2020 Trends: Smart Packaging

Smart packaging, also known as intelligent or active packaging, is an emerging term for packaging that is more interactive in some way. Imagine a prescription container that can tell you when it's getting low, or automatically send an order to refill itself. Or another package that can automatically dispense the proper dosage. 

There are subtle differences between these three types of packaging, but they equate to the same thing: how can the circle of our increasingly interconnected devices grow to encompass healthcare packaging as well?

Active & Intelligent: Key Aspects for Smart Packaging

While the examples above seem far-fetched, we're closer than it might seem. Innovators are working through methods which utilize familiar technologies, like Bluetooth and NFC (near field communication), to find new ways with which our medical needs interact with our various devices. These have been used in packaging for some time, but technology is refined and integrated, new uses emerge. 

At the heart of all these endeavors, though, is the patient or the user. Researchers in this field have to ask, What does the end-user need? How can this best serve them? Smart packaging needs to be active and intelligent to provide the most good. It needs to be intuitive and integrated into not only devices owned and familiar to the user, but amenable to how their mind works as well. 

Looking Forward

Sunrise Packaging has yet to create smart packaging on the level described above. Demand isn't quite there yet. Not to mention it's relatively cost-prohibitive and time-consuming to product on a large-scale at present.

But there's no doubt that the trend toward integrated smart devices is not slowing down. Demand and expectations will grow, and eventually the constraints around this type of packaging will become more manageable.

 

Upscale Boxes for Software

In the age of the cloud and the software-as-a-service, it's hard to believe that physical software sales are still a thing. But it is, and for good reason, and it involves upscale boxes as well. 

If we go back to the beginning of the internet, it was viewed as a vague but exciting prospect. Hard to pin down, specifically, but the unlimited possibilities were appealing to the entire world. And while that perception has changed over the years, the potential has grown into both positive and negative things.  For every Kickstarter helping to save a life, there's a scammer waiting to pump bank accounts dry. 

Software Upscale Boxes

So what does this have to do with why software is still sold in upscale boxes?

Well, a lot of people don't trust software they can't touch. 

Their rationale is sound enough, and it's common enough for major retailers to continue to sell mostly empty boxes. They contain a download link and an activation code, since most computers don't have CD drives anymore. There's something comforting in the tangible for people. It builds trust. And adding in upscale packaging features makes it feel even more real and authentic. 

While the boxes in the example to the side weren't empty, we used some of our top high-end packaging tips to create this project. Thicker chipboard and glossy lamination give it a sheen and weightiness that inspires confidence. Our classic magnetic box style seals the deal.

High Hopes for High End Boxes

High end packaging for software boxes isn't something that's going away anytime soon. While mistrust of online downloads is part of the equation, we know there's a lure when it comes to well-made physical box. Let us work our magic with your next software box project. Reach out to our team for creating your upscale boxes!

Instagrammable Luxury Packaging

Is your luxury packaging Instagram-ready?

Consumers are looking for experiences that can be shared across mediums. The most popular of these mediums, at present, is Instagram. In addition to having a growing user base, Instagram also offers many opportunities for high visibility and direct links to products. These factors (and more) make it a highly-lucrative space. For the organization that knows how to leverage it, that is. 

Luxury packaging is a style that’s designed to evoke a certain feeling in its user base, which makes it the perfect fit for packaging designed for an audience. Best of all, it doesn’t have to rely on a carefully curated network of influencers to catch on.

Luxury Packaging for the 'Gram

While Instagram is planning to do away with public visibility of likes, it certainly won’t lessen the appreciation for beautiful posts. Here are some of the top trends in 2020 for Instagram luxury packaging

Minimalism is a trend that shows no signs of slowing down this year. Some of the most high-end brands in the world–Gucci, Celine, Dior, and more–keep their packaging as basic as possible, and it pays off. 

Pastel hues, particularly pink, have lost their luster as wearable fashion colors but their photogenic qualities live on. Don’t believe us? Close your eyes and think of signature, specific New York-based jewelry company Tiffany & Co. Did the baby-blue box appear instantly?

Approachable messaging and arrival announcements increase hype and excitement around a  product. Clever phrases or simple anticipatory messaging (preferably #hashtagable) make it easy to consumers to share photos and join the conversation.

Crossplatform compatibility is the final tip for Instagrammable luxury packaging (and beyond). While Instagram is ideal for many reasons, increased visibility can only bring good things for a well-planned roll out. Make sure that your constituents can share information on social sites that make sense (for example, if your audience isn’t active on LinkedIn, it probably doesn’t need to be part of your strategy). 

Overall, the name of the game is to create as much buzz for your product as possible. Taking these cues from 2020 luxury packaging trends is a great start to the new year. And when you want to put some of these into action, call on Sunrise Packaging.

Upscale Packaging from Sunrise

Upscale packaging does more than makes the customer feel fancy. It might feel like something that an organization can write of when their product isn't sold in the same way as retail boxes, but that sentiment couldn't be further from the truth. 

Consider medical device packaging. Let's say that you need a certain medical device, and there are two options:

  • Option 1: plain, white corrugated box with a stamp on the front.
  • Option 2: full color with a branded logo and content on all sides of the box. Maybe some customer testimonials, instructions, statements on ease of use, etc. 

Which packaging style inspires more confidence for you?

Upscale packaging is, like many things, more than what you see on the outside. It's also custom inserts to product items, sturdy construction to prevent tampering, and much more. But it's near impossible to discount the importance of that first impression.

Signs of Upscale Packaging

Upscale packaging doesn't have to follow a rule book. Just look at these creative takes from Canva. But there are a few things that instantly indicate to a user that this package is a tier above. 

  • Employ a pattern, some stylization, or an interesting color scheme to catch their eye. Taking care to present something attention-grabbing is the first impression your users will have.
  • Think about the unboxing experience, and let the packaging complement the product. Who is using this product? What might make it easier for them to use and understand the intent?
  • Use texture. At Sunpack, we have many finishing options that can add a tactile aspect to any packaging project. The more senses you can engage with your packaging, the more engaged your user will be.

Even if your product isn't necessarily compared to others, upscale packaging should still be a priority to inspire confidence and connection with your users. Sunrise Packaging is able to use our decades of experience to help guide you there. 

Bring us your ideas and preferences, and we can work together on the perfect package! Talk to our team today.

Wealth Management Branding

Wealth management branding is something that takes time to build. A brand is something that goes beyond just a name and tagline; it's something that should encompass the ethos and mission of your organization. In the financial planning world, it can be hard to stand out. But, if you can define your purpose in an upfront manner and use it to inform some of the larger content and marketing decisions, it will help your organization stand out. Designing packaging that complements a brand becomes easier as well. 

Crafting a Wealth Management Branding Strategy

What do you do? Why? Who's your ideal client? 

These are just a few of the questions that can help inform your wealth management branding strategy (for more, check out this Financial Advocates piece). Your marketing and branding efforts should inform how you talk about these five elements:

  • Products
  • Services
  • Target client
  • Value proposition
  • Passion

As this alignment becomes more apparent, then it can branch out to help inform other initiatives. 

In the project above for Beacon Capital Management, look at the different elements present. From the lighthouse imagery to the tagline to the use of color and box style... What do all of these elements communicate?

Asking the Right Questions

Building a brand is an ongoing process. Share your successes, community feedback, and more in your marketing channels, and use it to inform design and content decisions. This example showcases how imagery and words can evoke specific sentiments and feelings about an organization. Leave it to Sunrise Packaging to bring your brand into a tangible form. It's our job to know when to recommend soft touch lamination, embossing details, and more finishing options. 

When you're ready to firm up your brand with customized packaging, call Sunrise!

Real Estate Packaging & Influencer Marketing

Working in real estate, mortgages or construction? We've got a question for your marketing department: how do you capitalize on real estate packaging?

Ok, ok, that's a very specific question, we know. So let us explain. 

In each of these fields, it can be hard to set yourself apart. Clients might know what they want, but they don't always understand the unique differences between the agencies that help them get those things. For example, let's say you decide you want to buy a house. Chances are, to find a realtor, you either rely on a referral from a friend, Google one, or simply find a house you want to see and fill out a contact form. A similar process might follow for mortgage brokers and construction or contractors. How do you set yourself apart from the rest?

One way is to engage in influencer marketing. This makes you the referral every time.

Find Your Influencers Via Real Estate Packaging

Influencer marketing is a newish strategy that emerged as social media become omnipresent.  Through the endless scrolling, profiles have emerged as knowledgeable or admired for different things. From make-up skills to craftsmanship to, well, simply having an interesting-looking life, these people are influencers. The products or methods they promote to their users have the potential to drastically grow in sales due to the exposure. 

There are many different potential approaches to finding influencers. Or, another approach, is to treat all of your customers as potential influencers. Real estate packaging is about playing the long game, which goes beyond those who cultivate massive Instagram followings. Creating a unique brand, exemplified by your leave-behind or gift packaging, is a great impression to make. 

Sunrise can help develop the perfect branded packaging option for your needs. From high end luxury boxes--designed to hold keys, garage door openers and more--to a FlashPad with a congratulatory gift card or a three ring binder for documents, we can support any marketing initiative. 

Contact Sunrise today for more information!

Key Fob Packaging for 2019 Models

Like it or not, the end of the year is less than 2 months away. For car dealerships, that means it's time to a) push out the old inventory to b) make room for the 2019 inventory. No matter which state your car lot may be in, we have an answer to help move vehicles: high-end key fob packaging.

While it can help add some upscale value to older models, implementing a marketing strategy around 2019 models (and beyond) is a great way to build both customer and brand loyalty. At Sunrise Packaging, we've done a few different custom packaging styles. Some are more compact, like our FobPad. Others, like the image below, are as substantial as the vehicle that goes with them.

The Gift of Key Fob Packaging

Getting a new car should feel like a special occasion for the buyer. It's a decision most people don't take lightly with both a time and monetary investment. Creating a marketing strategy including custom packaging for key fobs is a great way to turn this transaction into feeling like a literal gift. Take a look at the project to the right.

This is one of our standard magnetic boxes, or NetBox. If it reminds you of the classic functionality of a cigar box, you're on track. This a box style that is familiar, and the magnetic piece gives it a little nuance. The magnetic flap on the box has a few purposes. First of all, it's designed to keep the box shut tight in a practical way. But, like we said, it's also slightly unexpected for the recipient. The weight and gentle resistance of the magnet provide a moment of anticipation.

Packaging Worth the 'Gram

Key fob packaging is also a way to do some influence marketing, too. With the right content and design, these items make the perfect influencer post. Alongside their new vehicle as well, of course.

While the new inventory might be a perfect time to start integrating key fob packaging into your car dealership marketing strategy, the best part of these items is that it's never NOT a good time to start developing them. Creating timeless content and design means that they won't be outdated. Contact Sunrise today to start developing your products today.

Luxury Packaging for a Girl’s Best Friend

It's been decades since Marilyn Monroe sang the virtues of diamonds and their place in a girl's life, but with age comes enlightenment. And turns out, many girls are looking for something with a little more edge to it than just diamonds. Like csarite, a stone 10,000 times more rare than a diamond. As trends change, so do the high end boxes and luxury packaging housing these tokens.

In a recent project we worked on with Neha Dani, we gained an insider view into the current market of gemstones, jewelry and what goes in to creating a masterpiece. Naturally, Sunrise Packaging (located in Blaine, Minnesota) rose to the occasion and created one-of-a-kind magnetic boxes to serve as sample kits for gemstones.

Luxury Packaging for Unique Gems

Neha Dani describes herself as an artist that delights in the details. We knew we would hit it off immediately.

Her work is made to worn, admired and exalted. Creating unique packaging to match these products is a tall order--and, if we're being honest, we know that our boxes are little more than stage for the pieces--but using our expertise, we created some beautiful mag boxes.

"Mag boxes" is short for magnetic boxes. Our custom magnetic boxes feature a magnetic flap for closure, and instantly create a high-end feel. Magnetic closure is just one feature that elevates a standard box to luxury packaging, though. We add in offset printing and soft touch lamination. Offset printing ensures a consistently-high quality color transfer. It's vivid and bright, perfect attributes for gemstones. And soft touch lamination? It's like touching silk.

Other Elements of Luxury Packaging

Luxury packaging doesn't stop with the elements we brought to this project. The outside of a box speaks volumes, but when it comes to high end items, the customer really cares about what's inside. We can create custom inserts and thermoformed trays to keep products safe. This also avoids potential shifting or falling out of place. Additionally, there are different types of closures, finishes, embossing, and more that can enhance a simple box.

We view every project as unique. Sunrise takes the time to create something original for every customer, whether you're looking for high end packaging, sports packaging, etc. Contact our team today!

High End Packaging for Real Estate

Short supply and high demand is a recipe for a crazy housing market. Particularly as more and millennials start to dip their toes into home ownership. It can be daunting for mortgage brokers, homebuilders, and realtors to find ways to make an impact on this tech-savvy, immediate-results generation of homebuyers. Utilizing tools, like social channels featuring high end packaging, is one way to reach people.

In this Uber & DIY-focused economy, brand loyalty and expertise counts for less than it did in the past. For a business like realty, which are hugely relationship-based, this means that their basic marketing model needs to change. Referrals are still a big way to gain business, but reaching out on various mediums is another way to gain interest. It's the online shopping effect. We see something we like, we tap on it and can buy it.

Obviously, real estate doesn't work *quite* like that. But check out Carrington Creek's Insta, and tell me you're not enticed to learn more about these gorgeous homes. Particularly that signature Welcome Home box.

High End Packaging for High End Homes

Carrington Creek (located in Arkansas) is a homebuilder focused on building relationships as well. They've won multiple awards for quality, customer satisfaction, realtor excellence, and more. And when we began work on a special project for them, we knew it was going to be a special collaboration.

High end packaging always presents interesting challenges. At its heart, the best packaging utilizes simple design techniques. But the unique features are where we like to make it truly high end, the little touches that speak to a users tactile or visual senses. For this project, we used offset printing and a scuff free matte lamination.  This box is as sturdy as the homes they build, and just as classic with monochrome coloring. With spot UV over the logo, this is a box that pops. Maybe not as much as that champagne, but it's a coordinated effort!

Use Custom Packaging as Part of a Targeted Marketing Strategy

These welcome boxes are gorgeous on every level. They're highly Instagrammable, prominently featuring the logo, and create a true connection with the homebuyer. It's clear that this is a celebratory gift while still being functional.

But it's still part of a marketing strategy. If you're homebuilding organization or realty company is looking to put that extra panache into your marketing tactics, reach out to Sunrise to sketch out your own welcome kit!

Luxury Packaging Details

When it comes to luxury packaging, what do you think matters most?

Customers tend to notice different things, and those things aren’t always obvious to the manufacturer. While you might want a customer to read everything they can on the package, chances are they won’t. You want the customer to recognize the brand and colors, but how many actually do?

Well, it depends. 

Luxury and high-end packaging rely on some common tropes to float ideas into the minds of consumers. Soft wraps. Bold fonts. Foil inlays. And more.  If you use secondary packaging, or a box encasing your main product, read on. 

Luxury Packaging Details Not to Miss

The fastest growing luxury packaging market is the beauty industry. From make-up to lotions to creams, new products are hitting the market daily. But what entices a consumer to pick up a new brand?

Clarity

Slip Slant Boxes with box closures luxury packaging

If you’re using secondary luxury packaging, 40% of those surveyed said that an easy-to-read name was an important factor in whether they gave the product a second thought. Additionally, 33% need the product to be easy to see on the shelf or display area. Makes sense, right? Customers can’t buy your product if they don’t see it – and they can’t recommend it if they can’t pronounce it. 

Durability

Additionally, customers want luxury packaging that’s durable. It might surprise you to know that there’s a market on eBay and other resellers for luxury brand packaging, from Lululemon bags to Cartier watch cases. Ensuring that your packaging is durable and hardy is a sure sign to convey high-end to customers. Thirty-six percent also note that the packaging needs to be easy to open. Depending on your market, this becomes increasingly important if you’re targeting baby boomers. Like it or not, aging hands aren’t as dexterous or strong as they were. Making luxury packaging easy to open helps them out. 

Content

While it’s true that most people won’t read every bit of content created for your packaging, they do like to see certain things: 

  • promised benefits
  • independently-conducted consumer study results
  • recognizable recommendation (hello, influencers)

Highlight any other important selling points. Is your product eco-friendly? Say so on the packaging. Give consumers every reason to pick up your product boxes. 

Targeted High End Primary and Secondary Packaging 

By using these factors to design your luxury packaging, you can start to learn to what customers respond, and make it better with every iteration. Another option is to do it right the first time. Contact Sunrise Packaging ASAP to leverage our expertise in the high end packaging market.