Creative Packaging in Higher Education

In higher education, first impressions matter. A lot. And that's why it's one area where creative packaging can pay off in a big way. 

Honestly, it doesn't matter if it's students arriving on your campus for the first time, or parents searching your website. Maybe it's prospective marketing materials, or the new student checklist. The truth of the matter is that students have a lot of choices when it comes to their higher education. Transfer is easier than ever, and with so many schools battling for enrollment, you can never really be sure who's trying to recruit your students. That's why higher education should consider every communication to students a marketing communication. It's also where Sunrise Packaging can help you out.

Our FlashPad Wallet: Creative Packaging All Wrapped Up

At Sunrise Packaging, we're innovators in our field. The FlashPad Wallet is a popular choice for many institutions, but don't let it fool you. This little wallet is completely customizable. From the colors, content and beyond, it's the perfect choice for flashdrives, cards, or any other type of collateral you want to share with current or prospective students. 

In the example to the side, this Northwestern University collaboration hosts videos for different programs. Finding ways to differentiate yourself in the higher education market is an important part of any marketing strategy. And in our experience, creative packaging that is eye-catching and useful wins every time.

Show Students They Matter

Most money goes toward recruiting students, which is a smart investment, of course. However, retaining students deserves some consideration as well. Keep your students engaged and invested in your institution. Crafting creating packaging that's geared toward them is a great tool.

Are you ready to talk to us more about the FlashPad Wallet or another type of custom box? We're listening!

Influencing and Real Estate Marketing

Real estate marketing trends are wild. It's hard to know where to invest the most time and money as an agent, mortgage broker, or other industry professional. Should you be buying ad space on Pandora or Spotify, local newspapers or Nextdoor? Hire some teens to create a savvy Tik Tok presence for your organization? 

Luckily (well, for most people), the best way to increase business is using the old-fashioned referral. But how you obtain that referral is more than just a handshake agreement these days. Whether you're actively soliciting via Google reviews, Zillow rating, or some other tactic, gaining business is a business in and of itself.

The Business of Real Estate Marketing

Same as it ever was? Not quite. 

In order to get those hard-won referrals, you need to stick out in someone's mind. Customers need to connect you to a purpose to make that business connection in their brain, and then out of their mouths (or fingers, in the case of a written referral) in the form of a recommendation. To help keep you top of mind for them, having something physical and tactile helps. This is why we recommend custom Flashpads for users. 

In the example to the side, our custom products are holding USB drives of information for customers. But these products can be used for a variety of things. Gift cards, house keys, whatever memento is appropriate for your industry and their needs. 

2022 Real Estate Marketing Trends

We're hesitant to mention too many new trends that are coming up in the new year. Mostly because we do believe in a kind of Occam's Razor approach - the best approach is the simplest. And the simplest approach is the one that makes the most sense to you. If you're comfortable hopping on Tik Tok and making videos of your properties, if you love focusing on the minutiae of SEO, or creating unique Facebook ads? Knock yourself out. The method that you feel comfortable using is the right trend for you. Because, let's face it. There's nothing worse than outdated, unused trend. It's really worse than nothing at all. 

Keep your face and your organization top of mind with something simple. Like our Flashpads.

FlashPad Packaging Creation

There's nothing standard about Sunrise Packaging products. We love to take our ideas to the next level and craft boxes and packaging that isn't just unique, it's personalized and handcrafted for a specific use and purpose. Our flagship FlashPad packaging is the perfect application of these ideals!

The FlashPad has been used for a variety of industries, and customized to hold a variety of products. While we initially created it as a companion to a conference USB drive giveaway, it quickly took on a life of its own. Now, our Flashpads are holding keys, fobs, gift cards, and more. The limits are... well, unlimited. Whatever you can dream up for this kind of 

Lifecycle of FlashPad Packaging

  1. Proof art
    Finalizing content, design and photography.
  2. Print
    Ready to create and ensure the product is vibrant and dynamic!
  3. Laminate
    Lamination adds a little gloss and also increased durability.
  4. Cut
    Trimming to size for the best fit.
  5. Turn wrap
    Wrapping the excess for an even better fit!
  6. Interior wrap
    Adding content to the inside while maintaining FlashPad packaging integrity.
  7. Insert foam
    Keeping the product safe!
  8. Box and ship!

Made in a Flash

Our video might make it seem like FlashPads are produced quickly, and that can be the case. It takes coordination between you, the customer, and our team to ensure that every step goes smoothly. Reach out to our sales team today to get started on production today!

Law Firm Branding with the FlashPad

Creating a brand for a law firm is just as important as it would be for any other business. Clients want to know who they're engaging with, particularly if they share and support similar ideals and values. These factors should be integrated into the fabric of a firm, reflected in their mission, promise, and elsewhere. Law firm branding affects design as well, and not only in a logo. 

Creating collateral, and thinking about how a client accesses that collateral, should be part of a firm's overall marketing strategy as well. It affects their brand in different ways. Let's dig in.

 

Artifacts of Law Firm Branding

Take a look at this recent project with a law firm focused on energy and infrastructure projects. What can you infer about their brand from the look and feel of this design?

This particular style of durable promotional packaging speaks to law firm branding in several ways. In the most obvious, their logo and stylized text and icons are prominent on a sea of white. The inside includes a custom foam pad facing a stark global map.  

Consider the semantics of the design. What does white convey that another color, like black, doesn't? What do the icons say?  The map? It all comes together to paint the picture of a global brand with an eye on the environment and the planet as a whole.  This particular firm identifies as a boutique firm, staffed with a passionionate and highly-collaborative approach to their business.

Creating and Fostering Collaboration

Law firm branding in the boutique sphere allows for a high level of customization, and we look forward to input and working closely with partner organizations on projects like these. Sunrise is able to source materials in ways that matter to clients. We do the majority of our work in house as well, which means that everything we put out is carefully constructed to a high standard. 

Bring your ideas, or we can co-design some options. We look forward to chatting with you about your project soon!

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!

Starter Kit Case Study: Thumbjamz

USB drives are extremely versatile. We've helped companies create customized flashdrives with packaging for a variety of uses in different industries. Here's a recent project we worked on with Thumbjamz to create a starter kit of their curated playlists. 

Thumbjamz is a company that connects DJs with listeners through various mediums, including streaming and, obviously, USB drives. The hardware component allows users to download and move music wherever they want to load it. The platform itself is growing, and we're proud to have helped create the packaging to help increase sales and recognition.

Starter Kit At A Glance

A starter kit can look a lot of different ways. It depends on what's included and what industry it serves. For example, a medical sample kit will look very different from a liquor product, and so on. In this case study, Thumbjamz is part of the music industry. So we turned to a classic, CD-LP kind of look for the product. 

Since the project was centered around the client's hardware--in this case, a flashdrive--we turned to one of our existing styles that fit perfectly: the FlashPad. It already mimics how music packaging opens, with ready-made space for track lists and album notes. It also has built-in padding for the USB drive, which we upgraded with a foam insert.

For the finishing touches, we added scuff free lamination paired with digital printing for vibrant tones. 

Functional Flashdrive Packaging

By using our FlashPad model, we were able to help Thumbjamz innovate without any added costs for new fabrication. Sunrise has the ability to make a wide variety of products, allowing our clients to leverage an expansive catalogue of work. Reach out to us for your next project. Let's see what we can build together!

Software Packaging Case Study

Software packaging can be an ambiguous term. It might refer to how files and resources are digitally packaged together, or a suite of applications, like Microsoft Office. As a packaging company, you can probably infer that we mean it in the most literal sense. However, we do take inspiration from the other meanings of "software packaging."

When it comes to creating packaging for software, Sunrise usually turns to the FlashPad. It's a hybrid style of packaging that brings together multiple elements. It can work as a display kit, a pamphlet, an advertising piece, and of course, a container for products. The small, compact size lends itself well to custom USB drives, key fobs, business cards, anything that can fit within the parameters. 

Sunrise Packaging recently worked with Psychology Software Tools to create packaging for their E-Prime 3.0. Here's how they made the FlashPad their own.

Software Packaging for Your Business

In this example, Psychology Software Tools already had a designer on hand to create the design. Note that if you don't, we're happy to help!

We worked with their designer to get the right specifications and share best practices. Once the design was proofed and finalized, Sunrise got to work assembling the custom packaging solution.

After printing the wrap, we laminate it to give it a shiny finish. Other options include a matte finish, or a soft touch finish.  

The pieces are then cut and wrapped around the FlashPad hard backing, providing support and security to the products. Then the liner, or the inside of the packaging, and the foam. Finally, the product is boxed up and shipped!

As you can see from the video, these FlashPads are fully customizable in almost every way. We've created these as marketing pieces for organizations ranging from colleges to real estate brokers. They're a versatile packaging style that we create with love in Blaine, Minnesota!

FlashPad Love

Check out more examples of one of our favorite packaging styles, the FlashPad. And when you're ready, contact us to create a customized software packaging solution for your organization!

Redefining CD Case Packaging With Flashdrives

The reign of the compact disc has passed, but CD case packaging has a little more staying power. 

CDs made headway as more and more homes started buying their own personal computers. They were sleek and shiny, a big step up from the formerly prevailing floppy disks. But like anything, they’re prone to a host of inefficiencies. Quickly scratched. Fragile. Security easily overwritten.  Not a lot of real estate on the disc itself for branding or information. This made their packaging all the more important. Whether a company utilized the standard flip style, a sleeve or something else, this custom packaging protected discs from potential danger. It also created an attractive storage option, not unlike books on a shelf. 

Flashdrives and custom USB drives entered the scene next, and their ease of ease and relative durability have brought them to usurp the place previously held by CDs (and will the cloud trump the convenience of the USB drive? Not until Internet access is stable and accessible everywhere, methinks). But flash drives have more in common with CDs than you might think. While USB drives step it up in most areas–storage, security, accessibility–they can also be fragile with little space for branding on the device itself. That’s why Sunpack created something just for custom flash drives, similar to  CD case packaging: the FlashPad.

College Bound FlashPads for university recruitment, acceptance letters with hard turned edge binding and offset printingCD Case Packaging, Re-Imagined

The old adage holds true: if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. FlashPads utilize the familiar CD case packaging style, down to the flip-open cover. But inside, users don’t find a reflective disc, but a foam insert molded to snugly fit a personalized flashdrive. The USB drive can hold whatever information you want to share. The packaging does the hard work of attracting the user in the first place. 

Your custom FlashPad can utilize nearly all the high-end elements we use in boxes and other types of packaging.  Virtually any aspect can be customized or personalized to your company, and any senses you wish to engage.  Let their fingers glide over soft touch lamination with raised embossing. Their eyes can take in the vibrant design and sleek packaging. 

…and that’s all we can really do from our end. If your organization really wants to find ways for taste, smell or hearing to be part of the package, dive in!

Something Old, Something New

While the FlashPad riffs off classic CD case packaging, it brings up to a new level of accessibility. Many newer laptops don’t have CD drives anymore. Flashdrives are becoming the de facto way to share information. 

And our options for packaging don’t stop with the FlashPad. There’s another, sleeker option that works well for more than just customized USB drives (business cards, bottle openers, and more are just a few things that the insert can be molded to fit): the FlashPad Wallet. Mimicking a bifold or trifold wallet closure, the Wallet is a slightly smaller and more compact option. 

Neither of these to your liking? Contact our sales team to start from the ground up for totally customized USB boxes

FlashPad Wallet: A Most Versatile Solution

Happy first day of September, packaging world, and that means a new special is on the table. The FlashPad Wallet is one of our favorite products, and it's one of our client's favorite packages, too.  Here are some of the ways in which we've optimized this *multum in parvo* product (that's "much in little" if you need to brush up on your Latin)!

FlashPad Wallet in Higher Ed

Engaging students is the number one job of any higher education institution. No matter the department--academics, student life, the library, and so on--they want to make sure that every student has information they need to be successful. The University of Nebraska used a FlashPad Wallet to engage incoming freshman on several levels. The custom design is eye-catching and clearly branded; the recipient is affiliated with the college. 

Flashpad wallet

The space on the outside contains targeted messaging as well as social channels for the user to check out. Open it up, and there's more information as well as a key. Not just any key, but a USB key. And, not to drive the metaphor into the ground, but it's a key to knowledge, a new life on campus, and to the next phase of their lives.

Mortgage Lenders & the FlashPad Wallet

FlashPad Wallets are ideal for replacing stacks paper marketing materials or other types of information. As a thank you, a mortgage lender might provide a new homeowner with maps of the area, coupons, home maintenance services, and more. By condensing all that information onto a flashdrive, they've cut down on paper as well as managed to keep their brand at the forefront with full color printing that's vibrant and inviting. Using a flashdrive also makes it easier for them to keep the information current by using hyperlinks instead of printed material.

Flashpad wallet

FlashPad Wallet = Versatility

These examples come from several organizations, but the versatility and level of customization is the same across the board. The FlashPad Wallet die-cut cavity can be customized to hold anything you need--the above examples both hold flashdrives, but also gift cards, commemorative coins or tokens, beer bottle openers, the list goes on. The only criteria? It has to fit the dimensions. The design be a bifold or trifold, depending on the amount of content that should accompany the item.

Flashpad wallet

The FlashPad Wallet can change they way customers perceive your business, and Sunrise Packaging is currently the only producer of these items. And, for this month only, there is no artwork fee. Contact Sunrise today!

FlashPad Wallets: The Perfect Closing Gift

Okay, let me rephrase: FlashPad Wallets make the perfect closing gift *holder*.

Giving clients a gift at closing as a realtor sounds like a great idea. Who doesn’t like presents, for one, and a gift is a great way to express your appreciation for their business. It’s also a delicate way to ask for a referral (directly or indirectly, depending on your style). However, there are ample opportunities for the sweet gesture to go awry as RealtorMag describes.

For example, a set of crystal wine glasses sounds lovely. Unless they’re emblazoned with your company’s logo, in which case it’s really just a present for you, right? And what if they choose not to drink alcohol? Yes, we know that wine glasses don’t have to be used for wine, but it’s the implication as well as the lack of personalization that offends.  

So how does one come up with a gift that’s personal (but not too personal), won’t offend in any way, leaves a positive impression and reinforces your chance of a referral?

FlashPad Wallets can hold gift cards or USB Drives

FlashPad Wallets to the rescue

FlashPad Wallets are a new take on our classic FlashPad. They are smaller, lighter, and more portable.  The Wallet snaps shut and opens like a bifold wallet (hence the name...and it also possible to purchase as a trifold for more content). The inner and outer areas are completely customizable to whatever logo and messaging you want to share. While the package might become a keepsake for your client, what’s inside will catch their eye.

As RealtorMag notes, there’s one gift that everyone appreciates: money. It’s a tad gauche to fill it with cash, not to mention impersonal, so select a gift card that meets their needs. You’ve spent a substantial amount of time with them, so think back to conversations with them. Are they planning on buying new furniture? Do they love Starbucks or some other item? Does their new house have a lot of shelves that need to be filled with books? The opportunities are endless. The finishing options for FlashPad Wallets also allow for you to write a personalized message while the preprinted packaging does the selling for you.

Another option for the Wallet is a USB drive to be filled with whatever materials you share with clients. Information about their new neighborhood, any closing documents that can be saved digitally...whatever you can think of. I love the key-shaped USB for this idea; it’s a nice touch without being too cutesy. 

Regardless of how you choose to bookend the relationship, your client will probably remember you more for how you worked with them than the closing gift. Use the gift to build your reputation and connect with clients on a deeper level. And let the FlashPad Wallet remind them of where to send referrals.