Giveaway Packaging Helps Promos Perform

Promotional and giveaway packaging is a great way to show customer appreciation. Because if there's anything customers like more than winning a contest, it's receiving a prize that exceeds their expectations. One of the most cost effective ways to do that is to invest in the packaging and box design. 

Crafting unique packaging is a great investment for companies of any sizes. It increases brand recognition and recall impact. Not to mention it practically guarantees that the prize will be shared on social media, which is why giveaways are such common parts of influencer campaigns. When people see your prizes, you want to make an impression. Do it with your packaging.

Building the Perfect Giveaway Packaging

Contrary to popular belief, the perfect promo box does exist. And--good news for you--it's a repeatable formula.

  • Highlight your brand's personality. Quirky and fun? Luxurious and posh? Include those elements in everything from color choices to fonts to content.
  • Communicate particular aspects of your business through design. Chances are the giveaway is targeting a specific population. How can you leverage other products to market to this population?
  • Design giveaway packaging that stands out. No plain cardboard boxes, please. 
  • Consider the swag. There's the main giveaway, of course, but what else?  What does the cushion material look like, can you throw in any other branded items, etc?
  • Edit the inserts. Whether it's a thank you card (with hashtag featured prominently), coupons or otherwise. 

Voila! You have your perfect promotional packaging.

And Just Like That...

Giveaway and promo packaging is a big project, especially when it's being created alongside running a contest of any sort. But it doesn't have to be a painful project. The key is to partner with a company who knows how to create the packaging you need, at a price that fits your budget, and with a timeline that coordinates with your contest. And, well, we think know just the company. 

Sunrise Packaging has a long history of creating giveaways and helping with promos. We can build packaging is impactful, ships well, and with all the possible options you can think of. Contact sales today to learn more.

Promotional Packaging for the Holidays

The holidays are coming up quickly! What's your promotional packaging strategy? No, not for customers... But to show appreciation to your employees?

That's right, we're seeing more and more companies shower their employees with appreciation and recognition. Whether it's part of their retention strategy during this "Great Resignation" or business as usual, keeping workers around is (not surprisingly) a goal of some promo packaging.  

Promotional Packaging Aids Employee Retention

The holidays (or year end break, as some companies prefer to refer to it as) is the traditional time period to give gifts. Whether that means bonuses, luxury items or some other token of appreciation. But, as we said above, employees are quitting their jobs in all industries to pursue a career change or pivot completely. So it might pay off to share the love sooner rather than later. 

At Sunrise, we can help. Our two piece setup boxes are the perfect gift box. With our ability to utilize digital lamination for fast printing and wrapping, we can help you implement a branded recognition strategy quickly.

Resignation to Retention

Still not sure you believe us about how appreciating your workers can help them stick around? Here's a bit from a recent Inc. article

More importantly, workers simply want to be recognized; in fact, according to bonusly.com, 63 percent of those in a recent survey who said they are regularly recognized also said they are very unlikely to look for a new job. Workers want organizations that understand that hybrid work requires management to communicate more, not less. They want their boards and HR departments to finally awaken to the fact that narcissism is a malignancy and that bullies have no business managing other human beings.

This is a big opportunity for companies to make a difference in the lives of their employees and create a better, more sustainable work culture. Sunrise can help - reach out when you're ready!

USA-Made Packaging: Kimberly Handbag

When shopping for packaging, there are plenty of options out there for organizations. For those looking to save big, chances are they're looking overseas for the best deals. But the implications of shipping boxes and custom packaging options from abroad is bigger than just saving a few dollars. That's why we recommend focusing your budget on USA made packaging.

USA made packaging, like what we create at Sunrise Packaging (located in Minnesota), provides many benefits. Our custom options are almost always handmade, meaning that the quality is superior, and personally inspected by our team prior to shipping. But the benefits are even more far-reaching than quality (although that is a great one). 

Why USA Made Packaging Matters

In the video to the side, you can see the care that goes into packing a purse by one of our customers. This kind of care is echoed in our own process, and is displays part of why USA made packaging is an important part of our brand. 

In addition to ensuring that every piece that leaves our warehouse is high quality packaging, here are other benefits that buying American can have: 

  • Keeping jobs in the USA - especially manufacturing jobs
  • Lower carbon footprint - these products have to travel a much smaller distance than something coming from China or India (and it can also reach you much faster as well, and with less pollution)
  • Human rights - weaker environmental regulations in other countries lead to violations and unsafe working conditions

Read more on why it's important to go with USA made packaging.

Sunrise Packaging calls Minnesota home, and our central location allows us to easily ship across the country to either coast in quick, efficient timeframes.  We never compromise on our quality, and are proud to partner with companies and organizations who share our values. Contact our team for a quote on your packaging project!

Packaging Customization Options

The ability to personalize items is long-loved tradition for people that goes back to literal centuries. Roman emperors, Greek generals, even Neanderthals felt the intrinsic need to put their unique stamp on their projects (or cave walls, as it were). And that desire hasn't changed or waned in the ensuing millennia, continuing in the age of packaging customization. 

Customizing your organization's packaging for products, marketing, and more can be intense. While your branding can determine some aspects, the rest is wide open and dependent on budget, expectations, and intent. Which can take time to boil down. Luckily, Sunrise has an extensive manufacturing history and expertise.

 

Ideas for Packaging Customization

So what kinds of customization options are out there for packaging? Here's the short list:

  • Box design
    Magnetic closure? Slide lids? Gate fold tops? There are a lot of different ways to design a box, and we can help you determine the best options.
  • Printing
    Using multiple colors? Just one color? It all affects cost and final impression.
  • Lamination
    Wrapping the box in lamination adds to the overall experience. Whether you go with something silky-smooth or a little more textured, there are subtle messages sent every time.
  • Decorations
    From embossing, debossing, foil stamping and more, decorations add the sparkle. Literally.

Check out our archives for examples on some of our favorite projects. 

When Less Isn't More

We have a few ideas that we go by when it comes to package design, and some of them go against conventional wisdom. The idea that "less is more" is true at many times. But when it comes to packaging, we feel that it's more appropriate to say that more is more. Our rationale? Taking advantage of more packaging customization brings more to the table... Within reason. For help finding out what that reasonable "more" is, contact our team to start the design process!

Making the Case: Front Open Boxes

Designing front open boxes takes an eye for more than just aesthetics. While the overall effect is exciting from a visual perspective, it's the usability of this type of box opening that provides extra value.

99 Designs has a few idea for what makes for exciting packaging. They classify the unique approaches into single words like luxe, bold, charming, nostalgic, casual, and crisp. While these apply easily to the content, color scheme, and specific elements, they don't particularly convey the sense that they package is well-appointed to its intent. And with the front open box, it's front and center.

Form and Functionality with Front Open Boxes

A front open box is a style of packaging that doesn't work for every industry or need. In our years of experience, we've seen this style of box lend itself particularly well to these specific industries or uses: 

  • Educational: the front open box is perfect for organization while needing frequent access. It's simple to flip the lid, grab what you need and move on. 
  • Retail: front open boxes are enticing on the store shelf as they quite literally invite the user to check it out. 
  • Training: much like education, training or employee onboarding also has a system to how the user should access information. The front open box can convey that system in a method that's different from the more common folder or binder structure. 

Ultimately, the package should convey the message intended for it's audience. But it should also convey that message in a way that makes sense and follows any important order. 

Form Follows Function

One of the most important tenets of package design is that the form should follow function. Basically, that the design should be informed by how the product is intended to be used. And that is clearly the case when it comes to front open boxes. At Sunrise, we have decades of experience to help you determine what the right form for your function might be. 

Contact our team today to get started!

Medical Device Launch Kits

A medical device launch is a huge undertaking for a lot of reasons. Normal products (or those in non-regulated industries) are also not a small project, but they are usually subject to their own timelines and without the risk that comes with medical devices. A medical device is subject to Food and Drug Administration (FDA) review. It's potentially a big impact on budget, staff and project timelines, in addition to the general uncertainty that accompanies any launch process. 

It's a lot. But not impossible. Sunrise has extensive experience with these types of device launches that can make the process a bit easier and a bit more transparent.

Device Launch Packaging

Transparency and the FDA might sound like a joke. But with a little pre-planning, it can help make the device launch process a lot easier. Launch Team Inc. provides these four steps to help manage this process: 

  1. Design a product launch timeline that incorporates price point and application novelty consideration
  2. Create the device launch plan with contingencies for anything unexpected (and accompanying communication schedule to make sure everyone involved has clear expectations and insight into the status)
  3. Create and follow a documentation plan which allows managers to control documentation costs while delegating work/resources appropriately, track progress of product development and customer-centered deliverables (like packaging)
  4. Design the customer plan - what training documents and programs need to be in place for sales, customer service, and more to help customers understand, purchase, troubleshoot and maintain the device

Successful Launches Require Planning

A successful medical device launch takes a lot of planning and thorough communication strategy. But is possible to unload part of the process by partnering with organizations who understand the process. 

Sunrise has worked on packaging for many medical device launches, creating kits that speak to different customers and regions. Contact our sales team when you're ready to benefit from our experience in the medical packaging industry.

Designing Your Brand Box

As others have noted, there really isn't a "return to normal" post-COVID 19. We're looking at a new normal, and the ripple effects will be felt in every industry. And we will make the case that it will even expand into the area of brand box creation. 

Branded packaging might be an afterthought for some organizations. But that should change, regardless of whether your business is operating solely by mail or your products can be found in brick-and-mortar locations. A well-branded box used to be a way to stand out on a shelf, or in some kind of physical space. In this new normal, it might be the only way you have to entice and connect with customers. 

The Brand Box & Branded Packaging Matters

Looka discusses the importance of a well-designed brand box, but particularly its value in connecting with a customer. Respondents to a survey on branded packaging are 40% more likely to recommend a product if it comes in cool packaging. But even beyond e-commerce, there are incentives for organizations to invest in personalized packaging. 

Some of the trends that emerged from coronavirus are expected to continue. Things like curbside pickup, online ordering, and more haven't seen much a decline as vaccination rates increase. The convenience and desire to avoid potential infection persists. A brand box is a great touchpoint between customers and organizations, and with this kind of shopping becoming the norm, it might be the only touchpoint an organization has going forward. 

Touchpoints into Trillions

E-commerce sales are in the trillions. Nabbing a part of those sales should be part of any product strategy. And believe us, packaging design should also be part of that strategy. 

Contact our sales team at Sunrise Packaging to learn more about our work process and how we can increase your share of the ecommerce pie. 

FlashPad Wallet: Pocket Marketing

Inspiration can come from random places. In the immortal words of Missy Elliott, sometimes you gotta put your thing down, flip it and reverse it. We didn't go quite to those lengths for our FlashPad Wallet, but this emblem of the pocket marketing movement has other elements of innovation.

Every Friday, we highlight a FlashPad project from the past on our social channels. Our FlashPad Wallets recently popped up, and we felt they deserve a bit more of the spotlight. These small-but-mighty packages can hold all the value of their big brother FlashPads. But with a leaner look and more condensed copy, they feel a little lighter. 

Pocket Marketing Goes the Distance

Per the name, we envision pocket marketing as something that's as seamless as putting in your pocket. Literally and figuratively. 

Our FlashPad Wallet is the inspiration for this concept. Aptly named, it fits in a pocket like a wallet in addition to functioning like one. The hard, sturdy case feels almost book-like, and the custom-formed internal cavity can hold a variety of items. In the past, we've used the FlashPad Wallet to hold gift cards, keys and key fobs, collector coins, challenge coins, coin markers, poker chips, and more.  As you can probably guess, this kind of packaging is versatile enough to work for just about any industry and for any purpose, from university new student orientations to celebrating a 20 year work anniversary.

Put It In Your Pocket

What's in your pocket? 

Or more importantly, what's in your customer's pocket? 

Take the extra step to ensure that it's your custom FlashPad Wallet. Sunrise takes pride in being a great collaborator with years of experience to inform design decisions and recommendations. Contact us today for your personalized packaging project!

Quality Packaging is Customer Experience

Customer experience is a somewhat new concept. It basically takes the literal needs of the customer into consideration in all matters of a product's design or marketing. Radical idea, huh?

But it's not as simple as the old saying "the customer is always right." Rather, it looks at multiple factors and arrives at best practices that serve a larger market segment and not just a single customer. It's a field that requires research, design, and any engineering efforts to work closely in alignment together. It's an investment. But it's one that we've seen pay off in huge ways for packaging efforts. 

Packaging Customer Experience

So what does customer experience look like in the packaging industry?

Well, let's say that your product is intended to be used by the baby boomer generation. From a high level, what do we know about this group of folks?

  • They're aging. They may be losing vision, hand strength, and all those other not-so-fun things that come with aging.
  • As they retire in larger numbers, they don't have the income coming in that they did once, so impulse purchases probably aren't as common. 
  • What other things come to mind for this age group?

These are all things that packaging can address. Using magnetic closure can ensure that the box stays closed but easily openable vs a latch or a pressure-activated mechanism. There are also ways to reduce cost in packaging, reducing the overall product cost as well.

Packaging for the People

These are just a few ways in which packaging initiatives can address the needs of your customer base. Building a customer experience foundation takes time and investment, but it's attainable. And it will pay off in dividends in customer retention and customer advocacy. Two things that can't really be downplayed in today's market.

At Sunrise, we've created packaging for a variety of industries and easily cross pollinate ideas. We take inspiration from healthcare, sports, and more to create an adaptable style that is unique to the needs of your customer, and more specifically, your product. Talk to our team today to learn more about customer experience in packaging design.

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