Superior Lithographics, California’s leading large-format packaging printer, today launched FirstTouch, an all-in-one interactive packaging solution that slashes the costs and complexity of marketing products to consumers using Quick Response (QR) technology and the mobile web. With FirstTouch, retail packaged goods companies can easily add QR codes to make their current packaging interactive with a fully branded, fully hosted mobile web site with coupons, videos, recipes, social media, live chat, and more. As a result, companies can market their products directly to consumers via their smartphones – instantly, in the store, while they shop.
The appeal of QR codes has exploded in recent months. Consumers simply scan the QR code with any smartphone, and are brought directly to a mobile Internet site with special promotions and other information. According to MGH Group’s QR Code Usage and Interest Survey (February 2011), 32 percent of U.S. smartphone users have scanned a QR code, while 70 percent plan to use a QR code again or for the first time. QR technology can now be found virtually everywhere, on coupons, circulars, billboards, and more.
“Companies have been marketing on the Internet for decades; now, it’s time for them to capitalize on the growth and power of the mobile Internet. While it’s easy to get a QR code, it can be both complex and cost-prohibitive to invest the development time and resources needed to build an effective mobile marketing site,” explained Andrew Rawson, President of Superior Lithographics. “FirstTouch simplifies that process, making interactive packaging an affordable option for virtually any company with a retail product.”
Superior’s FirstTouch offering is a turnkey solution that makes it fast and simple for companies to activate this latest advancement in consumer branding and engagement for their product lines. FirstTouch also offers comprehensive online reporting to easily track and measure the results of promotions and sales.
“By far, the two most popular customer inquiries we receive are for coupon requests and for locations that carry our products. FirstTouch addresses both of these challenges in an affordable and effective way,” said Ruben Gutierrez, President of Tropicale Foods, Inc., which will be rolling out its new QR-enabled packages on shelves shortly. “As our long-time packaging supplier, with a tech-savvy management team to boot, Superior was the natural choice for us.”
The Standard Group, (www.TheStandardGroup.com ) one of the nation’s largest independent producers of folding cartons, will be offering FirstTouch from their New York and Kentucky offices. “Our family has been in this business for 80 years and we’ve always worked closely with our customers to ensure their packaging not only displays their product, but actually helps increase market share,” said Lou Cortes, President and CEO. “Working with Superior to deliver an interactive packaging solution like FirstTouch allows us to put our customers’ products on the mobile Internet in ways that just weren’t possible before.”
For sample packaging, images, or a demo of the FirstTouch interactive packaging platform, visit www.FirstTouchPackaging.com or call 323-263-8400.
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