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
Every brand that chooses to enter the world of licensing needs to have its own packaging program. And I'm not talking about a simple rectangle with the property logo and a background pattern placed inside of it that some licensed brand owners call a packaging program. I'm … Read More
As one of the leading design consultancies to the consumer product and entertainment industries, we are continuously addressing the questions that arise as we interact with our licensing industry clients, many of whom are among our most avid BOLT! readers. After many in-depth conversations during the course … Read More
Although the simplification of package design has proliferated every retail category, as package designers, we still find ourselves engaged in an ongoing battle to eliminate visual clutter on-pack. Most brand owners know that, to effectively engage their target audiences, their packaging needs to adopt a clear system … Read More
In a retail landscape filled with traditional consumer product brands turned licensed brands, it's virtually impossible for consumers to tell the difference between core products and licensed products bearing the same brand name. Quite often, licensed products appear to be extensions of a brand's core product line. … Read More
It would be an understatement to say that not all licensed consumer products sell through at retail, regardless of how hot a property may be. More often than not, we can pin this on a poorly-conceived, visually disjointed or underachieving licensed product packaging program. Unlike traditional consumer … Read More
Nixon is a premium accessories brand for the youth lifestyle market that, until very recently, wasn't on my radar at all. The brand was founded in 1998 in Encinitas, California, with a small line of watches that were sold exclusively through specialty boardsport and fashion retailers. They're … 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
This month's issue of BOLT! is the last in a 3-part series in which I'm sharing insights from my Packaging That Sells conference session, 'The Secret to Successful Licensed Product Packaging.' In Part 1, I made the distinction between traditional consumer product packaging and licensed product packaging, … Read More
Weve all seen this: a successful licensed property ends up on consumer products in every category. Sometimes the categories make sense, given the nature and attributes of the property; sometimes they dont. If they dont, this approach can do more harm than good. Extending a brand into … Read More
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