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Branding and packaging: A love story

One fateful day, the souls of branding and packaging collided to create branded packaging. It was love at first sight, and branding and packaging have been inseparable ever since that day.

Branded packaging allows businesses to express their personalities through the appearance of their products. Packaging can be a powerful visual medium for promoting your brand. If done right, you have the opportunity to make a significant impression on current and potential customers.

Here are four ingenious packaging innovations with insights about why they have been successful.

1. Dove Chocolate Promises

In 1991, Dove Chocolate launched a product called Promises, candies featuring an inspirational message on the inside of each wrapper signed, “Love, Dove.”

A few examples of inspirational messages include:

— The fastest way to my heart is chocolate.

— Smiling is free.

— Those who bring sunshine to the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves.

Instagram searches for hashtags #dovepromises, #dovechocolate and #dovechocolates yield a combined 22,198 results, most of which are photos of Dove Promises wrappers. And that, my friends, is the power of maintaining a strong brand via social media.

Why it works: Dove Promises further reiterate the idea that chocolate is comfort food, promoting self-love.

Snapple2. Snapple Real Facts

In the 1990s, Snapple began printing interesting and little-known facts on the underside of each bottle cap.

A few examples of facts include:

— Cows do not have upper front teeth.

— There are one million ants to every human in the world.

— The first country to use postcards was Austria.

Instagram searches for #snapplecap, #snapplefact and #snapplefacts yield a combined 30,762 results.

Why it works: As consumer of bottled iced tea, you have probably tried a few different brands. Once you become aware that Snapple prints facts under each bottle cap, you begin to associate the facts with the Snapple brand. Next time you are in the gas station buying iced tea and you see a Snapple bottle, you will most likely wonder what the fact under the bottle cap is. This promotes you to choose Snapple over other bottled iced tea brands.

3. Jones Soda

In 1996, Jones Soda launched six flavors with constantly changing labels featuring photos submitted by consumers.

An Instagram search for #jonessoda yields 24,619 results.

Why it works: By featuring consumers’ own photos on its labels, Jones Soda directly connects with its client base, creating an emotional attachment with them.

4. Starbucks’ ‘The Way I See It’ cups

A few years ago, Starbucks made limited-edition papers cups with quotes from notable people printed on them. Starbucks had the right idea by giving customers something to think about while they sip their nonfat one-and-a-half-pump iced caramel macchiatos.

Although there was some controversy surrounding the cups and they were discontinued, Starbucks still prints special edition cups for holidays and seasons.

Why it works: People love the seasonal and holiday cups, and since they have come to expect them, they are excited to see the new editions each year.

We acknowledge that there is an extra expense associated with printing on packaging. However, if you have a business that sells a product in a box, a bag or any other package, determine if the cost of the printing is worth reinforcing the brand experience for your customer.

Not branding your packaging would be like having a blank page in a magazine where you should have supplied an ad. The reader of that magazine won’t benefit from knowing your message, product or service if they look at a blank page.

It is the same with packaging. It is your mini billboard, so take advantage of it, have fun with it and be creative!