If you have a product that was released in 1941, you can do two things to keep it refreshed: change the ingredients or modify the packaging. M&Ms has certainly extended their brand by adding peanuts, peanut butter, hazelnut, mint, almonds, etc. and now they have created a new campaign strictly around how the candy is packaged.

M&Ms released 36 different bags for their “share” size, offering both serious and tongue-in-cheek messages for a variety of occasions. The packages include saying such as: “You’re lucky to have a friend like me,” “I love being socially awkward with you,” “I miss your face,” and “Congratulations on that thing you did.” The packages are colorful and fun and had me wanting to take several bags home with me.

If you’re looking for a relatively inexpensive way to boost the morale of your staff or a way to acknowledge a colleague or friendship, the M&Ms message bags may be just the way to do it. And even if you don’t purchase the candy, think about the lesson it can teach you about how to alter your packaging to boost your appeal. What product or service do you have that could benefit from a cheeky new look, even on a temporary basis?

About the Author leadership dots by dr. beth triplett

Dr. beth triplett is the owner of leadership dots, offering coaching, training and consulting for new supervisors. She also shares daily lessons on her leadershipdots blog. Her work is based on the leadership dots philosophy that change happens through the intentional connecting of small steps in the short term to the big picture in the long term.

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