Influencer Packaging: It’s All About Trust

Trust is what makes brands grow – it attracts prospects and makes current customers loyal. But with growing skepticism towards brands, consumers increasingly turn to friends, peers and figures of authority, like celebrities, to help them guide their decisions. Brand owners know this and that’s why influencer marketing is making it on the strategic priority list. But can such endorsements be translated onto the packaging touch point?

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Brand Strategy: What’s in a Name?

Together with packaging design, a brand’s name is perhaps the most important factor influencing brand personality and perception. But with only 26 letters to work with, chances to create a name that’s short, memorable, distinctive – and legally available – are low. No wonder then that finding nomenclature has become somewhat of a science.

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Brand Guidelines vs Creativity

Some are very comprehensive and cover everything from logo usage to type style, website layout, and editorial tone. Brand guidelines – also known as brand standards, style guides, brand books, even brand bibles – are an essential tool to help design a successful brand. They specify how the different elements of a brand work together to form a brand identity. They help make sure everyone involved in the making of a brand is looking in the same direction.

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Emojis in Brand Messaging ;-)

They started out as keyboard character combinations to help bring meaning and emotion to the online chat rooms of the late nineties. They’ve now evolved into a full crowd of pictograms able to convey specific non-verbal meanings and some of the most complex human emotions. Like it or not, emojis are taking over text-based communication. And the Oxford Dictionary’s selection of “Face with Tears of Joy” as Word of the Year 2015 is the ultimate confirmation these small-scale images are here to stay.

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When Nostalgia Sells

Using past memories is a powerful marketing strategy. It brings us back to an idealized past where life was easier and simpler. On packaging, retro artwork not only serves to express the brand’s heritage, it also helps kick up its perception of authenticity and quality.

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Brand Naming: When Bad Names Make Good Brands

Creating new brand names is no easy task. Names have to be short to be remembered and distinctive enough to break through the clutter. Looking for potential negative connotations is best-practice as no global brand manager wants a name that means poop in a relevant language. But are all bad names, or names with some negative association, an automatic no-go?

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Country of Origin and How It Affects Purchasing Behavior

In brand development, country of origin has been shown to have a significant influence on the attitudes and perceptions consumers hold toward a brand. It clues them in on that brand’s quality, performance, or suitability based on the country’s image and stereotypes. And in a world offering increasingly internationalized product selection, country of origin has never been more relevant – so much that some companies even consider it a brand in itself.

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Three Takeaways to Drug Branding

Imagine that your job is to maximize value and revenue for a brand whose name can’t be pronounced on the first try, whose packaging can’t reference a single product feature or benefits, and - above all -, a brand that can’t be promoted to its end users directly.

 

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Kit Kat – Making a Case for Shape

There won’t be any trademark protection for the Kit Kat shape in the UK. The British High Court ruled a few weeks ago against Kit Kat’s manufacturer Nestlé in the long-running battle opposing it to confectionery rival Cadbury. The shape of the four-fingered candy bar is just “not distinctive enough” to warrant a trademark, the judge presiding over the case concluded.

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Holiday Packaging Done Right

It is definitely that time of year again. From the streets and storefronts that shine bright, to the tunes that lull the radio waves, to the packaging of the foods we’re about to eat our fill of -- Christmas is around the corner, loud and clear. Year after year we wait for this time to be transported to another world – a world of wonder, magic and joy. And to fully get into the holiday spirit, we buy the marked-up limited edition Christmas M&Ms pack and find ourselves reaching for that more expensive grocery bag with the cute reindeer design on it.

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How to Kill Brands (And Bring Others to Life)

Competing on the shelf is tough. And for parity products like breakfast cereal that go after similar segments, it’s even tougher. That’s why packaging design is really the last and the most critical influencer on the buying decision continuum. Miss that opportunity to showcase your unique value or benefit – be it ingredients, flavor or price - and your consumers will likely reach for a more relevant option. Even your mascot’s engaging stare might not be enough to persuade them.

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Effective Brand Communication – It Starts with the Color

What’s the name of the orange airline? How about the red cola? And the blue one? If you are asked to think about a purple chocolate bar, what brand comes to mind? Because our brains process it faster than any other visual information, color is an essential element of brand communication. Those of you contemplating corporate identities or packaging design, this post is for you.

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When Water is not Just Water: The Branding of Commodity Products

I recently took my team out to the local restaurant to celebrate the win of an exceptionally difficult pitch. We are regulars there so we usually all get the business menu. When one of the teammates ordered her beverage, I was amused she settled for tea after the waiter told her he didn’t carry her brand of water. “Doesn’t water taste the same no matter what brand it is?” I asked. She replied in the most serious tone, “No, I just can’t drink anything other than Evian.”

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Coca-Cola ‘Life’ – Confusing?

Ten years after the launch of Coke ‘Zero’, the Coca-Cola Company is introducing Coca-Cola ‘Life’, a low calorie version from stevia extract. The name is short, memorable and easy to say in a majority of the world’s languages. However it might prove inconvenient and downright confusing.

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Gender crossover – beer for women

Brands that have traditionally been directed at a male audience are now launching various alternatives intended for women. And vice versa. This is especially evident in the cosmetic industry, think of Axe.

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