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

I'm the chief connector at leadership dots where I serve as "the string" for individuals and organizations. Like stringing pearls together to make a necklace, "being the string" is an intentional way of thinking and behaving – making linkages between things that otherwise appear random or unconnected – whether that be supervising a staff, completing a dissertation or advancing a project in the workplace. I share daily leadership dots on my blog to provide examples of “the string” in action. I use the string philosophy through coaching, consulting and teaching to help others build capacity in themselves and their organizations. I craft analogies and metaphors that help people comprehend complex topics and understand their role in the system. My favorite work involves helping those new to supervision or newly promoted supervisors build confidence and learn the skills necessary to effectively lead their team.

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