Packaging the Fan Experience

When you go to a professional sports event (okay, think back to pre-Covid times), what do you remember about the fan experience?

Expectations and times are changing regarding what sports fans expect when they attend a professional event. Here in Minnesota, we might never live down jokes about the noise level of the Metrodome and terrible sightlines. However, take a look at US Bank Stadium or Target Field, considered one of the ballparks in the nation. We've upped our game, and the team staff have worked to create unique experiences for every attendee. And it's possible to to convey that same kind of experience even off the field. 

Boxing Up a Fan Experience

Designing a package to share the experience of live sports is a tall order, but it's one we enjoy. We recently worked with Diamond Arctic Ice on the project to the side. This was no ordinary off-the-field experience. 

This company created a Game Day Experience Kit for Iowa Hawkeye fans. It's a cocktail kit, tailored to the nth degree. It holds glasses, hats, and their flagship product: ice. The offset printing and matte laminated wrap are signposts to any Hawkeye fan, and upon opening it up, consumers have a fun display that works with any game. It's a great example of a thoughtful fan experience. Swipe through the pictures to see what we mean.

Interim Fan Fun

While we're home and waiting out coronavirus, fans have been hard pressed to find the right fit when it comes to sports. Whether the winter brings another bubble or otherwise, you can still package up the fan fun and send them something to brighten the season. Reach out to us today to talk sports!

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.

Luxury Packaging For All

Luxury packaging is about more than just high-end consumer goods. 

When we think about the term, certain things come to mind. Watches. Jewelry. Perfume and cologne. And many more. But in reality, many elements of luxury packaging are found in everyday items. And maybe in places that would surprise you. Medical and healthcare packaging is one industry that frequently utilizes common elements of luxury packaging.

 

Everyday Luxury Packaging

When you think about it, it's not so surprising that medical and healthcare boxes are so similar to luxury packaging. These items are generally expensive--like the products we mentioned above--and need careful and innovative packaging to maintain their integrity. A watch packaged with a fluffy cushion in a hard case looks sharp, but also needs that protection to stay whole. The same goes for many medical devices. In the example to the side, you can see a recent project we created for Starkey Labs. A brand known for quality, service and empathy, we worked closely with them to ensure that this product not only emphasized those brand attributes, but also was also an accessible piece for their clients.

Luxury For All

We used several luxury packaging principles in creating this piece, which houses hearing aids and supporting items. The soft touch lamination and offset printing create an approachable impression full of soothing stability. The thermoformed tray and other elements keep the items safe and secure in place.  These are elements that wouldn't be out of place in, say, a box holding designer perfume. Luxury is more than a price point at Sunrise Packaging. It's a leveler for equality. 

Learn more about how we can use luxury elements to level up your packaging efforts!

Growth Strategies for CBD Packaging

Cannabidiol, or CBD, is one of the most popular wellness products to emerge in the last few years. With revenue in the billions--and no sign of slowing--it's not an understatement to say the market is hot.  And with a hot market comes an influx of products and grades of CBD packaging. 

One of the major difficulties every brand faces is how to stand apart in a market. It's even harder with an increasingly-saturated market. As scientific evidence mounts in support of CBD oil, it's more important than ever for a product to find its footing, its audience and its packaging appeal.

Why CBD Packaging Matters

Brand differentiation is key to gaining a foothold in the CBD market. And one of the most effective ways to do that is to have unique packaging. Depending on how your business operates - storefront, mail order or otherwise - there's a benefit to investing in quality boxes for your CBD products. 

The obvious reason is to protect your products during shipping and transportation in general. Most CBD also benefits from cool, dark spaces, and Sunrise can craft custom foam inserts for this reason. But there's the shelf appeal to packaging, and that extends far from the classic shopping trip. With the popularity of unboxings on Instagram and TikTok, video reviews through Reels and YouTube, the visibility of a product has never been higher. Ensuring that your customers (or influencers) have an experience to share is the best use of your marketing dollars. 

Growing Quality Content

Content creation is another hot part of any marketing strategy. Marketing teams can do this, naturally. But leveraging user generated content is even better. When customers are excited by a product and want to share it, it's definitely a bonus. Crafting experiences that customers want to share starts with crafting unique packaging.

Talk to us more about your ideas for experiential marketing through packaging. Contact 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.

Promo Marketing for Collector’s Editions

Promotional marketing, or promo marketing, is specifically geared toward increasing awareness of some kind of promotion. It's generally part of wider marketing efforts but with a more narrow focus. For example,  Adam Sandler's 'Uncut Gems' film was released in 2019. Showings for the film included events in some areas. And those events, or promotions, included a series of marketing geared toward the event itself, separate from the wider movie marketing. 

Promo marketing is a strategic approach to indirectly grow interest in a product or brand. The specialized nature of it makes it worthy of its own special variation of a brand, which requires something we love: unique packaging.

Promo Marketing with Collector's Editions

Promo marketing campaigns commonly surround special releases or editions. These types of campaigns target a specific subset of customers with the goal of elevating their like of a brand to love. In the project to the side, you can see an example of promo marketing packaging we created for a tattoo ink maker. 

These magnetic boxes are considered collector's editions within a subculture of tattoo artists or tattoo aficionados. We upped the ante in the design, using the magnetic box and matte lamination to create a style that echoes the classic ethos of the brand as well as the old-school tattoo stylings. We're digging the retro look of the design, especially with the modern functionality of the overall packaging. It hits the mark that the company wanted for this special release. 

Promotional Marketing is Collector Packaging

Sunrise can help flesh out a promotional marketing strategy with unique collectors' edition packaging. Even if our company doesn't make your regular product packaging, our handmade approach ensures that your design will be unique. Special editions of products deserve to be, well, special. Give your customers something to more to love with innovative and valued packaging.

Contact our team today 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!

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.