Your average supermarket carries anywhere between 15,000 and 60,000 individual products and the most people will wander through these fluorescent lit halls of consumerism is once a week and come away with at maximum 30 or 40 items.
The ecommerce environment is just as crowded, with the global B2C market topping $1 trillion for the first time in 2012. Simply typing the word ‘books’ into Amazon will yield you over 44 million search results.
While the internet has provided a potential customer base of millions for even the smallest of local businesses, the flip-side is that these businesses are elevated into a global marketplace. You may have been the only supplier of real ales in your local area, but as soon as your ecommerce site goes live you become one of the thousands and thousands of real ale companies operating around the world.
This kind of competitive environment necessitates the need for smart packaging design that both stands out from the crowd and communicates a deeper message of value about the product to potential consumers.
One of the biggest problems for established brands is the precarious balancing act of maintaining your coherence and focus as a brand while still allowing room for growth, change and modification. No brand is ever perfect and there is always likely to be people that you could appeal to more or an aspect of your message that needs to be amplified.