Handmade Boxes: The Je Ne Sais Quoi of Packaging

The value of handmade boxes can be immeasureable, but luckily, it's part and parcel of what we do at Sunrise Packaging. 

Crafting value out of a variety of materials takes the talent of many with the vision and trust of our customers. It's truly an honor to be entrusted to bring the desires of our customers to life. And it's not a responsibility we take lightly. Every package we create is imbued with that "je ne sais quoi" or that certain something.  They're unique packaging styles. Attractive boxes for distinguished promotions. To us, it simply comes down to a simple fact: we ensure that quality is present at every level of creation when it comes to our packaging projects. 

That Certain Something of Handmade Boxes

Of course, crafting unique packaging is more than the physical labor of building handmade boxes. There's design work and proper selection of decorative elements. The purpose of the box or packaging helps determine this particular element. For example, our decorative or display kits might look drastically different from the front open boxes in the photos to the side. 

In the example here, the presentation packaging style is evident. There's a magnetic flap to aid in easy opening and viewing of the product. We opted for offset printing and matte lamination for a look that's polished yet functional. These are pieces that take a different skillset than the manual box construction.

Crafting Our Clients' Visions

When a prospective client comes to us with an idea, we can work out specifications fairly quickly. We can leverage our decades of experience to advise on best practices for various industries as well as come up with a sliding scale of costs depending on the elements a client wants to include. But one thing we always bring to our projects is ... well, that hard to describe factor. You know it when you see it, and we guarantee that we bring it to your project. 

Ready to talk more about the hard-to-describe quality you're seeking? Talk to us today.

Quality Packaging is Customer Experience

Customer experience is a somewhat new concept. It basically takes the literal needs of the customer into consideration in all matters of a product's design or marketing. Radical idea, huh?

But it's not as simple as the old saying "the customer is always right." Rather, it looks at multiple factors and arrives at best practices that serve a larger market segment and not just a single customer. It's a field that requires research, design, and any engineering efforts to work closely in alignment together. It's an investment. But it's one that we've seen pay off in huge ways for packaging efforts. 

Packaging Customer Experience

So what does customer experience look like in the packaging industry?

Well, let's say that your product is intended to be used by the baby boomer generation. From a high level, what do we know about this group of folks?

  • They're aging. They may be losing vision, hand strength, and all those other not-so-fun things that come with aging.
  • As they retire in larger numbers, they don't have the income coming in that they did once, so impulse purchases probably aren't as common. 
  • What other things come to mind for this age group?

These are all things that packaging can address. Using magnetic closure can ensure that the box stays closed but easily openable vs a latch or a pressure-activated mechanism. There are also ways to reduce cost in packaging, reducing the overall product cost as well.

Packaging for the People

These are just a few ways in which packaging initiatives can address the needs of your customer base. Building a customer experience foundation takes time and investment, but it's attainable. And it will pay off in dividends in customer retention and customer advocacy. Two things that can't really be downplayed in today's market.

At Sunrise, we've created packaging for a variety of industries and easily cross pollinate ideas. We take inspiration from healthcare, sports, and more to create an adaptable style that is unique to the needs of your customer, and more specifically, your product. Talk to our team today to learn more about customer experience in packaging design.

Branded Boxes for Luxury Real Estate

The real estate market is one of the most subjective markets out there. From trends in color and design affecting if a home feels *dated* to the literal supply and demand of housing, a realtor needs to have capital-h Hustle if they want to make a name for themselves. And that goes double for the luxury real estate market. There are plenty of tools out there, from social media to branded boxes, that can assist realtors in this end goal. But it takes practice and in-depth understanding to wield them well. 

The New Toolbox: Branded Boxes & Tik Tok

Yup, you read that correctly. Tik Tok has emerged as a tool for realtors to move high end real estate

As more and more brands work through the noise and are able to keep up with the swiftly-changing Tik Tok trends, they also need to be able to stick in customer's minds beyond the smartphone. Branded boxes are a great tool for several reasons.

First, luxury branded boxes literally emulate the realtor brand. If you're looking to create a persona that conveys high-end living, a branded box should be high on the to do list. Photographable and highly shareable, it's an opportunity for unlimited exposure. Secondly, using your branded box as a thank you gift to your buyers or sellers ensures that, in addition to the content marketing piece, you're also going to be talked about with their circles. 

It is possible to tap into influencer marketing tactics without engaging with full-on influencers. By creating and sharing things that others will, in turn, share, the impact snowballs. Start an avalanche with your branded boxes from Sunrise Packaging. We've worked with countless luxury brands and know how to create high end packaging. Even on a budget. 

Reach out today!

Packaging the Fan Experience

When you go to a professional sports event (okay, think back to pre-Covid times), what do you remember about the fan experience?

Expectations and times are changing regarding what sports fans expect when they attend a professional event. Here in Minnesota, we might never live down jokes about the noise level of the Metrodome and terrible sightlines. However, take a look at US Bank Stadium or Target Field, considered one of the ballparks in the nation. We've upped our game, and the team staff have worked to create unique experiences for every attendee. And it's possible to to convey that same kind of experience even off the field. 

Boxing Up a Fan Experience

Designing a package to share the experience of live sports is a tall order, but it's one we enjoy. We recently worked with Diamond Arctic Ice on the project to the side. This was no ordinary off-the-field experience. 

This company created a Game Day Experience Kit for Iowa Hawkeye fans. It's a cocktail kit, tailored to the nth degree. It holds glasses, hats, and their flagship product: ice. The offset printing and matte laminated wrap are signposts to any Hawkeye fan, and upon opening it up, consumers have a fun display that works with any game. It's a great example of a thoughtful fan experience. Swipe through the pictures to see what we mean.

Interim Fan Fun

While we're home and waiting out coronavirus, fans have been hard pressed to find the right fit when it comes to sports. Whether the winter brings another bubble or otherwise, you can still package up the fan fun and send them something to brighten the season. Reach out to us today to talk sports!

Agency PR Kits

Working with agencies is a wild ride. We never quite know where the ideas will take us, and that's especially true when we partner with You Are Here or YAH Agency. A recent project for custom PR kits introduced us to their style, brand, and what they mean by "experience agency."

Industries change with time and technology, and that's especially true when it comes to advertising. Not only is this an industry reliant on finding consumer trends and perspectives, the last decade has brought innumerable changes in the forms of social media, smartphones and more. Being a creative firm nowadays means more than just creativity; there's a role for data scientists, paid search specialists, and of course - experience builders. 

PR Kits & Crafting Experiences

So what is an experience in this context?

Per YAH Agency, crafting experiences connects consumers with products. The actual implementation varies from space to space and product to product, but the end goal is the same: to enhance the positive impact of a product on the public perception. 

In the example to the side, you can see the Coca-Cola themed box we created for an experience at the Dallas-Fort Worth airport.  DFW is one of the busiest airports in the world. With that kind of foot traffic, the potential visibility is massive. These boxes were created to make an impact but also to share products effectively. They are a showcase for shirts, bottles, a map, postcards, and a keepsake. 

What's the Story?

Think of an experience as a story. What kind of story do you want to tell? What products help you tell that story... And what will remind customers of that positive interaction they had with this brand?

Coca-Cola is an interesting brand in that it has instant recognition, but building experiences like these deepen the consumer connection. We're a fan of helping to craft these kinds of experiences. When you're ready to chat more about the kind of story and experience you want to craft, reach out to our team

Marketing Solutions for Home Design

The real estate market is booming alongside the home improvement market right now. While covid-19 has presented a lot of struggles to many throughout the world in different capacities, it has allowed for more thoughtful contemplation for those spending more time at home. And more many people, they're realizing that they want to remodel their spaces or change it up entirely. And for organizations in this industry, marketing solutions are what sells their services to consumers. Like the appeal of a leak-proof roof to those deciding to upgrade their spaces.  

Packaging Marketing Solutions

Packaging, as one of many potential marketing solutions, provides a great return on investment. In the project to the side created for Weather Weld, we utilized a unique packaging style. The gate fold box is a cool, unique solution that turns a binder or folder type container into a literal stage. This particular style doubles a sample kit, and can hold business cards as well. 

We love the little touches included in this project, like the silver rivets and magnetic closure. These little elements are, well, more than just little. They make a subtle impression on consumers add up to a bigger impression, particularly within the right context. With the digitally printed, matte laminated casing and samples inside, it's a perfect first impression.

Innovative Marketing Solutions from Sunrise Packaging

At Sunrise, we take care to not only act in a consulting role for your best interests, but we bring our A game to every project. We've developed and designed custom packaging styles at every price point and for... Well, we won't say every product imaginable, but definitely a lot. Coming up with a complementary style for your product is probably in our wheelhouse. And if you're working in the real estate field, we definitely have you covered. 

Reach out to our team to find our more about our process and options available. Especially before the real estate market cools down!

FlashPad Packaging Creation

There's nothing standard about Sunrise Packaging products. We love to take our ideas to the next level and craft boxes and packaging that isn't just unique, it's personalized and handcrafted for a specific use and purpose. Our flagship FlashPad packaging is the perfect application of these ideals!

The FlashPad has been used for a variety of industries, and customized to hold a variety of products. While we initially created it as a companion to a conference USB drive giveaway, it quickly took on a life of its own. Now, our Flashpads are holding keys, fobs, gift cards, and more. The limits are... well, unlimited. Whatever you can dream up for this kind of 

Lifecycle of FlashPad Packaging

  1. Proof art
    Finalizing content, design and photography.
  2. Print
    Ready to create and ensure the product is vibrant and dynamic!
  3. Laminate
    Lamination adds a little gloss and also increased durability.
  4. Cut
    Trimming to size for the best fit.
  5. Turn wrap
    Wrapping the excess for an even better fit!
  6. Interior wrap
    Adding content to the inside while maintaining FlashPad packaging integrity.
  7. Insert foam
    Keeping the product safe!
  8. Box and ship!

Made in a Flash

Our video might make it seem like FlashPads are produced quickly, and that can be the case. It takes coordination between you, the customer, and our team to ensure that every step goes smoothly. Reach out to our sales team today to get started on production today!

Financial Marketing Kits

Financial marketing, for any organization, is about building trust with your customers. As your organization looks to the future at upcoming generations, it pays to know what their expectations are. 

For example, millennials are coming into their own (financially speaking). They're the ones generating capital, the potential homebuyers and investors, and the audience most in demand for financial organizations. How are you marketing to them effectively? How are you sharing values and relating to them?

Financial Marketing for Every Institution

Relating to a generation of people is a tall order, but there are some universal techniques that can help you connect with millennial marketing tactics. According to Digital Authority, millennials are looking for specific things when they're choosing financial services: 

  1. Incentives
    Introductory offers and better incentives than their current institution are surefire draws. 
  2. Awards and savings
    Offering awards and saving them money on fees or other things is key to marketing to millennials. 
  3. Digital services
    92% of millennials pick their institution based on the digital services they offer. Basically, if they never have to physically set foot in a place, the better. 

Additionally, millennials are big on personal referrals. Knowing someone who has had a good experience (and is willing to talk about it) is a great way to generate interest and business. One way that an organization can do that is by producing Instagrammable moments, like these marketing kits we created for Fifth Third Bank. 

In these financial marketing pieces, you can see how Fifth Third integrated their brand into the design not only by the using their color palette, but by customizing the boxes' interior tray and magnetic flap. We love how this piece is bright and bold, and best of all, prominently features the financial organization. 

Creating pieces that a customer wants to photograph isn't always the most intuitive process for financial services. Luckily, though, it is an area we have some experience in. Partner with Sunrise Packaging to start marketing to the Instagram generation. Contact our team today!

Designing a User Friendly Medical Kit

Designing a medical kit takes a bit more expertise than some of our other markets. The regulation guidelines, considerations for the design of closure and security, and more make these projects not for the faint of heart. But at Sunrise, we've created many healthcare and medical packages over the years. We're certainly not new to the nuance of medical boxes. 

However, each project does present new challenges, depending on the intent of the product and the parent company. Budget, intended audience, and more all play a part in how we approach the design and construction of each custom packaging job.

Medical Kit Features

It's important not to forget that, behind all the regulatory and instructional content, a medical kit is a marketing piece. The specialty healthcare industry has no small amount of competition, which means even the smallest features can give you a competitive edge. Look at elements that will please your intended customer. Things you should consider include: 

  • Ease of opening 
    How easy is it to open the medical kit? It's a fine line between something that is too easy, and something that is manageable for aging fingers to manipulate. If your kit is meant to be accessible by the baby boomer population or by Gen Z, how you think about the closure will change. 
  • Transportation security and ease
    Does the box insert need to be padded or kept cool? Is this going to contain something weighty or light? Would handles make it easier to carry, or cut outs? Consider what specifications will need to be included upfront for an easy design and construction phase.

These are just two aspects that can have a big impact on construction timeframe and budget. Once you have an idea what the packaging needs are for your medical kit, Sunrise can start working up a quote. 

Future-Proofing Medical Packaging

Like all packaging industries, medical packaging is subject to trends. However, by taking the time to consider all scenarios and use cases for your target audience, you can help future-proof your healthcare boxes to an extent. We know nothing lasts forever. But if it can withstand a bit longer on the market without heavy modifications, it's more efficient for your budget and your time. 

Let us help guide you through all the aspects of medical kit design. Our team is ready and waiting for your partnership!

Law Firm Branding with the FlashPad

Creating a brand for a law firm is just as important as it would be for any other business. Clients want to know who they're engaging with, particularly if they share and support similar ideals and values. These factors should be integrated into the fabric of a firm, reflected in their mission, promise, and elsewhere. Law firm branding affects design as well, and not only in a logo. 

Creating collateral, and thinking about how a client accesses that collateral, should be part of a firm's overall marketing strategy as well. It affects their brand in different ways. Let's dig in.

 

Artifacts of Law Firm Branding

Take a look at this recent project with a law firm focused on energy and infrastructure projects. What can you infer about their brand from the look and feel of this design?

This particular style of durable promotional packaging speaks to law firm branding in several ways. In the most obvious, their logo and stylized text and icons are prominent on a sea of white. The inside includes a custom foam pad facing a stark global map.  

Consider the semantics of the design. What does white convey that another color, like black, doesn't? What do the icons say?  The map? It all comes together to paint the picture of a global brand with an eye on the environment and the planet as a whole.  This particular firm identifies as a boutique firm, staffed with a passionionate and highly-collaborative approach to their business.

Creating and Fostering Collaboration

Law firm branding in the boutique sphere allows for a high level of customization, and we look forward to input and working closely with partner organizations on projects like these. Sunrise is able to source materials in ways that matter to clients. We do the majority of our work in house as well, which means that everything we put out is carefully constructed to a high standard. 

Bring your ideas, or we can co-design some options. We look forward to chatting with you about your project soon!