Category Archives: Custom Labels

Here in the Custom Labels Archive, you will find plenty of inspiration for creating and promoting your own custom printed labels. You will also find news about the custom label printing industry, questions answered about how to get the most value from your custom labels, and plenty of information that would be helpful to anyone ordering custom printed labels or stickers — whether you are just planning your very first order, or you have been ordering labels and stickers for years.

Make Sure Your Candle Labels Hold Up to Heat

Striking a balance with custom candle labels is key.Acknowledging the Importance of Heatproof Labels

When it comes to packaging, some types of items come with pretty standard requirements – most food products, for example – whereas others have more specific needs, such as waterproof or heatproof labels.

For instance, bath and body product labels need to be able to withstand contact with water and oils, while the stickers on candles must hold up to heat and be flame-resistant. As well as fulfilling practical concerns, custom labels and stickers need to be vibrant and high-quality in order to catch the attention of consumers.

Strike a Balance with Custom Candle Labels

As far as custom candle labels are concerned, enterprises that focus solely on the aesthetic aspect or safety considerations will likely miss the mark. The key is to find a balance between making labels attractive and functional. After all, a beautifully designed candle sticker that isn’t wax- or heat-resistant could crash and burn – literally. By the same token, a fire-resistant label that lacks the “wow” factor required to pique shoppers’ interest is unlikely to help a company become competitive within the candle marketplace, so the product’s sales might go down in flames.

Lightning Labels Understands Candle Labels’ Unique Requirements

Lightning Labels routinely provides candle labels for customers, so we can help you create the perfect design for your product while simultaneously ensuring the labels are safe, flame-resistant and able to withstand extreme heat. Our offerings are full-color and high-quality, which you can see for yourself by requesting some product samples before placing your order. Don’t choose between design and safety – get both when you let Lightning Labels handle your candle stickers and labels.

Keep Your Branding Process Nimble: A Hard Lesson From the E-cig Industry

With the eCigarette and vaping market exploding, how your product looks and is presented to your customers will make all the difference in how your product stands out from the rest of the pack.

For many organizations, branding and rebranding can be addressed in deliberate fashion over a period of months. But what happens when circumstances—such as unexpected passage of emergency legislation—force a very quick and unplanned turnaround?

Just such an event is now happening in the electronic cigarette (e-cig) industry, where young children across the country have ingested the liquid nicotine used in e-cigs. In addition to repeated calls for child-proof packaging from a growing number of states, the federal government also is weighing in on the dilemma.

The challenge doesn’t stop there. Many nicotine liquids are candy or fruit flavored and come in colorful packages that appeal to children. They also carry such names as Peppermint Patty, Bubble Gum and Caramel Surprise. So, along with childproofing, e-cig companies now face rebranding challenges to make the products less attractive to kids while continuing to draw adult buyer interest.

Right about now, you may be wondering how this could possibly apply to you. Well, in our lightning-fast-changing world, no one can know for sure if or when their brand may come under attack. For example, it’s highly unlikely that the makers of pet food saw the specter of tainted ingredients that wound up harming and killing many animals.

But, the time to face the potential need for rapidly changing branding, including labels and packaging, is long before anything occurs. Just as companies increasingly have reputation management crisis plans in place to address future negative reports and reviews, look at how a rapid rebranding process could unfold. Among the areas to address:

1. Fast-track team assembly/responsibilities. Determine what team members will oversee the effort. Establish pertinent task lists, deadlines, budget and how revisions and approvals will be fast-tracked.

2. Concept creation. Assign the appropriate team members to oversee the big picture of the rebranding effort. (It might even be useful to do some brainstorming sooner than later about what ideas could be in play for this effort, providing a jump start of sorts.)

3. Design and content development. Decide if/how to use in-house and/or contracted services to create what’s needed quickly. If time permits, consider holding a crowdsourcing competition to get outside ideas/input into the process—and perhaps get some positive social and mainstream media coverage at the same time.

4. Make sure that all printing and packaging systems can rapidly deploy. Digital label printing can provide the best option for quick turnaround (can be ready to ship in 1-2 days from receipt of approved artwork),offers cost-effective pricing in any quantity up to 10,000, and delivers quality comparable to or better than other forms of printing.

In today’s dynamic marketplace where social media-fueled comments and reports can spread literally like wildfire in a matter of minutes, it’s important to get and stay way ahead of the game—even if you think you’re immune from emergent problems. You never know for sure.

Launching a New Product? Ask These 4 Custom Label Design Questions

Although there are a lot of different moving parts that must be synchronized to ensure a successful product launch, creating custom labels and stickers is arguably one of the most important components. The Importance of Label Design

Launching a new product is a huge undertaking that involves everything from putting together a comprehensive marketing strategy to zeroing in on the perfect label design. Although there are a lot of different moving parts that must be synchronized to ensure a successful product launch, creating custom labels and stickers is arguably one of the most important components. At the end of the day, even though the old adage warns against judging a book by its cover, we all know that people tend to do this – and the same is true of consumers browsing products. With this in mind, it’s critical for product labels to be the best they can be.

Things to Ask When Designing Custom Labels

When you’re staring at a blank screen, it can be daunting to figure out how to begin designing the custom labels for your new product. Asking the following questions is a good place to start.

1. What do you need to include on the label?
Product labels must include elements such as the brand’s logo, your company’s name and address, a list of ingredients, nutritional information and more.

2. What color scheme is suitable?
You might already have a set color scheme that ties all your products together, but if not, think long and hard about aspects like the psychology of color and which hues will clash with your brand’s logo.

3. What shape should the label be?
If you’re designing the packaging for a wine bottle, a label with a height that considerably exceeds its width will make the most sense. In contrast, for something like a candle, you’ll want the label to be wider than it is tall.

4. Does the label need to meet any special requirements?
Referring back to the example of a candle, it stands to reason that the stickers and labels adorning such a product should be flame-resistant and able to withstand extreme heat. Similarly, bath and body product labels must hold their own when exposed to water and oils.

Turning Your Ideas for Product Labels into Reality

After you’ve answered the questions above and the relevant people have signed off on your vision, it’s time to bring those hypothetical product labels into the real world. Lightning Labels can take your design and turn it around in as little as 48 hours.

Refresh Your Product Labels with Vibrant Spring Colors

After a long, cold winter, the first signs of spring come as a blessed reminder that the dreariness of the previous season won't last forever.Spring into Spring with Bright Labels

After a long, cold winter, the first signs of spring come as a blessed reminder that the dreariness of the previous season won’t last forever – and you can harness this sense of joy by revamping your product packaging with bright labels that rival the vibrancy of the newly budding flowers. But what if your part of the world is still experiencing the depths of winter? In this case, bright labels will act as a positive reminder of what’s to come once the snow melts.

Especially when it comes to this time of year, it’s safe to assume that the brighter the label, the more attracted consumers will be to it. After all, colors that pop should prove to be a welcome respite from the grays and whites that dominated the outdoor landscape during the winter season.

Make the Most of Colored Labels

When you’re infusing a splash of vibrancy into your colored labels, quality is imperative. Make sure the colors don’t look washed out, clash with each other or inadvertently obscure important elements such as your company’s logo or nutritional information. If you fail to take these aspects into consideration, your goal of attracting consumers to your product like hummingbirds to a flower will likely fall flat.

That being said, if you order high-quality stickers and labels from Lightning Labels, you won’t have to worry. Our high-resolution digital label printing ensures the finished product is as bright in person as it looked on the digital proof. Additionally, if you’re concerned about fitting in large amounts of text, rest assured that our small type is still easily readable.

Enjoy a Quick Turnaround on Your Product Labels

Today is the first day of spring, so time is of the essence when it comes to getting your seasonal product labels ordered and mailed out to your business. Luckily, Lightning Labels is well-named: Following press approval, we offer a two- to three-day turnaround period for the vast majority of orders. If you’re putting an emphasis on crispness and vibrancy at this time of year, you’ll be glad to know that there are no added fees for unlimited color, as well as no setup fees or plate fees. Spring into spring with Lightning Labels and make sure your product packaging is popping.

Take Advantage of the New Laser Cut Labels from Lightning Labels

Turn your visions of custom labels into reality by getting in touch with Lightning Labels today.Turn Your Visions of Custom Labels Into Reality with Lightning Labels

Sometimes, companies come up with big ideas involving custom labels, only to be met with the news that they have to adjust their lovingly crafted concepts due to practical considerations on the label-maker’s end.

This isn’t the case with Lightning Labels, as our innovative laser die-cutting technology creates labels in custom shapes and sizes with impeccable precision – and without die charges. Labels can then be finished with or without lamination, on rolls or sheeted. Additionally, we offer plenty of material options, which practically guarantees we’ll be able to meet your needs without requiring you to compromise your vision. If you’re thinking modern, minimalist and glossy, we’ve got it. Looking to hearken back to days of yore with faux parchment that gives an antique look and feel? We can do that too, and virtually everything in between. Most standard stocks are available, with the exception of vinyl and clear liners.

The 411 on Our Laser Cutter

If you’re wondering how we’re able to avoid saddling our customers with die charges, the answer is simple: Our new laser die cut technology allows us to avoid using the traditional die-cutting approach so there’s no need to wait and pay for custom tooled dies.

To put it simply, in lieu of plates, Lightning Labels transfers your image directly onto the label material using advanced laser technology. Everything we print is custom-produced and cut, which ensures we can deliver according to your specifications. When it comes to cutting the labels into their desired shape, our laser cutter burns off the pressure-sensitive face stock of the label without slicing through the liner, leaving you with precisely the stickers and labels you imagined, from the size and shape to the quality of the printing itself.

Make Your Company Stand Out with Unique Labels

There are many aspects that go into making unique labels. These include – but are by no means limited to – color, size, shape, texture and logo design. Our goal at Lightning Labels is to provide the custom labels you need to make your products stand out. This aim holds true regardless of whether you’re selling bath and body products, nutraceuticals, food, wine or something else, or you simply intend to affix labels to promotional items such as lip balm and stickers. Turn your visions of custom labels into reality by getting in touch with Lightning Labels today.

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with Personalized Beer and Wine Labels

Lucky for beverage companies eager to incorporate a little St. Patrick's Day cheer into their wine and beer bottle labels, you don't have to be from the Emerald Isle to celebrate the holiday.Customize Your Wine and Beer Bottle Labels in Honor of St. Patrick’s Day

Lucky for beverage companies eager to incorporate a little St. Patrick’s Day cheer into their wine and beer bottle labels, you don’t have to be from the Emerald Isle to celebrate the holiday, despite the fact that it’s rooted in Irish tradition. What’s more, you don’t even need to have so much as a drop of Irish blood running through your veins. In fact, a study by the National Retail Federation revealed that more than half (55.5 percent) of adults in the United States celebrated St. Patrick’s Day in 2014. Celebrators spent an average of $35 per person last year, with much of this money no doubt going toward alcohol.

Across America, individuals and companies alike get festive every March in anticipation of the big day, which always falls on the 17th day of the month. People take part in parades, wear silly hats and sunglasses, and eat food that would typically have no business being green – at least not if it were still safe to eat! For many people, alcoholic beverages are a central part of celebrating the holiday, so make sure your beverage company is prepared with custom labels from Lightning Labels.

Why Design Special Beer and Wine Bottle Labels?

It’s safe to assume that most people are aware St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner, so why design beer and wine bottle labels to reflect this fact? Taking this approach isn’t as much about alerting people that the holiday is coming as it is about integrating your brand into the festivities.

Think about it: If shoppers are scanning shelves for the perfect beverages to help get their St. Patrick’s Day parties started, they’ll probably gravitate toward cans and bottles with custom labels and stickers that resonate with their intentions. Ultimately, forging a connection with consumers can be a powerful marketing tactic – what better way to go about this than to bring the designs of your custom labels in line with a holiday your customers are eagerly anticipating?

Is It Too Late to Order Holiday Stickers?

If the onset of March caught you by surprise, you may be wondering whether you have enough time to order custom labels for a holiday that’s just days away. This type of quick turnaround might be a problem for some companies, but not Lightning Labels – after all, the word “lightning” is part of our name. You can usually expect us to turn around orders for custom stickers and labels in 48 to 72 hours following digital printing press approval.

That being said, don’t assume that the speed at which we process orders leads to any compromise in quality. On the contrary, we are known to deliver high-resolution, vibrant, crisp-looking labels printed on durable material that will stand up to the cold of the fridge or the heat of the bar. Put in your order today and get ready for the St. Patrick’s Day rush.

Wash Away the Winter Blues with Custom Soap Labels

Using products emblazoned with warm and cheerful bath and body labels could be just the thing to help wash away those winter blues.How Can Bath and Body Labels Bust the Winter Blues?

The winter blues are a real condition caused by changes in the amount of daylight, but taking a dip in the tub and using products emblazoned with warm and cheerful bath and body labels could be just the thing to help wash away that seasonal sadness – literally.

It might sound trivial, but you’d be surprised what an effect something as small as a relaxing bath can have on a person’s mood, state of mind and overall level of tension. When they go shopping for soaps, body washes, bath oils and other products to help lift them out of the winter blues, labels have an enormous impact on consumers’ decision-making process. Blue and other cool hues are traditionally associated with peace, tranquility and calm, but at this time of year, selecting such a color palette might not be the best course of action given that many consumers already have the doldrums.

Jazz Up Your Custom Soap Stickers for Winter

So, if blue is out of the picture, what are your other options for making your custom soap stickers appealing to consumers? The Logo Company’s color emotion guide offered the following insights:

  • Red is attention-grabbing, energetic, exciting and youthful – just what you need to catch consumers’ eyes and jolt them out of their wintertime funk.
  • Orange is cheerful, friendly and warm – exactly what consumers are looking for to beat the winter blues.
  • Yellow is associated with clarity and positivity, making it a great antidote for the negative feelings that often crop up at this time of year.
  • Purple is midway between red and blue, embodying the former’s energetic spirit and the latter’s sense of calm. If you want to strike a balance between regeneration and relaxation, purple could be the color for you.

Make Your Custom Soap Labels the Best They Can Be

When you’re creating your custom soap labels, keep in mind that you’re not only selling a product but an experience. After all, the quality of your labels is a direct reflection on the quality of the soap inside the box. With this in mind, it’s critical to partner with a printer that has the technology to make your bath and body product labels pop, and Lightning Labels is ready and willing to stand up to the plate. We have been meeting our customers’ needs for more than 10 years and are ready and willing to help you create professional-quality, custom bath and body labels that will make your products stand out on the shelf.

How Custom Food Product Labels Can Compete with National Brands

When shoppers are scanning grocery shelves, independent product labels might actually have an advantage over the packaging used by national brands.How Do Independent Product Labels Square Up Against Those of Big Brands?

When shoppers are scanning grocery shelves, brand awareness can be a major contributor in terms of which items they pick, but independent product labels might actually have an advantage compared to the packaging used by national brands. Why? Products that people don’t recognize represent a breath of fresh air amid the usual suspects with their well-known labels – and sometimes, an unfamiliar company name or packaging design turns out to be just the ticket for companies that are eager to set their products apart from the pack.

The Effect of Small Production Labels on Customers

Typically, small production labels are associated with small businesses. According to the United States Small Business Administration’s Office of Advocacy, small businesses – defined as enterprises with a workforce of fewer than 500 people – made up 99.7 percent of employer firms in the nation in 2014. Given a statistic like that, chances are good that almost every shopper who walks down the aisles at the grocery store knows someone who works for a small business, is personally employed by such an enterprise or perhaps even owns one.

So, what does this mean in terms of the effect that small production labels have on consumer choices? When a customer comes across an item with a custom label, he or she is likely to infer that it was produced by a small business as opposed to a big-name corporation. As a result, the shopper may be more amenable to the idea of giving the unfamiliar product a try. On a retail playing field that pits small enterprises’ offerings directly against those put out there by the big guys, many people are inclined to root for the underdog, which is great news for companies that use independent product labels.

Make Sure Custom Stickers and Labels Look High-Quality and Professional

The wares sold by small businesses may have a certain appeal to them, but if the custom stickers and labels on these products leave a lot to be desired, that could be a turnoff for customers. After all, cheap-looking packaging doesn’t exactly reflect positively on the quality of the food inside the box, bag or jar.

With this in mind, how can small enterprises go about striking a balance in terms of leveraging custom labels that both set them apart from larger brands and assure shoppers that their products are up to snuff? Lightning Labels can help. Thanks to our state-of-the-art HP digital label printing technology, the stickers and labels that adorn your products will look as good as – if not better – than those of major national brands.

Add this to the fact that your company’s name and logo are probably unfamiliar to consumers, which will likely pique their interest, and before you know it, your items will be in shoppers’ carts and rolling along the conveyor belt at the register.

4 Aspects to Consider When Creating Custom Product Labels

Before you began the process of designing your own custom labels, you probably had no idea of the number of choices to be made. So, You’re in the Market for New Labels…

Whether you’re debuting a never-before-seen product or simply think it’s time to give your current wares a fresh lease on life, creating new labels and stickers is a great way to attract consumers’ attention and differentiate your offerings from those of your competitors. This rule holds true whether you sell wine, beer, hot sauce, bath and body items, nutraceuticals, food products…the list goes on.

When it comes to producing high-quality, vibrant, durable labels, Lightning Labels has you covered – but before you’re ready to print your new packaging, you need to come up with an eye-catching and informative design.

Make Your Custom Labels the Best They Can Be

Before you began the process of designing your own custom labels, you probably had no idea of the number of choices to be made. A label seems like such a small part of a product, but don’t be fooled – it’s actually a crucial marketing component that can make or break the success of your brand. Take these aspects into consideration to ensure your custom label designs are the best they can be.

1. Theme
The theme of your label should correspond with the tone of your overall messaging. Do you position your brand as casual and fun? Chic and modern? Classic and vintage? Make sure your label echoes this.

2. Readability
The effort you put into carefully crafting a witty product tagline and simple yet attention-grabbing company logo will all go to waste if your labels are illegible. Select an appropriate font, text size and color combination to highlight your design rather than obscure it.

3. Size, Shape, Material and Finish
It’s easy to get so caught up in the design of a label that you forget to think about its size, shape, material and finish. Due to the shape of wine bottles, go with portrait orientation rather than landscape. If you sell candles, your labels should be made of flame-resistant material. For bath and beauty products likely to be kept in close proximity to tubs and sinks, water-resistance is important.

4. Information
Good design is vital in terms of attracting attention to your products, but don’t forget to include the relevant information on your labels as well. Is there room for your company’s contact information, the item’s barcode and the list of ingredients? These are non-negotiables that the design needs to incorporate.

What’s the Next Step for Your New Product Labels?

Once you’ve come up with a label design that’s legible, fits your overall brand messaging, includes all necessary information and is an appropriate size, shape, material and finish for the type of product you’re selling, it’s time for Lightning Labels to take over. Thanks to our state-of-the-art digital technology, customers won’t be able to tell the difference between the custom labels on your products and the packaging of major national brands. Between your top-notch design and our high-quality printing, you can be confident your products will catch shoppers’ attention.

 

Use Labels to Promote Heart-Healthy Nutrition During American Heart Month

American Heart Month is prompting many people to pay closer attention to food labels.Clear Food Labels Are Especially Important During American Heart Month

February is American Heart Month, so it’s likely that a number of shoppers will be paying more attention than usual to food labels while browsing at grocery stores over the next couple of weeks. For some consumers, the heart-healthy behaviors they adopt during February will stick after the month draws to a close and they’ll develop more long-term commitments to checking lists of ingredients before placing products in their carts.

So, how should people in the food and beverage industry respond to shoppers’ American Heart Month-fueled inquisitiveness about what goes into the items they’re considering buying? Two words: clear labels.

In order to attract the attention of consumers browsing the aisles, the stickers and labels on your products need to set your items apart from the rest. That often means coming up with a unique and eye-catching design, but the artwork on your packaging shouldn’t come at the expense of imparting clear nutritional information to shoppers. After all, piquing consumers’ interest is only the first step of the purchasing process – if the list of ingredients is too small or the printing is low-quality, customers may pass over your offerings in favor of a competitor’s more clearly marked wares.

Heart-Healthy Labels Can Help Your Products Stand Out From the Crowd

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for Americans, and people who want to lower their risk of developing the condition typically begin by reducing their sodium intake, cutting down on sugary snacks and decreasing the amount of trans fats and saturated fats in their diet – so you can be sure they’ll be on the lookout for healthy labels.

If your products are low in sodium, low-fat, sugar-free or fat-free, be sure to declare this loud and proud on your packaging. Shoppers who don’t have the time or patience to scan ingredient lists will be more likely to choose your offering over a competitor’s if you incorporate information about its heart-healthy status into the design on the front of the label, rather than relegating this important detail to the full list of ingredients on the back.

Product Labels Are A Crucial Part of Consumers’ Healthy-Eating Efforts

Customers’ desire to know exactly what’s in the food and beverages they consume has prompted a number of restaurants and other eateries to emulate product labels by posting nutritional information on their websites and listing calorie amounts next to items on menus and in display cases. Many have elected to take this step voluntarily, but those that haven’t will soon be required to under the menu labeling law. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, “restaurants and similar retail food establishments covered by the menu labeling final rule will have one year after the menu labeling final rule publishes December 1, 2014, to comply with the rule’s requirements.”