Custom Boxes Now is thrilled to introduce you to our Customer of the Month, UrbanStems.com. Check them out—it might make you want to re-evaluate how you’re going to send flowers to your loved ones this year.
The company’s co-founder, Ajay Kori, started UrbanStems because of his own frustrations over battered, broken, or just plain dead flowers being sent to his long-distance girlfriend (hat tip for sending flowers in the first place, Ajay).
In a recent survey, more than 40 percent of people reported that they feel like they’re judged based on their appearance. 40 percent! Are you one of them?
We all want to look our best, and that means having a smile worth, well, smiling about. But not all of us want the long term commitment that braces or other complicated dental procedures often require. Not to mention, once you’re past your teenage years, you may feel insecure about walking around with a mouth full of metal.
That’s where Six Month Smiles, this month’s Customer of the Month, comes in.
One of the best ways to make sure your customers have everything they need? Offer them subscription boxes, the hot gift idea of the year (that keeps on giving throughout the year). Not sure where to start? Don’t worry…in this post, we’re offering you some of our favorite subscription box ideas!
A Date in A Box
Especially when facing a major holiday, couples can feel as though, no matter what kind of date they plan, it won’t live up to the insane expectations of their partners (eh hem, a big sarcastic shout out to reality TV…no, thank you, really).
Help to alleviate shoppers’ stress by planning an awesome date and delivering it right to their loved one’s door. Why not curate a special date they can do right in their living room! Some of our favorite ideas include:
- recipes with the ingredients included (don’t forget the nice bottle of wine)
- seeds to grow their own herb garden (maybe pots and paint to decorate)
- a list of intimate questions to really get the convo flowing
It’s here. The New Year. And you know what that means…new beginnings are a classic time for you to re-evaluate what’s working, what isn’t, and what can be improved.
But we’ve noticed that while companies are quick to consider operating costs, store layout, and even employee performance, they often overlook one of the most important details of running a good business: how their packaging is working to present their products in the best possible light.
To help you make sure your packaging is as hardworking as you are, we’ve compiled this list of some of the most popular packaging trends and ideas for 2017. Make the most of these suggestions to help boost your profits and make your customers smile.
As you finalize your box design and are getting ready to print your custom boxes, you may have questions about which process will work best for you. First, you’ll need to decide between litho printing and direct printing. Though both processes use the latest technology to create crisp prints, the method you choose will ultimately depend on your specific needs. In this post, we’ll explain the difference between direct and litho printing methods.
If you need a more basic, less expensive, and perhaps faster printing process, then you may want to consider direct printing. The process is just as the name would imply: here, the colored ink is stamped “directly” onto your corrugated box through the use of a printing plate. Depending on the number of different colors used in your design, it may need to make a second pass through the machine. The direct printing process uses flexographic, or “flexo”, technology, and is ideal for clients that have settled on a design and would like to keep their custom printing plates for a longer period of time. It can also be more economical than litho printing, saving you money as you get your business off the ground or work to get out of the red. If the graphics on your box are more minimalist in nature, this may be the process for you.
If you have a teenager at home, or if you’re simply really into the wormhole known as YouTube, chances are you’ve run across unboxing Videos. Incredibly popular across all age and product ranges, these videos consist of popular “vloggers” showing their followers the arrival and packaging of a coveted product, and unwrapping it for their viewers. It’s a way to recreate the excitement of making a purchase for everyone watching.
Enhance the unboxing experience for your customers with custom printed shipping boxes (Image from www.kotaku.com)
But unboxing videos are far from just a passing fad. According to CNN, the number of YouTube videos with “unboxing” in the video title has increased by 871%. So how can you harness that power for your own products? Here, we’ll show you how to tap into the market through the use of custom print boxes, and discuss how you can harness the power of unboxing videos for brand awareness.
You already know how tough competition from other brands in your industry can be. You’re constantly looking for ways to stand out, but even then you still feel as though you’re just keeping up with the status quo. Have you considered the impact that packaging can have on your business? And if you already know how important creative box design is to the success of your brand, are you stuck coming up with some truly innovative creative ideas? If you need help creating an awesome package design, it may help to consider the following questions and points with your team.
What’s Your Budget?
Of course, this goes without saying – but be sure you’re evaluating the budget for your custom printed boxes accurately, and consider doing a bulk order. Keep in mind, it may cost more initially to make a custom bulk order, but it will probably save you money in the long run.
For most small businesses, the holiday season is undeniably one of the most important times of the year. And believe it or not, they really are right around the corner. To make sure the season goes off without a hitch, you need to start planning how you’re going to ship gifts and products to your customers now. To help take some of the pressure off, we’ve gathered some of our best small business shipping tips below. Take advice from a top box printing company, and learn how to make sure your products arrive in style and on time.
How You Can Save
You already know that packaging your products in custom designed boxes is a wonderful way to make the unwrapping experience even more special for your customers. But sometimes, those extra graphics can cost a bit more. To cut costs in other ways, look at the size of your boxes as compared to the size of your products. Are you paying for extra protective padding and layers that you don’t really need? Are you shipping a small necklace the same box that you ship your larger products out in? Reevaluate the size of your boxes, and consider ordering several different dimension options. Plus, making sure your products fits snugly inside your box and that they don’t have a lot of extra room to slide around minimizes the chances of something breaking.
You’ve heard the old adage one person’s trash is another person’s treasure. Why not take the reusability of cardboard boxes into consideration when designing your company’s shipping and packaging boxes? Here, we’re listing some of our favorite ideas for reusable boxes, so that you can reduce your company’s impact on the environment while increasing your relationship with your customers. Go beyond the standard shipping cycle, and make sure your brand stays within your customer’s sight long after delivery.
Love It and List It
One of the easiest reusable box ideas to promote recycling? List ways your customers can reuse your boxes on the interior lid or the outside of your packaging. You can also list facts about the environmental impact of recycling, and let customers know that your boxes are made from recyclable material. Customers respect companies they see trying to reduce their impact on the environment, so look for box printing services that will help you clearly print your recycling ideas on your box.
Please Sign Here
No, we aren’t talking about an interaction with a delivery person! Why not include letter stencils inside your packaging (or print them on the box itself so customers can cut them out) to encourage your clients to make festive hanging signs out of cardboard? Whether a big game day, a holiday, or an awesome surprise party is around the corner, customers can print whatever they want and string the letters together to make a killer sign. They’re extra fun to decorate with paint and stickers, and your customers can show off their examples of reusable boxes on social media – just be sure to create a fun hashtag for the signs!
Our customer, Minted, took box re-use to the next level! Printing the work of their artists on the interior of their shipping boxes made for fun and games (and pictures and contests).
It’s never too early to start planning for the holiday season. That certainly includes coming up with ways to increase sales and improve your brand identity as the year comes to a close!
The National Retail Federation released a recent report stating that holiday sales and revenue can account for anywhere between 20-40% of annual sales. So, how can you prepare for this incredibly important time of year, which can sometimes mean the difference between staying open for another season and having to close up shop?
In this post, we’re going to discuss methods to increase holiday sales, including sprucing up your company’s website, wowing your customers with creative box ideas, and more.