Making Optimal First Impressions with Printed Labels
It is easy to forget about printed labels when delivering a new product to the market. Companies may spend thousands, or even millions, of dollars on comprehensive research and design, advertising campaigns, engineers and other costs just to come up with an innovative new product. It is easy to think that customers should already be familiar with a brand before the product even hits shelves.
Yet, the product label is often the first impression brands get to make on consumers. If people are casually shopping in stores and come across an item they have never heard of, it is up to the label to seize their attention and make them look twice. A recent info-graphic released by The Paper Worker, noted just how quickly first impressions are formed - it often takes no more than seven seconds. That puts the onus on the product manufacturer to come up with a label that will speak to potential buyers.
Custom Labels Represent the Brand
As The Paper Worker noted, every customer-facing element of a company represents the brand. Sales associates in a store, website designs, product packaging - these often comprise the first line of contact people have with a company product. As such, it is crucial that packaging represents a brand's promise to deliver a quality product and experience.
Although the "do not judge a book by its cover" mentality has been ingrained into the heads of many customers, the fact of the matter is that people do so instinctively and subconsciously. Effective product packaging helps customers pick one item out of many. Additionally, it can help them identify different variants more quickly - even though Coca-Cola and root beer are both brown beverages, it is not difficult to quickly identify a Coke from a root beer at the grocery store because of the way they are packaged and labeled.
At the end of the day, effective labeling is not only about standing out among the competition, but also making the burden of picking and choosing products for customers that much easier. Getting customers to take notice initially is crucial because once they look at a product, then brands can rely on their claims and other promotional copy to do the rest of the work.
Sticker Printing to Augment Labels
If companies are looking for more ways to stand out in the crowd, sticker printing can also be a significant boon. Stickers can be used to augment labels, adding additional information that may help inform customers before making a purchase. For example, a sticker could be used to add an extra note that was not covered on the label or simply to send an additional message to customers.
Because product packaging is often the first thing customers see, it is crucial that companies spend an adequate amount of time in this area, or else they may find their labels are not aligned with the quality of their products.