Nonprofit Marketing 2020 Plans

Nonprofits have unique needs that are different than for-profit organizations and corporations. Nonprofits want to grow their donations, increase volunteer interest, and more. It's about raising awareness and inspiring people to donate their money and their time. Which is why nonprofit marketing needs a leg up from time to time. 

Hubspot sums it up well:

...Marketing for nonprofits can help you attract new supporters for your cause, connect to valuable donors, engage your constituents, and inspire your community.

At Sunrise, we can help you create material that support these varied marketing needs and audiences. 

Supporting Nonprofit Marketing

At Sunrise, we have a variety of materials and products that can be easily adapted to the needs of nonprofits. Using a templated item reduces cost and increases efficiency and expediency. We can get it out to you for less. While that might sound a mite dismissive, know that the real branding and customization in many of our products comes in the finishing. 

Check out the example to the side. Custom pads created for Habitat for Humanity in their signature blue, with a quote from former President Carter on the inside facing the keys to the home. It's a total package that is not only a keepsake for the recipient, but a marketing piece in it's own right as well. 

Adapting to the Market

It's been a crazy year, and things don't really show any signs of slowing down. The services provided by nonprofits will be more in demand while donations will be down with the economy. However, the need to maintain branded materials won't disappear. And it might just prove to be more important than ever to maintain visibility and stay top of mind for those who do have the means to donate.

Make the most of what you can, and contact Sunrise to help in your packaging needs!

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!

Innovations for Packaged Products

Creativity and innovation stand on the shoulders of giants. Meaning that, everything that comes afterwards has to build on what came before. Still not entirely picking up what we're putting down? Let's look at some classic packaged products. 

Product packaging is a straightforward concept. You have a product, and it needs packaging for multitude of reasons. Security. Safety. Shelf life. The reasons go on. But just as there are a myriad of reasons for why packaging is needed, there are just as many potential packaging styles. And most of them started with a simple style. Like the cigar box. Or, the case of our most recent packaging innovation, the setup box

"Shouldering" Packaged Products

The basic setup box consists of two trays that slide together. It's a simple and relatively iconic design. Intuitive and accessible for all ages and abilities, it's popular for tech devices, tools, and more. It's also the basis of our new box style: the two piece set up shoulder box.

As you can see in the video and photos to the side, the "shoulder" is actually a small ledge on which the top tray of the setup box sits. Normally, a the top and bottom trays in setup boxes slide and overlap. The shoulder makes this box style even easier to open, and also adds an additional layer of protection to items inside. We love the presentation of the should set up box as well. The delight of a heightened reveal, or unboxing, is a simple joy that doesn't get enough credit. At least, we don't think so 😉

What's Next?

Just when we think we've explored every avenue of packaging design, someone comes to us with something new. A new request, a new product, a new idea. The wheels start spinning, and we start creating. Before you know it, we've crafted something new and personalized to the project itself. 

This is just one reason why we love chatting with our customers so much. We learn as much as we hope we impart, and value all of our partnerships. Whatever your product packaging needs might be, try Sunrise Packaging. We'd love to see what grows out of the collaboration.

Box Construction Informed by Style

When people talk about construction, they're usually not talking about box construction. They might talk about cranes. Skyscrapers. Majestic, sweeping bridges, or unmistakeable jackhammers. In light of these admittedly bigger projects (at least physically), we'd like to present something smaller, and more immediate. Box construction isn't something that we take lightly. And it deserves more consideration. 

Hear us out. 

Constructing memorable packaging takes more work than simply folding cardboard. There's the material to consider, and the finishing touches. What will the product be, and how can we mirror or forecast it with the box styling? How can we bring it all together?

Box Construction Styles

As a study in style, let's look at the setup box

You've almost definitely held a setup box in your hand. It's ubiquitous in the technology world, especially for smartphones. You probably remember opening up the box for the last smartphone you purchased. The box was probably small, tailored to the brand (white for Apple, black for Samsung, and so on). As you pulled the top off, it probably resisted a little before begrudgingly sliding off slowly. Your new phone--an expensive but exciting purchase--lay cradled inside. 

Did we get it right?

Setup boxes are evocative and classic. They're constructed in a way that makes them firm and rigid, yet--as you experienced--yielding and personal to the user. 

Packaging & Personality

All packaging must (or at least should) be branded. And with a brand, comes personality. 

As we stated above, the chic blankness of an Apple product is practically iconic at this point. So are the set up boxes they use to house their phones and tablets, with no spared expense to create the perfect stage for their products. When someone opens your product packaging, what personality are they witnessing?

Let your product's box construction do the talking for you. That is, after you talk with our team about this project. 

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.

Liquor Packaging for Distilleries

When the economy takes a downturn, there are some industries that actually see business increase. Liquor is one of them, so it's no surprise to us to see liquor packaging projects becoming more and more frequent.  Like this project for One Eight Distilling. While we capitalized on some existing box styles, the end result is a completely customized box and sleeve design. 

And this custom aspect matters big time in liquor packaging. A high percentage of purchasing decisions are made on the packaging alone. It becomes a bit of an emotional thing. Customers look for designs and elements that appeal to them in some way, and they buy it.  Drilling down on what appeals to the target customer base is your job. Creating packaging that drives sales is our job.

Driving Sales with Liquor Packaging

Packaging is especially important for distilleries and hard alcohol. It can be hard to stand apart, especially for undeveloped palates who aren't necessarily shopping for specific brands, but for what appeals to them. Hence the emotional buying piece. Whiskies, vodkas, gins, and other liquors vary widely in price point. For a customer to indulge in something high end, the packaging is what sells it. 

Taking a closer look at the photos above, you can see that there are several parts to the package. It starts with the standard box, and then a sleeve is layered on top. Both of these are screen printed in black ultima, but it doesn't end there. We also included some custom foam inserts to keep the product samples snug and protected inside. 

This liquor packaging example is striking and elegant. It's clear that this a high end product and deserves the consideration of the buyer.

Alcohol and Liquor Packaging

The packaging styles you see at a liquor store ranges just as widely as the products themselves. From kitsch to class, a single aisle will probably have products reflecting every possibility. We've had experience helping products communicate their brand in a variety of ways. We guarantee we can design the perfect packaging for you.

Contact Sunrise Packaging to learn more about our design process!

Packaging Design Elements

(or, how create great, memorable boxes). Design elements are the ornamentation that makes a box or custom package truly shine. Imagine an evergreen tree. It's majestic. Beautiful, in a stately, classic way. But add those literal ornaments, and it becomes an iconic symbol. 

When you think of designing packaging, use that same approach. Begin with a classic box style, and add on from there. At Sunrise Packaging, we have no shortage of classic box styles, from gate fold to cigar and beyond. 

And just like that Christmas tree, it's important to take a balanced approach to choosing design elements. Too much and the box is overwhelming, the intent muddled, and the consumer confused. Too little, and a company runs the worst risk of all: boring the user. When do you know that you have the right mix?

Balancing the Bling of Design Elements

While there are many design elements organizations can consider in designing their packaging, there are a few that always stand out.

  • Spot UV Print
    Spot UV print adds an incredible high gloss. Check out the example to the side. By adding the logo for black-on-black design, this coating truly stands out. You can see how it immediately catches your eye, while the white contrast of other elements make the package digestible without being overwhelming.
  • Foil Stamping
    Spot UV isn't the only way to add shine to your packaging project. Foil stamping adds custom foil seals to boxes with heat. Add embossing to create a truly striking 3D image. 
  • Offset Printing
    Quality takes time, and offset printing makes good use of that time. Packaging wraps need to be printed one at a time to create a truly dazzling and vibrancy in color.

These three options are popular options for boxes. But just like any industry, packaging follows trends. We can't wait to see what comes up next. 

What Inspires Your Packaging?

Design elements are an important part of your packaging design, but they aren't everything. To help guide your design process, step back and ask yourself: what's the inspiration? If you can find a theme that speaks to your product and your organization, it's a starting point. 

Sunrise Packaging can pick it up and carry your project over the finish line. Give us your ideas and your inspirations, and we can guide your design decisions. Talk to our team today!

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!