Scent-sational Marketing Pieces: One Whiff and You’ve Got Them
‘Tis the season…pumpkin pie, roasted chestnuts, gingerbread, caramel. Ahhh, the aroma! These holiday scents set the tone, get us in the right spirit, are totally calorie free, and are oh-so memorable. And being remembered…isn’t that what a good marketing piece is all about?
Your clients will send a lot of well wishes this season. And you can help them to stand out among the many artistic, classic and interactive varieties soon to be hanging in homes and offices. How? By adding the sense of smell, an option many won’t even be aware is possible.
Add a Dash of Apple Crisp
One way to get scent on paper is to coat the entire sheet. That’s the option that McCormick, the company that makes seasonings and flavorings for food and cooking, has chosen to add some extra “spice” to its annual reports.
Every year the company incorporates a different spice, such as ginger or cinnamon, in the pages of its annual report. The stockholders might not always read the report from cover to cover, but oh they remember it all right.
Adding scent to a sheet of paper is as simple as adding a coat of varnish. In fact, in the process used on the McCormick annual report, the scent is applied to the paper inline in much the same way as a varnish is applied.
Choose a scent from among hundreds of options—Cappuccino or Pina Colada anybody—scented-ink providers like Dodge Marketing and Scentisphere—offer a wide range of stock fragrances and provide the press-ready water-based varnish that delivers your choice of essential oils.
Snap or Scratch for Candied Apples
Not quite as obvious, but providing a certain surprise factor, are options like snap-n-burst (when two layers of paper folded onto itself are pulled-apart releasing the fragrance) or the well-known scratch-and-sniff.
The fragrance oil is stored in tiny capsules made of a strong synthetic polymer material. These capsules are combined with varnish to create a special substance that is loaded into one of the ink fountains on the press.