Pack up and promote

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TWO big questions facing online retailers are – what packaging to use and what to put in it.

The packaging has to be as small and light as possible to save on shipping costs, but strong enough to protect the contents from mishandling, unexpected impacts or fluids.

The second question is the product itself and how it is presented. For many, this is also part of the packaging design.

But there is a third question many online retailers don’t think about, and which is just as vital.

This is branding, promotion and product information.

This is not part of the product or packaging, but most definitely part of the customer experience when opening a package and so should be a prime consideration.

Online retailers have to invest considerable time, effort and expense in marketing to attract eyeballs and then convert those eyeballs into cash in the bank. 

For the paying customer the deal is receiving the item in mint condition and perceiving it to be good value for money.

Opening the package is where the rubber hits the road. Everything before that moment is a waste if the customer is disappointed or feels cheated.

That’s the moment when a good package insert can seal the deal. A good insert projects the brand, enhances the value offering and builds a relationship with a paying customer.

For most customers, an online purchase is made for convenience and cost. They are just buying a “gizmo” for whatever reason they may have. They don’t particularly care where or how the “gizmo” is made, they only care about it doing what they expect it to do and giving them the value they paid for it to give.

A package insert introduces the customer to the BRAND behind the “gizmo” they bought, to the people behind it, and why it is the best “gizmo” they could have bought. The insert can also give the customer ideas on what other products are available to either add further value to the “gizmo”, or complement it.

The insert communicates how much the seller cares about the product, which gives the buyer more confidence the online purchase was a good choice — and more confidence to buy more products from the retailer.

Most have already heard that acquiring a new customer is between five and 25 times more expensive than keeping an existing one. 

But here’s something you may not have heard. 

According to research by Frederick Reichheld of Bain & Company (the company behind the net promoter score) increasing customer retention rates by just 5% increases profits by an eye-watering 25% to 95%.

That’s the reason why major retailers invest so heavily in building their brand image. They know that many sales are secured on sentiment, even if the items themselves are more expensive than identical items from unknown brands.

Think of a branded T-shirt and an unbranded T-shirt: Which one costs more and sells more?

The trick is to convince a customer who has just bought an item to buy the same brand again.

This involves more than the product itself in the package and why it takes a package insert to seal the deal. 

Here are some ideas and tools to play with.


Think INSIDE the box

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REMEMBER the excitement you felt as a child ripping gift paper off a package? Remember how you felt when opening the box and seeing what’s inside?

That feeling is the most important moment in any online sale. 

That’s what’s achieved by all the marketing effort and expense of catching eyeballs and converting them to buying from you. 

That’s also the single biggest opportunity any online retailer has to sell more because it’s the instant the receiver’s interest is at its highest. Every detail of everything in the box is absorbed with laser-like intensity.

Yet it is a moment many online retailers are missing.

Remember the person opening the box is either the person who made the purchase online or someone to whom the online purchaser has sent the box as a gift. This is the moment they are most receptive to reading more about the product and the brand.

This is the moment to further dazzle and delight.

A simple, low-cost but high value marketing touch needs to be added: a PackAd.

There are seven different types of PackAd depending on size of package and marketing strategy.

  1. Mini PackAd, the size of a standard business card, for small packages or envelopes;
  2. Sticker PackAd of different sizes to use as a label or package seal;
  3. Flyer PackAd, a single A6 to A4 size insert;
  4. Pamphlet PackAd, which is the same size as a Flyer by folded in half or thirds to give four to six sides for content;
  5. Card PackAd, which is either a postcard or greeting card size insert on similar paper to a Mini PackAd and either folded into four sides or flat with two sides;
  6. Booklet PackAd, which is a multipage A5 size booklet;
  7. Catalogue PackAd, which is a multipage A4 size booklet.

Different options or finishes provide an almost unlimited range of inserts in small to large quantities that can be tailored to suit any marketing strategy.

See more here.


Magnets, funnels and paper

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All the biz buzz now is about online marketing lead magnets, funnels, and sales pipelines.

But few realise these tools and strategies are not new, and didn’t originate online.

Their birth was with print, and print can still be used effectively to give sales a powerful push.

First some background.

The Covid-19 pandemic lockdown undoubtedly accelerated online business massively while brick-and-mortar businesses had to watch from the sidelines in despair.

During the lockdown, Amazon was clocking sales at a rate of about $11,000 a second on products and services and its equity value shot through the $1-trillion mark.

Netflix sales climbed by 40% to seal its global dominance of entertainment services.

In the US, retail giant Walmart (which until recently owned Asda in the UK) saw its share value rise by 23% in a month, while UK online grocery retailer, Ocado, saw its value leap over 40%.

In stark contrast, brick-and-mortar businesses saw their value all but wiped out. 

A Goldman Sachs study in the US found that nearly 500,000 brick‑and‑mortar retail locations closed due to the pandemic, and in a survey of 1,500 small businesses, half said they would not survive longer than three months of lockdown.

Of course, in the face of such stark contrasts, many start looking to online sales as an answer to their woes. 

After all, if Amazon and others can thrive in a lockdown, why not?

Hence the focus on magnets, funnels and pipelines — the new fad tools and strategies of online marketing for online business.

Funnel guru, and founder of, Russell Brunson, mentions in his superb bestselling book, Dotcom Secrets, that he learnt about funnel strategies and sales pipelines as a teenager by studying junk mail – in print. 

He had been fascinated how anyone could make money by paying to put small adverts in newspaper and magazine classifieds giving away freebies. It made no sense. Yet he saw the adverts every day. 

So he wrote to them to get the freebies and see what happened next.

Pretty soon (much to the dismay of his parents no doubt) he received the freebies — along with mountains of junk mail.

Unlike most of us, he actually read the junk mail — carefully. Pretty soon he saw that all the junk mail from different companies followed much the same pattern. 

They offered other goods and services at higher prices, packaged in special offers with deadlines, all followed up by more junk mail shots.

He later understood that the freebie advert had attracted him into a sales funnel that then pushed him down a value pipeline offering him more products and services which was where the real money was made. It was a marketing machine that clearly worked.

Online funnels work much the same way, but there is one final step that is not online and still relies on print. It’s a final step many miss.

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It’s when a customer buys a product and has it delivered to them.

Consider for a moment what this actually means. It is someone who has gone through the entire online shopping process and has paid the business to have a product delivered.

Persuading this customer to buy again is infinitely easier than getting a new customer who will have to go through the whole process, and the moment the customer opens the package is the best possible moment to do it.

This is where our PackAds come into play. This is where the opportunity to push the customer further down your value pipeline is at its most powerful.

Our range of PackAds provide a toolbox of products that can be used to build that vital step towards another sale. It is very precisely targeted at the best possible customer profile – someone who has just bought from you. 

It’s low-cost with minimal waste at a moment of maximum customer excitement and engagement.

Don’t miss the golden opportunity.


Who we are

Hi, allow us to introduce ourselves: We are which offers a one-stop online service for printed PackAds.

Print? Online? You may be tempted to think that’s oxymoronic. 

Allow us to explain.

Remember the excitement you felt as a child ripping gift paper off a package? Remember how you felt when opening the gift box and seeing what’s inside?

That feeling is the most powerful emotion in any online sale, because that’s what’s achieved after all the marketing effort and expense of catching eyeballs and converting them into sales. 

It’s also the single biggest opportunity for any online retailer to sell more because it’s when a paying customer’s excitement and interest is at their highest. Every detail of everything in the box is absorbed with laser-like intensity.

This golden opportunity to further dazzle and delight is what many online businesses are missing.

Our solution is a simple, low-cost but high value marketing tool: the PackAd.

We offer seven different basic types of PackAd depending on package size and marketing strategy.

Each offers different options or finishes for an almost unlimited range of package inserts, big and small, many or few, to suit any budget or strategy.

We provide a full service from artwork to delivery – or only what you need.

Check out our pre-specified range in our Shop at special prices, or specify what you want with our Quotation tool.