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Stand Out with Unique Distillery & Brewery Marketing

Stand Out with Unique Distillery & Brewery Marketing

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6 Clever Distillery & Brewery Marketing Tactics

Smaller breweries and distilleries (and sometimes, combinations of the two) are uniquely positioned in that they craft commonly-consumed products in uncommon packages. The quality of the drinks themselves are typically higher and less prevalent than those from major beer and liquor brands. They also have some amount of leverage in the market, in that their products are more specialized. But these smaller brands also may have trouble expanding and marketing their products to larger markets.

So, here are six distillery or brewery marketing tactics to help set your brand apart.

Establish Your Brand Culture

What complements your boozy beverages best? Food? Music? Social events? Sports? A great way to expand your products’ relevance is to associate the culture of your brand with another popular subculture. For example, the popular Blue Moon Brewing Company has an entire section of their website dedicated to food recipes that both utilize and pair well with Blue Moon beers.  Consumers who feel that they identify with the culture of your brand are not only more likely to buy your products, but are also more likely to become loyal regulars. The key to this and all the rest of these marketing tips is creating a brand that is one-of-a-kind.

Build a Website, Boast a Blog

A fresh, vibrant website that matches the culture and identity of your brand will be a place for your customers to land, exploring your offerings and having something to share with their friends as they reference that great beer of yours. One thing that consumers also appreciate is content that they can learn from and share. Give this to them by creating a blog and keeping it updated with both interesting and educational stories. Through your blog, you can share more information about your brand, give backstories to your products and team, update your customer base on industry trends, and more. A great website and consistent blog are essential for digital visibility and search engine optimization (SEO), which are key to marketing your brewery or distillery online.

Do Social the Right Way

Everyone knows social media is the place to be as a business, but not all businesses do it well. We’ve got a few tips for running your beverage brand’s social pages. Grow your online following by linking to your social channels everywhere—on your website, in blog posts, on your product packaging/labels, in emails, and anywhere else you can fit. Pick a memorable, versatile hashtag, and then encourage your followers to use it when sharing photos of your products, events, or locations. You can encourage hashtag use through contests and giveaways, planned campaigns, social influencers, and more. Social is also another space where you can further establish your brand identity and culture—make sure you are posting appropriate things and tracking the analytics to see how things are performing.

Social media prompts constant word-of-mouth expansion if utilized well. If this sounds like a lot to take on, then consider a marketing agency like Herban Creative.

Think Local

If you’re a smaller brand, then you shouldn’t ignore the small steps in your marketing strategy either. Holding events in your local community, partnering with local stores and restaurants to distribute your products, and becoming a household name in every household within five miles of you should be a priority. This can involve anything from local SEO tactics to spiffing up your location so that people want to come in for tours and snag awesome tasting deals and experiences. Start local so your hometown friends can take you farther.

Use Guerilla Tactics

Guerilla marketing involves marketing tactics that don’t initially appear to be marketing. For example, if you table at a local street fair, you can give out free merchandise like custom t-shirts or koozies that your fans will carry with them to become walking billboards or brand ambassadors.

Communicate with Your Regulars

An area of marketing that refuses to die is email, which is still heavily used and effective, even today. For your existing fans, especially those who may be regular buyers, be sure to offer an email newsletter to keep them updated on new products, events, and offers. In these emails, you can keep your customers loyal, engaged, and sharing with retargeting, discounts, and social media integration.

Running a brewery or distillery takes a lot of sustained effort, and so does marketing it. If you want help on the marketing side, Herban Creative has the expertise to help on all of these fronts so that you can continue doing what you love: brewing the best beers and distilling the best spirits. Contact our team today about how we can help with web design, branding, and integrated digital marketing.

Common Email Marketing Challenges for Cannabis Businesses

Common Email Marketing Challenges for Cannabis Businesses

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Be Aware of These Email Marketing Challenges in the Cannabis Industry

Email marketing is a tried-and-true tactic and is considered one of the most effective methods in the marketing toolbox. In the cannabis industry, email marketing is particularly essential because of restrictions on cannabis advertising for many online platforms. However, email marketing may not be as simple as it seems; on top of traditional concerns like increasing subscribers and improving email open rates, there are additional challenges associated with cannabis businesses.

Here are some common email marketing challenges to be aware of in the cannabis industry:

Stay on top

The cannabis market is constantly evolving, as are the laws regulating it. CBD alone is estimated to earn $16.32 billion in the United States by 2026.[1] As the industry grows, laws will continue to change as acceptance of cannabis products becomes more widespread. This means that the cannabis industry is almost guaranteed to continue to grow and change shape as new innovations and marketing opportunities become available. To avoid getting smoked out by the competition, you have to stay on top of market trends and innovations, which can be a particular challenge in the ever-changing world of cannabis products. Make sure your emails stay relevant with all the latest in cannabis products to show that you can be a leader and trendsetter, even in a rapidly changing market.

Follow the law

It’s also important to remember that the legality of cannabis products varies in different states and territories, and that cannabis remains illegal at the federal level.[2] Furthermore, even for products like CBD that have been removed from the Controlled Substances Act, businesses are still federally regulated as to what they can (and can’t) say about their product.[3] It’s essential to keep abreast of all legal changes that may impact how and where you can market cannabis products. Always checking to ensure your email marketing complies with local laws is one of the unusual but unfortunately necessary email marketing challenges for cannabis businesses.

Cite your sources

Another common email marketing challenge for cannabis businesses is that you must back up all cannabis-related claims you make with reputable sources and citations. This includes consumer reviews, testimonials, social media posts—anything a potential consumer could see to convince them to purchase your product. Particularly avoid making disease or health claims; as the FDA states, it may cause some consumers not to access appropriate medical treatment for serious or even fatal diseases.[4] It can be tricky to inform consumers of the many potential benefits of cannabis products without making direct claims that must be backed by evidence, but it’s best to avoid the lawsuit. Make sure to read and reference scientific studies of cannabis to support your product, and to discuss potential benefits instead of promising direct health or wellness effects.

Getting the word out

One of the biggest challenges in any kind of email marketing is growing your subscriber list, but it can be particularly difficult for cannabis businesses. Social and advertising platforms such as Facebook and Google AdWords have historically prohibited CBD advertising.[5] This is why email marketing can be so vital, but also so difficult. Without paid advertising, it’s hard to get the word out about your business: email marketing can be the answer. But how do you grow your email list without being able to advertise? This is probably the most difficult of the email marketing challenges unique to cannabis products. To overcome it, use SEO, content creation, and influencer product placement to help drive organic traffic to your website even without the paid advertising aspect. Then, consumers can sign up for your email list and be informed directly of all the exciting developments in your business.

Want to give your cannabis email marketing a boost but don’t know where to start? For email and all your cannabis marketing needs, reach out to our team at Herban Creative for help with everything from packaging to web design for your cannabis business.

[1] “Cannabidiol (CBD) Market to Reach USD 16.32 Billion By 2026.”, 6 May 2019,

[2] Berke, Jeremy, and Skye Gould. “Legal marijuana just went on sale in Illinois. Here are all the states where cannabis is legal.”, 1 Jan. 2020,

[3] “Statement from FDA Commissioner.” FDA, 20 Dec. 2018,

[4] “Statement from FDA Commissioner.” FDA, 20 Dec. 2018,

[5] Rose, Bethan. “CBD Advertising Restrictions in 2019.”,

2020 Trends: Expected Changes Coming to the Cannabis Industry in 2020

2020 Trends: Expected Changes Coming to the Cannabis Industry in 2020

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What We Expect to See Out of 2020 Trends in the Cannabis Industry

It’s a major election year, and with it, another year for the cannabis industry to continue to grow­—in size, in revenue, and in public appeal. By 2023, the cannabis industry is estimated to be worth between $25 and $30.4 billion.[1] For cannabis brands, old and new, it’s vital to stay updated on the 2020 trends affecting the industry. Let’s discuss a few of them here.

Consumption Levels Rising

More people are (openly) using cannabis than ever, and this includes certain demographics in particular. From 2009 to 2016, the growth rate of cannabis users in the United States was 38%, and the number of female users grew 46%. Another area where use greatly increased was full-time employees, where the growth rate for this time period was 53%.[2]

Educate and Inform

Due to the increase in accessibility of cannabis, consumers are becoming better informed about cannabis itself.[3] For example, one contributor to the increase of usage by women is that more women are using it to manage things like menstruation, menopause, and other related issues that follow those circumstances.[4] Other products, like the MyDx handheld chemical analyzer, are being employed to discover the true chemical profile of the cannabis being consumed by average users and phase out counterfeit cannabis products.[5] Consumers expect to not only know more details about the cannabis products they are searching for, but they hope to continue to be educated by cannabis brands as well.

Health & Wellness Still Growing

After the legalization of hemp—a strain of the cannabis sativa plant that has no psychoactive effects with 0.3% THC content or less—the CBD industry is booming, with consumers jumping on new health and wellness products that utilize the ingredient. The CBD industry is expected to rise to $20 billion by 2022, and it is being used in everything from skin creams to FDA-approved seizure medications for rare forms of epilepsy.[6]

Political Change

As we already mentioned, the majority of U.S. states have legalized medical marijuana, with a third of those states legalizing recreational, too. This year, six other states have the chance to legalize recreational, or full adult-use, cannabis—Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Missouri, New Jersey, and South Dakota. New Jersey, for example, is planning a referendum for the 2020 presidential election ballot, leaving the decision to fully legalize recreational cannabis to the voters.[7] Two-thirds of Americans support the legalization of cannabis.[8] The tide on legal cannabis is turning, and lawmakers are declaring their recognition.

Cannabis Marketing

As legal cannabis still faces heavy regulation, especially in terms of advertising, brands are testing various tactics to get the word about their brand out to the public. Many brands are finding success in curating lifestyle content, including Buzzfeed-style quizzes, powerful storytelling that humanizes cannabis users, and education about cannabis. While traditional advertising is still off-limits in many aspects, partnerships with local media and publishers within the cannabis space, email marketing campaigns, large-scale digital campaigns, and word-of-mouth tactics like referral rewards and loyalty programs are on the uptake.[9] The most critical point for marketing cannabis brands is staying up-to-date with the current regulations around cannabis marketing, which are constantly changing and often complex to navigate. Many brands are turning to specialized marketing agencies to stay on top of the changes and produce quality content for marketing.

One of the best tactics for marketing your cannabis brand in 2020 is teaming up with a specialized marketing agency who understands the changing trends and regulations of legal cannabis. If your brand is in need of marketing help—whether its branding, web design, or integrated digital marketingHerban Creative is the agency that knows the rules and has the skilled team to work safely and effectively within them. Contact our team today to get things rolling.

[1] Haynie, Shana. “Cannabis Advertising Trends for 2020.” Hearst Bay Area, Hearst Communications, Inc, 4 Nov. 2019,

[2] McCoy, J.J. “The Future of Cannabis: Trends to Watch Out For.” High Times, 12 May 2019,

[3] Williams, Sean. “6 States Trying to Legalize Recreational Marijuana in 2020.” The Motley Fool, The Motley Fool, 17 Nov. 2019,

[4] McCoy, J.J. “The Future of Cannabis: Trends to Watch Out For.” High Times, 12 May 2019,

[5] MyDx, Inc. “The Biggest Lie In Cannabis.” PR Newswire: Press Release Distribution, Targeting, Monitoring and Marketing, 27 June 2018,


[6] Carpenter, David. “Legal Hemp In 2019 May Be A Boon For Stressed Out American Farmers.” Forbes, Forbes Magazine, 21 Dec. 2018,

[7] Sutton, Sam. “New Jersey Marijuana Legalization Bill Dead; Lawmakers Will Let Voters Decide.” Politico PRO, 19 Nov. 2019,

[8] Daniller, Andrew. “Two-Thirds of Americans Support Marijuana Legalization.” Pew Research Center, Pew Research Center, 14 Nov. 2019,

[9] Haynie, Shana. “Cannabis Advertising Trends for 2020.” Hearst Bay Area, 4 Nov. 2019,

Sustainable Packaging Options for Your Cannabis Business

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Alternative Materials to Incorporate Sustainable Packaging in Your Cannabis Business

As climate change continues to be a looming driver of industrial change, product packaging has come under the microscope as one area for potential improvement. This is no different for products in the cannabis industry. Consumers are demanding that companies produce their items more sustainably, with 42 percent of consumers saying that packaging made from recycled and/or sustainable materials are something they look for in their daily shopping.1 Over the last seven years, the percentage of consumers who admit they are willing to pay more for this eco-friendly packaging has grown from 47 percent to 59 percent. Another recent survey showed that over 80% felt that it was “important or extremely important” for companies to make eco-friendly products.2

For cannabis companies, this means that the search for alternative packaging materials is vital to the success of your business—and, obviously, for the health of the planet. Besides, cannabis comes from the earth, so why shouldn’t your packaging be kind to it and follow its lead? A recent study estimated that the cannabis packaging industry will be worth $5.2 billion by 2026.3

There are a variety of options for more sustainable packaging for cannabis products that are both FDA-compliant for consumable products and versatile in terms of design options. Before we discuss some of the options, it’s important to consider some of the qualities that contribute to the sustainability of cannabis packaging. Whichever material you choose should be FDA-approved for food contact (which means it should be BPA-free, among other requirements) and should be either recyclable, reusable for a long period of time (long life cycle), or biodegradable.4

To further define what it means to make sustainable packaging, we can look to the criteria established by the Sustainable Packaging Coalition (direct quote of criteria):5

  • Is beneficial, safe & healthy for individuals and communities throughout its life cycle
  • Meets market criteria for performance and cost
  • Is sourced, manufactured, transported, and recycled using renewable energy
  • Optimizes the use of renewable or recycled source materials
  • Is manufactured using clean production technologies and best practices
  • Is made from materials healthy throughout the life cycle
  • Is physically designed to optimize materials and energy
  • Is effectively recovered and utilized in biological and/or industrial closed loop cycles

Now that we’ve established the criteria, let’s look at some of the options:

Sugarcane-based Polyethylene Plastic (Bioresin)

If you’re looking for plastic bottles as your container, try using a bioresin like polyethylene plastic, which is produced from ethanol coming from sustainable sources like sugarcane. Sugarcane as the basis for polyethylene is sustainable because it means the container is recyclable (though not biodegradable) and sugarcane is a plant that contributes to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.6 Bioplastics like this are becoming more popular for sustainable packaging because they replace fossil-fuel-based plastics that are more harmful to the environment.

PET (Recycled Material Resin)

PET stands for polyethylene terephthalate, and this refers to a resin that is entirely sourced from recycled post-consumer materials. PET containers have already been established as not needing further FDA review for food-contact assurance, so this is a safe bet for cannabis products.7

Hemp (Bioplastic)

Hemp is derived from the cannabis sativa plant, but has an insignificant amount of THC, leading it to being federally legalized in 2018 as part of the Farm Bill.8 Polymers made from hemp are biodegradable and strong, while coming from a plant that is renewable and eco-friendly. However, hemp is still heavily regulated, being only recently legalized, so using it in your packaging may take some difficult maneuvering and research.

Metal Cans (N2 Packaging)

A packaging company known as Nitrogen Cannabis Packaging, or N2 Packaging for short, produces recyclable metal cans similar to those containing sardines.9 These are hermetically sealed and keep products fresh. They also can be reused after first use. Because these are recyclable metals, they are more sustainable and a potential option for your cannabis products. However, because these are typically made from aluminum, production of this metal does emit greenhouse gases affecting climate change.10

Recycled Resin from Milk Jugs (Higher Standard Packaging)

A cannabis packaging company called Higher Standard Packaging produces a resin container made from recycled milk jugs they call R2 Container. This material is FDA-compliant, uses 90 percent less energy during production, and emits 78 percent less greenhouse gases than other plastic resins.11

These are just a few of the options out there for packaging your cannabis products more sustainably. Remember to be stringent in your review of the legal regulations and science on what makes packaging materials both safe and sustainable. Your consumers and the planet will be grateful for your efforts, and it will likely give a boost to your bottom line at the end of the day.


Need help creating an appealing package design? For that and more of your cannabis brand’s marketing needs, ask Herban Creative’s experienced team for help with web design, branding, and integrated digital marketing services. Contact us today to get started.

Marijuana Legalization Comes to the Ballot in the NJ 2020 Election

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What the 2020 Election Will Mean for the NJ Marijuana Industry

2019 has been a back-and-forth push over legalization of recreational marijuana in New Jersey, but that push is ending in favor of a voter referendum during the November 2020 presidential election.1

In March, state Senators failed to pass legislation to make cannabis legal for free use by adults 21 years of age and older, according to the Asbury Park Press.2 Legalization supporters found hope once again in October, when Senate President Steve Sweeney announced a second attempt at a vote during the lame duck session that concludes in January.3 This announcement was retracted in November, with Sweeney saying the legalization decision would be left to New Jersey voters as a ballot question in the 2020 election.

The ballot question will read as follows, according to

“Do you approve amending the Constitution to legalize a controlled form of marijuana called ‘cannabis’? Only adults at least 21 years of age could use cannabis. The State commission created to oversee the State’s medical cannabis program would also oversee the new, personal use cannabis market. Retail sales of cannabis products in this new market would be subject to the State’s sales tax, and no other form of tax.”4

The last sentence of the question is making headlines, as it reveals New Jersey lawmakers’ plans to boost the state’s cannabis industry sales with low tax rates, only requiring the New Jersey state sales tax and no excise tax. According to the Asbury Park Press, the state sales tax sits at 6.625 percent and state municipalities would only be allowed to add a “transfer tax” of up to 2 percent, meaning that New Jersey’s highest possible cannabis tax rate of 8.625 percent would be the lowest in the nation.5 This low tax rate may not stay so low for long, as lawmakers could include additional taxes in legislation after the ballot vote, but it’s certainly a positive starting point for legalization supporters and lawmakers wanting to combat the black market.

If the referendum is passed by voters in late 2020, it will still take weeks or even months for the recreational program to be set up under the state’s medical marijuana program, leading to an early 2021 start date being likely for recreational sales. Across the U.S., support for legal marijuana is strong, with a steady majority of 66 percent favoring legal marijuana in polls over the last two years.6

Though Governor Phil Murphy, who campaigned heavily on marijuana legalization, and other supporters in the state government have decided to leave the decision on recreational use up to voters, they have openly prioritized their push for legislation to expunge marijuana-related criminal records and expand medical marijuana availability. According to FBI data referenced by, New Jersey police arrested more people for cannabis crimes than every other state aside from Texas and New York in 2017.7

Until the referendum, municipalities and state lawmakers have more time to study other states with legalized cannabis and consider new regulations and programs for ensuring a smooth transition into a New Jersey with legal recreational use. If passed by voters, there will be a rush for the industry to move to iron out the details of regulation and start competing with black market dealers.

Want more cannabis news? The Herban Creative blog will keep you updated on the latest news from the world of cannabis. Want help marketing your cannabis brand? Ask Herban Creative’s experienced team for help with web design, branding, and integrated digital marketing services. Contact us today to get started.

How Can You Incorporate Video Marketing Into Your Cannabis Business?

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7 Ways You Can Use Video Marketing to Boost Your Cannabis Business

Video content is king. It owns the majority of web traffic, according to Wordstream, as 69 percent of global consumer internet traffic in 2017 was dedicated to video and 80 percent was predicted for 2019.1 As of May 2019, YouTube garnered two billion logged-in, monthly viewers.2 People are continuing to favor user-generated content (UGC) over traditional advertising, with a report from Olapic citing 76 percent of consumers saying that this kind of content is more honest than brand ads.3 More than one in five (23 percent) global consumers seek inspiration from UGC before making a purchase.4 Long story short: Online consumers love video content and watch it consistently, while also using it to inform their buying decisions. Therefore, video marketing is a must.

Video content clearly has a strong ROI potential for any industry—in fact, 52 percent of marketing professionals say video content has the best ROI5—but cannabis companies are still catching up as they get off the ground and accomplish their other priorities first, like dealing with legal issues in advertising. Video marketing offers cannabis companies the opportunity to become more personable with their customers, educate them on and make them feel more comfortable about the products, and amp up their reach when other advertising media are more difficult to implement due to red tape.

Here are some tips for setting up a video marketing strategy for your cannabis business to start building trust, comfort, and excitement:

1. Show Your Spaces and Your Faces

If you’re a dispensary for medical or recreational cannabis, giving potential customers a peek into your space may help them be more comfortable visiting in-person later. Provide a virtual tour with a Google My Business account and its 360-degree photo and video support. Publish a series of videos that introduce your team members to make customers acquainted with them and their skills. All of this helps to connect your business with potential customers in a more visual way.

2. Teach to Expand Your Reach

Educational video content is powerful in the cannabis industry, where many consumers lack knowledge of the various products in your catalog and are looking for more information to buy the right product for their needs. Content that educates and informs consumers about the cannabis industry, cannabis products, how the products are made, and other useful topics will strengthen your brand’s credibility and bring in both novice and experienced customers.

3. Give Access to Events

Does your company attend industry events and expos? Do you host public events? Anytime you’re involved in events like these, have your video team on-hand to get some footage and showcase your brand among other big names in the industry. If it’s a public event, videos could entice consumers to come out to the next iteration. These events also add to your credibility as an involved member of the cannabis and local communities.

4. Trustworthy Testimonials

As already mentioned, people trust other people over ads from the brands themselves. Getting testimonials from satisfied customers or other business leaders who work with you is a great tactic to build trust in your prospective customers and create a visual portfolio of your impact.

5. Produce Regularly and Consistently

Keep your audience coming back by producing video series and other regular content. Be sure to keep it consistent in its quality, branding, and release timing so that it’s recognizable as your content and visible to consumers at regular intervals.

6. Choose Your Channels

Where are you going to put your video content? YouTube, social media, and email newsletters are your best three options, in addition to your own website. Your YouTube channel should get all of your content, because the monetization options are there and the user base of the site is noteworthy. Shorter content and live videos can land on social channels like Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. Video on social gets 12 times more shares than text and images combined.6 For your customers who subscribe to your email list, exclusive video content and other deeper cuts like your educational videos could be highly appealing.

7. Consider Captions

A 2019 report from Verizon and Publicis Media found that 92 percent of U.S. consumers view videos on mobile without sound and 80 percent are more likely to watch an entire video when captions are available.7 Captions are important for video content now because so many people watch video content without sound, often due to being in public places. Make your videos accessible with captions wherever your viewers are, especially because consumers of cannabis products tend to value their privacy.

These tips should help you get your video marketing strategy started. Producing great video content, like showroom tours, educational tutorials, testimonials, and more, is a strong method for increasing your SEO rankings, website traffic, and conversions. With email, social media, and sites like YouTube, you can reach millions of consumers easily and directly from your own accounts.

Need an effective digital marketing plan or a fresh, new website on which to display your video content? Herban Creative’s experienced team can help grow your cannabis business. Get in touch with us today to find out how we can help you.

Are Your Cannabis Product Descriptions Negatively Impacting Your E-Commerce Success?

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Tips for Optimizing Your Cannabis Product Descriptions to Drive E-Commerce Success

We know that people buy based on emotion1. But that emotion must be evoked, coaxed out of them, and connected to their needs. To have e-commerce success, you have to capitalize on the limited points of contact you have with your customer. Great product descriptions are the places to do this, with copy that both informs and excites.

In the cannabis industry, being clear about the qualities of your products is of the utmost importance when it comes to building your credibility, earning buyers’ trust, and enticing them to want to buy. Here are some quick tips on how to write solid product descriptions that drive e-commerce success.

1. Necessities Matter

First things first: You have to give your online customers all of the necessary information to make an informed buying decision. With cannabis products, this means including notes about the type of strain, its THC and CBD content ratio, its price, and any other descriptive information that legislation requires to be disclosed.

2. Explain the Experience

Give the customers better insight into what the effects of the product will generally be like. Does a strain give a more energetic, alert feeling or a relaxed, euphoric experience? What does it taste like? Telling more about the actual outcome of using the product will help your customers make an informed decision and hopefully find the overall purchasing experience a positive one. It’s up to you as the expert to guide them.

3. Get Colorful

Here is where you can really start to bring out the emotion that customers want when buying a product. When describing the experience they will have when using the product, and also when describing the look and quality of the product itself, don’t be afraid to make it more intriguing with colorful language and snappy sentence structure. Sell the product pridefully and show off why your product deserves to be tried. However, you must remember to be accurate and not falsify anything for the sake of selling.

4. Personalize

A nice touch to draw customers in even further is to personalize each description by mentioning what kinds of people might like using the product. For example, if a strain of flower that you’re selling is great for reducing anxiety and mitigating insomnia, mention that that is the case. People often browse according to their needs and calling these out will connect the dots much faster and make the customers aware of which products are right for them.

If you give your customers product descriptions that offer all of the information to be comfortable with their purchase, and then top it off with appealing explanations, you should see much greater e-commerce success.

Need to improve your product descriptions and make sure your site is built for e-commerce success? Herban Creative is an experienced team of designers, developers, and copywriters ready to grow your cannabis business and make it flourish. Contact us today to learn more.

Using Color Psychology for Your Cannabis Website

Using Color Psychology for Your Cannabis Website

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How Color Psychology Can Affect Your Sales and Overall Customer Satisfaction

Color is present in everything we see, and it is a defining factor of the way we react to what we are seeing. This idea of the way our brains react to color is called color psychology1, and it covers the ways that various hues impact human behavior and personality. Color is powerful, evoking emotion and linking to various personal, cultural, and universal meanings. That’s why it is important to consider the general perception of each color when branding your cannabis company and website.

When establishing your brand identity, your color palette should be a high priority. Different colors can mean the difference between someone sticking around on your website and ignoring it altogether. They can separate your business from the rest of the flock. They can appeal to a customer’s eyes just well enough to lead to that next sale.

Here are some things to consider when deciding on your cannabis brand’s color palette:

Consider Your Brand Identity

Who are you? What are you selling? What is the why, aside from making money? What is the kind of customer experience you want for your audience? All of these questions should be answered before you can choose the colors you want to represent your brand. For a cannabis brand, you may be trying to focus on the medical and recreational benefits of cannabis and the experience that goes along with it. It’s a product which can be both useful and enjoyable. Colors like soft, earthy greens and browns are great starting spots.

Consider Your Industry/Competitors

Within what industry does your brand sit? If it’s cannabis, then you know green is going to be pervasive due to its link to cannabis itself. If you are thinking about differentiating yourself using color, think about colors that complement the cannabis experience or even your take on it specifically. Maybe you’re a luxurious brand, or want to appeal to a higher-class cannabis lifestyle, and purple is right for you with its roots in wealth and royalty. Or perhaps you’re a west coast brand who wants to reaffirm that your product is grown in the California sun, in which case yellow will get the job done.

Consider Your Audience

This should go without saying, but the audience you intend to keep and grow should be top of mind. They are the ones on whom you are effectively practicing your color psychology test. If your customers are typically regular cannabis users, looking for quality products that will fit discreetly into their busy lives, then blue may be a good choice. Blue tends to represent trust, strength, and reliability when tied to brands. Don’t feel that, just because you are a cannabis company, you need to overuse the color green.

Dive into Different Shades

Plenty of brands use the standard shades of colors that sit right in the middle between warm and cool. Don’t be afraid to branch out and play with color mixing that can lend you shades far more unique and far more elaborative than the usual. Maybe you’re a cannabis company that takes heritage from the Netherlands and wants to make Amsterdam’s cannabis scene a focal point of your business story—a bright orange often associated with the country would be an outspoken, eye-catching option.

Complimentary Colors

Often, your brand won’t just have one color. This is especially true when building your website, which will need multiple colors to give it life and keep it from being one-toned. Once you’ve figured out your primary color, look for colors to compliment it nicely, and sprinkle them around your website in different functions.

Colors are a useful tool for tailoring the customer experience on your cannabis brand’s website, and color psychology should be kept in mind when determining which colors to utilize. Remember what natural images and emotions people generally associate with each color. For example: Red is exciting and active, green is natural and healing, and gray is neutral and technological. Build your website with the right colors for your brand, and consumers will begin to associate them with your products. This can be incredibly effective for keeping you front of mind, making sure customers continue coming back for the products and experience they know and trust.

Need to find the right color scheme for your brand’s new website? Find guidance amongst our branding and web design experts here at Herban Creative. Contact our team today!

Tackling the Negative Cannabis Stereotype with Social Media

Tackling the Negative Cannabis Stereotype with Social Media

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How the Cannabis Stereotype is Changing & What You Can Do to Help

Fueled by the propaganda film, Reefer Madness1, debuting back in 1936, the negative stereotypes surrounding cannabis were rampant throughout the twentieth century and have endured to this day. Today, cannabis has become more openly acceptable than ever before in the United States, but it still faces outdated stereotypes in the media and unfavorable regulation.

It’s still treated as a Schedule 1 drug2 by the DEA, meaning that it is seen as having no currently accepted medical use. However, there is already evidence3 that the chemicals in marijuana, known as the cannabinoids THC and CBD, have medical usefulness and have already been utilized in FDA-approved drugs such as dronabinol and nabilone.

Cannabis is also used widely in the U.S., with The Washington Post including a recent survey4 indicating that nearly 55 million adults currently use it. In comparison, around 59 million adults smoke cigarettes. The same survey also showed that cannabis users are becoming more open about their habit, with 95 percent of users having told their significant others and close friends. Likewise, 72 percent told their parents about their marijuana use, and 60 percent have told their kids.

Shifting Cannabis Stereotypes

The industry today is seeing shifting cannabis stereotypes, with many users, distributors, and business leaders wanting to leave behind the “dumb, lazy stoner” character all together. In the media, films and series that portray cannabis in an educational and interesting way are finding more popularity, with shows like HBO’s “High Maintenance” and VICELAND’s “Weediquette.”

A survey5 showed that 80 percent of viewers preferred series which treat cannabis positively or without the typical stereotypes, and 70 percent felt more comfortable discussing their experiences after seeing series like these. Simultaneously, the “Cheech and Chong”-style stereotypes are being avoided now with 72 percent of viewers saying that too many TV shows portray cannabis users as “silly and forgetful stoners.” A legal cannabis company called MedMen has even made headlines6 with their billboards advertising a website they made called, which linked to a campaign they were running to eradicate the stoner stereotype.

Another stereotype that’s shifting is the gender gap among cannabis users. While once viewed as heavily male-dominated, the cannabis industry is now largely inclusive of women, with 36 percent of executives in the cannabis industry7 compared to only 22% in U.S. businesses overall. Bon Appetite, a food media company, released an article about 5 female chefs leading the charge against cannabis stereotypes in the culinary world8.

TIME published a story9 about more than 80 percent of people using legal cannabis as “workout fuel,” either using cannabis before or after physical activity to improve their experience of working out and resting after a work out. While the lazy stoner stereotype still exists, it seems that the “lazy” part doesn’t quite add up for most users.

Social Media’s Role

So, the cannabis stereotype is changing. But how can you contribute to the nationwide push? Social media may be the answer. While there are heavy regulations in terms of advertising on social channels if you sell cannabis or related products, there is still a great opportunity to contribute to the national conversation and affect the ongoing stereotyping of users and the drug itself.

Better Stock Images

The use of new stock images showing cannabis use in lighter ways is emerging, transforming the idea that users are criminals. Showing a variety of people in normal settings is helping these new stock images to propel the image of cannabis culture forward.

Educate and Inform

Publishing content that is educational and meant to inform consumers about cannabis, safe use, and risk factors is the safest way to push the conversation (and your legal cannabis business) while staying away from ad regulations. People want content that gives them something in return for the time they spend on it, and anything that helps educate them about cannabis and emphasizes safety will hit home and likely result in shares too.

Share Positive Content

Share stories like the ones mentioned in this post, detailing the events in the industry pushing back against the stereotypes. Whether its informative clips from a series about cannabis usage or an article about female chefs bringing cannabis into their culinary experiments, sharing content that is interested in looking at fact versus myth is always a good idea.

Choose Your Platform Wisely (and Look Further than the Big 3)

Instagram is great for B2C content with its visually-appealing nature, and is also a great place to encourage influencer marketing. Still, many cannabis companies are afraid of a sudden account closure due to regulatory issues and so the need to be incredibly cautious with content is there. Twitter is the friendliest in terms of regulation, and could be a great area to have discussions about stereotypes without worry of too much pushback. Facebook has the largest audience of the three10, but like Instagram, is more heavily regulated.

Consider checking out some newer social media platforms that are cannabis-centric, like Duby, Weedable, and CannaSOS. Obviously, these users are already less concerned about stereotypes, but users don’t want to be lumped into them either. These sites may be good launching points for campaigns around keeping the positive conversation going and finding support from those most likely to jump on board.

Social media gives you the opportunity to push the conversation and shift negative stereotypes away from the old normal. Like media of the past, it can have strong effects on the perceptions that surround cannabis. The difference now is that the conversation is constant and immediate. Put out content that tells the truth of what is known about cannabis today, how it can be useful, what risks it can present, and its target demographic.

Need help navigating the regulations of social media to market your legal cannabis business? For help with branding, web design, and integrated digital marketing, contact our team at Herban Creative today to learn more.

Your Greatest Weapons Against Counterfeit Cannabis Products

Your Greatest Weapons Against Counterfeit Cannabis Products

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How to Win Against Counterfeit Cannabis Products

Like any industry, the cannabis industry has its major brands and its smaller outlets. And like any industry, there are people out there who attempt to profit off of the work of well-known brands by producing counterfeit cannabis products designed to look like the real thing. But just because these counterfeit products look the part, does not mean that they are built with the same quality—and that is where the real threat to your brand appears. Read on to find the weapons available to beat out this false competition.

What is counterfeiting?

Counterfeiting1 is the intentional and calculated reproduction of a genuine article (your brand’s vaporizer, for example) for the purpose of misleading the recipient or buyer into believing they are buying the genuine article itself. For our purposes, it is basically the physical plagiarizing of someone else’s work with typically less quality and price due to cost-saving efforts by the counterfeiter who then profits off of the original inventor’s brand awareness.

Where is the danger?

Aside from pulling profits away from your company’s original product, it can also lead to harshly detrimental outcomes for your brand. If the counterfeit products are heavily identified as yours (even though they aren’t), there’s a chance for a lot of negative buzz if those products falter. Your brand could find itself indicted in lawsuits or destroyed publicly on social media by angry consumers.

What are my options?

In the fight against counterfeit cannabis products, the necessity to be prepared cannot be overstated. Ready your brand against copycats by taking action as early, and as comprehensively, as possible. Here are a few ideas to keep in mind:

1. Protect your property

Patents, trademarks, copyright protections—all of these are your allies in safeguarding your cannabis products against counterfeiting. With these protections set, you have something to fall back on when potential legal trouble comes your way.

2. Keep your eyes open and your lawyer close

Be vigilant for counterfeit cannabis products. Once spotted, you can take action. But action will not come to pass if you aren’t able to notice these threats when they appear. Speak to an attorney about setting up a watch program and communicate with retailers to stay in touch about warning signs they may be noticing in the field.

3. Make counterfeiters Public Enemy #1

Utilize modern tools and tech to spread the word. Social media is a great place to start informing your customers about the dangers of counterfeit cannabis products, how to spot them and how to know which product is the real thing. Publicize your official retailers and distributors. Consider making some manufacturing changes to make your products unique and more difficult to replicate.

Stay safe out there.

If you keep these thoughts in mind as you launch your products and monitor those already on the shelves, you have a much better shot at staying protected when counterfeiters shake things up. In the world of legal cannabis, one can never be too careful in establishing their rights and holding them close.

Looking to revamp your marketing campaign or product design? Here at Herban Creative, our team of experienced designers, copywriters, and digital strategists are ready to get your cannabis business the recognition it deserves while abiding by the FDA’s regulations. Contact us today for more information!