Special Edition Boxes for Musical Artists

Creating special edition boxes for music artists is a project that doesn't come around every day. At Sunrise, we love the opportunity to bring a little heart and soul to the world. And helping artists bring their visions to life is a great way to do that. 

Musicians bare their souls through their music. Packaging might sound like a way to mask that vulnerability. A literal way to cover up, if you will. But the right partnerships will yield complementary results.

Collaborating on Special Edition Boxes

When we work with an artist or label on creating special edition packaging, we need to know the same things we need for every project. Budget. Dimensions. Desired customizations. But there's an extra level of care that comes into play - we're talking about the physical manifestation of a person's soul, right?

In these subscription special edition boxes that we made for Walker Hayes, we collaborated with Smack Songs. These boxes held unreleased music alongside handwritten notes, a custom beanie hat, and more unique things designed to appeal to the heart of his fandom. Walker Hayes has only risen in fame since this project, and we know his first loyal fans are along for the ride with these special mementos.

How Would You Style Limited Edition Packaging?

Owning special edition boxes is a badge of honor amongst true music fans. Supporting an artist they love, and feeling like they've been thanked in return, is part of the magic that these kinds of boxes can bring. It doesn't matter if you're a country singer, a heavy metal band, or a classic cellist. Fans--your fans--will love any kind of insider wink you can give them. Which is why a limited release package is the perfect way to say "thanks for your support."

Sunrise Packaging has put together special edition boxes for many artists over the years in different genres. We know the basics of what a good box needs, and we'll rely on you to bring your best and brightest ideas. Ready to collaborate? Talk to our team today!

Continuing a Legacy with Unique Packaging: Jack Daniel’s

Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey has always had a bottle design that sets them apart from the rest and I think it is safe to say that many people can instantly associate the distinct package design with Jack Daniel’s. When Jack Daniel himself first entered into the business, he wanted to have a package design is unique and Mr. Jack said he wanted “a square bottle for a square shooter,” because he was a square shooter himself.

I have always been a fan of the aesthetic appeal of the Jack Daniel’s brand whiskey bottles, from the classic style to the Tennessee Honey and now, their newest bottle design is no exception. Jack Daniel’s recently released their newest bottle design for the Jack Daniel’s Winter Jack Apple Punch. The drink and bottle are a special edition winter drink from Jack Daniel’s that was originally made for the German market, and hopefully it will keep you warm this winter.

 

The bottle and design continues to embody the classic square bottle with fluted neck as it always has while featuring a wintery feel. Since Mr. Jack first introduced the eye-catching bottle, the Jack Daniel’s brand has continued to carry on his legacy by issuing decorative bottles from time to time. The bottles have come to either represent Mr. Jack’s accomplishments or to “capture the spirit and style of the time they represent,” which is exactly what Jack Daniel’s Winter Jack Apple Punch has done.

Sources: The Die Line,  Jack Daniel’s

 

What is the Recipe for Packaging?

I came across an introduction to the Brand Packaging’s Packaging That Sells V show that is scheduled for October 2009. They say:

“Your packaging is critical to your brand. It’s the last three feet and last three seconds (and the ultimate measure of success) of your marketing program. But, these days, packaging has to do more than just “pop” at the shelf; it must communicate the story of your brand and become an essential part of consumers’ daily lives. Is your packaging powered to do all that?”

This is so very true and good packaging design can help you make your product, your brand, and your packaging an “essential part of consumers’ daily lives.”

Examples of custom, limited edition, water bottles by Evain designed for different audiences.

Examples of custom, limited edition, water bottles by Evain designed for different audiences.

So you may ask, what’s the recipe for creating this type of packaging?

  1. Meaning: The first step in creating packaging that will communicate the story of your brand is to know what story you want to tell. People don’t want to simply purchase your brand they want to be apart of it and by knowing exactly what you want to communicate you can achieve this. Figure out your story and then try to make this visual through your packaging.
  2. Audience: Packaging is an interaction between the product, your brand, and the audience so to better communicate through your packaging you must know your audience. Knowing what they relate to, what issues affect them, and their lifestyle will allow you to create a packaging that centers on these things.
  3. Response: Once your brand has meaning, create a list of outcomes that your packaging could achieve. Think about your audience and what types of emotions, feelings, and reactions the product packing can evoke in your customers.
  4. Stay Informed: The last ingredient in the packaging recipe is to stay informed about your competition. This is a simple task that is often over looked. Staying on top of what the competitors are doing allows you to be innovative and stay ahead.

Put all these things together and your packaging will have a recipe for success.

So when the above quote asks you, “Is your packaging powered to do all that?” Your reply will be, “Yes it is!”

5 Tips to Get Noticed With Your Packaging

You only have a few seconds to catch the shopper’s attention, so what are you going to do with your packaging to not only catch their attention, but to get them to want to buy your product?

Jim George from Shelf Impact came up with 5 labeling ideas to solve marketing challenges:

  1. Highlighting innovative shape. Kids like products that feature fun colors and design in their packaging. Clear Beverage Corp. did just this with their “Kid Fuel” naturally flavored water. They also designed the shape of the bottle to resemble a sports bottle with curves for a child’s small hands to easily grip. They also made the packaging educational. Each bottle has a quiz question and Professor Smart’s answer is revealed after the beverage is consumed and the bottle is refilled with water.
  2. Sizzling as bacon’s main ‘touchpoint’. It is important for the packaging of a premium product to reflect the quality of the product. Tyson changed the packaging of their bacon by adding a label that featured a gold-outlined shield area with red, white, and gold on a blue background, while still leaving room to view the meat. The new design improved how easy it was to find and recognize the brand.
  3. Encouraging participation. Campbell’s made 7.5 million special-edition labels to show the quality ingredients that they use. Along with the new label, they started a program where you enter a code online from your can to receive a free pack of tomato seeds for yourself, as well as 100 seeds for urban communities and schools.
  4. Pulling double duty. Sometimes marketers have to create a package that both attracts attention, as well as protects against theft and counterfeits. Nutrex Research did this by creating a shrink-sleeve label that is both eye-appealing and protects the product from tampering.
  5. Signaling cause marketing. People like companies that help people and allow the customer to help by purchasing the product. Tide showed this with their packaging for the Loads of Hope campaign. They have special yellow caps that read, “You can help”, and it features pictures of Hurricane Katrina victims on the front.

Seasonal Packaging Goes Green

Christmas is still months away, but Nestle is already thinking about their seasonal packaging and going green for the holidays. In the past, chocolate makers have often been known for wasteful and unnecessary packaging, especially for special seasonal promotions. This is the new target to work on, and Nestle is going at it.

Custom-Packaging-Boxes-Nestle-Seasonal-Green-Eco-FriendlyAccording to Food Production Daily, Nestle will be making all of its Christmas selection custom boxes fully recyclable. One change they made was removing the plastic inserts that held the chocolate bars in place and replacing them with a card presentation tray. This way, the chocolate can still be nicely displayed in the custom box and be easily recycled when you are finished with it. This is one step for Nestle to be more environmentally-friendly in their packaging to reduce waste and address the concerns of their environmentally-conscious customers.