Promotional Packaging for the Holidays

The holidays are coming up quickly! What's your promotional packaging strategy? No, not for customers... But to show appreciation to your employees?

That's right, we're seeing more and more companies shower their employees with appreciation and recognition. Whether it's part of their retention strategy during this "Great Resignation" or business as usual, keeping workers around is (not surprisingly) a goal of some promo packaging.  

Promotional Packaging Aids Employee Retention

The holidays (or year end break, as some companies prefer to refer to it as) is the traditional time period to give gifts. Whether that means bonuses, luxury items or some other token of appreciation. But, as we said above, employees are quitting their jobs in all industries to pursue a career change or pivot completely. So it might pay off to share the love sooner rather than later. 

At Sunrise, we can help. Our two piece setup boxes are the perfect gift box. With our ability to utilize digital lamination for fast printing and wrapping, we can help you implement a branded recognition strategy quickly.

Resignation to Retention

Still not sure you believe us about how appreciating your workers can help them stick around? Here's a bit from a recent Inc. article

More importantly, workers simply want to be recognized; in fact, according to bonusly.com, 63 percent of those in a recent survey who said they are regularly recognized also said they are very unlikely to look for a new job. Workers want organizations that understand that hybrid work requires management to communicate more, not less. They want their boards and HR departments to finally awaken to the fact that narcissism is a malignancy and that bullies have no business managing other human beings.

This is a big opportunity for companies to make a difference in the lives of their employees and create a better, more sustainable work culture. Sunrise can help - reach out when you're ready!

Custom Foam Inserts Fit Every Box

Die-cut custom foam inserts. It's not a phrase most of us use everyday. Or really ever, if I'm being honest. But foam plays a big role in manufacturing and packaging, bigger than most consumers and organizations might realize. When you are looking for the best bet to keep your product safe, foam is one of your best options. 

Sure, there are other options out there, like using a thermoformed mold or tray to ensure packaging consistency and safety. And sometimes, it's the right option for the job (depending on what you're up to). But if we're talking bang for your buck, let's talk about custom foam options.

Filling Your Box with Custom Foam Inserts

By this point, you might be asking yourself: what's so great about custom foam inserts?

Here's our response: 

Foam is malleable and shock-absorbent. It's also a good thermal insulator, meaning that no matter how your product is transported, it won't experience wide temperature changes that might affect its quality. There are many different types of foam that might work well based on your product, budget, and other factors. Sunrise can help you make the right choice for your needs.

To Foam or Not To Foam

Ultimately, the object being packaged plays the biggest role in foam-choosing process. Products that are valuable, fragile, made from glass or other potentially breakable material are good candidates for some kind of custom foam insert. Liquids and foods might have some legal  requirements as well that need to be met. 

Most importantly, working with a packaging provider whom you trust is key to understanding foam options. At Sunrise, we have literal decades of experience packaging a wide variety of products for a wide variety of industries. So we feel confident in saying that we can guide you--and your products--safely through this design process. Contact us when you're ready to start!

USA-Made Packaging: Kimberly Handbag

When shopping for packaging, there are plenty of options out there for organizations. For those looking to save big, chances are they're looking overseas for the best deals. But the implications of shipping boxes and custom packaging options from abroad is bigger than just saving a few dollars. That's why we recommend focusing your budget on USA made packaging.

USA made packaging, like what we create at Sunrise Packaging (located in Minnesota), provides many benefits. Our custom options are almost always handmade, meaning that the quality is superior, and personally inspected by our team prior to shipping. But the benefits are even more far-reaching than quality (although that is a great one). 

Why USA Made Packaging Matters

In the video to the side, you can see the care that goes into packing a purse by one of our customers. This kind of care is echoed in our own process, and is displays part of why USA made packaging is an important part of our brand. 

In addition to ensuring that every piece that leaves our warehouse is high quality packaging, here are other benefits that buying American can have: 

  • Keeping jobs in the USA - especially manufacturing jobs
  • Lower carbon footprint - these products have to travel a much smaller distance than something coming from China or India (and it can also reach you much faster as well, and with less pollution)
  • Human rights - weaker environmental regulations in other countries lead to violations and unsafe working conditions

Read more on why it's important to go with USA made packaging.

Sunrise Packaging calls Minnesota home, and our central location allows us to easily ship across the country to either coast in quick, efficient timeframes.  We never compromise on our quality, and are proud to partner with companies and organizations who share our values. Contact our team for a quote on your packaging project!

Creating a TikTok-Worthy College Acceptance Package

One of the most exciting and validating experiences in life is getting the college acceptance of your dreams. It's an event that has almost mythic importance in American culture with movies, books, and user-generated content focused on the event. And it's something that many colleges and universities know can make or break their freshman class. As social media has become more and more omnipresent, particularly visual mediums like Instagram and TikTok, prospective students are documenting just about ever aspect of their lives. Including college acceptance packages. Which is what makes designing a college acceptance package doubly important for enrollment.

The Whole College Acceptance Package

A college acceptance package can have a few purposes. Of course, information sharing is, ostensibly, the most important aspect of it. Conveying the deadline for registration, orientation information, and more is important for prospective students. But it can wait for the follow up mailing. 

In the acceptance, find ways to ramp up the excitement. Maybe it's with some branded swag or a custom video from a university personality that will resonate with the prospect. Take into consideration the type of degree as well; college freshman will be excited by different things than an MBA or doctoral student. These flash pads, created for Baylor College of Medicine, contain USB drives, business cards and booklets. Knowing your audience is step one to knowing how to create the type of content that will influence and entice. 

College Preparedness on Social Media

Accepting an admittance letter is a big deal. Students have plenty of choices; it's not easy for marketing and admissions offices to stand out from the noise. But it is possible. Sunrise Packaging can help with the logistics once you know the content of the package or box. 

Contact Sunrise Packaging for a quote on your admissions recruitment piece!

Making the Case: Front Open Boxes

Designing front open boxes takes an eye for more than just aesthetics. While the overall effect is exciting from a visual perspective, it's the usability of this type of box opening that provides extra value.

99 Designs has a few idea for what makes for exciting packaging. They classify the unique approaches into single words like luxe, bold, charming, nostalgic, casual, and crisp. While these apply easily to the content, color scheme, and specific elements, they don't particularly convey the sense that they package is well-appointed to its intent. And with the front open box, it's front and center.

Form and Functionality with Front Open Boxes

A front open box is a style of packaging that doesn't work for every industry or need. In our years of experience, we've seen this style of box lend itself particularly well to these specific industries or uses: 

  • Educational: the front open box is perfect for organization while needing frequent access. It's simple to flip the lid, grab what you need and move on. 
  • Retail: front open boxes are enticing on the store shelf as they quite literally invite the user to check it out. 
  • Training: much like education, training or employee onboarding also has a system to how the user should access information. The front open box can convey that system in a method that's different from the more common folder or binder structure. 

Ultimately, the package should convey the message intended for it's audience. But it should also convey that message in a way that makes sense and follows any important order. 

Form Follows Function

One of the most important tenets of package design is that the form should follow function. Basically, that the design should be informed by how the product is intended to be used. And that is clearly the case when it comes to front open boxes. At Sunrise, we have decades of experience to help you determine what the right form for your function might be. 

Contact our team today to get started!

Marketing Kit Design

Marketing kit design is one of our favorite things at Sunrise Packaging.  While they go by different names depending on the industry and organizational history, if you're looking for information on an advertising kit, media kit, etc, the same principles can apply.

Generally speaking, these types of presentation packaging are geared toward information sharing. Whether it's about sharing your brand, your business, or otherwise, it's the best way for any company to control the narrative.

Universal Principles of Marketing Kit Design

Information sharing utilizes a few basics that should be standard in any marketing kit. Here are some suggestions to help determine your content from Xtensio.  And while you focus on that piece, we'll take control of the package design.

  • Overview and summary. Make sure that you provide a cursory overview of your company in plain language that a news or media outlet can replicate in their format. Check this often to ensure that the contacts are current!
  • Press releases with milestones and accomplishments. Let your track record speak for itself. Include information on accolades received alongside major mentions of your company's growth.
  • Consider visualizations. Graphs showing market share, charts of organizational reach, any way that you can cut down on words and show your meaning can amp up your marketing kit.

Creating an Iterative Media Kit

Don't forget to keep your marketing kit and related materials updated with new contact information as well as with any new awards or mentions. These are materials that should be designed as interchangeable over time, as they probably change frequently and should be as current as possible. But the container for these materials is what should be designed as malleable as possible - and that's where we come in. 

At Sunrise, we have decades of experience in creating marketing kits. From three ring binder style to front open boxes to portfolios and beyond, we can help you decide how to create a packaging design that will stand the test of time. And the test of new information. 

Contact our team today!

Medical Device Launch Kits

A medical device launch is a huge undertaking for a lot of reasons. Normal products (or those in non-regulated industries) are also not a small project, but they are usually subject to their own timelines and without the risk that comes with medical devices. A medical device is subject to Food and Drug Administration (FDA) review. It's potentially a big impact on budget, staff and project timelines, in addition to the general uncertainty that accompanies any launch process. 

It's a lot. But not impossible. Sunrise has extensive experience with these types of device launches that can make the process a bit easier and a bit more transparent.

Device Launch Packaging

Transparency and the FDA might sound like a joke. But with a little pre-planning, it can help make the device launch process a lot easier. Launch Team Inc. provides these four steps to help manage this process: 

  1. Design a product launch timeline that incorporates price point and application novelty consideration
  2. Create the device launch plan with contingencies for anything unexpected (and accompanying communication schedule to make sure everyone involved has clear expectations and insight into the status)
  3. Create and follow a documentation plan which allows managers to control documentation costs while delegating work/resources appropriately, track progress of product development and customer-centered deliverables (like packaging)
  4. Design the customer plan - what training documents and programs need to be in place for sales, customer service, and more to help customers understand, purchase, troubleshoot and maintain the device

Successful Launches Require Planning

A successful medical device launch takes a lot of planning and thorough communication strategy. But is possible to unload part of the process by partnering with organizations who understand the process. 

Sunrise has worked on packaging for many medical device launches, creating kits that speak to different customers and regions. Contact our sales team when you're ready to benefit from our experience in the medical packaging industry.

Designing Your Brand Box

As others have noted, there really isn't a "return to normal" post-COVID 19. We're looking at a new normal, and the ripple effects will be felt in every industry. And we will make the case that it will even expand into the area of brand box creation. 

Branded packaging might be an afterthought for some organizations. But that should change, regardless of whether your business is operating solely by mail or your products can be found in brick-and-mortar locations. A well-branded box used to be a way to stand out on a shelf, or in some kind of physical space. In this new normal, it might be the only way you have to entice and connect with customers. 

The Brand Box & Branded Packaging Matters

Looka discusses the importance of a well-designed brand box, but particularly its value in connecting with a customer. Respondents to a survey on branded packaging are 40% more likely to recommend a product if it comes in cool packaging. But even beyond e-commerce, there are incentives for organizations to invest in personalized packaging. 

Some of the trends that emerged from coronavirus are expected to continue. Things like curbside pickup, online ordering, and more haven't seen much a decline as vaccination rates increase. The convenience and desire to avoid potential infection persists. A brand box is a great touchpoint between customers and organizations, and with this kind of shopping becoming the norm, it might be the only touchpoint an organization has going forward. 

Touchpoints into Trillions

E-commerce sales are in the trillions. Nabbing a part of those sales should be part of any product strategy. And believe us, packaging design should also be part of that strategy. 

Contact our sales team at Sunrise Packaging to learn more about our work process and how we can increase your share of the ecommerce pie. 

FlashPad Wallet: Pocket Marketing

Inspiration can come from random places. In the immortal words of Missy Elliott, sometimes you gotta put your thing down, flip it and reverse it. We didn't go quite to those lengths for our FlashPad Wallet, but this emblem of the pocket marketing movement has other elements of innovation.

Every Friday, we highlight a FlashPad project from the past on our social channels. Our FlashPad Wallets recently popped up, and we felt they deserve a bit more of the spotlight. These small-but-mighty packages can hold all the value of their big brother FlashPads. But with a leaner look and more condensed copy, they feel a little lighter. 

Pocket Marketing Goes the Distance

Per the name, we envision pocket marketing as something that's as seamless as putting in your pocket. Literally and figuratively. 

Our FlashPad Wallet is the inspiration for this concept. Aptly named, it fits in a pocket like a wallet in addition to functioning like one. The hard, sturdy case feels almost book-like, and the custom-formed internal cavity can hold a variety of items. In the past, we've used the FlashPad Wallet to hold gift cards, keys and key fobs, collector coins, challenge coins, coin markers, poker chips, and more.  As you can probably guess, this kind of packaging is versatile enough to work for just about any industry and for any purpose, from university new student orientations to celebrating a 20 year work anniversary.

Put It In Your Pocket

What's in your pocket? 

Or more importantly, what's in your customer's pocket? 

Take the extra step to ensure that it's your custom FlashPad Wallet. Sunrise takes pride in being a great collaborator with years of experience to inform design decisions and recommendations. Contact us today for your personalized packaging project!

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!