Etsy Custom Packaging Tips

The market for handmade goods has never been hotter, and websites like Etsy are reaping in the benefits.  Etsy is an online marketplace specializing in handmade, craft or vintage items as well as supplies. It’s relatively easy to use for both sellers and buyers, and numbers attest to that. In 2014, Etsy had over 50 million registered users, and total sales reached nearly $2 billion through the platform. With that kind of bandwidth, it might sound challenging to break through the noise as a new seller. But that’s where Sunrise Packaging comes in (locally owned in Minnesota). Etsy custom packaging is one of the best ways to retain and attract customers. 

Etsy Custom Packaging Basics

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This outlet as a seller recently came to my attention when I purchased a small ring from an Etsy seller. It’s not a particularly expensive item, not vintage or anything else like that. I was incredibly impressed by the seller’s attention to detail when it came to packaging, though – so much that I realized how important packaging is, and how that fact might escape the attention of new sellers. 

Apparently, Etsy thinks so, too. They provide a literal handbook to Etsy custom packaging.  Since packaging is, quite literally, our business, here’s our take on Etsy’s suggestions for custom packaging: 

  1. Label your labor
    Etsy hits the ground running with a primer on branding. It’s incredibly important to help customers remember your business in every possible way. Crafting creative labels not only helps your business stick in their mind but makes it more likely that they’ll pass your name on.  Utilizing finishing options like debossing, embossing and other features help ensure that this will happen, or utilize a sleeve box to add some labeling. 
  2. Make Your Packaging Pop
    I couldn’t find hard numbers on what percentage of Etsy purchases are gifts, but the number is probably pretty great. Packaging that is gift-ready takes one part out of the process for your buyer. Besides, even if it isn’t intended as a gift for someone else, it’s kind of awesome to make the customer feel a little indulgent, like they’re getting a gift for themselves, isn’t it? When it comes to classic gift style, a two piece set up box is perfect. 
  3. Get Into Shipping Shape
    The last thing any seller needs is to mess up an order.  Like Etsy reiterates: how inclined are you to return to a seller who messes up your order, or doesn’t package it correctly to withstand shipping? Probably not very likely. Take the time to consider if you need any custom inserts, and the protection products might need. Thermoforming or custom formed trays might be a great way to go. 

Make Your Package Shine

Ordering things online is like the grown up version of Christmas morning. You know packages are coming on a certain day, so the expectations are even higher when you know what to expect. Let every delivery of your product generate that kind of excitement! 

Brokerage Welcome Kits

Becoming a successful broker has a relatively simple foundation: clients. Not only attracting new clients, but retaining old ones at the same time. Providing customized customer service can be a lot to balance in addition to staying on top of new rules, regulations, trends and other business facets.  Brokers need all the help they can. By investing in well-thought out brokerage welcome kits, you can start to pare down on some of the work. 

Brokerage welcome kits help clients feel special while giving them the information they need to take ownership and feel invested (to a larger extent). Welcome kits can also function like a pre-determined follow up plan…the most important part of maintaining those positive first impressions that won their business in the first place. Empower Brokerage has some great tips for putting together a custom welcome kit that’s sure to help retain clients. 

Building Brokerage Welcome Kits: A Checklist

Create a checklist

It might seem a little meta that the first item on our checklist is for you to make a checklist. Making a checklist of the items you need to go over with a client is a great way to get your ducks in a row. It ensures that nothing is missed. Plus, it helps you see your collateral and business in a new way. You might realize that there are redundancies or more efficient ways to share information when it’s all laid out in front of you. 

Policy documents

Whether this means ID cards, literal documents, their application, etc, include copies in your welcome kit. Advise them to keep their copies in a safe place. Don’t forget to include information on what their policy includes…and any upgrades, updates, and possible changes they need to be aware of with a timeline.  Consider investing in some document holding, custom inserts to keep everything in place and in a presentable manner. More on that later!

Contact information

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Hopefully, your customers already have your business card. Adding them to your brokerage welcome kits is a nice touch, as well as adding other people in the office. Front desk, if available, plus any other customer service numbers or websites that they might need to access.  It’s an increasingly personalized touch to include bios of the others in the agency. 

Access tips

On that last note, do you have an online portal or some other type of self-service set up? Include information and instructions on how to set up new accounts and where they can access FAQs.  You can also include information for how they can post online reviews, an increasingly important (and sometimes overlooked) strategy for bettering your search engine optimization (SEO) rankings. 

Agency swag

Everyone likes freebies, and they like them even more when they’re useful and/or aesthetically pleasing. Invest in some calendars, pens, Frisbees, whatever you can work into a plug for your agency.  The custom box for your brokerage welcome kit will also help you in this area. 

Custom Boxes for Your Welcome Kits

Work with Sunrise Packaging to scope out specifications for a truly one-of-a-kind welcome kit design. There are multiple options, from a cigar box, presentation-style of packaging to crafting custom inserts for all your materials to utilizing gorgeous finishing options.

Promotional Boxes

Promotional boxes are ideal for organizations to achieve multiple goals. I know what you're thinking--it's just a box, what objectives does it really need to meet?--but consider the other elements that come into play when it comes to packaging. Packaging is just as important as the product it holds. 

To make the most of promotional boxes, it's important to start seeing them as the marketing tools they are. A custom box, designed to your specifications, is an investment that will pay dividends in the areas that matter. Brand awareness. Product protection. Increasing name recognition. Enticing buyers. 

See? A custom promotional box can answer a lot of needs in one literal package. 

Checklist for Your Promotional Boxes

So what's important when creating a custom promo box? Here are the main things you need to have figured into your design. 

  • Unique design: Customers are drawn to pleasing aesthetics and design. But what really entices them to pick one off a store shelf, or take a picture to share on social media? Unique designs. Determine what kind of color palette and style best complements your product, and design custom packaging that draws attention and works with the box contents.
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  • Surprising content (as in the words on the box, not the product inside): There's a reason that people love reading the messages inside Dove candy or underneath Snapple caps: it's a surprising bit of content that's generally pleasant. Yes, you could just put your company name and the product on the box (and the SKU or UPC), but have fun with it. Your customers will appreciate it. It's an opportunity to do a little extra marketing and share your company values.While we're on the subject of content, don't forget to include the basics of your company. Website, social channels, and a hashtag for customers to share photos of your product and fantastic packaging.
  • Choose the right insert: Keep your product in place with custom inserts. Consider including thermoformed trays, foam, or other inserts to stop things from shifting and to add a layer of protection.  Inserts can also include other printed materials, like instructions. If you're ready to take it to another level, consider a custom flash drive for customers to access instructions, videos, a whole host of materials.
  • Price out necessary upgrades: Leave a little space in your budget to explore potential upgrades. It could mean soft-touch lamination to enhance the feeling of the box. Or handles are ideal to increase mobility. Embossing, foil stamping, and other finishing options can add a literal polish to presentation packaging.

The Value Proposition for Promotional Boxes

Promotional boxes can do double-duty as marketing for your product as well as your business. Make sure it's clear to customers who you are and what you do. And your packaging is a great way to reinforce these messages.

Reach out to our sales department today to get started with your optimized custom promotional boxes!