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.

Prepare for Mother’s Day with Custom Labels for Candles, Cosmetics and Beauty Products

Happy Mother's DayAre Your Product Labels Ready for Mother’s Day?

Mother’s Day is less than a month away, so if you sell candles, cosmetics and beauty items, now is the time to kick off the process of decking out your product labels ahead of the big day.

More often than not, moms are the glue holding households together. They ferry their kids to school, play dates and sports games, hold down the fort at home and, as if this weren’t a full-time job in its own right, many even have their own careers on top of all that. There’s no doubt about it – moms are busy people. So, when Mother’s Day rolls around this May 10, the best gift families can give their matriarchs is relaxation.

Optimizing Your Custom Labels

If relaxation is the name of your marketing game for the second Sunday in May, be sure to integrate soothing colors into your custom labels. You can’t go wrong with pastel shades, especially soothing blues, tranquil greens, glowing pinks and sumptuous purples.

Did you know that purple is a traditionally regal color? Around this time of year, shoppers are looking for items to make their moms feel like queens, so a little purple can go a long way. For a splash of decadence, try using gold trim or silver highlights – but don’t go overboard, or else you may cross the line from tasteful and elegant to gaudy and over the top.

Bath Product and Candle Labels Should Hold Up Under Pressure – Just Like Mom

Keeping candles and bath products near the sink or the tub sounds great in terms of easy access, but as any mom knows, sometimes accidents can happen. A splash of water, an unplanned dunk, contact with bath oils or the extreme heat generated by hot wax shouldn’t ruin bath product or candle labels. That being said, if the wrong material is used, your carefully designed labels may very well get ruined. Don’t take the risk – make sure your labels are water- and heat-resistant by ordering them from Lightning Labels.

In addition to ensuring safety, Lightning Labels also offers high-quality, professional-looking custom stickers and labels than can stand up to major national brands’ packaging at a fraction of the cost. Catch consumers’ attention in the weeks leading up to Mother’s Day without breaking the bank!

Earth Day is Coming – Do You Use Sustainable Stickers and Labels?

Sustainable Stickers and LabelsCelebrate Earth Day With Recyclable Stickers

Every year on April 22, people across the globe acknowledge Earth Day in a variety of ways, from planting trees to making sure the recyclable stickers affixed to the products they buy actually get recycled.

United States Senator Gaylord Nelson founded Earth Day in 1970 with the goal of making environmental protection part of the national political agenda. As a result, the United States Environmental Protection Agency was created and two pivotal laws were passed: the Clean Air, Clean Water Act and the Endangered Species Act. Over the past four decades, the movement has grown and evolved, spreading across the globe and taking new forms every year. In fact, according to EarthDay.org, it is the largest civic event in the world with more than 1 billion participants.

Do Your Part With Sustainable Packaging

You don’t have to be a senator to drive environmental change – in fact, you’d be surprised by the size of the impact that switching to sustainable packaging can have, even for a small company. Think about it: Every item you sell is branded with a label, sticker or some other kind of packaging, and all those materials can quickly pile up. Of course, you want your custom labels and stickers to be high-quality, professional-looking and durable for the duration of your products’ life span, but what about after that?

Why Use Recycled Labels?

The benefits of recycled labels go beyond helping to conserve the Earth’s resources. Today’s consumers are becoming more and more environmentally conscious, so letting them know that sustainability is important to your company might attract green-minded shoppers to your brand.

“Consumers around the world are saying loud and clear that a brand’s social purpose is among the factors that influence purchase decisions,” Amy Fenton, global leader of public development and sustainability at Nielsen, asserted in a statement. “This behavior is on the rise and it provides opportunities for meaningful impact in our communities, in addition to helping to grow share for brands.”

Indeed the Nielsen Global Survey on Corporate Social Responsibility released last June revealed that more than half (55 percent) of online consumers are willing to pay more for goods if the companies from which they’re purchasing are committed to making a positive social and environmental impact.

Promote Community Gardens with Custom Labels and Stickers

Liquor Labeling TrendsGet the Word Out About Community Gardens Using Custom Stickers

Community gardens are advantageous to neighborhoods in a whole host of ways, so why not promote them with custom stickers?

According to the website for President Barack Obama’s nationwide service initiative United We Serve, the benefits of community gardens are numerous, and include:

  • Providing a place for families and individuals without gardens of their own to grow plants, flowers and produce.
  • Facilitating local access to fresh and nutritionally rich foods.
  • Offering members a chance to give back to their communities by donating what they grow to soup kitchens and food banks.
  • Giving green-thumbed individuals the opportunity to share their knowledge and bond with their neighbors.
  • Partnering with schools and after-school organizations to teach children about gardening and nutrition.

Event Promotion Can Help Take Community Gardens to the Next Level

Event promotion can be a great way to raise awareness of local initiatives, and community gardens are no exception in this regard. The events in question can be anything from tours of plots to dinner parties featuring dishes made with ingredients sourced from the garden – whatever the details, using custom stickers and labels to get the word out is a surefire way of increasing turnout. The more people who know about a community garden, the more are likely to get involved, so hosting and promoting events is an important way to bolster membership and local interest.

Take Advantage of Event Stickers from Lightning Labels

At Lightning Labels, we have extensive experience printing custom stickers and labels in just about any shape, size and material you can imagine. As well as helping with promotion, we also offer event stickers that can be used during occasions themselves. Say you’re planning to sell produce grown at a community garden for a good cause – professional and high-quality labeling can go a long way. Small operations like community gardens typically don’t have high budgets, which is where Lightning Labels’ custom sticker printing in small amounts comes in useful. If you only need a small number of stickers or want a selection of different designs, take advantage of our short-run roll stickers, which can be printed in small enough quantities to make them financially viable and help you avoid breaking the bank.

Get Custom Lip Balm Labels for Every Flavor

Few products are as ubiquitous as lip balm.Offer Chapped Lip Relief and Promote Your Brand with Lip Balm Labels

Few products are as ubiquitous as lip balm, and this means companies that use lip balm labels as a promotional vehicle have the opportunity to reach a wide and varied audience. Think about it: Regardless of age, gender and other demographic factors, almost everybody can say they experience the annoyance of chapped lips once in a while. So, when they reach for the lip balm in their pockets, purses or desk drawers, why not deploy some well-crafted packaging to remind them that your company is out there and ready to serve their needs – just like that lip balm?

Custom Lip Balm Labels Clearly Deliver Your Message

If you’ve ever found a tube of lip balm in a crevice of your couch, the pocket of a rarely worn jacket or the center console of your car, you know that this small but important product can turn up virtually anywhere – and this means custom lip balm labels need to be sufficiently durable to hold up to wear and tear.

When you receive your shipment of lip balm stickers and labels, you’ll be surprised by the vibrant, crisp color produced by our digital printing presses, but you’ll probably question how long this initial high-quality appearance will last. Never fear – Lightning Labels understands the importance of using printing materials that will stand up to everyday use and exposure to elements such as water, oils and sunlight. In fact, we use a unique material for lip balm labels that has been formulated to meet the special needs of these products’ packaging. Whether you select a rich, bright palate or soft, soothing colors, rest assured that our labels will preserve your company’s message.

Our Make-Up Labels Echo Our Quality Lip Balm Packaging

Of course, lip balm isn’t the only product for which Lightning Labels provides make-up labels. We have a selection of hundreds of label sizes and shapes from which to choose, and if you don’t find what you’re looking for, we also offer the ability to custom-order labels to fit your bath and body care product containers perfectly. Whether your enterprise sells soap, lotion, cosmetics or is focused on another facet of the bath and body field, our professional-quality custom labels and stickers will help your offerings stand out from those of your competitors.

If label durability is a concern of yours, allow Lightning Labels to put your worries to rest. Every month, we print hundreds of thousands of labels, many of which must be durable enough for their quality to remain uncompromised by factors like extreme heat or a plunge in the tub. See for yourself by requesting free label material samples before you commit to making an order. We’re so confident in the caliber of our products that we guarantee 100 percent satisfaction on every order, every time.

How Can Labels Convey Brand Message?

If designed effectively, branded labels should serve several purposes.Product Labels: A Central Part of Your Brand

When it comes down to it, there are two main reasons behind adding product labels to items – to help shoppers identify goods and to impart important information about ingredients. That being said, this is by no means labels’ only use. In a sense, they act as mini billboards for a brand, whether they’re wrapped around beer and wine bottles, emblazoned across nutraceutical product packaging or stuck on bars of soap.

Beginning to think of stickers and labels as a promotional tool as well as a way to get across details of what products contain can change the entire perspective of a company. If leveraged effectively, packaging can become an extension of a brand in its own right. If a company fails to acknowledge and misses the chance to reinforce its brand message, however, a powerful marketing opportunity is lost.

The Dual Purposes of Custom Labels

At their core, custom labels serve two purposes, depending on the familiarity and stature of the brand.

  • A relatively unknown enterprise that’s new, small or simply not well-known can use custom labels to make its products stand out from everything else on store shelves. Even businesses on a budget can benefit from Lightning Labels’ good-quality, high-definition, vibrant labels.
  • For a more established brand, custom labels facilitate instant recognition for customers who either already know what they’re looking for or are familiar with the company’s good reputation and decide to give its products a try.

The Power of Branded Labels

If designed effectively, branded labels should answer the following two questions:

  • What attributes distinguish the company from its competitors, i.e. why should consumers choose this particular enterprise over any of the others that are out there?
  • How are the business’ products different from – and better than – those offered by its rivals, i.e. what is their unique value and what makes them stand out from the crowd?

For instance, consider the example of an enterprise that has been around for more than a century. It makes sense for a company like this to focus its brand message around the general idea that it’s been doing what it does for years and knows its industry better than any other organization out there. In this scenario, there’s the implication that the business has gone through a process of trial and error, perfected its approach over time and, as a result, produces goods of a higher caliber than its younger and less seasoned competitors. The notion seems straightforward enough, but how can the company translate this to its labeling? Faux-parchment labels are a great way to emphasize age – and all without requiring the consumer to read a single word. That being said, of course, prominently displaying the year in which the enterprise was founded doesn’t hurt either.

Celebrate Easter with Seasonal Candy and Chocolate Labels

seasonal-candy-and-chocolate-labelsWhy Jazz Up Food Labels for Easter?

For many Americans, Easter Sunday simply wouldn’t be complete without the candy and chocolate that have become a well-loved part of the holiday, which represents a stellar opportunity for confectionery companies to revamp their food labels – and, indeed, their products themselves.

Whether your enterprise is planning to replace its regular candy and chocolate with bunny-, chick- and egg-shaped equivalents or is simply looking to position its offerings as the perfect Easter egg stuffer, product labels are crucial at this time of year. Many of your competitors will be switching up their packaging for Easter, so if you stick to the same old design, your wares will likely get overlooked.

Add Pizzazz to Package Labels and Reap the Seasonal Rewards

How important are eye-catching seasonal package labels? According to the National Retail Federation’s recently released Easter Spending Survey, an overwhelming majority of people who are planning to celebrate Easter this year anticipate buying candy (nine in 10, or 89.3 percent, of the more than 6,300 consumers who took part in the poll). The NRF projects that more than $2.2 billion will be spent on sweet seasonal treats in 2015.

“Americans are eager to dip their toes in the fresh green grass this Easter and celebrate the day with friends and family,” commented Pam Goodfellow, director of Prosper Insights and Analytics, the research firm that partnered with the NRF to conduct the study.
With $2.2 billion up for grabs among confectionery companies, the more vibrant and attention-grabbing your product labels, the better.

Show Your Company is Eager for Easter with Custom Labels

You might think that in order to take your custom labels to the next level and truly pique the interest of Easter shoppers, you’ll need to sink a significant amount of money into a revamp. However, if you partner with Lightning Labels, you can expect the high quality and vibrant, crisp colors you’re looking for without the hefty price tag you might expect, thanks to our state-of-the-art label printing technology. After all, just because you aren’t a major national brand, that doesn’t mean your Easter candy or chocolate should be packaged any less professionally.

See the quality of our custom labels and stickers for yourself by requesting a sample of our label materials. Once you place your order, you can get a free printed press proof or emailed PDF files – we want to make sure you know exactly what you’re getting before you finalize your transaction with us.

With Easter just a few days away, you might think it’s too late to place an order, but Lightning Labels is more than just a name – it’s a description. Following press approval, you can expect a turnaround time of two to three business days, allowing you to get your products out there in time for the big day.

Make Sure Your Candle Labels Hold Up to Heat

candle-labels."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

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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

New product launch label design. 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

Vibrant Spring Product Labels.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.