Conference Packaging Ideas…Online?

For the foreseeable future, many conferences and public gatherings are going to be cancelled or seeking out an online presence. For some, that might be in the form of web conferencing tools, workshops, or other outlets. But one aspect of the conference experience can't be lost in this move to digital, and that's the conference swag bag. Or box, as it were. Which is one of our suggestions for conference packaging ideas. 

Virtual Conference Packaging Ideas

As coronavirus makes its way across the country and beyond, measures to slow it are in full force. One of the most common methods--limiting large scale events--means that most conferences of any size are put off indefinitely. In light of this, many are moving into the virtual sphere. Keep a semblance of normalcy for attendees, even if they won't get to network in person. 

Sending *attendees* some of our conference packaging ideas is a fun way to engage and encourage participation. Your package could include a nametag, maybe a USB drive with materials from sponsors, anything that can help bring the experience to them. This box was made for a construction technology conference to hold marketing materials. It's not only a sturdy box for holding materials, but also something that attendees can keep afterwards as a keepsake that looks nice. 

Custom Boxes and Packaging for Virtual Conferences

Our range of products doesn't end with the magnetic box pictured above.  We can also print custom tags (for names, luggage or more), unique binders for conference materials, and more. Learn more about how Sunrise Packaging can support your conference, virtual or otherwise. Contact our team!

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!

Custom Boxes and Why DIY Doesn’t Always Work

Do It Yourself, or DIY, is hardly a new concept. There's something very American about the idea that anyone can do anything, but in reality, that's not always the case. Especially when it comes to custom boxes. 

Customized packaging is a bit of a niche specialty. There are a lot of things to consider that go into each project, and Sunrise Packaging carefully looks at all pieces of a request to make sure nothing is overlooked. For example, medical supply packaging must meet a lot of standards that are determined by a governing board. Cosmetics, food and other product industries have their own regulations regarding packaging as well. While other types of custom boxes, like those that hold game boards or USB sticks, don't have as stringent regulations, there are also things that a packaging novice might not consider. 

What DIY Can't Teach You

Over the years, our experience has given us a kind of sixth sense when it comes to custom packaging requests. We can look at a project and know what's needed even before the customer has specified it. Things that might not come to mind immediately--

  • inserts for product presentation and protection
  • thermoformed containers for security
  • magnetic latch to keep the box securely closed
  • finishing options to showcase the brand

--and more are things that are all just part of the way we think. 

In the project to the side, created for Codeware, we made a few recommendations to keep their product safe in transit and ensure that it presented well to the customer upon arrival. The scuff-free matte lamination also helps keep the box looking new.

Drop the DIY

We know it might be tempting to dive into a create your own box scenario and DIY your packaging project. But working with field experts, like the Sunrise Packaging team, is guaranteed to save you time and money. They'll steer you toward the right direction, ask the right questions, and work alongside you to realize all of your packaging dreams. 

And even if you aren't dreaming of packaging, we'll still help you out! Contact our team today.

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.

Out-of-the-Box Medical Packaging

In every genre, there are certain tropes. These are the stereotypes or scenarios we expect to see. When we think of horror movies, we all know the looming masked figure who can easily catch up with running victims despite never seeming to change their slow, ominous gait. When we think of cheesy romance novels, there's a shirtless man embracing a tiny blonde while his muscles bulge out of his skin. And, a little less scintillating, we have certain ideas when it comes to medical packaging. 

Medical packaging has its own set of tropes. For example, think back to the last healthcare device you saw. Chances are it met some of these stereotypes: 

  • Clean, minimal design with majority white background
  • San serif text in blue or green (in color theory, these colors are seen as calm and serene - a vibe that's welcome when dealing with health) 
  • Easy-to-open 
  • Soft touch lamination

There are certainly more we could include, but these are probably the most common. It's not to say there's anything wrong with these features. In fact, most medical packaging tropes exist to calm the consumer and put them at ease. When we know what to expect, things feel more manageable. But manageable doesn't have to mean boring.

Medical Packaging Doesn't Have to Look Like Medical Packaging

Boring is a subjective term, but we're willing to bet that no one would assign that label to this recent project. 

This project was developed for a medical packaging partner to hold documents. And while it doesn't overtly overthrow many of the stereotypes we associate with medical packaging, it does subvert them just enough to hold the interest of the user. It uses the white and blue color palette, but the bright mustard accent adds a hint of modernity and fun to the package. It also uses an easy closure device, but it's more than the standard paper slide we see so often.

The latch, along with the handle, add a layer of accessibility that sometimes gets overlooked in more affordable medical packaging styles. It's a box that's loaded with extras, and that showcases the brand at the same time as functionality. 

Brands Can Speak Louder Than Words

Medical packaging is usually subject to a number of regulations and requirements, which is one reason that many healthcare organizations opt for "safe" versus "unique." Customers know what to expect, and frankly, it's cheaper to recycle designs and utilize familiar tropes. 

But as the above example shows, there's value to be found outside of the "safe" zone. When there's an opportunity to showcase a brand alongside a functional design, it's not an opportunity to pass up. Learn more about how Sunrise can take a safe project and turn it into an opportunity. Contact the team today!

Blank Boxes Provide a Branding Opportunity

There are a lot of reasons that a marketing department might want to opt for flexibility in their materials, including marketing kits or custom gift boxes.  Blank boxes aren't a common request at Sunrise Packaging, but we have the capacity to help create a malleable box style that can be easily customized for whatever use it be put toward. 

Don't be put off by the term 'blank boxes,' either. Sunrise can create a base box style that is hardy, sturdy and secure, leaving the next level of customization up to you and your organization.

Blank Boxes are Perfect for Promos, Sales, and More

In the example to the side, you can see how we worked with an organization to create a custom, two-piece setup box that provides value and recognition. It's as close to a blank slate as a box can get, from a literal perspective. 

Traditionally, an organization might come to us with their content for the box prepared. From taglines to social media handles to instructions, most boxes start with an intent of what it's going to hold. But there's another approach that works just as well, and that's to start from the opposite end. Create a box that can be used in multiple ways, and utilize different customization tactics as necessary. Organizations can use stickers or decals to further customize the box, capitalizing on earlier decisions like size, color and lamination.

Check out some of these ideas for enhanced personalization for blank boxes, like stickers, inserts and more.

Easing Brand and Budget Concerns

Budget and brand uncertainty can be another reason that blank boxes are preferred by some organizations. It's cheaper to purchase boxes in bulk, and less customization also lowers the price as well. If your brand is in limbo for any reason - a possible logo redesign, or other change coming--but packaging is needed, it can be ideal to stick with something simple. 

Whatever your reasons might be for requesting blank boxes, Sunrise has got you covered. We can help create something that is higher quality than a bulk production site, but still flexible enough for your needs. Talk to our sales team today!

Beverage Sample Kits

Sampling isn't a new concept, especially in the food and beverage world. Supermarket samples are a regular, if not expected, part of the grocery shopping experience. But while these impromptu sampling opportunities feel commonplace, not every sampling experience has to be. Beverage sample kits from Sunrise Packaging are designed for new age marketing, targeting influencers and trendsetters. 

 When designing an influencer marketing campaign for a beverage, the general guidelines are the same. Inc.com lays out the basics: 

  • Define the *why* of your campaign
  • Pick the product that fits the campaign
  • Drill down on a target audience
  • Strategize how these samples translate to the bottom line

Growing a customer base is hardly a simple task. Putting in the effort to reach--and find--your base is well worth it in the long run!

Designing Beverage Sample Kits

When it comes to beverages, it comes down to taste, right? We develop or an affinity a craving for a particular flavor. Whether it's soda, an energy drink, wine, or something else, consumers desire the flavor. 

Tapping into that sense should play a part in the design of your beverage sample kits. Something that is classic and enduring will have a different target audience than a tart energy drink. And a different design to match. In the examples to the side, you can see how the product influences design. 

There is no one size fits all at Sunrise Packaging. We work individually with each organization to determine their needs and how we can meet them. The needs of each project are as unique as the product on which they focus, after all!

Creating the Marketing Mix

Beverage sample kits are a way to hook your market through influencer marketing. Targeting your ideal users--and finding who they follow--should be the foundation of your strategy. Let your analysts drill down on the data, and let Sunrise focus on the design of your promotional kits!

Reach out to our sales team today to learn more about partnering with Sunrise.

Season Ticket Packaging at Sunrise

Season ticket holders are a breed unto themselves. And while team loyalty might be one reason people stick with package level, retention levels are affected by other factors. The team's record. Pricing. Features offered with season tickets. And one feature that gets overlooked sometimes: season ticket packaging.

Season ticket packaging is an opportunity for teams and franchises to have fun with their brand. Fans love celebrating their favorite teams. And season ticket packaging should do just that. While different organizations take different approaches - some take a more classic, staid approach vs. a fun, colorful approach - they're all geared toward retaining their fanbase. 

Season Ticket Packaging Options

Custom season ticket boxes are one of our favorite projects here at Sunrise Packaging.  It's a fun challenge to work with a team to discover what's unique about them and their fans. We've worked with many different sports teams, including the NFL, college football clubs, and more. Every one has a different approach to explore. But the goal is similar across teams. 

In the examples to the left, you can see some of the season ticket packaging we've created in the past. We've incorporated elements like magnetic closure, embossing, and matte lamination to create boxes that stand out. We've worked with copywriters to create content that speaks to the fans, aided with finishing touches that are compelling to the eye and the mind. Best of all, we've exceeded the expectations of our clients. 

Time After Time

Time after time, we've exceeded the expectations of our season ticket packaging clients. We're able to bring decades of experience to every project as well as time-tested methods of production to ensure your needs are met. You can see the variety of which we're capable. Whether your organization is looking for a classic, stylish box or our patented FlashPads, we have a package that can meet your needs. 

Ready to reach out? Talk to our team today!

Medical Packaging for Education

Medical packaging can be a complicated subject. At Sunrise Packaging, we've done our fair share of creating unique boxes and packaging solutions for medical projects. We're always looking to expand our horizons, and we recently wrapped up a project on a new avenue for medical packaging for us: education. 

Launch Kit for Learning

Medical Coding Academy helps students prep for their Medical Coding National Board Exam. They came to us with a need to create a new prep kit for their students. We jumped at the chance to create these bright, engaging pieces of medical packaging. Typically, when we hear about medical packaging, one of the first concerns is what regulatory information needs to be included. It's a refreshing project that allows for more creative freedom. 

And we definitely looked to leverage our creative freedom here. We began with a custom magnet box and added a foam insert and clear, plastic pocket for the materials and products that it would hold.  The outside has a matte lamination and offset printing to ensure the vivid colors will resist fading. 

As we mentioned before, we love the colors and vibrancy of this design. 

A New Design for Medical Packaging

This kind of medical packaging puts a new spin on things. The educational aspect sends a slightly different message, particularly with the use of colors, avatars and bright content: this content will NOT be boring! And aren't those the words all of us want to hear when it comes to learning something new? 

Engaging, bright and vivid are words educators strive to hear applied to their work. Wouldn't it be great to apply them to medical packaging more often, too?

When your industry is facing a packaging challenge, check in with the team at Sunrise to help resolve it. Chances are, we might have a few ideas. Talk to our team today!

Hockey Day Minnesota: Sport Marketing Packaging

The State of Hockey is excited to host Hockey Day Minnesota 2019, and Sunrise Packaging is excited to provide some excellent examples of sports marketing packaging to this passionate community. 

Creating packaging for sports is one of our favorite industries. While all products have their fan bases, it's hard to emulate the fandom that comes along with a favorite sports team. These fans are passionate, to say the least. Hockey Day Minnesota adds another tier of excitement by hosting collegiate and high school match ups on top of an NHL game. When it's your alma mater on the ice, it's hard not to feel a little extra pang of excitement. 

And that's the sweet spot that sports marketing packaging endeavors to connect with. We want to tap into the inner sense of excitement. 

Sports Marketing Packaging in the State of Hockey

Hockey Day Minnesota is in its 13th year. The 2019 main event will be held in Bemidji, in northern Minnesota, and incidentally also the fictional birthplace of tall tale Paul Bunyan. With satellite events in St. Paul, Duluth and St. Cloud, there's no shortage of excitement throughout the entire state.

Helping to ramp up that excitement, we created the Cozy Kit. The Cozy Kit - as you can probably infer from its name - is all about pulling together elements to stay cozy in the cold Minnesota winter.

These promo kits, as examples of sports marketing packaging, showcase a variety of elements for a total experience. It's important to remember that, when you're constructing an experience (or a supplementary experience like this), to think about the entire package. It's not just external design. It's not just functionality. It's thinking about each touchpoint, the entire journey for the user. 

Hockey Day Minnesota is an event that evokes a lot of sentiment for Minnesotans and hockey fans. When constructing this particular box, we leveraged that sentiment through the design which utilizes ice rink imagery. The logo, with Minnesota outline and sponsors integrated, has the same ice-sheen aesthetic. Soft touch lamination is a subtle usurping of expectations; rather than the cold hardness of ice, it's soft and reflects warmth.

When considering functionality of the box, including handles made it instantly more mobile and easier to carry. And on the inside, foam inserts ensure that the products are kept safe, secure and organized. These promo kits are like invitations to share in the event while celebrating winter. It's a very Minnesota sentiment.

Ready to start working on your sports marketing packaging project? Talk to us today!