All marketers should be able to sum up their brands in a few, concise words. This is an important exercise. And, if it hasn't been undertaken before, it should be. When clarity precedes any marketing strategy, it's far easier to execute and produce better results with a … Read More
Whenever someone writes a piece about the 3 things you should do to ensure success at anything, I’m usually skeptical. Because I know there’s a lot more to it than just getting a few things right. And, yes, that’s certainly true in this scenario as well. There’s … Read More
A brand's package design architecture is most often what resonates first and foremost with consumers. While some consumer product brands don't leverage package design architecture as an integral part of their package design, most knowledgeable brands do. In some cases, it's obvious; in others, less so. Package … Read More
Owners of licensed brands, as well as their licensees, are sometimes disappointed by the sales of licensed consumer products. Even for strong properties, sales can fail to meet projections. Quite often, the problem lies in the fact that the property's packaging program is poorly designed and its … Read More
Regardless of how successfully a brand performs in the marketplace, there always comes a time when its package design system needs to be refreshed. Even if its design and standardization have been well-maintained by its brand owner, it may simply become outdated over time – not only … Read More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
Last month's issue of BOLT! was the first 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.' So far, I've made the distinction between traditional consumer product packaging and licensed product packaging, and … Read More
When you take a look at a particular brand's packaging, what's the first thing you notice? Arguably it's the brand identity. Quite often, consumers hone in on the color they associate with the brand. However, I would venture to say that it is the design architecture of … Read More
It goes without saying: not all licensed consumer products are successful at retail – even for hot properties. In many cases, this is due to the lack of a cohesive package design system that leverages the licensed property's most equitable assets. Thorough research helps to uncover and … Read More
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