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

Financial Marketing Kits

Financial marketing, for any organization, is about building trust with your customers. As your organization looks to the future at upcoming generations, it pays to know what their expectations are. 

For example, millennials are coming into their own (financially speaking). They're the ones generating capital, the potential homebuyers and investors, and the audience most in demand for financial organizations. How are you marketing to them effectively? How are you sharing values and relating to them?

Financial Marketing for Every Institution

Relating to a generation of people is a tall order, but there are some universal techniques that can help you connect with millennial marketing tactics. According to Digital Authority, millennials are looking for specific things when they're choosing financial services: 

  1. Incentives
    Introductory offers and better incentives than their current institution are surefire draws. 
  2. Awards and savings
    Offering awards and saving them money on fees or other things is key to marketing to millennials. 
  3. Digital services
    92% of millennials pick their institution based on the digital services they offer. Basically, if they never have to physically set foot in a place, the better. 

Additionally, millennials are big on personal referrals. Knowing someone who has had a good experience (and is willing to talk about it) is a great way to generate interest and business. One way that an organization can do that is by producing Instagrammable moments, like these marketing kits we created for Fifth Third Bank. 

In these financial marketing pieces, you can see how Fifth Third integrated their brand into the design not only by the using their color palette, but by customizing the boxes' interior tray and magnetic flap. We love how this piece is bright and bold, and best of all, prominently features the financial organization. 

Creating pieces that a customer wants to photograph isn't always the most intuitive process for financial services. Luckily, though, it is an area we have some experience in. Partner with Sunrise Packaging to start marketing to the Instagram generation. Contact our team today!

Experience Design: Graduation Packaging

Memory is a funny thing, especially when it comes to collective experiences. Talking with family and friends about past events can yield interesting insights and, sometimes, differences in how events transpired. But there some experiences that border on cultural touchstones. You can see them in movies, across the Internet on social media. They're a part of our expectations. Graduation ceremonies are one of these kinds of experiences. But graduating looks different nowadays. While the ceremony has seats six feet apart and family cheer remotely from Zoom, it's still possible to create a unique experience for outgoing students. Graduation packaging is one way to help craft the shared experience without the risk.

 

Putting Together Graduation Packaging

Check out the example to the side. The class of 2020 might not have had the chance to gather as a group (and let's be real, it's not looking great for the class of 2021 either), but they are bonded through other memories. Covid is one experience. Let us help you craft a more positive one with a personalized box. 

In the example, you can see how we designed the package to safely hold some memorabilia for the graduates. The box itself is wrapped in the bright red of the school colors, and includes a magnetic flap to hold it securely in place. While this box was created for primary school grads, the principles carry over. 

Celebrating Achievements

So what if a global pandemic is changing the status quo? It's necessary to role with the punches as they come. That's why we're excited to partner with schools on graduation packaging ideas and needs. At Sunrise, we have the ability to customize in just about every way you can think of. Need custom foam inserts? Want a silver or gold foil? Specific colors? We can do it all.

Graduation might seem far away. But it's a great time to get started with our team on design ideas. Contact Sunrise today to learn more about the process, and make something truly memorable.

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!