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.

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!

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!

Presentation Packaging For Samples

Presentation packaging doesn't have to be big. And by big, we mean ostentatious. Loud. But most of all, it doesn't have to be expensive. 

At Sunrise Packaging, we're able to draw on both years of experience and the wide range of packaging styles and materials in our shop to minimize time and money. While we take pride in customizing projects, we know that, sometimes at least, it's nice to have an example off which you can start iterating.

For example, take a look at some of our custom foam pads.  We often use this style for sample kit boxes. Die-cut foam holds samples securely in place but also has enough flexibility and give to allow for repeat handling. We recently completed a project for Logic Furniture that leverages just this functionality.

Presentation Packaging For Furniture Samples

Home decor, interior design, and similar industries are highly personalized. They appeal to to multiple senses, from sight to tactile, and as such, making decisions on these things requires seeing and feeling them in person. 

Logic Furniture understands this aspect of their business well. These booklike boxes evoke a familiar sense for customers and clients, literally creating a stage for a variety of samples. From flooring to upholstery and beyond, the die-cut foam inserts create the perfect promotional packaging. 

The booklike presentation packaging piece is our custom pad.  We used a digital printing process to create dynamic visuals to go along with the samples (but not detract from them).  We've also used thermoformed trays as well for samples.

Design For Your Products

Whatever your budget or your intent, Sunrise Packaging can help design the perfect product for your products. While we're able to repeat some of the basics, you can be assured that your project will be unique and personalized. Just like your brand. 

Talk to our team to get started!

Upscale Boxes for Software

In the age of the cloud and the software-as-a-service, it's hard to believe that physical software sales are still a thing. But it is, and for good reason, and it involves upscale boxes as well. 

If we go back to the beginning of the internet, it was viewed as a vague but exciting prospect. Hard to pin down, specifically, but the unlimited possibilities were appealing to the entire world. And while that perception has changed over the years, the potential has grown into both positive and negative things.  For every Kickstarter helping to save a life, there's a scammer waiting to pump bank accounts dry. 

Software Upscale Boxes

So what does this have to do with why software is still sold in upscale boxes?

Well, a lot of people don't trust software they can't touch. 

Their rationale is sound enough, and it's common enough for major retailers to continue to sell mostly empty boxes. They contain a download link and an activation code, since most computers don't have CD drives anymore. There's something comforting in the tangible for people. It builds trust. And adding in upscale packaging features makes it feel even more real and authentic. 

While the boxes in the example to the side weren't empty, we used some of our top high-end packaging tips to create this project. Thicker chipboard and glossy lamination give it a sheen and weightiness that inspires confidence. Our classic magnetic box style seals the deal.

High Hopes for High End Boxes

High end packaging for software boxes isn't something that's going away anytime soon. While mistrust of online downloads is part of the equation, we know there's a lure when it comes to well-made physical box. Let us work our magic with your next software box project. Reach out to our team for creating your upscale boxes!