The box your product comes in is the first thing your customers see, and the impression it will make might mean the difference between success and failure.
Think about it: You're standing in front of a shelf filled with similar products that serve the same purpose. You haven't tried any of them, so there is no personal experience to base your decision on.
Which one would you choose?
Chances are you'd buy the product whose packaging appeals the most to your individual taste.
That's a very important point to remember when choosing your product packaging.
You can't possibly appeal to everyone because different people have different preferences according to a number of their factors:
With that in mind, you need to define your ideal customer -the type of person you had in mind when you designed the product- and choose the packaging that would probably appeal to this specific buyer persona.
While this process may seem limiting, it helps your product acquire a clear identity instead of struggling to attract customers from various target groups, which has proven to be a more effective approach in achieving sales.
Style is certainly a subjective matter even for people within the same target group. This is where market research comes in.
Take a look at the trendsetters in your field - the big companies with the massive sales. They have entire market research departments and spend hefty amounts of money on collecting and analyzing data about sales.
Does that mean you have to blindly follow their lead? Not necessarily, but they can give you a rough idea of the characteristics that are considered desirable, and that's a great start if you can't afford to do your own market research.
You've probably seen companies copy the style of well-known brands in the hope of attracting more sales.
In the best-case scenario, they seem to believe that a tried-and-true packaging idea will jumpstart their product's sales. In the worst, they're trying to take advantage of the recognizability of a similar product. To the customers, though, this practice shows that you're either low on creativity or that you're trying to deceive them.
Unless your goal is to trick people into buying a cheap knockoff of a famous brand, you should avoid using designs that have a strong association with similar products.
Draw inspiration from the fonts, patterns, and color schemes that other brands are using, but make sure that the final design is entirely unique to your product.
On the subject of fonts and color combinations, it is absolutely crucial that the information on your packaging be clearly printed.
When customers can't read the description or the instructions of your product easily because the color of the background clashes with the color of the font or because the typeface you've chosen is practically illegible, they'll probably move on to the next product on the shelf.
Make sure that the information on your packaging is presented in a logical manner and that you adhere to any regulations that may apply to your product category.
Now, most people seem to think that functionality involves protecting your product and making sure that it reaches its destination safely, but that's only part of the whole picture.
In reality, your packaging design determines the amount of space you need in order to store or transport your products and, therefore, the total cost of shipping and storing it. Stackable boxes are always easier to handle than odd-shaped packages.
Price depends on two factors:
No matter how beautiful or unique an idea may sound, if you can't incorporate its cost in the price of the finished product without missing the price point that your customers are willing to pay, you should by all means reject it.
The packaging you'll choose is almost as important as the quality of the product itself.
Product packaging protects your product and ensures safe transportation while speaking volumes for your brand philosophy.
The right packaging has the potential to make your product an instant hit with your target group, so choose wisely.
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