Blanco Labels Blog

  1. Is there a perfect logo?

    Is there a perfect logo?

    By Ken Gasque This is a story about logos but it is also a story about the importance of design for your labels, pressure sensitive labels of course!Yes, there is a perfect logo. It’s my favorite logo, and it’s most commonly found in the South.* It’s abstract. It’s simple. It’s bold. It’s symmetrical. It’s distinctive. It’s easily sized from a... Continue reading
  2. List Making Has Its Rewards

    List Making Has Its Rewards

    By Ken Gasque List making has been an activity that I have enjoyed since I was in elementary school. I think it started with books I wanted to read. I liked checking them off and watching my progress. Another of my favorite lists was quotations. I still have the list I first did, and my list of quotations now is... Continue reading
  3. What is your differentiation?

    What is your differentiation?

     By Ken Gasque What makes your product different in a meaningful way? It is a question that is not easily answered. Before we go on, try answering it. What makes your product different in a meaningful way? Well, how did you do? I have met numerous business owners who are quick to answer: “We have great people.” “We exceed expectations.”... Continue reading
  4. Three more rules for your marketing and for your life

    Three more rules for your marketing and for your life

    By Ken GasqueThe fewer the rules the better. Or a marketing maximum from the school of design is “Less is more.” This rule is applicable in a number of things from the number of products offered (The paradox of choice by Barry Schwartz) to architecture. But like all rules, it doesn’t always work. And that is what makes a good... Continue reading
  5. Three rules for your marketing and your life

    Three rules for your marketing and your life

    By Ken Gasque There are lots of rules for success in marketing and living but I have found that the more rules you have, the harder it is to remember and act on them. I will do follow-up columns on the other rules you should be aware of and ways to measure. "If it doesn't get measured, it doesn't get... Continue reading
  6. It's the last thing you put on and it's first thing they notice

    It's the last thing you put on and it's first thing they notice

    By Ken Gasque With fashion, it is a hat. Women with elegant hats receive 7 times as many compliments on their appearance as women without hats. And men with dress hats receive 9 times as many compliments as their hatless friends (this could be because men do not usually receive as many compliments as women with a hat or without... Continue reading
  7. Now is the time to promote.

    Now is the time to promote.

    By Ken GasqueWhy now? Because the market is in turmoil, new opportunities are opening, change is coming, and change favors the bold.But first...You need to ask yourself a few questions. You need to understand what makes you different in the mind of the consumer. Ask yourself "what is it that we do better than anyone else?" Pretend for a moment... Continue reading
  8. It's time to be creative!

    It's time to be creative!

    By Ken Gasque It has been during the toughest times that humans have been the most creative. Out of the dark ages came the renaissance. “The human race built most nobly when limitations were greatest. Frank Lloyd Wright. Some of our toughest times have been disasters like hurricanes or earthquakes. We had the event and then we did the cleanup... Continue reading
  9. Tell me a story so I know your differentiation

    Tell me a story so I know your differentiation

    By Ken Gasque If you want your advertising to work, tell a story about your differentiation. Your audience will get the message and remember it. What does a story do? It creates a movie for your mind’s eye. A good story will be played and replayed in the mind for days, weeks and months to come. You can tell me... Continue reading
  10. It's not easy being seen, so you have to listen

    It's not easy being seen, so you have to listen

    By Ken Gasque There are five stumbling blocks that can get you labeled but not branded. If you are not careful and aware of what is happening, your customers will define who you are and label your product or service. Brand developers constantly monitor social media and talk to customers because they know listening gives them the edge. Five Stumbling... Continue reading
  11. Be First, Best or Different

    Be First, Best or Different

    By Ken Gasque Loretta Lynn said, "You either have to be first, best or different." Being first with a good idea is really difficult and may not happen to you but once in your lifetime, if it happens then. Apple's iPhone, Coca-Cola, WD-40, Dixie Cups, Post-it Notes, Duct Tape, and Google are just a few great ideas that were first... Continue reading
  12. Good enough isn’t, or is it?

    Good enough isn’t, or is it?

    By Ken Gasque Photo by Diego Catto The phrase “Good enough isn’t” was coined by Los Angles advertising agency Chiat/Day and emblazoned on employee tee shirts. Chiat/Day was trying to keep up with its innovative account Apple Computer and Steve Jobs perfectionist philosophy...which is unattainable. Walter Isaacson is Steve Jobs biographer. In his book, Steve Jobs, he gives an example... Continue reading
  13. The most powerful tool for creating magic is a pencil.

    The most powerful tool for creating magic is a pencil.

    By Ken Gasque 1. The magic is in the thinking the pencil generates. Art teachers teach ‘thinking happens when you put pencil to paper.’ It’s true. It’s the simplest tool available to you, it allows you to concentrate on the opportunity and not the technology. Writing it down makes it happen. It’s magic. 2. And you get more solutions faster... Continue reading
  14. Take a lesson from Starbucks

    Take a lesson from Starbucks

    By Ken Gasque Is selling beer and coffee all that different? I don’t think so. Since Starbucks is the largest retail coffee seller in the country maybe it would be a good idea to take a look at what they are doing and how they are doing it. Branding Know your customer! - Take the time to know your customer. Get... Continue reading
  15. But will it sell more beer?

    But will it sell more beer?

    Photo by Adam Pacanski Photo by Wil Steward By Ken Gasque Have you seen the ABC program Shark Tank? Quite often the 'Sharks' have to point out to the entrepreneur that they have lost focus and they need to get back on track. It reminds me of a story about selling cheese. It started in 1941 with Admiral Nimitz... Continue reading
  16. Don’t underestimate the power of a sticker

    Don’t underestimate the power of a sticker

    By Ken Gasque “The human race built most nobly when limitations were greatest.” - Frank Lloyd Wright. I think this applies equally to marketing and advertising. Any fool can take a budget of $2,000,000 and create a great campaign…well maybe not, because I see some very stupid and annoying advertising being produced by some very large corporations with very big... Continue reading
  17. "...Better quality and cost less."

    "...Better quality and cost less."

    Mike Pensinger, Brewmaster By Ken Gasque “Our Story” as presented on their web site—“The story of Parkway Brewing Company is a love story, a story that embodies the American Dream, a story of do-it-yourself determination, a story that continues on an exciting journey- much like the scenic highway for which Parkway Brewing is named. Two couples with a dream... Continue reading
  18. Do you need Brand-Aid?

    Do you need Brand-Aid?

    Have you ever heard the phrase ‘What gets measured gets done’? I think it’s true because it focuses attention on the thing that is most important. Business consultant and writer Tom Peters agreed this was the soundest management advice he has ever heard. That’s a pretty strong endorsement. But my favorite brand development quote from Tom Peters is ‘distinct… or... Continue reading
  19. How to create a brand with a product that is not distinguished by taste, smell, touch, or appearance?

    How to create a brand with a product that is not distinguished by taste, smell, touch, or appearance?

    Photo by John Gibbons Insight and Marketing Positioning When you hear the name Mercedes Benz what do you think? High end luxury not to be confused with Kia. Mercedes’ brand statement is “The best or nothing.” What do you want your position to be? Positioning and pricing are the two most important marketing decision you will make in developing... Continue reading
  20. Specialty Foods Retailer Prints Own Product Labels

    Specialty Foods Retailer Prints Own Product Labels

    Holistic health coach and entrepreneur Candice Berthold of The Olive And The Grape first began printing on a Primera inkjet roll label printer 12 years ago when she decided to bring label production inhouse. Today, she is still using her Primera LX800 and Primera LX810 printers, but her label suppliers have changed over the years to better suit her growing... Continue reading
  21. The Benefits of Printing Product Labels In-house

    The Benefits of Printing Product Labels In-house

    If you are on the fence about whether it makes good financial sense to print product labels in-house, there are benefits to consider about custom printing labels with an inkjet roll printer such as Primera or Afinia. You have the control. When printing labels on your own equipment, you control the quality, printing schedule, and creativity. Need a little more... Continue reading
  22. The Biggest Reason Your Advertising Fails

    The Biggest Reason Your Advertising Fails

    Most often your graphics and your brand do not align and send mixed signals to the consumer. Before they taste the quality of your beer they buy with their eyes. Another Reason I met Bob Evans Jr., CEO of Bob Evans Resturants, several years ago at a convention. He was the keynote speaker. After his speech I introduced myself to... Continue reading
  23. Is It Time to Print Your Own Product Labels?

    Is It Time to Print Your Own Product Labels?

    Deciding whether it makes financial and business sense to print product labels in-house on an inkjet roll printer or send them out to a custom printer to handle for you, is an important step in the health of your small business. You may be (a) making an initial decision about printing labels for a new product or (b) pulling the... Continue reading
  24. Choosing Weatherproof Labels that Last

    Choosing Weatherproof Labels that Last

    Some businesses have a need for labels that will last through rain, shine, sleet, and snow. If you are in a business such as landscaping supply; garden center sales; masonry products; lab product supply; an entrepreneur providing personal care products like shampoo and body wash; or a small company bottling food products such as sauces, beverages, and coffee, you know... Continue reading
  25. Coffee Roastery Relies on In-house Label Printing System

    Coffee Roastery Relies on In-house Label Printing System

    When Mattie Barnes decided to begin printing her own product labels for the roasted coffee products produced by Mattie’s Mountain Mud, she purchased a Primera LX900 label printer. The printer was an affordable and effective solution for her small production needs, but then a little trouble struck. She had a difficult time locating labels and ink to work in the... Continue reading
  26. Streamline Product Labeling Before the Holiday Scramble

    Streamline Product Labeling Before the Holiday Scramble

    Sales may have been rolling in at a steady clip during the year, but the holidays can throw entrepreneurs into disarray if careful planning doesn’t precede the surge. The holiday rush is not a bad thing for business, of course, but don’t let it become a stumbling block to maintaining a fast-flowing fulfillment process. Proactively think through special holiday needs... Continue reading
  27. Breaking Down Logo Copyrighting

    Breaking Down Logo Copyrighting

    Out of all the assets your company owns, or will come to own, none may be as important as your logo. It’s the defining feature of your company, helping consumers recognize your company when they land on your website, download your app from the app store or pick up one of your products at the grocery store. Without it, your... Continue reading
  28. The Most Important Aspects of a Logo

    The Most Important Aspects of a Logo

    Whether you’re selling cans of soup or a new line of haircare products, your logo will be the first point of contact between your company and the customer. It’s like stuffing the entire story of your company into a jar. One look at your product labels and the customer should know who you are, what you’re selling and why they... Continue reading
  29. Some Advice About Your Labels and Your Marketing

    Some Advice About Your Labels and Your Marketing

    The first thing I did after reading this book was to order four more for my children (I will send a note and tell them to read it and read it to my grandchildren). The book is about creativity and how we achieve it. Most of our creativity comes from our take on the work of others. by Ken Gasque Continue reading
  30. Why Choose Pressure Sensitive Labels?

    Why Choose Pressure Sensitive Labels?

    Several very good reasons: they are easy to apply; they don’t require heat, solvent or water to adhere to packages, containers or bottles; and they offer a multitude of applications and printing. What’s more over 80% of all the labels in the market are Pressure Sensitive. What is missing from our video? The mess associated with solvent or water applications... Continue reading

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