Premium Label Foil Stamping and Embossing

Premium Label Foil Stamping and Embossing

Premium Label Foil Stamping and Embossing

Premium labels can be enhanced with foil stamping and embossing. Rose City Label is a premium label foil stamping and embossing expert. We can help with all kinds of premium labels. The image above shows the deep, impact-producing effects of an embossed label. The back of the label and the brown label backing show this deep impression – that is the magic of embossing.

Clear Foil Makes an Impact

Nothing makes an impact quite like clear foil. The two-tone gloss/matte contrast makes a label catch your eye on the store shelf. Some printers use a spot varnish, but clear foil is generally more effective and impactful. Read this previous post about amazing clear foil

Foil Stamping – Make it Shine!

Premium gourmet foods can benefit from foil stamping. Gold shows a very specific message in the minds of our customers.

Silver, copper, bronze – all of these foils look good in their own way. Work with your designer to make sure your branding is consistent. If you are providing a premium product, your packaging has to measure up. Small details can’t be printed with a foil plate, and overdoing the use of foil can ruin the effect. Use it sparingly, and foil stamping will help your label shine (literally!).

Read our previous premium Foil Stamping Post

Foil Stamping in Action – YouTube!

Reading is great, but seeing the press in this 4 minute video will also help you understand the technology. The results of embossing can be seen in this wine label. The main company name and the icon is raised on the label. You can feel the texture and quality when you touch the bottle. Look for it in a wine shop near you!

Check out the press in action Foil Stamp Press Video

Call Us Today

Rose City Label has been foil stamping since the 1980s – we have the experience, expertise, and equipment to upgrade your label. Foil stamping and embossing are great ways to show off your product on the retail shelf. Call 503-777-4711 to schedule a consultation today.

Business Excellence!

Business Excellence!

Building and sustaining a thriving business for 92 years is no accident. It takes deliberate effort and intention. Business excellence and systems go hand in hand. Attention to detail is the key, both in the actual production of your labels, and in how we run our business. Here are some things we do very well – all to serve our customers better.

Financial Focus

Each month, we have a complete financial review with an outside CPA. This is considered overkill by some for a business our size, and it is an added expense, but we want certainty about our direction and progress. Having an outside voice to review the financial progress each month is comforting. Our accountants are excellent – check out their website here. What we do for customers is hard, and we always want to know we are going the right direction.

Detailed Monthly Inventory

Each month, we count and measure all 550+ rolls of label stock. With a barcode label on each roll and a unique ID, it is easier than ever to have an almost real-time look at the stock we have on hand. Our vendors are very good and they generally delivery quickly, but having the right inventory buffer is critical to help us respond to customer demand.

Business Excellence and Systems

None of this is very helpful if it is so far after the fact that we can’t remember anything that happened. Today (3rd of the month) we had this full financial review before noon. This is a massive advantage. Being in the moment and having quick feedback helps us keep a finger on the pulse of the business.

Customer Focus

Amazing beer labels require attention to detail

All of this work and attention to detail is designed to delight the customer. Ultimately we want our customer’s customer to be delighted and buy their beer, wine, food product – we want to be an extension of our direct customer’s marketing and branding efforts. We want our labels (their labels!) to stand out on the shelf and help them grow their business. We can only do that effectively if our business is running well. There is more to running a label business than just putting ink on paper. These systems are a big part of that.

Call Us Today – We Can Help

If you want to deal with a family owned, eco-friendly label company in Portland, please call us. We have a thriving business that is growing and profitable. If you produce a high quality product in a bag, box, or bottle, it is very likely that we could help you upgrade your branding with outstanding labels. Our systems and business excellence allow us to help more people each day. Call us!

Labels Matter – Especially with Wine Labels

Labels Matter – Especially with Wine Labels

Powerful wine labels connect. The wine is the ultimate product – and good wine will bring them back. The first sale relies on the label. Labels matter more than ever in the crowded retail market. You only have a brief moment to make a connection, and your label is the primary vehicle to do that.

The recent article by Cyrus Azari – ‘The Power of a Well Crafted Label‘ talks about this in detail. He makes several great points, including this:

You better have a sleek and sexy label design that is visually appealing! Here’s the kicker, it has to be appealing towards who you want to buy that product.

Cyrus Azari, Merchant 23 blog

The key point here is that the label has to be appealing to your target audience. If you don’t know who you are selling to, then any label will work. But if you do (and you better in this competitive category) then you need a label tailored EXACTLY to the consumer you are trying to reach.

  • Young professionals trying to make a good impression
  • Experienced wine lovers that belong to 3 wine clubs
  • Men/Women/African Americans
  • Converts from beer or spirits
  • Chefs that want a wine to compliment a meal

All of these are valid and worthy segments to target, and all of them could potentially need a different label. Defining your ideal customer first is the best way to start your label design – if you can bring this to your graphic designer, it will make the process much more productive.

There really is no perfect label for your wine – there is only the perfect label that connects with the consumer you are targeting. A label is a visual representation of your brand – it is the promise to the consumer about how they will feel while enjoying your product. The wine has to fulfil the promise made by the label, but until you know the actual promise you are making, it is very hard to hit the target.

Think about your target audience and your brand promise – once those are well defined, the label will design itself. In the label design process, we would be happy to collaborate with your designer to discuss paper options, foil and embossing, and special die cut shapes to bring your vision to life.

Call us today. We can help!

We are Label Branding Experts

We are Label Branding Experts

Label Branding Experts

The Rose City Label label branding experts can help you connect with your customers.  Your brand is a promise to your customers.  It sets the expectation for their experience with your product.  After purchasing and trying your product, the quality of the product and the service that delivers the product will bring them back.  Before they purchase, it is your brand that will bring them in.

Your Authentic Brand Voice

Knowing your purpose is critical.  Before you come to visit the label branding experts, you need to know exactly the image you want – fancy, relaxed, formal, or casual?  How do you want people to feel when they eat, drink, or apply your product to their body?  Are you a good value?  Premium quality? Best supported?  What makes your product special and why should someone choose you?  Once you have this, you can begin to select the ideal label color as discussed in this previous post.

Your ideal Customer

Who you are selling to is another thing to decide before you come to the label branding experts.  Who you are talking to will radically inform the decision about your label design, material, size, and perhaps even quantity.  When in doubt, go smaller on your target market.  You only want to target and focus on the ideal customer.  If you focus on this group, you will catch some adjacent groups that buy, and that is great, but don’t dilute your branding by focusing on a wide market.  Go narrow.

What Resonates with Them?

Your look and feel – especially your packaging and labels – must be defined on the wants and needs of your ideal customers.  You have to be authentic and speak in your true voice, but if your ideal customer doesn’t resonate with the message, you have a problem!  Make sure your facility, the taste and style of your product, and especially your labels, all resonate with this idea customer.

Everything Works A Little

All the elements of your BRAND – from how you answer the phone to the quality of your physical product – all contribute to your ultimate brand experience.  Hopefully, if you use discipline and thought, all these touch points work together.  Everything must work together – the elements of your brand don’t exist in a vacuum.  Make sure everything is working together. All the elements need to reinforce each other.

It’s A Marathon Not a Sprint

Think about the lifetime value of a customer, not just the first sale.  The marketing journey is a long game.  Don’t get discouraged – make sure you have the discipline to keep the business and the marketing going over the long haul.  Branding and marketing is an ongoing, never ending process.  It is a marathon, not a sprint.

Labels Can Help

One of the key parts of this brand is your physical brand.  If you have a product in a bag, box or bottle, your labels are critical.  If they don’t align with your other branding elements, you will have a hard time growing your business.  The labels have to reinforce (rather than fight with) the other elements of your brand.  If you like the way the RCL label branding experts think about branding, please call us today.

Outstanding Branding Advice from Professionals

Outstanding Branding Advice from Professionals

Begin with the End In Mind

Remember that every part of your business that the customer sees has an impact – positive or negative – whether it is intentional or accidental.  Everything WILL have an impact, and by being proactive and thoughtful, you can shape that impact.  Think about the feelings you want people to have when they come to your store, view your packaging, or use your product.  How do they feel?  These are all good and viable feelings your product could invoke, but they are all very different.

  • Happy?
  • Confident?
  • Giddy?
  • Bad A$$?

Be sure that when you set out to create or update your brand, you begin with this end in mind.  Start with you you want them to feel when they interact with you, then work backwards to create that feeling.

Labels are Only Part of the Package

We love labels!  Labels are our life – but we know that they are only a small part of the brand.  Labels only ‘work’ to the extent that they reinforce and build on your web design, your on-premise look and feel, your menu, your actual product in the bag, box, or bottle.  The owners’ personality also plays into this – if you are an owner-operator, or otherwise serve as the ‘face’ of the business, then how you interact matters too.  Again, we don’t want to minimize the value of labels (never!) but we realize they are part of a larger branding system.  Read more about that in the great article below.

Start with your Authentic Brand

Begin with your message and your brand voice.  A presentation by our friend Clare Carver was the inspiration for this Authentic Brand blog post.  Check it out.  This is covered in more detail in the tutorial below.

Check out this Cool Tutorial from Codo

This is one of the most comprehensive, well written guides to branding that we have seen.  This is specifically targeted to Craft Beer (which is a big part of our business) but it could equally apply to any product company with a consumer product in a bag, box, or bottle.  Anyone with any business could learn from this guide. Check it by clicking here

Need Label Help?

Once you have the complete branding package complete, and you need to bring that brand vision into the world, please call us!  We can help reinforce your brand and bring it to life in the hands of your consumers.  We have great printing technology and people ready to help.  Call us today!