12 Points on Nametag Etiquette

by: Syndi Seid

1.  Why name tags:

When preparing nametags, think through the purpose for the nametags. Always show the names in spoken order that is your given name, followed by your surname/last name and affiliation. Think twice about the need to provide any information beyond these basics.

2. Writing a name tag:

Use only big, bold block letters in all caps or with upper and lower case letters. Avoid script or cursive handwriting and do not add personalized touches that could be confusing.No matter how well lit a room may be, it is always more difficult to decipher cursive handwriting, particularly by those from other countries or ethnic origins.

3.  Using honorifics:

Except for specialized events honorifics and titles are not typically used on nametags. These include Mr., Mrs., Ms. Dr., PhD., or M.D.; General Manager, President. Because nametags are intended to quickly show a person’s simple identity, they should only indicate first and last surname, and affiliation.

4. “Hello, my name is”:

I confess I don’t like this particular style of nametag. Admittedly, they do serve a purpose for highly informal occasions. But, they do seem very elementary and out of place in a professional setting. It’s best to use clean, professional-looking sheets, either with or without colored borders.

5. Squint Factor:

Nothing is more disappointing than to attend a conference or professional meeting, only to arrive at check-in and discover the nametags are terribly under-presented; names are printed too small, company affiliation so small you can’t make it out, and every other detail shy of your birth date is loaded onto the badge.

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Early-bird Gets the Acrylic Worm!

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This week, we had an early, surprise drawing for our Facebook contest that started with our first newsletter release.The drawing, for those unaware, was for 1 of 10 free, personalized modern name plates.
Dan Surdenik won the early-bird special, and our production crew just came upstairs with the freebie name plate .Dan’s company logo and requested name (his boss!) were laser engraved onto the front of the clear acrylic, with a silver filler to give the engraving some POP!
Check out our events on Facebook to enter the drawing, and keep up on all the latest news.We’ve got more newsletters coming, which means more contests and drawings for free goodies!Subscribe to our newsletter to get more information.
Get yours today!


Mighty Badges – White Metal Plates

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Just added: white metal plates to the Mighty Badge reusable name tag product line.You can now select up to three different colors for the Mighty Badge product: white, silver or gold.

The new white color plate also helps to mitigate the inability to reproduce the color white on the dye-sublimation process for a printed logo. While we still can’t print the white on your logo, with a white metal plate, any portion of your logo that contains white will not be printed and will appear in the color of the white back plate.

The white metal back plate is available on all ten Mighty Badge sizes. For additional information, please visit the Mighty Badge product page for a complete listing of prices, product specifications and additional information.

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A message from CCSF’s Diagnostic Medical Imaging Program

A message received from one of our donations!

“Greetings, the CCSF DMI Program is an esteemed Radiology Program in Northern California.Recently, the cuts to our California State budget have left our educational program with a 17% decrease in operational funding. As a result, we are being forced to cancel or combine classes and function without necessary equipment.In an effort to assist, two of our educators have agreed to take on additional responsibilities without any financial compensation.

Due to the financial crises, the students on CCSF DMI Program had to make due with lack of supplies that will help them be successful radiological technologist.

One of these supplies are lanyards to help them get into their clinical hospitals.These lanyards will provide them the necessary materials that will allow them to succeed in the DMI Program.

We are extremely grateful that Name Tag has stepped up to the plate and donated these much needed Lanyards! Thank you!”

Get lanyards for yourself here!



Healthy Notions is a non-profit 501(c)3, volunteer driven organization charged with the mission of enhancing and developing the lives and total well-being of at-risk children (ages 6 to 12) in our communities and abroad through educational, health (physical/emotional) and inspirational projects and initiatives.We are empowered by corporations like Name Tag, Inc., U-Haul, Fed-Ex, The Kroger Co, Office Depot and many other corporations and individuals with a passion for the development of whole, healthy children. Our sponsors and partners collaborate with Healthy Notions to provide the resources necessary to create community environments and initiatives that support healthy choices.  Through valuable grants, co-branding, and in-kind contributions, partners invest in creating a world that produces healthy children that will become healthy adults.We are proud to be a participating organization with the Disney “Give a Day. Get a Disney Day.” family volunteerism program.  As a result of the fantastic exposure we’re receiving through the Disney program, we have hundreds of volunteers that have already committed to assist and support volunteer projects and events that will benefit local children in living homeless shelters, foster care and orphanages throughout Metro Atlanta and abroad.

Upcoming Event:

“Show Love with Your Soles” Campaign-Every year Healthy Notions collects shoes for orphaned kids in Haiti and Dominican Republic through our annual “Show Love With Your Soles” shoe drive campaign. Last year, the organization was able to donate over 800 pairs of new and gently used shoes for children in need. This year, our goal is to collect over 10,000 pair of shoes to benefit the orphaned Haitian children. Due to the recent earthquake and devastation…the children need our help now more then ever before.

On Saturday, February 20th…Healthy Notions will host the “Shoe Love with Your Soles” community-wide shoe drive finale.  From 9am to 5pm…volunteers, families and groups will come together to drop off collected shoes, raise funds to assist with shipping and distribution of the shoes in Haiti, enjoy food, fun and giveaways. Event Location: Kroger Supermarket/ 3000 Old Alabama Road, Alpharetta GA 30022

When will the Shoe Drive Take Place? The 2nd annual Healthy Notions “Show Love With Your Solesâ€ shoe drive campaign is taking place NOW through February 20th .
What is the Goal?-To Collect 10,000+ pair of shoes. The campaign is comprised of a series of supporting volunteer collection efforts to gather shoe donations.
Who does the shoe drive benefit? We will give desperately needed shoes to Haitian children in Port-au-Prince and throughout the country.
Why shoes?

A simple pair of shoes serves to protect children’s feet from cuts, bruises, and life-threatening diseases and illnesses which can be contracted through the feet. In many cases, children run barefoot because they have no shoes.  When they cut themselves or scratch themselves while running around playing, and then step into contaminated water, parasites and other things get into their body. In fact, many die that way.
Without shoes children in Haiti can’t attend school. Only 15% of children in rural Haiti attend school. The gift of a pair of shoes will allow a child to get an education.
Can donors make financial contributions? Yes. A Financial donations to assist with shipping and distribution costs can be made online at www.firstgiving.com/showlovehaiti

Please check out our website: www.healthynotionskids.com for more upcoming events throughout 2010

For more information contact us: Healthy Notions Inc. P.O. Box 767934, Roswell GA 30076

CEO, C0-Founder: Barenda Whitaker bwhitaker@healthynotionskids.com
Vice President,Co-Founder:Kim Whitaker kwhitaker@healthynotionskids.com

Keys to a Successful Spring Event

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Getting ready for a Spring event?Make sure you and your staff get your feet in all the right doors by utilizing our Keys to a Successful Spring Event.

Key #1: Communication
Did you do your research on your target audience?

Having 500 people attend your event is great – but it matters a lot less if your speakers talk about selling backpacking equipment to computer nerds.Present the right information to the right people, and you’ll yield much greater results.
Did you get the best speakers possible for your event?

A lot of times you can get really great speakers just by showing you have a decent attendance rate – the better the speakers, the better the event.
Don’t hand out brochures at the event itself.

The only long-term marketing materials you should expect people to hold on to after the event are your hand-outs.These items are things like lanyards, mugs, water bottles, anything permanent and reusable that people can get some use out of that displays your company logo & information so you stay in mind.

Key #2: Identification

Is a name badge available for every person who walks through the door?

This is crucial.People need to be easily identified – you, your staff, guests, speakers, everyone – it can help you build and maintain your brand, among other things.

Take it a step further for VIP’s.

Consider name badge ribbons for your speakers, board members and important guests to help them stand out and feel appreciated.This helps in the long run, as the more effective speakers will want to come back and help your cause and their own simultaneously.
Give as many options as your budget allows.

Magnetic fasteners are great – just be aware that some people have pacemakers.Have another option available for them (pin, clip, etc).
Key #3: Staying Organized

Don’t try to wing it.

Do your guests know the event schedule? Have one prepared and available well before the event date.
Numbers matter.

Get an accurate head count, and pass this info to your caterer, as well as your purchasing agents.Too much or too little of anything can get you into a whole heap of trouble.
Assign seating.

At least organized by guest category.You’ll want all your speakers sitting up front, probably in chronological order, and so forth.
Spell it out.

Are your staff and volunteers trained and prepared to do their assigned tasks?Having job descriptions for anyone involved really helps move things along without taking up your time for constant reminders and explanations.
Key #4: Remember who’s got you covered.
From (hopefully) helpful tips to all your promotional and identification product needs, Name Tag, Inc. has got you covered.Feel free to drop by our review page and tell us what you think!

– Michael Green