Retail Trends: Pantone’s 2017 Color of the Year

Retail Trends: Pantone’s 2017 Color of the Year

Colors can impact our mood and how we feel about a certain product, display, packaging collection, you name it. Retailers who identify and tap into that frame of mind will have a distinct advantage over their competition. Pantone Color Institute forecasts color trends and works with companies to maximize their marketing strategies through the use of color. As Pantone suggests, “When 80% of human experience is filtered through the eyes… the choice of color is critical”.

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Become More Eco-Conscious with Sustainable Packaging Solutions

Become More Eco-Conscious with Sustainable Packaging Solutions

The EPA urges small businesses to minimize waste and save money through activities like in-process recycling and packaging design reductions. Small- to mid-sized company owners can do their part to protect the environment by adopting sustainable solutions and eco-friendly packing ideas into their business practices.

Use Recycled Packaging         

The most eco-friendly decision you can make is to incorporate a dedicated percentage of recycled materials into your packaging.  This single action will break the toxic chain of industry-consumer waste by transforming trash from the landfills into useful materials. Of course, the recovery processing and re-manufacturing requirements of certain materials may actually cost more than producing new packaging. However, almost all companies can use at least a small percentage of recycled materials in their packaging. Now is the time to get involved, buying recycled bags and boxes, can reduce your waste and help you become more eco-conscious. Continue reading

Why Color Psychology in Your Branding + Packaging Matters

Why Color Psychology in Your Branding + Packaging Matters

Recent scientific research of the impacts on colors in marketing activities reveals that 60 to 90 percent of the consumer’s decision about a product is based on colors.  When it comes to communicating a brand’s function and a package’s appeal, color is one of the most significant variables. Bear in mind that the psychological reaction to a color, and associated logo or brand, ultimately depends on the consumer’s personal experiences and preferences.

Color Psychology Matters in Marketing

A consumer’s purchasing intent is impacted by colors because the aesthetics influence the perception of the brand.  That is, the colors define how consumers interpret the company’s logo, brand and personality. It is no secret that certain brain functions, such as cognitive heuristics, biologically condition the individual to focus on familiar and safe things. When creating a brand identity, color is the best way for a small- to medium-sized business to differentiate themselves from competition. Brands and logos that present a dominate trait, such as sincerity, excitement, competence, sophistication and ruggedness, can create a bond with the customer and continue to grow a customer relationship with them. Continue reading

Connect with Shoppers through Innovative Experiences

Connect with Shoppers through Innovative Experiences

One of the most popular trends of the past year has been how brick-and-mortar retailers are revamping the experiences they provide for customers. Anyone can sell an item, but the companies that last are the ones that invest in crafting a unique story that connects them with their customers. Studies show that customers love experiences and companies are going the extra mile to create new ways to give them the best. The newest innovation on that front comes from a start-up in Denver called Spruce-Bot (Check out the bot in action). While mobile POS devices and store apps (Think Amazon Go.) have been moving steadily into the storefront, Spruce Bot is going in a different direction. Continue reading

How to Get the Most Out of Visual Merchandising

How to Get the Most Out of Visual Merchandising

In the world of retail marketing, competition is fierce. Not only does everyone have access to selling the same products, they all use the same means of advertising, from newspapers ads to social media. It seems that the only way to get ahead is to spend more money in an effort to get better exposure. But there is a better way. It’s known as visual merchandising.

Visual Merchandising

Visual merchandising isn’t new, it’s been around as long as the “display window” has; but very few companies use it both efficiently and effectively. Let’s look at 4 ways to get the most out of your displays. Continue reading