Custom Pads in Action

This time of year seems to bring out the best in people. We're inspired by the holiday season to give more, volunteer more, and appreciate what we have a little more. And when we get to create custom pads for an organization that literally embodies these sentiments, like the Salvation Army, it drives that point home even more. 

For an organization with the relatively simply tagline of 'Doing the most good,' the Salvation Army as an organization is anything but simple. Pursuing a mission of meeting human need without discrimination since 1865, they're done a lot of amazing work: 

  • Assisting around 25 million Americans every year
  • Serving 128 countries around the world
  • Comprising of over 1.5 million members (officers, soldiers, and adherents)

You've undoubtedly encountered a Salvation Army volunteer or two ringing bells outside businesses to get donations. But donating your spare change while hurrying out of the grocery store isn't the only way to help the organization. Planned giving is a major source of funding. To attract new donors in this digital age, the Salvation Army knew they had to move past the analog style of a brochure. Custom pads are the perfect option.

Custom Pads for a New Age

Sunrise Packaging custom pads are sleek, booklike boxes. We use a heavy chipboard for extra impact, and a custom foam insert to hold contents in place. They're the perfect option for a variety of products, from loyalty cards to medical devices to flash drives. 

When it comes to the Salvation Army project, their needs are focused on marketing to planned giving donors. The tailormade foam cavities can hold a pen and a USB drive. The drive contains necessary information on how to make planned gifts from different parts of a donor's financial plan, like:

  • Cash
  • Real estate
  • Stocks
  • Bonds

And whatever might be part of the financial plan of the donor. Additionally, a clear vinyl sleeve was added to the custom pads. This will hold a brochure, postcard, and a business card. 

Custom Pads Drive Campaigns

Custom pads are a great accompaniment to marketing campaigns. They can appeal to those who like to physically handle materials while offering an alternative for those who want to interact through technology. Not to mention that the personalized USB drives can cleanly transfer documents necessary for giving campaigns. 

Additionally, custom pads can even come with a creative sleeve for mailing. Learn more about options for design and finishing by reaching out to our sales team today!

5 Things to Put on Your Podcast Flash Drive

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“Podcast” is a polarizing term. If you know what it is, there’s probably a few you can’t live without–don’t commute without one, in my opinion–or you have no clue what I’m talking about. If you’re of the latter category, I envy you. You’re about to discover specialized, personalized internet radio shows for the first time. But if you’re already an avid podcast downloader, then perhaps you’ve thought about starting your own.

Perhaps you already have.

Not even a decade ago, if you started a podcast, you could probably rank #1 in searches. But now as the internet has given birth to you YouTube stars, podcasts have become the cat’s pajamas. Everybody and their brother has one. I have one. And once you have one, the addiction becomes sort of like tattoos–you just have to have another.

My podcast was more for pleasure than for business. Local fame and a few loyal listeners was plenty for my ego. But if you’re looking to make a name for yourself in the medium, you already know you’ll have some competition. Even if you’re hosting the most niche podcast–Crust-First Pizza Reviews on Horseback, for example–the ease of creating your own show means you’ll still probably be buried. If you want to give your podcast some notoriety, I suggest going analog.

Creating a podcast flash drive for your show is just good business. A USB drive acts as a gift, stores nearly-unlimited data, and lives up to its name when it comes to flash. Once you have them made, simply hit up the convention of your choice (preferably one relevant to your topic) and let the SWAG flow!

Before you hit the trade show floor however, consider this a checklist for what to include on your podcast flash drive. Here are 5 that cannot be missed.

Your Podcast (duh)

Too sassy? Look, even the smartest people leave the house with only one shoe. Sometimes the obvious stuff is the easiest to forget. When loading up your drive with digital goodies, this one is a biggie. But don’t just pick any episode, choose the best episode. Or the episode that is most intriguing. Maybe you have a two-parter with a great cliffhanger. Or make a shortened sample of an episode to give your potential listeners just a taste. Then they’ll want to find your show on their own. Which reminds me…

Link It Up!

While giving your listeners a sample, don’t forget to set them on the path to finding your show online. That’s the beauty of a flash drive—digital content. Easily create a shortcut to your show’s website, or any social media that you update. Be bold–send them right to the subscription sign-up! Or maybe you have a Kickstarter or Patreon that needs some traffic.

Behind-The-Scenes Footage

Right now, some of you amateur ‘casters are thinking “Hey, I have a face for radio, that’s why I started a podcast in the first place!” Tough! Images, especially video, can set your podcast apart. People loving putting a name to a voice too. Include a compressed video of some behind the scenes action on your podcast flash drive. At the very least, it’ll make the viewer feel like they’re on the ground floor of something big!

Logo or No Go

When I said “on” I didn’t just mean digital contents. Let’s not forget the exterior of the flash drive. One of the most thrilling parts of starting your own podcast is creating a compelling logo. If you haven’t done that, well…that’s Step 1. But Step 1.5 should be to show off that logo on your custom USB.

A Bottle Opener?

8GB_flash_drive_bottle_opener_thinkgeekThis one might be a little more specific to me. As the cohost of a beer review podcast, I think this bottle opener flash drive would be the perfect promotional gift to my listeners. What would yours be? Choosing a flash drive that represents what your show is about is not only charming and clever, but it makes an already practical gift even cooler. And with so many different-shaped flash drives out there, finding one that’s the right fit for you is even easier than hitting the record button.

As a bonus, package your podcast flash drive in one of our signature FlashPads™. The smooth hardcover presentation will leave your competition in the dust. Make the perfect modern mixtape to find your listeners. Show off even more visuals, cleanly store your preloaded USB drive, even use an NFC tag for more interactivity.

Above all, when getting your podcast off the ground, it’s important to think outside the box. And outside the internet. Don’t wait for people to search for your show, give your show to them!

For more info check out the USB Packaging blog!

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The Staying Power of Flash Drive Packaging

Fact: FlashPads Get Opened.

 

Our exclusive USB flash drive packaging is the hybrid of a custom box and an informational pamphlet, with a splash of business card thrown in for good measure. A stylish combination of turned-edge printing and soft-touch lamination that makes every FlashPad feel like a gift. Something worth saving. And that 1-2 punch of hardcover and binding ensures people are enticed to open the FlashPad and see what’s inside. A little mysterious, a little dapper. Sort of the Jon Hamm of trade show takehomes.

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But being a better business card is just the tip of the iceberg for our USB flash drive packaging flagship. You’ve seen what they can do for ebooks, and even universities. That’s the easy choice. With a loaded FlashPad, you’ve already chosen to give your potential client/enrollee/buyer a customized flash drive–that’s the gift that keeps on giving. More space? Who doesn’t need that in their life. But let’s go one step further, shall we? The FlashPad got the door open, now let’s get a foot in there.

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FlashPads are memorable and functional. Check and double-check. But our custom pads do more than just secure a flash drive. Pads can come in just about any size, and hold just about anything you want to include. We recently made custom pad for the Minnesota Vikings that held not only a piece of their old stadium, but an iPad too! Obviously that was a pretty custom project. And if you’re trying to make the trade show rounds, I’m not saying include an iPad in every giveaway (although that would certainly make a splash) but there are ways that you can give your FlashPad a little more staying power. As long as you’re up for thinking outside the box, so to speak.

 

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How about using the diecut foam insert to include a coupon. In fact, why not just make the FlashPad itself into a coupon! A tear-away tab with a 10% discount? A request-a-quote form that can be mailed back? All possible! What’s that? You have an exclusive link preloaded on the flash drive that brings them to a special coupon on your website? Boom! The easier you can make it for your client to get in touch with you post-show, the better. And in terms of functionality, the FlashPad is like a Swiss Army Knife compared to a pamphlet or brochure. Heck, you could include a Swiss Army Knife if you really wanted.

 

Or how about a sample? If there’s one thing we in the luxury packaging world know, it’s that tactile goes a long way. Maybe you’re a materials processor with a new polymer to show off. Or a recycling representative that wants to show what post-consumer waste can become. At Sunrise, we’re uniquely suited to include thermoformed compartments on just about anything we make. A mineral sample, seeds for planting, a stone swatch for countertops? Go wild!

 

 

The FlashPad is about more than the flash drive.

Are you getting the picture here? Plenty of exclusives can be added to your personal packaging solution to add value and get your business remembered. Bottle openers from liquor reps, nail clippers from a salon–

 

I literally can’t stop thinking of ideas. But I better save something for next time. Until then…

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College Bound FlashPad Put New Spin on Old Tradition

Ah, college. You remember it well, don’t you? Your favorite seat in the auditorium class. The patch of grass out in front of your dorm where you’d gather on a sunny afternoon. But how about your first college memory? You know, that fateful day where you went to the mailbox and saw that acceptance letter–or what you hoped was the acceptance letter.

 

Maybe you remember it fondly, or maybe you just remember the scene from any coming-of-age college movie. Either way the acceptance letter plays a big role in the college experience. And thanks to Sunrise Packaging’s College Bound FlashPad, the moment of truth just got that much more exciting.

 

Some universities have already switched to the College Bound FlashPad for their correspondence. Why? Because it’s a big thing in a small package.

 

College Bound FlashPads for university recruitment, acceptance letters with hard turned edge binding and offset printing

 

First Impressions

Start with the packaging itself. The College Bound FlashPad is a prestigious presentation. It opens up like a book and presents you with a gift. Imagine the words “You’re In” or “Welcome to Your Future” embossed on a turned-edge hardback binding. The shiny university emblem foil stamped into the cover. Something to run your hands over, instead of just a cold piece of paper with a standard office font. The university is telling the student he or she matters, and the student has the first taste of pride in their future alma mater. A preview of holding their degree.

 

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Secondly, it’s functional. Maybe your acceptance letter was followed by a packet of information. Maybe it was buried in a bunch of Welcome! pamphlets jumbled around by the mail carrier. But the FlashPad is crisp, clean, and capable of storing all that information in one little flash drive. Imagine you’re in the Admissions department of a college. Instead of getting an influx of forms and papers chicken-scratched by incoming freshmen, you get a digital form back via email. That’s the beauty of the flash drive, isn’t it? All your paperwork–not some of it–packed into one easy to use device. All parties involved can benefit from that. Sunrise Packaging will even load up your data for you!

 

Standout Recruitment

On the flip side, universities can also use the College Bound FlashPad recruit potential students. Imagine a college fair where all the university reps are still handing out lanyards to impress. Give a student something they can use, something memorable. As a college recruiter, you can load your flash drive with newsletters, class rosters, statistics. You can even load the FlashPad with other goodies–a pen, a flashlight–to add even more value. If a student can expect the kind of luxury a FlashPad offers before they’ve even enrolled, you can imagine how they’ll perceive the experience and education that’s awaiting them at your university.
So go on. Give somebody that amazing acceptance letter they’ve been waiting for with a College Bound FlashPad. The one from the movies. The one that opens itself and truly shines.

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Creative Software Packaging for Developers

The FlashPad (n)

1. The premiere software packaging solution for anyone trying to take something mundane and make it pop.

 

You know, like a flash drive. Want to give it a real stage presence? A bit of pageantry goes a long way when you’re trying to stand out among competitors, or even just be remembered. The Flashpad fits that bill, while retaining the functionality we’ve grown to love about personalized packaging.

 

I’ve mentioned before how custom USB drives driving business as an alternative to the business card at trade shows. They are a fantastic, reusable asset that puts your company’s name at the fingertips of a potential client on a daily basis. There’s no better marketing tool than an asset that has multiple purposes. What began with a square of paper, became a pen, and now ends with a veritable digital portfolio, smaller than both its predecessors and infinitely more functional.

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But what if you dwell in a world where customized flash drives are the currency of the realm. A techie business, where you are literally swimming in a pile of flash drives. Water water everywhere and all that. Certainly there must be a way of standing out in that domain, right?

 

The FlashPad should be a go-to for any up-and-coming software developer or game designer. Why? Because if the bulk of your work exists within the walls of a computer, there’s not much to hold onto in the real world. Believe it or not, seeing is still believing, even in the online era that we live in. Trade shows, conventions, and business expos are still relevant outlets for new products, digital or otherwise. And custom flash drive packaging still makes the difference.

 

If you’re a software developer, maybe you have great new antivirus product. Now, you can fish for leads online, hoping that a pop-up catches someone’s eye and brings them back to your site for a download. But we all know where pop-ups end up. And do you really want your antivirus program associated with a pop-up? I don’t know know about you, but every helpful piece of software I’ve ever downloaded has come from word of mouth.

 

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: not everyone opens an email, but everyone opens a FlashPad. The same can be said of a pop-up. But chances are you won’t immediately close a FlashPad the moment it appears.

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In fact, it’s just the opposite. Like an intriguing book, or the compact disc (in it’s prime), curiosity will drive your potential client to open your sharp software packaging. And with a FlashPad, it will be a memorable experience, complete with images, text, high-definition graphics, and a diecut foam insert housing your flash drive. Consider the FlashPad a preview of what’s to come when they plug in your USB drive.

 

 

So how can software packaging help exactly? Well, a plug-and-play jump drive loaded with your software demo is that much closer to being downloaded. An indie game delivered in a classy, flip-open binding on a flash drive is that much closer to being played. Not only are you providing your potential user/gamer/customer with the ability to get started quicker, the FlashPad offers you the luxury of including other materials. A pen, a stylus, a keychain, even a good old fashioned business card if you’re feeling nostalgic. Why pick and choose what to include when you can store it all in a clean, organized display.

 

It’s like a mini trade show in the palm of your hand!


 

Full Service Flash Drive Packaging


If you follow this blog with any consistency, you probably know how awesome the FlashPad™ is. If you don’t, here’s a brief reminder why it is the top tier of custom flash drive packaging.

 

The FlashPad is a turned-edge hardcover binding that, when affixed with a die-cut foam insert, essentially becomes a book. This “book” in turn can hold a flash drive, pen, or any other like materials. The near-endless customization options and sharp presentation make these pads a memorable packaging choice. Not everybody opens up an email…but everyone opens up a FlashPad.

But you might not realize how convenient it is to get your FlashPad from SunPack into your client’s hands. We’re practically a one-stop shop. Sure we make custom flash drive packaging, but we’re also a custom corrugated box and thermoforming facility–which means we can do so much more for you.

 

It’s Truly Full Service Flash Drive Packaging.

 

Let’s run through it, shall we?

 

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You’ve decided you want to make a splash with the FlashPad. You’ve seen the statistics,and you know flash drive packaging will do the trick. So where do you begin? Well, technically you can start with the flash drive itself. These aren’t your father’s custom flash drives. You want one that’s dinosaur-shaped? You got it. Sunpack can get you the drive of your dreams. Consider it done.

 

 

Lock and Load

Let’s not forget why you’re going with flash drive packaging here. You’re going for all the great features a USB drive offers. Most important of all, the freedom that comes with massive storage space. With a flash drive, you can add that extra video. You can put the whole manuscript and the sequel. You can include all the photos you want. And guess what? We can load them up for you. You don’t have time to plug-and-load a hundred flash drives with all your e-materials. Let us handle that.

 

Dress it Up

FlashPad, custom flash drive packaging from sunrise packagingHave you ever heard the phrase “Dress for the job you want, not the job you have?” That’s the FlashPad in a nutshell. It’s peacocking. It’s utilizing something unique to make a lasting impression on your potential client/publisher/producer/whatever. If you’re an independent businessperson, just a startup, this is your chance to send a message of professionalism. So choose your design well. Make the FlashPad look like your book, or give it the crisp, clean logo treatment to really brand yourself. In any case, we have you covered. With offset printing, turned edges, foil stamping and embossing, you know your custom flash drive packaging will look the way you want it.

 

Seal the Deal

When your flash drive packaging is looking dapper, the next step is to make sure it’s protected. Secure. That’s we we’ll shrinkwrap it for your. Fresh off the line, will make sure those colors stay sharp, those smudges stay off, and those prying eyes keep out until it reaches your recipient.

 

Special Delivery

And speaking of recipients, we can even take care of that too. Our corrugated packaging facility can create a custom mailer that perfectly fits your flash drive packaging. You can even customize that too. Add your logo or your office address. Heck, we can even seal it up and mail it for you.
What did you think I meant by Full Service Flash Drive Packaging. Just one of the awesome things we’re doing at Sunrise Packaging these days.


 

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5 Ways to Get Noticed with Custom Flash Drive Packaging

 

Everybody knows how cool flash drives are, right? USB drives have taken data storage to the next level. But what if I told you there’s still another level? A way to make your flash drive more than a flash in the pan. A way to make your jump drive jump higher. A way for your thumb drive to get a thumbs up.

 

It’s Called Custom Flash Drive Packaging.

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More specifically, it’s called the FlashPad™ and it’s crazy versatile. It’s a way to take your flash drive from typical trade show SWAG to memorable marketing tool. A way to make your fledgeling business shine, or give your old dog some new tricks. Custom flash drive packaging is the hybrid of an informational pamphlet and an email blast campaign–except, unlike most of those, this one will get opened, interacted with, and (most importantly) remembered. Coolest of all, the FlashPad™ has a die-cut foam insert tailored to your specifications–so a flash drive is just the start of what you can include.

 

Here’s a quick look at 5 ways you can ride the crest of this trend. Go ahead and read’em. These ideas are on the house.

 

The Modern Mixtape

You remember making a mixtape or CD for someone back in the day? And you juuuuuuust could not fit that one last song on there? Frustrating. Now imagine that on a global scale. Say you’re a garage band. You’ve played a few gigs around the neighborhood but you’ve dreamed bigger. You want a record deal. The Big Time. What are you going to do? Send out a CD, scribbled on with a Sharpie? Congratulations, you’ve given a record producer a new coaster. A perfect garbage can frisbee. But a personalized USB drive, dressed to the nines in custom flash drive packaging, shows you’re serious about making it big. A sharp, professional look. A mockup of your debut album, complete with a legible track list. Images of your band rocking out under the bright lights of your favorite venue. And, best of all, a preloaded thumb drive with all your songs.

 

Consider: going with a guitar-shaped flash drive. Maybe include a pen too for signing your contract.

 

The Better Business Card

If you’ve ever been on the business end of a tradeshow, you know how tough it can be to make an impression. You’re lucky if you get a couple minutes one-on-one to wow your potential client. More often than not, though, your pamphlet ends up lining a SWAG bag or someone just grabs your pen and vanishes. If only you could make that pen tell that person about your great business the next time they use it. With custom flash drive packaging, you can do one better: you can show instead of tell. The FlashPad™ becomes your pamphlet, complete with all the visuals and bullet points you love. And inside? Your talking pen: a personalized flash drive loaded up with instructional materials, your last office newsletter, videos of your product, and a shortcut to your website. Swish.

 

Consider: making your better business card look like an actual business card. A customized Credit Card Drive has that traditional look and slim design with all the functionality of a flash drive.

 

The Portable Portfolio

This isn’t the 80s where you can stumble into an interview with a goofy tie and cardboard box of rolled posters. Well, maybe you can pull off the goofy tie, but if your professional portfolio looks like you just got kicked out of your house, you’re in trouble. Now imagine being a graphic designer or an architect and strolling into that interview with a digital portfolio all presented in sleek, attractive custom flash drive packaging. Right off the bat, a customizable FlashPad™ printed with your designs is putting something visual and interactive into their hands. Or maybe you’re a wedding photographer hoping to show off your prints without the glare and bulkiness of a proof book.

 

Consider: putting your digital folder in a folder-shaped flash drive. Now that’s just cute.

 

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The Autographable Ebook

I’ve mentioned this one before, but frankly, it’s a good idea. If you’re an indie author, you probably don’t have a lot of hard copies of your book lying around. And if you’re an author that dabbles exclusively in e-books, then you probably don’t have any lying around. But let’s say you hit it big with a monster e-seller. Somebody’s going to want you to autograph your book. Now if you’re a real smooth talker you might be able to take a permanent marker to their Kindle. Or if you’re a real fine handwriter, you might be able to inscribe the flash drive loaded up with your ebook files. But, if you’re smart, you’ll have a mockup of what your hardcover book would look like (in custom flash drive packaging form, of course). Sign that baby up and drop the mic!

 

Consider: Know who else thinks it’s a good idea? Only Hugh Howey, the guy that changed the face of ebook publishing FOREVER. See how custom flash drive packaging worked for him here.

 

The Standout Software

Scenario: You’ve just invented the most life-changing software of all time. Maybe it’s the ultimate pop-up blocker or the greatest pay-to-play app of all time. Now how are you going to get people to use it? Are you going to hit up Comic-Con with a little square of paper with your URL printed on it? Heck no! Load up a flash drive with a digital demo and secure it in some sleek Silicon Valley-style custom flash drive packaging and get some results! Don’t forget links, concept art, and screenshots!

 

Consider: making your FlashPad look like an old floppy disk. Because nostalgia.

 

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All great points, I know. The standing ovation isn’t necessary, really. But all jokes aside, custom flash drives and packaging really do make a splash. They’re like a Bat Symbol for your intellectual properties. And in all cases, they give your potential producer/client/boss/whatever a smart, memorable asset. One with your name on it. And far more reusable (and professional) than any novelty whistle.

Unique Designs for USB Flash Drives

Looking for a creative USB flash drive for your next project? Standard jump drives / flash drives can look a little dull, but a design could bring personality to your next project, or just make things more fun at home. We did a blog like this once before, but there are so many fun and creative designs out there, we couldn’t resist showing you more!

Many of these designs were found on BlueBlots. Although we do not create these flash drives, we can create custom packaging for them, and many of these devices can be purchased at USB Geek.

For the kid at heart, there are several designs with a game

or toy theme. Here are a few:

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If you’re a little on the adventurous side, there is a USB drive for you! With this carabiner design, you can hook it on your bag or pants and take it with you camping, hiking, or wherever you may go:creative usb flash drives caribiners

Love shoes? There are a few designs for you too:

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creative usb flash drives shoeMaybe you work for a church organization? This cross design shows your faith and you could personalize it with your church name:creative usb flash drive cross

Work for a food/beverage company, or simply just love food? We showed you burgers, pizza, and fruit before, but there are more:creative usb flash drive bagel

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There are even more options for the tech-savvy or the media world:creative usb flash drive camera

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Not only are these flash drives fun to look at, but they can show the personality of your company for your next project. Many of these designs can be purchased at USB Geek. Be sure not to lose or damage one of these prized flash drives. Display your creativity with these flash drives, and store and protect them with USB flash memory packaging. We, at Sunrise, can customize a package to hold your creative devices.