to house their phones and tablets, with no spared expense to create the perfect stage for their products. When someone opens your product packaging, what personality are they witnessing?

Let your product's box construction do the talking for you. That is, after you talk with our team about this project. 

Packaging Design Elements

(or, how create great, memorable boxes). Design elements are the ornamentation that makes a box or custom package truly shine. Imagine an evergreen tree. It's majestic. Beautiful, in a stately, classic way. But add those literal ornaments, and it becomes an iconic symbol. 

When you think of designing packaging, use that same approach. Begin with a classic box style, and add on from there. At Sunrise Packaging, we have no shortage of classic box styles, from gate fold to cigar and beyond. 

And just like that Christmas tree, it's important to take a balanced approach to choosing design elements. Too much and the box is overwhelming, the intent muddled, and the consumer confused. Too little, and a company runs the worst risk of all: boring the user. When do you know that you have the right mix?

Balancing the Bling of Design Elements

While there are many design elements organizations can consider in designing their packaging, there are a few that always stand out.

  • Spot UV Print
    Spot UV print adds an incredible high gloss. Check out the example to the side. By adding the logo for black-on-black design, this coating truly stands out. You can see how it immediately catches your eye, while the white contrast of other elements make the package digestible without being overwhelming.
  • Foil Stamping
    Spot UV isn't the only way to add shine to your packaging project. Foil stamping adds custom foil seals to boxes with heat. Add embossing to create a truly striking 3D image. 
  • Offset Printing
    Quality takes time, and offset printing makes good use of that time. Packaging wraps need to be printed one at a time to create a truly dazzling and vibrancy in color.

These three options are popular options for boxes. But just like any industry, packaging follows trends. We can't wait to see what comes up next. 

What Inspires Your Packaging?

Design elements are an important part of your packaging design, but they aren't everything. To help guide your design process, step back and ask yourself: what's the inspiration? If you can find a theme that speaks to your product and your organization, it's a starting point. 

Sunrise Packaging can pick it up and carry your project over the finish line. Give us your ideas and your inspirations, and we can guide your design decisions. Talk to our team today!

Sample Box for the Medical Industry

The sample box, as some might know it, has changed dramatically over the past few years. From a broad point of view, sample boxes have been pushed aside by subscription boxes. Subscription boxes compile a variety of samples from companies. They then pass them on to consumers... And usually for a price. 

But sample boxes aren't completely gone. They're just much more focused. For example, check out this sample box we created for a customer in the medical industry.

Designing a Pharmaceutical Sample Box

The medical and pharmaceutical industry has extra considerations that other types of sample boxes don't. However, that doesn't affect the base structure of the packaging, and they can still follow the same general best practices. 

This particular sample box utilizes our mag box as a base layer. The mag box, or magnetic box, is one of our specialties at Sunrise Packaging. The front flap is the magnetic piece that holds the box securely shut, and also adds a little extra surface for the marketing content.

A sample box needs to speak for itself, and that's best accomplished through the finishing details. The entire box is wrapped with a gloss lamination, and the digital printing allows for depth and subtleties in the color.

Sample or Subscription Box?

If you are trying to decide if it makes more sense for your organization to create a sample box or participate in a subscription box, there are a few factors to help make the decision. The industry matters, of course, and what regulations will allows. Also take stock of how customers should interact with the product, and what you want their first impression to be. In most cases--especially for medical or pharmaceutical products--a sample box is the way to go. 

No matter which style of packaging you select, Sunrise can partner with you on any style. Contact our team today!

The Simplified Sample Kit

There's a time and a place for ornamentation in packaging. Especially when it comes to sales and marketing. But when it comes to sample kits--that first taste that customers get of a product--it's usually best to keep it simple. 

Simplicity is a concept that we champion at Sunrise, and for more reasons than the fact that minimalism is a major trend right now. Simplicity means uncluttered communication. It removes the potential for misunderstanding and confusion. Not to mention visual discomfort and dissonance. 

Sample Kit Simplicity

It's easy to fall into the trap of including too much within a packaging concept. A sample kit is the perfect example of a piece which is easy to over-design in an attempt to impress the recipient.  Everyone wants their products to sell; they want their products to make an impact, and to leave an impression. 

But it's important to consider the type of impression that's going to be left. If a sample kit is tricky or awkward to open, for example, it automatically puts a bad taste in the user's mouth. Too much text, overly-contrasting colors and fonts, any number of elements can make for a confusing experience. Less is more, they say, and it's especially true when we consider how to craft clear sample kits.

As you consider your sample kit, think first of the experience you want your user to have. How does it echo the experience the product seeks to deliver? What elements will best serve that end? It can be hard to put these ideas into words, and even harder to translate it into packaging. That's where Sunrise Packaging comes in. 

Within our experience, we've worked with culling down elements from overzealous marketers and designers. We can help define scope as necessary, framing your project within the necessary parameters of a sample kit. Contact us today!