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Checklist for product startups

There are so many things to do when you start your product business. Check the list as you move towards your product launch as a way of rewarding yourself.

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Packaging design terms explained (glossary)

The following is a simple guide to some of the most commonly used terms, acronyms, and definitions.

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What should be included in a Packaging Design Brief?

To ensure the design of your packaging matches your vision, this document ensures smooth communication between you and your designer.

  • What is a Brand?
    Whether it’s watching TV, reading a magazine, or walking the grocery store aisles, your packaging is often a consumer’s first point of contact with your brand. It’s important to make a clear statement about who you are as a company. Branding is about your authentic communication. It’s how we can create an experience that invites your consumer in. You want your consumer to feel a certain way about your business, your product or service, you want to be perceived in a particular way. The consumer knows what they want – your brand needs to be somewhere in between. Sometimes it’s easier to view other brands and decide from their logo or creative what they do, but then difficult to see your own brand from within. By exploring and creating your brand and bringing it to life will lend to your own credibility of what you do, making your product or service the best in brand.
  • Why do I need a Brand versus a logo?
    All the components related to a product, service, company, or person is “brand identity.” Some of these items are the name, logo, tone, tagline, typeface, and shape that create an appeal. Brand Identity is the message the consumer receives from the product, person, or thing. Your brand will tell a story that empowers the customer to make the decision. “Yes, I want to buy from you”. Your logo and brand complement each other to give your product an authentic and unique look.
  • What can a Brand Refresh do for you?
    Make your clients and staff proud to wear/show off your products and thus advertise for free. Remain ahead of your competitors. Customer and market tastes are quickly changing, as is your business. It’s only natural that your brand should evolve alongside these factors. Reach the right audience. Perhaps your target market or product positioning has changed since launch, or maybe you’ve decided that you want to reach a specific audience in a more meaningful way.
  • What is the value of Brand design?
    A Brand has great potential to communicate on many levels, making it a formidable way to achieve business success. Good design can drive sales, build profit and help businesses grow and save costs. Customer behaviour is mostly based on emotional actions. When companies connect with customers’ emotions, the payoff can be huge. 95% of purchasing decisions are driven by unconscious urges, the biggest of which is emotion.
  • What can packaging design do for my product?
    A packaging designer balances the shelf appeal (design and messaging) with the functional aspect of product safety and protection. On the functional side, it’s imperative that when you ship your product to a customer, distributor, or retailer, it arrives in the same condition it was in when it left the factory or warehouse. Packaging also has to carry a clear message regarding the features and benefits of the product in a way that is easy to see and understand. You have a fraction of a second to get the consumer’s attention amidst all the other products you’re competing with.
  • Why do I need brand & packaging design?
    The principal aim of packaging design is to attract consumers. The packaging should sell itself. This means you need to have a strong brand identity and packaging that communicates information about your product clearly, concisely, and in a way that is relevant to your target audience. Your package is your brand ambassador and is a key success factor in pitching the retail buyer. Choices about your packaging design are as significant as decisions about the product itself. Don’t rush the process. Be sure you have packaging that will protect your product but also represents it the best it can be.
  • What do I need to start the process?
    Talk to us and we will help you through the whole process. Establishing what goals/challenges you have. You bring your intimate knowledge about your product and vision on where you want it to be. We do the rest. If you already have your printer & pack format sorted, please provide details, like die-lines and printing specifications. If you have a Brand, please provide logo files in vector format (.ai or .eps) and preferably a style guide. If you have your copy sorted, please make sure you have this checked by a legal advisor to make sure your claims are allowed. We can provide you with a Google doc data sheet which has the necessary elements for packaging as a guide.
  • Why MedalTally?
    At MedalTally, we don't just design brands - we build them with heart. Our thoughtful approach will resonate with your audience and reflect what matters most. Founder Anneke Zilich draws on 20+ years of global expertise to evolve scalable solutions that grow with you. We invest the time to truly understand your vision and needs. Our selective clientele means you get our undivided creative energy and strategic insight. While others focus on deliverables, we focus on you - fueling your ideas with passion and purpose. We blend pragmatic and creative thinking to build brands that connect. If you seek a partner to craft strategic design that authentically communicates your values, choose MedalTally. Our experience and exclusive attention means we can guide you to winning brand strategies that set you apart.
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