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Fool Me Twice

Consumers enjoy buying luxury items, and emotion keeps them from feeling conned.

Consumers enjoy buying luxury items, and emotion keeps them from feeling conned.


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Augmented Reality: One of the Trendiest Trends in Package Design

With all the possibilities in packaging, how do you know which to pursue?

First mover or fast follower? In the package design industry, choosing between these two options is often a terrifying task for even the most seasoned marketers and packaging managers.


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Tactical Branding: A Step in the Wrong Direction?

Strategic moves provide boosts for brands, but consistent visuals and messaging must accompany them for long-term growth.

Today, we see more and more brands resorting to tactical branding solutions to drive consumer interest and, ultimately, sales. It begs the question: Is this a healthy long-term strategy?


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Know Thyself

Design is about creating a solution, albeit an aesthetically pleasing one.

When I was a fresh and foolish first-year art student, I though design was so subjective. How could I possibly please my teachers and get good critiques from classmates when we all had different styles?


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National vs. Retail Brands: Winning the Battle at the Shelf

As retailers move from knockoff designs to knockout branding, national labels work to keep up.

Over the past decade, private labels have travelled the long road from neglected stepchildren to central components of many retailers’ business strategies.


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What’s Needed: A Refresh or a Total Rebrand?

When sales hit a standstill, retail brands need to assess their options.

So many retailers are at a standstill. They often blame it on a sluggish economy. However, is that really the problem?


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Nope In A Jar

A package copying skincare brand philosophy's design demonstrates the opposition brands face from knockoffs.

A few months back, I was scrolling through my feeds in Google Reader. As I rapidly swiped the trackpad, a product review caught my attention and gave me pause.


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Getting the On-Pack Message Right

Effective on-pack messaging is key to ensuring that new packaging features and graphics make a difference.

At Perception Research Services (PRS), we are fortunate to assess hundreds of new packaging systems each year, for both new products and restages of existing brands.


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A Good Read: Turn Brands into Best Sellers

Using stories creates brands with depth and longevity.

Our areas of specialty — luxury food and beverage — have seen an explosion of new brand introductions in recent years.


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Branding by the Subconscious: Why Market-Driven NPD Isn’t Enough

Ignoring the role of the subconscious in branding comes at a cost companies can’t afford.

The level of choice consumers face in stores today is unprecedented, compared to the options available just three or four decades ago.


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Posted Date: October 29, 2013

BRANDPACKAGING’s packaging conference returned for a tenth year with a focus on a single message: Make It Matter.

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 The September 2014 issue features the latest on Standing out from the Crowd.  You can also read the issue at the Digital Editions.

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