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Make Your Independence Day Family Festivities Unforgettable with Custom Labels

Make your Independence Day Festivities Unforgettable. Add Uniqueness to a National Holiday with Fourth of July Labels

American adults spend an average of $68 on barbecue and picnic provisions for the July Fourth holiday, and people across the nation consume approximately 150 million hot dogs as part of the festivities, according to a USA Today infographic. Fourth of July labels are a creative and inexpensive way to make your family picnic or cookout stand out from the rest, both on Independence Day itself and in attendees’ memories for months and years after.

In terms of design, custom labels and stickers for the Fourth of July can be as basic or complex as each family wants. If you’re looking to keep it simple, the event name and date will suffice – for example, “Smith Family Independence Day BBQ 2015.” Those interested in going a bit more in depth have a variety of approaches to choose from.

Celebrate Domestic Products with Fourth of July Stickers

Why not use Fourth of July stickers to celebrate not only America, but American meat as well?

A practice known as country-of-origin labeling is currently mandated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service – although, as we noted in a recent article, the law’s days may be numbered if the House of Representatives votes to repeal it in line with World Trade Organization regulations. For now, though, consumers can make informed decisions to purchase meat from domestic livestock for their Fourth of July barbecues.

According to The Washington Post, Iowa is home to nearly one-third of the nation’s hogs and pigs, while North Carolina and Minnesota also have high porcine populations. That means there’s a good chance the hot dogs and sausages you grill at your Independence Day cookout came from one of these three states – provided, of course, that you bought domestic. Share this patriotic and fun fact with your guests by printing it on custom stickers!

Labels: The Perfect Way to Add Pizzazz to Your Fourth of July Party Ideas

When it comes to celebrating July Fourth, most people default to hosting or attending a cookout, picnic or fireworks display. These Fourth of July party ideas may not be particularly original, but around Independence Day, tradition carries a lot of weight. That being said, there are still ways to spice up a run-of-the-mill celebration, which is where stickers and labels come in.

Summer is Here – Update Nutraceutical Packaging to Attract Those Eager to Lose Weight

Update Nutraceutical Packaging to Attract Those Eager to Lose Weight. Body-Conscious Americans Seeking Nutraceutical Products for Summer

Losing weight was Americans’ most common New Year’s resolution for 2015, according to Marist Poll. With the official first day of summer just around the corner and numerous areas of the country already enjoying sunshine and high temperatures, many individuals are scouring the shelves for nutraceutical products to assist them on their journeys toward attaining a beach-ready body.

In a bid to attract these consumers, companies in the nutraceutical sector may want to update their packaging for the summer months. However, before they make any moves to update their custom labels and stickers, they must ensure any and all proposed changes comply with federal regulations.

“[Nutraceutical product labels are] allowed to make claims about the way the body functions, but not about disease,” Trisha Calvo, health and food deputy editor for Consumer Reports, explained to CBS. “So they can say something like ‘burns fat,’ but they can’t say ‘reduces the risk of obesity’ because obesity is the disease.”

Make Sure Nutraceutical Packaging is Legally and Aesthetically Up to Snuff

Once enterprises in the weight-loss industry have ensured their nutraceutical packaging updates are in compliance with United States Food and Drug Administration legislation, they are ready to turn their attention to making their stickers and labels pop. Low-quality label materials or washed-out printing do not exactly inspire confidence in consumers perusing different product offerings, so it’s critical to roll out packaging that speaks to the professional nature of the company.

Aesthetics aren’t the only important aspect, though – nutraceutical businesses also need to identify a way to impart information that neither compromises the label’s design nor requires consumers to scour the packaging for details such as usage instructions and ingredients.

Order Inexpensive, High-Quality Custom Nutraceutical Labels from Lightning Labels

Finding a balance between quality and cost can be a challenge – especially for smaller companies – but Lightning Labels provides the best of both worlds. Thanks to its digital printing technology, Lightning Labels can offer economical unit pricing for both small and large quantities of custom nutraceutical labels, both short-run and for the long haul. Our high-resolution printing ensures a crisp, vibrant finish while also facilitating the inclusion of small yet highly legible text that’s ideal for ingredient lists and instructions.

Deploy Father’s Day Labels to Help Consumers Choose Gifts

Deploy Father's Day Labels to Help Consumers choose Gifts.Use Custom Labels to Remind Consumers about Father’s Day

Stores that have not yet designed, ordered and deployed custom labels and stickers in time for Father’s Day still have a window of time in which to do so, but the clock is ticking. Father’s Day may not be until June 21, but holidays have a tendency to sneak up quickly, taking both companies and consumers by surprise. For proof, look no further than the greeting card aisle the night before Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Valentine’s Day… and the list goes on.

When it comes to shopping for Dad, many consumers are stumped, which is where Father’s Day labels can come in handy. Individuals who hadn’t previously considered a particular product as a gift may be more inclined to do so if they see a label that nudges them in the right direction.

Statistics have emerged over the past couple of years that shine a spotlight on the spending gap between Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. Annual figures from the National Retail Federation indicate that over the past five years, spending on Mother’s Day gifts outpaced investments in Father’s Day gifts every time. We’ll have to wait until the month’s end for this year’s definitive numbers, but last year’s predictions forecast Father’s Day spending to total approximately $12.5 billion, significantly less than the nearly $20 billion projected for Mother’s Day.

Redress the Balance with Father’s Day Labels

Even with some retailers drawing attention to particular gift options with Father’s Day labels, the unequal spending persists. Speculation has run rampant about the cause for the discrepancy between the average expenditures on gifts for Mom and Dad, with some people concluding that consumers fork over more for their favorite parent. However, the real answer could be a lot less incendiary.

“It’s just harder to buy for men,” Robert Passikoff, president of retail consultancy company Brand Keys, told TODAY Money. “This is not a contest.”

There is simply a larger number and a greater diversity of products for Mom, which means retailers have more to work with in the run-up to Mother’s Day – and, more often than not, consumers faced with myriad options are able to sort through and find the perfect gift. In contrast, the range of gifts for men typically doesn’t go beyond the realm of the tie, shirt and home improvement tool – and, of course, the ubiquitous gift card.

After so many years being stuck in this Father’s Day gift-buying rut, shoppers may need some help to clamber out of it, which is where Father’s Day labels may come in useful. An action as simple as sticking a “Great for Father’s Day!” label on a product may be all it takes for retailers to get consumers inspired.

Highlight These Outside-the-Box Gift Ideas with Custom Stickers

Retailers eager to target shoppers who are as sick of buying novelty golf socks as their fathers are of receiving them may want to consider drawing consumers’ attention to these products using custom stickers:

  • Headphones: Whether Dad listens to Frank Sinatra or Fabolous, he’s sure to appreciate this gift. There are enough options available to suit all shoppers’ budgets and tastes, from ear buds to bulkier models.
  • A book: Some fathers devour fiction, others enjoy biographies. If Dad isn’t a reader, how-to books and collections of recipes are other options.
  • A watch: Watches are one of the most common accessories out there. Functional and fashionable, they span many different designs and price ranges.

Buying a Father’s Day gift is a personal process, but there’s no reason why retailers can’t help consumers along by using well-placed stickers and labels.

Ring in National Safety Month with Cautionary Stickers and Labels

Promote Safety with Warning Stickers and LabelsNational Safety Month is Just Around the Corner

June comes with many associations, including the first official day of summer, the last day of school and the end of the second corporate quarter, but did you know it’s also National Safety Month?

National Safety Month is an annual National Safety Council initiative intended to mitigate accidents in the workplace, at home, on the road and elsewhere. This year, the council is placing a particular focus on transportation safety, emergency preparedness, prescription painkiller abuse, ergonomics and slip, trip and fall prevention – all areas in which cautious behavior can be quickly, easily and effectively reinforced through the use of stickers and labels.

Promoting Safety is Easy with Custom Labels and Stickers

It may seem hard to believe that something as small as a sticker could have such a big effect on safety, but the fact is that custom labels are a key component of accident prevention. Take three of this year’s focus topics as an example:

  • Emergency preparedness: In emergency situations, labels can literally mean the difference between life and death. Consider the instructional stickers on the side of a fire extinguisher, for instance. Even if people think they know what to do when disaster strikes, chaos and stress may result in them swiftly forgetting some – if not all – of their knowledge, which is where labels can become invaluable.
  • Slip, trip and fall prevention: It’s possible to slip, trip or fall almost anywhere, but many of these types of accidents are preventable. Luckily, labels and stickers can be affixed to practically any surface, serving as an effective way to give people a heads-up about potentially dangerous situations and warn them to be cautious of hazards such as uneven ground, unexpected stairs, slippery floors and more.
  • Transportation safety: According to figures from Statista, some 254 million passenger cars, motorcycles, trucks and other vehicles were registered in the United States in 2012 alone. For people who don’t have their own modes of transportation, don’t feel like driving, want to save money or are concerned about the environment, buses, trains, ferries and the like are their go-to options. Whether individuals personally operate the vehicles they use to get around or trust others to drive responsibly, it’s important for whoever is at the wheel to be able to quickly and clearly identify different components.

Stickers and Labels: An Easy and Inexpensive Way to Encourage Safety

Although large corporations have the funds to invest in thousand- or even million-dollar safety initiatives, many smaller companies do not – but that doesn’t mean the latter enterprises should be excluded from National Safety Month. There are plenty of ways to advocate for safety without breaking the bank, and installing or updating cautionary labels and stickers is one of the most inexpensive. If you’re looking to get in on the action this June, contact Lightning Labels.

Promote Summer Camps with Personalized Stickers

Personalized Stickers Help Promote Summer CampCustom Stickers Can Help Get the Word Out About Summer Camp

School’s out for summer – or soon will be – and that means camp is in the near future for many youngsters who are ready to promote their summer plans with custom stickers.

According to the American Camp Association, the United States is home to more than 7,000 overnight camps and 5,000 day camps, a number that increased by 21 percent between 2002 and 2013. The ACA’s Sites, Facilities, Programs Report identified campers’ top activities as recreational swimming and other aquatic activities, arts and crafts, challenges/ropes and archery, but many also enjoy horseback riding, climbing, farming, gardening, wilderness trips and community service.

Whether they are experiencing first-time jitters or are eagerly awaiting the day they get to go back to their familiar seasonal stomping grounds, kids don’t have to wait until they arrive on-site to display their summer camp allegiance, all thanks to custom stickers. And you never know – kids who see summer camp stickers on their peers’ school lockers, folders or backpacks may even be inspired to lobby their parents for a last-minute sign-up so they can join the fun!

Personalized Stickers Serve A Dual Purpose

As well as promoting the summer camps that produce them, personalized stickers can also help attendees develop the sense that they are part of something, even before they arrive on the first day. Organizations eager to strengthen this sense of connection may want to consider producing multiple sticker designs – some with the sole purpose of getting the word out about the summer camp itself, and others that have blank spaces where campers can fill in their names, teams, cabin numbers, etc. People love to belong, and personalized stickers are an inexpensive yet effective tool to make them feel included. What’s more, Lightning Labels’ low minimums and reasonable prices mean summer camps don’t have to worry about their stickers breaking the bank.

Why Choose Sticker Printing from Lightning Labels?

Whether camps decide to go with multiple sticker motifs or simply need small quantities of one design, chances are good that Lightning Labels’ custom sticker printing service can meet their needs. Before their stickers roll off the presses, camp personnel can take a look at free press proofs to make sure the final product will be everything they imagined. Once they give the OK, they can expect their customized stickers to be printed in two to three days and shipped to them soon afterward.

Get Your Marketing on a Roll with Custom Roll Stickers

Custom Roll Stickers Promote Your BusinessRoll on the Era of Roll Stickers for Your Business

There was probably a period in your company’s history when sheet labels met your needs and you didn’t think roll stickers were necessary. At that time, you didn’t mind peeling off stickers one by one because you used them in such small quantities. That being said, there comes a certain point in a business’ life cycle when it makes sense to leave sheet labels behind and switch to roll labels instead. Human beings are naturally averse to change and tend to stick to what they know, but the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of roll labels speak for themselves.

Why Use Roll Stickers?

Roll stickers have multiple advantages over their sheet equivalents. Here’s a list of just a few:

  • Better value: Buying labels in sheets tends to be more expensive than ordering roll labels, even when a company offers low sheet label minimums. Why not buy roll stickers in bulk and redirect the money you save toward improving another area of your business?
  • Quicker application: Sitting down one afternoon, peeling labels off sheets one by one and painstakingly affixing them to the bottles, boxes, tubes or whatever other form of container holds your wares can be extremely therapeutic once you get into a rhythm – but it can also end up being a huge waste of time. Whatever industry you’re in, chances are good that you and your employees have better things to do than manually stick labels onto each and every one of your products. Roll stickers can be fed into label applicators to speed up the process and free up time on your end.
  • Easier storage: This benefit is the simplest of them all. Think about it: How often have you misplaced a sheet of labels, never to be seen again? It’s much harder to lose an entire roll!

Order Custom Roll Labels from Lightning Labels

Whether you’re looking for custom roll labels to affix to food containers, bath and body products, nutraceuticals, candles, beer and wine bottles or something else, Lightning Labels can deliver. Our professional-quality labels look just as good as – if not better than – those used by large national brands, so you’ll be able to pique consumers’ interest without breaking the bank.

Use Labels and Stickers to Promote Safety During National Bike Month

National Bike Month Safety StickersInclude Safety Warnings on Bike Product Labels

May is National Bike Month, which means there’s no time like the present to promote bike safety via product labels on the vehicles themselves, as well as adding the stickers to accompanying accessories.

National Bike Month has been held every year since 1956 and includes events such as Bike to Work Week and Bike to School Day. With event sponsor the League of American Bicyclists and numerous local bike shops and organizations gearing up to draw attention to the various benefits of biking, it’s important to pair these encouraging messages with safety warnings. After all, riding a bike may be a healthier, less costly and more environmentally friendly form of getting yourself where you need to go, but if you don’t follow the rules of the road or fail to take precautions such as wearing a helmet, you could end up pedaling into disaster – and that’s where warning labels come in.

What Tips Should Bike Safety Stickers Provide?

If you’re wondering where to start when it comes to crafting bike safety stickers, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s website is a great resource. Encourage riders to:

• Wear a properly fitted helmet
• Inspect the bike before riding
• Dress in bright colors and reflective gear
• Stay alert and watch out for road hazards
• Follow traffic laws
• Ride with at least one hand on the handlebars
• Avoid riding at night
• Yield to traffic and pedestrians when appropriate
• Look before turning

Make Safety Labels Pop

Imparting information that may help to keep bike-riders safe is important, but if safety labels aren’t eye-catching and attractive, the tips are more likely to go unread. Make sure this doesn’t happen by partnering with Lightning Labels.

Even if you only want to print a small number of custom labels and stickers, Lightning Labels’ low minimums and inexpensive unit pricing will be able to accommodate your requirements and restrictions. However, don’t associate the low cost with low quality. We offer a wide variety of different label materials, finishes and hues, but one thing’s for sure: You’ll get professional-quality labels with vibrant colors, clear and easy-to-read text, crisp designs and, if needed, the ability to withstand water and heat. Let Lightning Labels help you get the word out about bicycle safety this National Bike Month!

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.

Celebrate Your Club with Customized Sticker Decals

Celebrate Your ClubShow Your Pride with Club Stickers

Whether you run a sports team, a society of “Star Trek” aficionados or anything in between, there’s one thing your members are likely to embrace with open arms: club stickers. Everyone likes to be part of something bigger than themselves, and custom decals are a great way for people to proudly declare their allegiance to your group via everything from paper folders to car windows.

Sometimes, a club owner may avoid looking into the option of creating customized sticker decals because he or she believes the organization’s membership is too small to warrant the associated production expenses, but that isn’t the case. Lightning Labels offers professional, short-run roll stickers that can be printed in whatever quantities you’d like at a price that’s financially viable and well within your budget.

Explaining the Decal Printing Process

So, after you submit a design, what’s the next step in the decal printing process? To ensure you’re totally happy with your stickers before you place your final order, Lightning Labels will provide you with press proofs at no extra charge. If time is of the essence, we can accommodate you by offering proofing via electronic PDFs. After you confirm everything is exactly how you envisioned, it’s time to print. Typically, you can expect us to turn around most customized sticker orders in 48 to 72 hours following digital printing press approval.

Say your club meets on a weekly basis – one week, you can pass around the press proofs so everyone can weigh in on the design, and by the next week, you’ll be able to distribute the decals themselves.

Why Splurge on Custom Decals?

As we noted above, cultivating a sense of community and camaraderie is a powerful thing. There are many ways to make people feel as if they’re part of something special, from full-on uniforms to custom decals. If you want the members of your club to feel united without breaking the bank, Lightning Labels has you covered. We can print almost any kind of customized decals you can imagine, ranging in shape, size and material. Want a glossy and durable finish? We’ve got it. Prefer an old-world look and feel? We can do that too. Place an order today and get ready to see what a huge impact something as small as a custom decal can have on your team spirit.

Promote Your Brewery with Standout Beer Bottle Labels

promote your brewery with standout beer bottle labels

Certain beer brands are as renowned for their bottle labels as they are for the taste of their brews. Consider Rogue Ales’ distinctive historic and occasion-themed stickers, Anchor Steam Beer’s hand-drawn motif (with, of course, the company’s namesake anchor front and center) and Magic Hat’s trademark psychedelic designs. In short, if your brewery wants to attract attention from shoppers at retail locations, you’ll face stiff competition from rival drinks.

The Ingredients of Standout Beer Labels

So, what qualities make for great beer labels? To enjoy optimal results, you need to find a balance between attracting consumers’ attention and getting across all the information they’re looking for in a format that’s as easy to digest as the beer itself.

In this sense, coming up with a solid sticker design is a two-step process: First, reel in shoppers with an eye-catching design, then impart everything they need to know within the time span of a casual glance. If you fall short during the first part of the process, they’ll never make it to Step Two. Fail to provide all the relevant details in a sufficiently streamlined manner, and they’ll lose interest.

Take Your Home Brew Label to the Next Level

Home-brewing is a labor of love, and a home brew label design should reflect that. All too often, however, delicious home brews get overlooked due to lackluster labeling, but Lightning Labels can change all that. We offer a range of different finishes – a high-gloss finish, a matte finish and old-style textured paper – and provide the option of wraparound labels or separate stickers for the back and front of the bottle according to your preferences.

Whichever choices you select, you can rest assured that the printing will be high-resolution and of great quality, so the colors of your carefully chosen design will truly pop.