Agency PR Kits

Working with agencies is a wild ride. We never quite know where the ideas will take us, and that's especially true when we partner with You Are Here or YAH Agency. A recent project for custom PR kits introduced us to their style, brand, and what they mean by "experience agency."

Industries change with time and technology, and that's especially true when it comes to advertising. Not only is this an industry reliant on finding consumer trends and perspectives, the last decade has brought innumerable changes in the forms of social media, smartphones and more. Being a creative firm nowadays means more than just creativity; there's a role for data scientists, paid search specialists, and of course - experience builders. 

PR Kits & Crafting Experiences

So what is an experience in this context?

Per YAH Agency, crafting experiences connects consumers with products. The actual implementation varies from space to space and product to product, but the end goal is the same: to enhance the positive impact of a product on the public perception. 

In the example to the side, you can see the Coca-Cola themed box we created for an experience at the Dallas-Fort Worth airport.  DFW is one of the busiest airports in the world. With that kind of foot traffic, the potential visibility is massive. These boxes were created to make an impact but also to share products effectively. They are a showcase for shirts, bottles, a map, postcards, and a keepsake. 

What's the Story?

Think of an experience as a story. What kind of story do you want to tell? What products help you tell that story... And what will remind customers of that positive interaction they had with this brand?

Coca-Cola is an interesting brand in that it has instant recognition, but building experiences like these deepen the consumer connection. We're a fan of helping to craft these kinds of experiences. When you're ready to chat more about the kind of story and experience you want to craft, reach out to our team

Startup Gift Boxes

There are no hard-and-fast rules for becoming a successful startup. And what we do know seems to change regularly, with businesses changing the norm and going against the grain to make an impact in their market. It's about making an impact and an impression. Creating that perfect package isn't easy, but at least we can help create that literal package in the form of startup gift boxes. 

Gaining capital and wooing investors takes a special skillset. And gift boxes can soften any skillset or less than desirable first impressions. We know it's not always prudent to blow money on something that investors might view as a waste of cash, which is why Sunrise can provide you with options for startup gift packaging on a budget that doesn't look like it came out of the bargain box.

Impressions with Startup Gift Boxes

Your business needs to be able to scale, and we take the same approach with our product line. However, while our custom boxes might run into higher numbers than you'd like to spend, we have options in the midrange and lower. The best part is that they don't have to look like they cost less than our upscale packaging. With a variety of finishing options available, you can upgrade your box for less in a variety of ways. 

Foil stamping, for example, is a great way to add literal sparkle to any package. And it's a process that can work on many materials, and can elevate the right design. You can also consider different finishing options like soft touch lamination, or laser printing, to name a few high-end options. 

Hand Over the Reins

If you've spent time and tears on your company, it's hard to relinquish any part of it. But with our years of experience at Sunrise Packaging, you can ease up. Building off of your input and ideas, we can bring your startup gift boxes into reality efficiently and as budget-friendly as you need to be. When you're ready to create an impact with your investors, contact us.

Designing Sustainable Cosmetic Packaging

Sustainability is a big topic these days. As the world becomes more conscious of the effect that our waste has on... Well, just about everything, the more interested consumers and organizations are in different initiatives. Zero waste, carbon neutral, and other environmentally-friendly terms are becoming more and more common. Cosmetic packaging is one industry that is working to meet these concerns in a different way. 

The Sustainable Packaging Initiative for CosmEtics (SPICE) launched recently. Cofounded by L'Oreal, its primary focus is simple: shaping the future of sustainable beauty and cosmetic packaging across the industry.

The State of Cosmetic Packaging

While Sunrise has yet to create any customized sustainable cosmetic packaging for customers, we're looking forward to the partnership. In our current design mode, we work primarily with customers on concepts and designs. SPICE has created a tool that *grades* the sustainability of packaging on a spectrum of metrics. It brings ecodesign into the overall design process in a seamless way. 

The tool consists of an interface designed for cosmetic packaging engineers. It can calculate the footprint of packaging layer by layer, provide an overview of its environmental impact, and more. It can also allow for variants and simulations within a packaging design build. Overall, it's a malleable tool that can have far reaching impact.

The Future of Sustainable Packaging

Sustainable packaging efforts have varying struggles based on the industry. A tool, like the one SPICE created, can make it easier than ever for organizations to see their impact and make changes. And we know that it's not an overnight process to change. Like many other packaging companies, Sunrise is new to the sustainability game, and relies on consumers to lead the charge. But, as always, we're ready for the challenge!

If you're ready to engage Sunrise on a new cosmetic packaging initiative, let us know. Reach out to our team today!

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.

Creating Custom FlashPads

For the uninitiated, the FlashPad is unique to Sunrise Packaging. It grew out of a need to add a layer of marketing between the then-ubiquitous USB drive. But it quickly grew into a force unto itself. Custom FlashPads are now used in industries ranging from finance to education to self publishing and beyond. From what we've seen, its diverse applications has no boundaries.

So what is it that makes the FlashPad so universal? Well, there are a few factors. It's small - per the name, the FlashPad Wallet can actually fit in a pocket -- without sacrificing quality. Customers are able to utilize nearly all the same finishing options on the FlashPad. And, possibly most persuasively, it's a bit less expensive than a full out box.  And for a lot of industries, that's all they really need to make their market impact.

Uses for Custom FlashPads

Custom FlashPads are often used as branded gifts. Mortgage financiers and realtors love them for leaving their customers gift cards to spots in their new neighborhoods. Car dealerships have utilized the "FobPad" to hold the extra keys to new vehicles. All of these scenarios include the same important feature: prominent brand placement on the custom FlashPads themselves, keeping their business top of mind to the consumer and to whomever they might recommend. 

This kind of dynamic placement extends to other industries as well. Elearning materials on USB drives, like the example to the side, are an increasingly important application in the covid era. These packages can be crafted to be mailed, delivered right to the homes of consumers.

How Can You Grow Your Business?

There hasn't been an industry yet that we haven't thought up a potential use for the FlashPad yet. It's a challenge that always delivers new, interesting results. The FlashPad insert can be cut in a multitude of ways to hold an array of items. Coins, cards, drives, the list goes on and on. 

If you are looking for a cost-effective, mail-able or simply compact packaging solution, we think this might the thing you need. Chat with our sales team to learn more about what we might be able to create for you!

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. 

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!

Unconventional Set Up Boxes

Using the term "set up boxes" might make sense to you or it might not. If you're not attuned to the packaging industry, it probably doesn't mean much. But that's where we like to take the chance to educate you.

A setup box consists of two pieces. In layman's terms, a top and bottom. The bottom is usually made of strong chipboard with a custom wrap on it. Otherwise known as turned edge, this stylish finish can take on different elements depending on your needs. The top fits snugly over the bottom. Also made of chipboard, it slides on and off easily; you've no doubt encountered this style as it's often used for game boxes, smartphones, and more.  

As you look through our two piece set-up box gallery, you will see the unlimited potential of this customized box style. Sunrise just completed an interesting variation for Findlay Technologies. 

Set Up Boxes By Design

Confused? Look closer. 

By design, this might appear to be another cardboard package delivered by any mail service. Once you read the address label, it becomes clear that this isn't just another mailing box. While pictures don't quite do it justice, the feel of the box gives it away as something special as well. 

You can't quite tell, but these are set-up boxes. The boxes are wrapped with a digitally printed / matte lamination material. From the corners, you can just the turned edge finishing on them. 

We love the unconventionality of this box. It takes multiple sets of expectations and flips them, creating a sense of surprise and fun the for the recipient. Here's what we mean.

Expectation #1: It's just a plain cardboard box 

But from that first touch, the customer realizes that it isn't. Part of engaging users is finding ways to engage their senses, and with this design and style, they're all in.  And once they open the box, they're treated to even more potential customization. Thermoformed trays, custom inserts, the sky's the limit. 

Expectation #2: It's just another set up box

Using a design that usurps expectations helps engage users, but it also illustrates different features of a particular packaging style. While these setup boxes share characteristics with others, the content and design are what set it apart.  Set up boxes lend themselves well to a variety of finishing options. And their hardcover durability makes them trustworthy packaging for nearly any product. 

Design Maketh the Set-Up Box

So the lesson that we learn from this? Taking the time to figure out the overall effect you want your packaging to have helps determine the right box style and the right design.  Taking something seemingly conventional, like setup boxes, and turning them into something truly unconventional, is a challenge we love taking up. Contact Sunrise today to talk through your needs and ideas for your set up boxes!

Jewelry Boxes & Luxury Packaging in 2018

Luxury packaging is all about presentation. Ok, the argument could be made that most of packaging is presentation, right? But it's especially true when it comes to big-investment items. Fine watches, expensive jewelry boxes, unique cologne and perfume. All of these items tend to come in packaging that specifically serves to showcase the item. 

Jewelry presentation boxes tend to be especially ornate. But companies don't have to rest on classic, old-fashioned approaches like velvet boxes and silk cushions. As consumers seek out more unique styles, packaging has become more unique as well. Bakers twine replaces ribbons, and magnets replace clasps. Like these custom jewelry boxes we just completed for Lenny & Eva

Custom Jewelry Boxes For the Modern Buyer

The societal take on jewelry gifting has practically passed into the realm of satire. A hinged box, usually satin or velvet, pops open to reveal something shiny and expensive sitting on a cushion of contrasting color.  The ads usually some sort of high drama, the kind of aspirational marketing that looks pretty, but is essentially unrelatable for the masses. 

Modern audiences don't want that kind of fantasy. They want to know where the products they choose to patronize come from, maybe even who made it. Packaging trends reflect this desire for honesty and authenticity.

The boxes we made for Lenny and Eva reflect those desires. A brand designed to evolve with fresh designs seasonally while staying true to their aesthetic, we helped create jewelry boxes for them that can weather that evolution without going stale. These custom jewelry presentation pieces are wrapped in a plain textured paper and stamped with gold foil. Simple and classic, yet with a modern and unique spin that is all their own. 

These custom retail boxes will keep products safe from harm while promoting the Lenny and Eva brand at the same time. It's the ultimate coup for retail packaging: the customer now has two pieces which they'll keep around their home, both the jewelry and the packaging. 

Start Designing Your Custom Project 

Working with an organization on custom jewelry boxes or any personalized packaging piece lets Sunrise Packaging stretch our creative muscles. Let's see how we can help you meet your market's desires! Contact us today.

Collectors Boxes: Creating Demand for Products

Collectors boxes have been around for a while, but what makes a good collectors box is less well-defined. 

If we take a trip back down memory lane, let's consider some of the retail packaging crazes within recent memory. Funko pop dolls come to mind. Minecraft. Pokemon. Beanie Babies. In the cosmetic packaging world, Urban Decay's special palettes sell out within hours; Kylie Jenner lip kits within minutes. Even cereal boxes, like the limited edition old school monster designs. And one of the most popular and omnipresent campaigns in recent history: the Share A Coke campaign, where individual custom labels entice customers to "share a Coke with... [insert name here]."

What do all of these have in common?

Collectors Boxes: What Sets Them Apart?

The easy answer? Put 'limited edition' in front of any custom packaging, and it will increase demand. But the success of these craze-inducing campaigns goes deeper than that. 

Sunrise recently partnered with Solid Ink to create unique collector's packaging. This project utilized a turned edge design with four color printing and matte lamination. Created for their unique Chris Garver and Horitomo collections, the project specifications demand that these custom box sets reflect the brand as well as the inspiration.

Overall, it works as a great case study of what goes into a successful design and creation of deluxe box sets.  In short, it's tapping into what your audience already knows and desires, tying it into your brand, and limiting access.

Create Demand

Solid Ink created these limited edition boxes with the intent of creating demand. It's econ 101: supply affects demand. With these boxes in limited supply, and only available in certain places, it increases the demand. It might seem like a strange analogy, but the Beanie Baby craze of the 1990's is the poster child for this kind of strategy. As a particular Beanie Baby became more popular, the company would conscientiously pull it from the line up, creating--all together now--demand (and price inflation, but that's another story).

Create Something Original

It takes time, skill, and no small amount of luck to create something that captures the collective conscience and enters the zeitgeist. Most importantly, it has to have elements of originality. Even if something similar exists, or another version didn't quite succeed, taking time to find out what the missing element is could be the difference between a generic mobile app and Flappy Bird.

Create Brand Tie Ins

The tattoo industry is all about originality and body modification as an art form. It makes sense that the stars of that subculture are held in high regard. Their name lends authenticity to products, and enhances the sense of uniqueness around a collectors boxes set. When your target audience recognizes someone they admire as part of a brand, it creates an instant resonance. 

Let the Design Support Your Product

Sunrise Packaging has a practiced hand at creating limited edition packaging and collectors boxes. We worked with Prince on album packaging, numerous sports teams on gifts for season ticket holders, and other types of deluxe boxes. Bring us your ideas, and we'll bring them into reality.