In an era characterized by rapid technological advancements, the consumption habits and preferences of youth audiences, particularly Gen Z and Gen Alpha, are continually evolving. These digitally native generations are growing up in an interconnected world, profoundly influenced by technology, and this dynamic landscape significantly impacts the … Read More
Diversity and inclusivity have emerged as powerful catalysts for change and growth in the toy and entertainment industries, and across the licensed consumer product landscape as it relates to these brands. These defining themes are reshaping the marketplace and redefining the relationship between brands and consumers. As … Read More
Before we embark on the refresh of a toy or entertainment brand’s packaging, we always conduct The Package Design System Evaluation as part of our pre-design research process. This evaluation takes a close look at the 7 key aspects of the brand’s existing package design system to … Read More
Given the fact that our roots are in the toy industry, appealing to kids has always been an area of expertise for our team. Over the past twenty years, we've conducted a considerable amount of research to understand how best to capture and maintain the attention of … Read More
As a self-proclaimed Star Wars geek, I had been anxiously awaiting Disney+’s latest Star Wars live-action series, The Book of Boba Fett, since that feeling of sadness and emptiness washed over me after the incredible first season of The Mandalorian was over. The Book of Boba Fett debuted … Read More
Packaging for toy and entertainment brands, whether licensed or non-licensed, can't be successfully developed without first considering its context at retail. After all, it won't exist in a vacuum in the retail environment, so it shouldn't be designed in one either.
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Experiential marketing is a tactic used by brands to appeal to consumers' senses to engage them more meaningfully. Experiential branding goes much deeper. It's a powerful differentiator, generating excitement and pleasure for consumers that lead to stronger brand preferences, purchases and loyalty.
Entertainment brands are experiential by their … Read More
When I was 12 years old, the rock band, KISS, released their Destroyer album. One of my cousins brought it over to my house and let me listen to it. I had no idea who KISS was at the time, so I hadn't heard any of their … Read More
The marketers of strong brands inevitably turn their attention to licensing. It's a natural progression of things. Usually, their focus is on building even more brand awareness, sales and profits. It might sound counterintuitive, but that shouldn't be their primary goal. Their thought processes should be on … Read More
Brand devotees. Brand loyalists. Brand evangelists. That's what we are. How do we as consumers go from the willingness to give a brand a try, to connecting with a brand in such a powerful way that we identify it as an integral part of our lifestyle? This … Read More
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