Sample Kit Case Study

We often think of a sample kit as a way to introduce people to a new product. But sometimes, it's part of a strategy to reintroduce folks to a brand.

Bose is a well-known brand (to put it mildly). Words like quality and innovative are synonymous with their products. But in recent years, an increase in competition has led them to rethink their strategy.

Sample Kit Design

You're getting ready to listen to some music - what are you using?

There are a few choices these days. Maybe you said Air Pods, or Beats by Dre. Pods, buds, or over ear headphones, there's no lack of options nowadays for music. This is where Bose opted to revitalize their marketing strategy, and worked with us to create a sample kit for their flagship product. 

The sample kit we designed with them is a cigar style box with soft Nuba wrap, popping with 4 color printing in their trademark brand. The die cut sleeve teases a glimpse of the color, and adds a pop of flair to the kit. Overall, the effect is classic and enticing.

Where a Sample Kit Fits in an OmniChannel Campaign

Sample kits play an important part in any omnichannel marketing campaign. They're the perfect point to pull together the messaging and graphics utilized via media outlets. By balancing branding and marketing, sample kits can be used to reach influencers, the target market, and beyond, all while reinforcing a brand built on high quality products. 

Creating custom boxes for Bose is an important project on a big stage. But at Sunrise, we bring our A game to projects of every size. Are you looking to revitalize your brand? Whatever the scale, we can help. Give our sales team a call to get started.

The Secret Life of Gift Boxes

Providing sales incentives is just about standard practice these days. But in the age of covid, one of the most popular none-monetary incentives isn't quite as attractive as it used to be.. And that is incentive travel. Businesses who are looking to pivot should start examining the types of things their sales team wouldn't normally purchase for themselves. They should also start looking at the gift boxes that can help convey the appreciative messages. 

We're a fan of none-monetary employee incentives for a few reasons, but the biggest one, which is backed by research, has to do with mental accounting. When someone is gifted money, it's unlikely that they'll use it to buy themselves a treat with it. When we get extra money, our mind tells us to be responsible with it. Maybe it's the inner child voice of your parent telling you to "put it toward something!" So the money pays down the mortgage, the credit card, or into savings for a rainy day. 

That's why we encourage people to live a little. 

Creating Incentive Gift Boxes

The best gifts are the things that we want, but just can't quit justify buying for ourselves. This varies from person to person, of course. It might be an expensive watch for some. A fancy coffee machine for someone else. Airpods. The options are endless. If your organization is able to tap into these hidden desires, or even have a catalog of possibilities for people to select, it will provide more satisfaction to them as well be a physical reminder of a job well done. 

But then there is the question of uniformity, and that's where custom gift boxes come in. Sunrise can create unique, classic gift boxes for your employee incentive items that will create a cohesive image. The boxes can include any amount of customization desired. Take a look at the example to the side. These foil-stamped, custom inserted boxes are gorgeous and durable, and most importantly, memorable.

Motivating Your Team

Every organization needs some way to motivate their employees, especially in this day and age. They're being asked to deal with A LOT, and any little thanks you can toss them is appreciated. Creating incentive gift boxes can do just that. Chat with our team to learn more about how Sunrise can help!

Brand Investment & Packaging

Making a brand investment is a great way to bring value to your organization. And we'd argue that one of the most effective implementations is in packaging. 

Packaging covers a wide area, we know. It might be a product your organization sells that needs a rebrand. It could be your new employee materials need a new binder. At Sunrise Packaging, we can help craft a wide variety of packaging solutions. We'll integrate your branding into our design to help you create a cohesive look for internal as well as external packages.

Brand Investment Improves Packaging

Brands and packaging styles alike are subject to trends. Think of the change in how businesses present themselves over the past decade. Minimalism, flat colors, badge logos, sanserif fonts... The list goes on. If your brand is a bit old fashioned, or simply not as dynamic as it could be, a brand investment could be a wise investment for your company.

Your brand revamp needs to be reflected in your company's packaging. Internal and external. It's an important way to market the organization to customers and for your employees to feel invested in the new brand elements. Sunrise can help facilitate this refresh in more ways than one.

Bring Out the Brand

A brand investment equals a packaging refresh. Ar Sunrise, we can help you redesign or maybe completely redo boxes. Look at implementing high end finishing touches, or a new color palette and typefaces. Whatever is encompassed in your revised brand, let us figure out how it affects your packaging needs.

Medical Device Box Considerations

Packaging design isn't as straightforward as it seems. And that can be a huge issue when dealing with products in a highly regulated industry, which is why designing a medical device box can require all-hands-on-deck at times. 

That's not to say that it's always an emergency. There are simply a lot of things that can go wrong or put a hold on the packaging design and box manufacturing process. However, there are a few things that can be done to avoid time-consuming and expensive mistakes. 

Avoiding Medical Device Box Mishaps

These tips come from our experiences and those of others in the industry. The importance of every product arriving to market safely and securely is our number one goal. But if we can help the process go a little more smoothly... Well, check out these tips:

Get the Final Device to Us ASAP
And the sooner, the better. Last minute design changes that affect how the product will fit in the packaging mean a lot minute of important changes for us. We need to know the weight, dimensions, texture, anything and everything about the device to create the best possible packaging solution. 

Design "Inside Out"
By"inside out" we mean start with the immediate protection layer. A medical device box is more than just an outer shell. Usually, they require a foam insert or thermoformed tray. On top of that there might be a sleeve, and then the final outer box. The best way to know whether or not you need all of these pieces is to start with the the most precious part - the device - and work outwards. 

Run Packaging Decisions Past All Stakeholders
When you consider the hierarchy of your company, and make the assumption that *those* people are your only stakeholders, it's another possible space for mistakes. Make sure that you've chatted with more than just your CMO, CFO, and other c-suite folks, like the people in shipping who will need to send out the package. Sterilization experts who can attest to the integrity of the packaging. And who is going to actually receive this medical device box? Can they access the device quickly if it's a life-saving instrument? Does the recipient need to have agile, nimble fingers to coax it open? 

Considering All Aspects

With our decades of experience in the field of packaging in Minnesota, we've seen a thing or two. Contact us for your next medical packaging need!

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!

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!

How to Work the Magnetic Flap Box

Magnetic flaps on their own are used widely not only in packaging. Binders often use a magnetic flap for closure, as do some styles of journals and books (Bibles are probably the most common). Even some purses use magnetic flaps to ensure tight closure. The magnetic flap box is also increasingly popular, and that's in part to the versatility--and universal delight--of magnets.

It starts with the traditional hinged cigar box. The overlapping hard cover, with magnet, is the additional feature that elevates a simple box into something a little more. While the magnet is the *connecting* piece, so to speak, other elements can take your simple box to the next level.

The Magnetic Flap Box in Action

In the example to the side, created for CME4Life, you can see some of our favorite options at work.

First and foremost: the magnetic flap. It allows for a seamless design from top to bottom, creating a continuity for the eye to follow. It continues as the user slides their finger under the flap to open, revealing the product in full.

This digitally-printed box also features vivid colors. Sunrise can ensure color-matching with this process so that your logo and brand recognition are never compromised in the printing process. It's also laminated. Lamination can enhance colors as well as create another tactile touchpoint for users. This particular example uses matte lamination, one of our favorites. It makes the box as a whole soft to the touch, smooth, and adds a layer of protection to the piece.

Other Magnetic Flap Box Options

This magnetic flap box is just one example of many that Sunrise has handcrafted over the years. Other features which we think make this style of packaging especially pop include:

  • Custom inserts
    In short, inserts keep packaging neat and products safe. Made to order for every project, we can ensure that our custom inserts will fit to perfection.
  • Thermoformed trays
    Sunrise has a custom tooling department that means no delay or travel between workshops for your packaging creation. Thermoforming is a great option to highlight product features; it's literally like a little stage for your items!
  • Personalized foil stamping
    One of the most popular options out there. Foil stamping is a striking customization option that immediately creates a sense of luxury for any package.

And this is just scratching the surface of what's possible with packaging customization. Contact Sunrise today to design your project!

Custom Box Design in Minnesota

Custom box design is something we not only love, but take seriously at Sunrise Packaging.

Our approach is founded in common sense and experience. When anyone encounters an interesting package, their curiosity is automatically piqued. The packaging doesn't have to be unnecessarily tricky, the closure particularly unique. It's a closed box; sometimes, that's all we need to get our imagination flowing.  Our job is to get the user excited for your product.

We accomplish this by using some of our tried and true methods to create great customized packaging. When it comes to a box, it's not always *just* a box.

Delivering More Than a Package: Custom Box Design

Custom Size

It's practically passed into cliche to talk about how to maneuver square pegs into round holes. Yet, when it comes to packaging, there's a kind of "single size fits all" mentality that drives organizations to buy boxes in bulk. While we recognize there's no harm in that approach, there's also not much to gain, either. Part of the pleasure of custom box design is derived from the fit. Perfect, every time. In the example to the side, we created this box for Rheem as a thank-you to their customers.   While the image might distort the size, it's a large box at 24 inches by 22 inches and 8 inches deep.

Just like any bespoke product, a box that's made specifically for your product will always do the job it's designed to do: make your product shine.

Custom Inserts

In the final picture above, you can just see the inside of the box with the custom foam inserts inside. We talk a lot about presentation packaging at Sunrise, and this project is a perfect example. Presentation packaging can focus on the external features, but it's also about how a product (or products) lay inside the custom box design as well. As we mentioned above, everyone wants to be dazzled by an unopened box. Make sure that the reality lives up to expectations with a little padding inside your package.

Custom Finishing

Presentation is all about appearances, and ensuring that your box presents well to customers is key. Yes, the focal point is what's inside the package. But that doesn't mean you get to ignore the outside.

We love this example above because it's simple yet stunning. The brand pops out at the viewer, and while you can't touch it through the screen, it's wrapped in soft Nuba paper. Great packaging engages multiple senses; this one does not disappoint on multiple fronts.

What's Your Custom Box Style?

Just like people, boxes and organizations have personalities. What do you want yours to say?

Sunrise can help develop it. Contact our team today!

Custom Promo Boxes & 2018 Trends

Like any industry, custom promo boxes are subject to trends. Take a look through the different ages to get an idea of what was acceptable (or rather, expected) packaging from just a decade ago. You'll see that it's changed, in every way from shipping time to box design.  But what makes this interesting is the nostalgia factor we see creeping into 2018 trends.

More on that later. 

Customers are looking for some key things when it comes to their packaging needs. They want sturdy custom boxes, a personalized experience and, if shipping online, they want it fast. Different markets respond differently to these base demands, but below we include some tips on the most enduring and prominent trends we're seeing. 

Trends of Custom Promo Boxes

Packaging Longevity

We've commented on this before, but it's a recurring factor: we can order from any corner of the globe and have it in our home within days. It's truly amazing. Yet these distances can have adverse effects on organic products, like first aid items and medicines. Packaging needs to withstand the trials of travel.

"Unboxing" & Social 

One of the top YouTube categories for kids right now is unboxing toys. Yes, you read that correctly. It's people recording themselves unboxing toys. Not necessarily playing with them, or sharing them, or anything else - narrating their experience taking them out of the box. And it's not just toys, you can find unboxings for nearly anything on YouTube and beyond on Instagram, Reddit, and more. 

It's important to note that upcoming generations, even more so than the current ones, will be critically looking at packaging styles, containers, and above all, personalization.

Nostalgia

Nostalgia sells. Whether it's garish unicorn-emblazoned Trapper Keepers or Coca-Cola in glass bottles, people are attracted to things that remind them of memories wrapped with happiness. Best of all for packaging design, it's relatively easy to add in a throwback font in design, as well as utilize materials or designs that are evocative of a time past like kraft packing paper or other custom inserts. 

Bring Us Your Ideas

While we do believe that trends should help inform any packaging decisions, we also want to create innovative solutions. Bring us your ideas and your needs, and let's create something perfect for your product. 

Presentation Packaging Tips from Halloween

Halloween might seem like a strange holiday from which to take lessons on presentation packaging, but hear me out.

Most holidays rest on tradition. We eat turkey on Thanksgiving, shoot fireworks on Fourth of July, and exchange gifts on birthdays. It's that tradition that makes memories emotional; we remember how our parents or grandparents did something, and we replicate it. However, the exception is definitely Halloween.

While other holidays tend to be more sedate and focused on looking back, Halloween is constantly innovating. Rather than replicate a sense of comfort, it wants to usurp expectations and catch people off-guard. Sure, some elements are constant: trick or treating, jack o'lanterns, orange and black color schemes. But more often than not, these tropes are used to challenge and disprove conceptions.

How can Halloween Inform Presentation Packaging

The Element of Surprise

Whether you appreciate Halloween for the tricks or treats, one thing is for sure: the goal is always to surprise people. Presentation packaging should have the same goal. Users of your product, like the ones who are opening the Bose box to the side, know what they purchased. While we're not advocating for a jack-in- the-box kind of experience for packaging, there are other ways to draw people in before the final reveal. The Bose packaging features a design on the outer sleeve that continues through to the inner cigar style box. This color palette breaks up the packaging, and leads the user to a visual connection between the two.

Don't Repeat Yourself

Hollywood feels like a land of repetition lately, with remakes and franchises announced all the time. Horror is a genre especially prone to this, as one can guess from the number of Halloween and Friday the 13th sequels, remakes and reboots. The kiss of death for any franchise is redoing the same concept and boring their audience.

When it comes to presentation packaging, the same theory applies: don't bore your audience. Check out some interesting custom screen printing options, research interesting opening features, take your packaging to the next level if you want to engage and delight customers.

Presentation Packaging: Treats Over Tricks

While Halloween typically inspires some original packaging (who didn't want the box of Boo Berry cereal or some other themed packaging growing up?) there are wider implications that just the seasonal approach. When designing product packaging, consider the user and how you can engage their senses.

Contact Sunrise today to start your project. Happy Halloween!